COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After a season of playing around the country in USA Volleyball High Performance programing, beach volleyball athletes will take the sand in the season finale, USA Junior Beach Championships.

The USA Junior Beach Championships will be hosted in Hermosa Beach, California, starting Monday July 31 until August 2. The Championships are staged for the Under 13, 15, 17 and 19 age groups for males and females.

Teams competed throughout 2017 in Zonal Championships that qualified them for the USA Junior Beach Championships. Winners of the Central, Atlantic, Border and Pacific Zones will also face competition from members of the A1 National Team, as well as recent winners from the USAV Junior Beach Tour Championships, which was held last week in Siesta Key, Florida.

In the competition, teams will compete in pool play until Aug. 1, and on Tuesday, bracket play will begin. All teams will advance into bracket play to compete for final standings.

The Boys U19 bracket features four pools of four teams each. For the Boys’ U17 bracket, there are 14 teams total, with two pools of five, and one pool of four teams. The U15 Boys bracket is broken into three pools of four, and the U13 competition has two pools of four.

In the Girls’ competition, the U19, U17 and U15 age groups will have four pools of four teams each. The U13 bracket will play two pools of five teams.

In the U19 and U17 age groups, there are seven boys’ international teams in attendance, and eight girls’. Of those, eight come from Canada, five from Puerto Rico and two from the Czech Republic.