Junior Beach Tour Championships Hit Milwaukee
COLORADO SPRINGS – This weekend, the 2014 Junior Beach Tour Championship will take over Bradford Beach in Milwaukee as over 300 teams get set to play in the three day showcase, July 25-27.
Pool play begins Friday and will continue on Saturday, with bracket play capping the championship on Sunday. The public is welcome to watch the event free at the beach and online through the live streaming.
“This is the second year the JBT Championship is at Bradford Beach,” Manager of the Junior Beach Tour, Veronica Sanchez, said. “It’s a beautiful facility to host a championship. You’ll see the top teams from all over the country, kids who have been playing beach volleyball all year and traveling around the country all summer.”
The Championship Division, consisting of 212 teams, is comprised of athletes that qualified for the Championship by placing in the Top 3 in Opens or Top 5 in Grand Slams at one of the JBT Tour stops this summer. On the Club Division side, which is open to athletes who want to compete in the Championship, 77 teams are currently registered – with more expected to be added before the big event.
“We estimate over 300 teams to participate this year,” said Sanchez. Numbers have increased each year of the Championships, including the fact that 2014 will be the first time the event will have competition over three days. This year is also expected to break 2013’s record of 272 participating teams.
Athletes from four divisions will be at the tournament, including the following age groups for both girls and boys: 18U, 16U, 14U and 12-and-under.
The Local Teams
Championship Division | 22 teams from Wisconsin | 1 team from Milwaukee
Club Division | 38 teams from Wisconsin | 2 teams from Milwaukee
2013 – 272 teams, hosted in Milwaukee
2012 – 208 teams, hosted at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee
2011 – 200 teams, hosted in Chicago
2010 – hosted in Fort Lauderdale
2009 – hosted in Manhattan Beach | Indoor MNT athlete Taylor Sander won U18 Division
Began in 2006