USA Volleyball Features Beach Update: USAV B...

Beach Update: USAV Beach HP lists upcoming dates, AVP announces 2016 Tour

By Corinne Calabro | Feb. 02, 2016, 12:06 p.m. (ET)

 
The FIVB will host three youth-aged World Championships in 2016 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With just weeks remaining before the FIVB World Tour resumes, USA Volleyball's beach athletes celebrated the Beach Open House in Torrance last week at the official opening of the USAV beach training facility.

In attendance were National Team members, Olympians and 2016 hopefuls. The event also unveiled Olympic banners of each of the nine medals the USA has earned. Of the 14 medalists, 11 were at the event, including: Kerri Walsh Jennings, Todd Rogers, Phil Dalhausser, Dain Blanton, Eric Fonoimoana, Karch Kiraly, Kent Steffes, April Ross, Jennifer Kessy, Mike Dodd and Holly McPeak.

U.S. BEACH NEWS | 2016 TOP 25 FINISHES | ABOUT OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION

Attendees were able to tour the 15,000 square-foot facility and meet with athletes and staff on Friday afternoon. "The athletes are essential to what we do here," said John Ruger, the Senior Director of Beach Programs. "This was a night to celebrate beach volleyball, our Olympians, successes, medalists, and their families."

TODD ROGERS HIRED AS CAL POLY BEACH HEAD COACH
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Todd Rogers was named the Cal Poly beach head coach, as announced by the athletic department on Tuesday afternoon. "I'm really happy to be a part of Cal Poly Athletics and a volleyball program that's on the upswing," said Rogers. "I'm looking forward to challenging for a national title in a few years and what we're able to build from day one."
READ THE ENTIRE RELEASE FROM CAL POLY


Last time out, USAV U21 athletes earned Bronze at
the 2014 FIVB World Championships 

U.S. TRIALS AHEAD FOR YOUTH FIVB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
In 2016, the FIVB will host three age-group World Championships. In May, the Under 21 Championships will take place in Lucerne, Switzerland, in early July U17 heads to Cabo Frio, Brazil, and at the end of July, U19 will play in Larnaka, Cyprus.

Registration for the U21 U.S. Trials closed on Feb. 1, with trials being held Feb. 20-21 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. U17 and U19 will hold trials in Hermosa Beach, Calif., on May 21-22. Registration for both of those age groups closes April 4.
CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION.

BEACH HIGH PERFORMANCE TRYOUT DATES LISTED
Information regarding 2016 Beach High Performance tryouts will be released this week, here, along with registration and requirements. Athletes must attend a tryout in order to be considered for the High Performance program.

Upcoming tryouts include: March 12 in Chula Vista, April 16 in Snohomish, Wash., and May 15 in Vancouver, Ore.

AVP BEGINS RELEASING 2016 TOUR STOPS
The AVP has begun the release of the 2016 schedule, announcing four stops in a projected eight-tournament season. At the third stop, the AVP will host the FIVB Cincinnati Open, points at this event will count toward Olympic qualification. Follow the AVP, here, for updates on the Tour schedule.

Related Links
FIVB Rio 2016 volleyball tickets still in high demand in Brazil
FIVB Blanton says it's all about being ready
NBC Sports Kerri Walsh Jennings returns after 4 months off sand, motivated by Karch Kiraly
Cal Poly Athletics Cal Poly Hires Olympian Todd Rogers as Beach Volleyball Head Coach
FIVB USAV Training Center features countdown clock to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Fitness Galore This is my well series: Interview with pro beach volleyball player Brooke Sweat
AP USA Volleyball opens training facility for beach volleyball
ESPNW.com April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings: How we're fighting to make the Olympic team
FIVB USA's Ross/Walsh Jennings hit comeback trail for Olympics