Participation in all tournaments requires either a USAV member number or an AVP membership to register. This is partially due to liability coverage and also allows each organization to keep track of points. Tracking points ensures fairness in pool play rankings and brackets during competition. USAV and AVP America are different “governing” bodies of beach volleyball. Depending on the events you play, tournament hosts will require one or the other. Memberships must be renewed on an annual basis.
AVP: To register, please visit AVP Membership
Note: You will need to create one as a parent and for your child.
USAV: To obtain a USAV member number, you must first sign in to or create a SportsEngine account. Once in your account, simply click on USAV Membership
Note: If you participate in indoor volleyball, you may already have an account via your indoor club. To be “assigned” to OPTIMUM BEACH, please click the following link: Club Assignment
BVNE: Membership is required for all BVNE tournaments. Membership is a one year membership that starts from the day you register. BVNE Membership
BVCA: When a player plays in BVCA events, they must obtain a membership confirming that they play and practice with the club for the entirety of the 2022 season. All athletes who want to participate must register with BVCA. Please visit BVCA Membership
With so many tournaments being held throughout the country, deciding which ones to participate in can become overwhelming. There is a local tournament almost every weekend, let alone in other states. But how do you know which to play? Well that depends on your goal. We have included a list of tournaments which are of “high importance” and “high visibility”. There are two main tournament platforms that list all tournament events. These are Volley America & Volleyball Life. Note: USAV or AVP memberships are required accordingly.
Note: A complete list of tournaments which are of “high importance” and “high visibility” is available on the last section of this guide!
If you are a beginner, just playing for fun, or simply need to build up your points, you can stick to local tours. While VolleyAmerica allows you to filter tournaments, be careful not to always specify “Juniors” in the division filter. This is because most local tours have adults on Saturdays and Juniors on Sundays. Therefore it may not show up on the schedule if you filter it out. Please note that Some local tournament tour hosts include:
Points: USAV & AVP governing bodies use points earned with tournament finishes. The higher you place, the more points you get. These are used to help rank players in tournaments to make pool play and brackets fair.
Stars: When you see a star beside an AVP tournament, it means winning top 3 will get you a bid to AVP Junior Nationals. The more Stars, the more points/strength of the tournament.
Bid: An invitation to each member of a qualifying team to play in affiliated national events’ championships.
Bracket Play: A tree diagram that represents the series of games played during a knockout tournament.
Online Bracket Systems: BraketPal is the most commonly used online pool/bracket system. Hosts may choose other online bracket systems, but this is by far the most used. You will receive a link to the specific event upon registration via email.. Self Check-in and Self-scoring can be kept current to automatically adjust for afternoon bracket-play. BracketPal offers a tutorial for BracketPal Self Scoring.
Match: Best 2 of 3 sets. The first two sets are played to 21 pts. Third set (tie breaker) is played to 15 pts. Sets must be won by a minimum of 2 pts.
Set/Game: Single game to predetermined point total. Often junior pool play is one Set/game to 21 or 28.
Round Robin: In round robin play, everyone plays everyone within their pool which includes reffing games within their pool.
Side Switch: It is also customary for teams to switch sides of the court whenever the combined score of the two teams is a multiple of 7. For example, if Team A has six points and Team B has seven points the teams will switch sides after the next point is scored because the total score will then equal 14 (a multiple of seven). In the third game, teams change sides when the total score is a multiple of five. (Game to 15.)
Technical Time Out: This time-out is taken by both teams when overall scoring adds up to 21. (Ex. 10-11/9-12)
Seeding: The order in which teams are ranked at the start of a tournament according to their USAV or AVP points.
Performance-Based Seeding: A team’s seeding after pool play based on their win/loss record and point ratio vs all other teams that finished in the same place in their pools.
Pool Play: A round robin of play within a determined group. The results determine your seeding/opponent in a proceeding single elimination bracket.
Snake method Pool: The sequence in which the seeded teams are placed in a pool so the ranked teams are equally distributed.
BNC: USA Volleyball Beach Tour National Championship
BNQ: Beach National Qualifier; specific events licensed by USAV to be run by either USAV, Regional organizations, or promoters.
BRQ: Beach Regional Qualifier; specific events hosted and run by Regional Volleyball Associations (RVA) (ex. The Florida Region. A regional event can qualify you for a national event.)
12. Parents play a major role in a child’s athletic life. Parents are invaluable to their growth and to the success of the program. During tournaments, the duty of a parent is to cheer for, hydrate and feed your athlete. Together, with our parents we work to help Optimum Beach players become ethical, independent, respectful and responsible athletes. We ask that parents let their children “figure it out” on their own. Tournaments can be stressful for players. We ask that any questions and concerns a parent may have are directed to a coach after the conclusion of the tournament. This is to ensure that the parent and coach have each other's full undivided attention and also not to interfere with the time allotted to other Optimum Beach players participating in a tournament.
Before you review the tournament schedule and begin event registrations, we ask that you familiarize yourself with important information relevant to upcoming events:
BVCA Club Challenge: www.beachvolleyballclbs.com
Beach Volleyball Clubs of America. BVCA hosts club v club events that are run much like college pairs in which the club simulates college play where 1-3 or 1-5 seeds compete against another club(s). Optimum Beach will host evaluations and select the highest level athletes to represent our club. If you are interested in participating in BVCA Club Challenges, please speak to your coach.
SHOWCASE: These events are hosted for players actively seeking recruitment into a collegiate beach volleyball program. Showcases are attended by college coaches who are recruiting for their program. These events display an athlete's talents and typically begin with a clinic followed by tournament play and observed by college coaches.
COLLEGE COACHES’ CLINIC: Generally, these clinics are held prior to a showcase or separately as a training source. These too can be found on the links above. The primary goal is to show off your coachability and performance potential to college coaches.
COLLEGE CAMPS: Often colleges will invite you to their own camps and clinics on or off campus. This is a great opportunity to get to know the program; coaching style, campus life, team dynamics etc. You don’t have to be invited to go to most camps. Check out your prospective school’s websites for camp dates and sign up! Getting in front of as many coaches as possible really increases your chance of exposure and recruitment.
This information herein has been compiled specifically to meet your needs as you enter the upcoming competition season. We will be updating this guide on a timely basis to include tournaments as they are added, and to include USAV and AVP regulations and rules as they are revised.
Good luck and Go Optimum Beach!