Men's Tryout Won't Forget About Beach

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | Dec. 07, 2018, 12:20 p.m. (ET)
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 6, 2018) – A men’s beach volleyball presentation and tryout has been added to the U.S. Men’s National Team Open Tryout on Dec. 17-18.

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The indoor tryout will be at the American Sports Center in Anaheim, Calif. When the indoor tryouts are done on Tuesday morning, athletes can attend an outdoor beach volleyball tryout at Irvine Valley College on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

Sean Scott, USAV Director of Beach National Team Programs, and Tyler Hildebrand, Director of Coaching, Beach National Teams, will be at the indoor tryouts to present USAV’s beach volleyball opportunities to the athletes. They will also run the beach tryout with top coaches and players assisting.

“I think the initial goal is to try to create awareness with what we are doing in the program,” Hildebrand said. “That’s a big deal for men and women. We are trying to get that information out.

““We want to make sure people are aware of our USA Beach National Team Program. Here are the things we do to support. Here is how you would go about being a pro beach volleyball player.”

The beach tryout will be outdoors, so players should dress appropriately and bring hats, sunglasses and sunscreen if necessary.

Scott, who played indoor college volleyball at Hawaii before moving to the beach, pointed out that beach volleyball can help an indoor career.

“Beach is not specialized,” he said. “In beach, you are touching the ball every play. The overall skill set can benefit any indoor player, not to mention the conditioning.

“There’s also a competitive factor. Indoors, there’s a team with a coach. In beach, there is no subbing. If you have problems, you have to figure out how to work your way through it.”

Hildebrand said they are looking for diamonds in the rough.

I’m looking forward to showing our high-performance pipeline, what we are doing at the next level and exposing them to that,” he said.  “I’m looking forward to finding some players with international potential.”