COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 23, 2013) – A record turnout of young beach volleyball teams is expected for the USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour Championship 2013 presented by UPS, to be held July 26-28, at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee, Wis.
A total of 260 teams have registered for the event, which is the best turnout in the eight years of the USAV Junior Beach Tour. That number includes 31 boys’ teams, 150 girls’ teams in the Open Division and 87 girls’ teams in the Patriot Division.
“The USAV Beach Junior Tour Championships have improved each season and we expect this year’s to be the best yet,” said Ali Wood Lamberson, USAV director of beach programs. “Bradford Beach is a great location and we are excited that we can bring the Tour Championships to sand courts around the country.”
The Open Division includes teams from around the country that qualified in events on the USAV Junior Beach Tour. The Patriot Division is open to any junior beach volleyball team.
The 2013 USAV Junior Beach Tour brought beach volleyball fun and excitement to at least 18 USAV regions across 17 states.
“It is an honor to host the USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour Championships at Bradford Beach,” said Todd Gawronski of G1, partner with SURG Restaurant Group in the operation of Bradford Beach. “We have made investments to insure Bradford Beach is capable of hosting national championship caliber events that will impress the athletes, families and spectators traveling to Milwaukee.”
The USAV Junior Beach Tour is open to boys’ and girls’ beach volleyball teams (no co-ed teams) and has divisions for ages 10-18. In 2012, a record 3,438 young athletes participated in the tour.
The USAV Junior Beach Tour focuses on competition and fun in a healthy environment. Players officiate their own matches and the events foster a friendly environment among competitors. The Tour is produced and operated by USA Volleyball in cooperation with the USAV regions.
“Our Region is very proud to be a part of the USAV Junior Beach Tour Championships,” said Jennifer Armson-Dyer, Director of Operations for Badger Region. “This is a showcase event for the City of Milwaukee and all of the entities involved to demonstrate the strength and viability of outdoor volleyball in the Midwest and the state of Wisconsin and we are excited for another great event.”
The schedule of activities include a player clinic on Friday starting at 9am followed by competition starting at 8am each on Saturday and Sunday. The championship matches for boys will take place on Saturday afternoon and for girls on Sunday afternoon. The event also features vendors and exhibitors. The event is free to the public.
More information about the USAV Beach Junior Tour and the Tour Championships is available at teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Events/Beach/2013-USAV-Junior-Beach-Tour. A schedule of play for the Tour Championships will be posted by Thursday, July 25, 2013.