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Why Play Beach Volleyall and FAQ

By Evan Berg, 03/22/23, 9:30AM CDT


Why Play Beach Volleyball?

Beach volleyball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country right now, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Beach volleyball became an NCAA sponsored sport just seven years ago and has since grown to over 100 schools that now sponsor the sport. In the year 2019 there were 25 schools who added beach volleyball, with 73 more projected to be added by the year 2024.

We believe in offering our athletes the chance to succeed in both the indoor and outdoor game and possibly open more college door options than you thought possible. If you are a player who wants to become a more complete volleyball player, then beach is for you. The good thing about beach is that it doesn’t require position specific skills. This means that every athlete, whether tall or short, will train equally in every skill that is required to be successful in the game of beach doubles.

We have found that almost every athlete who plays beach, comes to the indoor game with a new and improved set of skills because of what beach requires. Whatever your weaknesses are, you get to work on them a ton. Unlike the 6 person game, you touch the ball in every rally, and with just two of you covering the court, you learn to read and anticipate much better. Dealing with the sun and wind helps you be more adaptable. Player height is less important outdoors where ball control and skill is more important.

If you are currently an indoor player and have never thought about the benefits that beach volleyball can provide, give it a try. Not only will your skills improve, but you’ll have fun doing it. So grab your sun block, sun glasses and sand socks and come join us on the beach this summer, you’ll be glad you did.


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Beach FAQ

Q: What is the difference between the Beach Ala Carte, High Performance Program and the Premier Beach Team?

A: Beach Ala Carte- These sessions are more flexible and not partner specific. You can register and pay for the dates you'd like to come to. There are 5 total dates available. These sessions will teach the game of beach volleyball in a variety of formats, including quads, triples and doubles. 

Performance Training- You do NOT need a partner to join this program. Focuses on the game of beach doubles and training is more large group with high repetitions. Players will intermix with each other during any gameplay or competition drills.  The cost includes all training dates plus free entry into one of Epic’s hosted beach tournaments.  

Beach Team- This program DOES require you to have a partner. This program is geared toward training the beach doubles game and will focus more on specific and individual team strategies. Costs include beach tank, entry into one of Epic’s hosted beach tournaments plus entry into the JVA Beach Championships at the conclusion of the beach season. All Beach Team members are allowed to attend any Sunday practice in addition to the Beach Team only Tues/Thurs practices. They do not have to attend that practice as a team. This program is intended for national-level indoor player or players with previous beach experience.

Q: What if I miss practice for the beach team and can I make them up?

  • A: We understand that it’s summer and families have many things going on. If you miss a practice, that is totally fine, there are no consequences besides just missing the reps for that day. We have the days scheduled throughout the summer, and it is up to you and your partner to decide what it is you can commit to making. 
  • A: If you or your partner cannot make a beach team practice, you are welcome to attend any Sunday High-Performance practice. 
  • A: If you are not able to attend a beach team practice, feel free to invite anyone of your choice to take your spot so your partner will have someone to play with for that day.

Q: Can I attend a beach team practice if I cannot make a High Performance practice if I signed up for the High Performance Program?

A: No- this program is specific to beach team players only and want to keep the practice group size down.

Q: What if I can’t make all the tournaments that are included in the beach team schedule?

A: Not a problem. Again, teams are not required to attend any tournaments they cannot make, they are just simply included in your team fee.

Q: Can we get a prorated amount or partial refund if I can’t make all the practices and tournaments?

A: No, we feel the programs are appropriately priced, even if you can only make a portion of the practices. It’s up to you to manage your summer schedule to be at as many as you can.

Q: Where do you practice?

A: NEW LOCATION FOR 2023!- The Lanes on 20

Q: Will you guys find me a partner if I don’t have one for a tournament?

A: We can suggest players we think may be a good fit, but ultimately it is up to you to meet new people and find someone who will agree to play with you.

Q: What times and days do you practice?

A: Practice times are posted on our website. Click HERE to see the schedule by scrolling down to the Premier Beach Team Tab.

Q: I’m on the beach team and my partner can’t play in one of the included tournaments. Can I get a replacement?

A: Yes you may find another partner to replace the one who cannot be there as long as you both have an Epic Beach Tank.

Q: What if the weather is bad, will we still have practice?

A: We will do our best to monitor the weather before practice and get out an announcement if it is going to be canceled at least an hour ahead. If there is some rain but no lightning, plan on practice NOT being canceled. Our main goal is to keep everyone safe.

Q: How do I know which program is best for me?

A: If you are looking to train with one partner all summer and compete in tournaments, the beach team may be the best option for you. Players who are thinking about pursuing beach in their future or really want to improve for their indoor seasons will benefit from this program.

A: If you want to learn the game of beach and don’t have a specific partner you are playing with, you may want to consider the performance training program or some of the Ala Carte days. We will still train high-level beach doubles, but it will be geared on the skills and strategy of the game instead of team-specific strategy. This is a lower-cost option with less commitment that is intended for those who have busy summer schedules.

Q: How do I register for one of the programs?

A: You can register for either program by clicking HERE