Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 21, 2021) – With the goal of increasing participation in beach volleyball across the country, USA Volleyball and its 40 regions announces the launch of the rebranded USA Volleyball Beach Tour.
With an updated logo and streamlined look, the rebranded tour will build off the momentum generated by millions watching the U.S. Beach National Teams at the Tokyo Olympics.
“Beach volleyball has seen tremendous growth in the last five years,” USA Volleyball President and CEO Jamie Davis said. “We’re excited to usher in a new era with the introduction of the USA Volleyball Beach Tour brand and expand opportunities for young athletes to get involved in the sport.”
The growth in beach volleyball has been shown in both the collegiate and junior ranks. More than 90 colleges across all divisions now offer the discipline, and over the last five years has been the fastest-growing NCAA Division I sport.
The USA Volleyball Beach Tour rebrands the USA National Beach Tour, which was created in 2018. As of the end of the 2021 season the tour has grown to over 30 national qualifying events across the country. The USA Volleyball Beach Tour will operate under the same guidelines, with clubs and regions hosting beach national qualifiers and beach regional qualifiers across the country. Through the qualifier system, athletes earn the opportunity to compete at the USA Volleyball Beach National Championship, held every summer. At National Qualifiers, bids to the coveted Open Division are awarded, while American Division bids are available for top finishers at Regional Qualifiers.
“This beach tour rebrand will help to strengthen its brand affiliation with USA Volleyball and the 40 regions of USAV,” said Steve Bishop, Florida Region commissioner and Beach Development representative to the USAV Board of Directors. “In past years, we’ve seen continued growth in the beach space across the U.S. as more playing opportunities are being created annually for our members. We commend our USAV promoters that host the regional and national qualifiers in communities throughout the regions. Our collective goal and mandate is to have the highest athlete safeguards while creating the most competitive events in the U.S. I look forward to what the future holds for the USA Volleyball Beach Tour.
Visit the Upcoming Events Calendar for a current list of USA Volleyball Beach Tour events, including the Old Dominion TVA Fall BNQ (Aug. 28-29) Chesapeake Wave BNQ (Sept. 11-12). The schedule will be updated as events are added.