Junior Beach Volleyball Tournament FAQ

All 2023 Junior Sand Volleyball Tournaments hosted by HOA will be played at Volleyball Beach in Martin City, Centerline in Blue Springs or Shawnee Mission Beach Volleyball

Volleyball Beach:
13105 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145
From I-435, turn South on Holmes. Volleyball Beach is on the corner of Holmes and East Blue Ridge Blvd.
1910 US 40, Blue Springs, MO 64014
From I-70 coming from East or West. Take Exit 21, Adams Dairy Parkway. Head south to Highway 40. Head East on Highway 40. Facility is about 1 mile on the right.
Shawnee Mission Beach Volleyball
19800 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66218

When are the Tournaments?
To find the tournament calendar, go under “Junior Events” and select “Junior Tournament Calendar”.
The Kansas City Open National Beach Tour Qualifier is Scheduled for June 3 & 4 at Centerline.

Do you have to play in all events?
No. All events are individual tournaments. You can sign up for any number of tournaments you would like to play in.

Can boys play in the sand tournaments?
In the regular tournaments (excluding the national qualifier), we will try to run separate boys divisions for 14, 16 and 18 under age groups. Boys 12 and younger can play in the girls division.

How can I sign up?
For the tournaments that are run by HOA, go to the Tournament Calendar and click on the division you want to sign up for. The deadline for registration is 4 days before the event (typically on Wednesday for a Sunday tournament). If you withdraw within 4 days of a tournament, we will no longer refund the entry fee. Registration for the Beach National Qualifier is handled by USA Volleyball and refund policies are different.

Do I need to be an HOA member to play?
Yes. All participants need to be HOA members or members of any other region of USA Volleyball. If you played indoor club ball this season, you should already be a member. If you did not play indoor, you can get a summer membership for $15 for the whole summer. To register, go under the “Registration” tab and find the link to get the Summer Season Membership.

How many players can be on a team?
All teams will exist of 2 players only. No substitutions are allowed in outdoor competition. If a player gets injured, the team will have to forfeit. It has to be that way, to avoid that teams will bring in a fresh player during playoffs.

When do the tournaments start?
HOA run tournaments: Check-in starts at 8 am, tournament play starts around 8:30 am. Please do not show up at the site before 8 am.

Can we bring outside food?
Not at Centerline or Shawnee Mission Beach. These sites sell food and drinks. We are very glad that they are willing to open up times for us to run these tournaments. They can make a lot more money by running adult 6 on 6 tournaments than they can running these junior events, but they are willing to work with us to develop the sport. Please help us to make it worth for them to host junior sand tournaments by not bringing in outside food.  Volleyball Beach has opted not to open the bar. You are allowed to bring in food and drinks at that facility.

What is the playing format?
Pool play in the morning. All teams will advance to single elimination playoffs. Typically playoffs start around noon and are completed by 3-4 pm

Will playing schedules be posted?
We will not post playing schedules on our website. We will finalize the schedules during check in. You will find out when and where you play onsite in the morning.

What is the ball that teams will be playing with?
The regular IBT tournaments will be played with the Molten BV5000. The 12’s division plays with the full weight ball also. Lighter balls don’t work very well if there is any wind.

Is there an entry fee for audience?
No admission fee is charged.

Are there officials for the matches?
No. Sand volleyball is self officiated. The players need to learn to agree with their opponents on the calls or else to replay the rally. We will have staff at hand to help out with the rules for outdoor volleyball.

Can there be coaches for the tournaments?
Only registered coaches who have completed the Beach Impact or CAP courses are allowed to be involved in the coaching of players at outdoor tournaments/leagues. Coaches cannot be near the court during the matches, but can go to the courts in between matches and during time-outs. Indoor impact or CAP certifications do not qualify to be an outdoor beach volleyball coach at tournaments.

Can parents help with the officiating?
No. Parents cannot be near the courts. All parents will have to stay on the deck and watch the games from there. The players need to learn to officiate and make decisions with their opponents. So parents, sit back and enjoy!

Are the rules the same as indoor volleyball?
No. There are some major differences between indoor and outdoor volleyball rules. Some of the biggest ones: Overhand serve received with finger action has to be extremely clean (which is almost impossible to do outdoor). When blocking, the block counts as the first touch.

Do players need to wear uniforms?
No. Players do not have to wear the same shirts. Players do not need to have numbers on their shirts. However, matching color bottoms and tops are encouraged. All athletes are required to wear a top, for girls, it must cover your midsection when standing, and bottoms such as spandex, shorts, or leggings. No bikinis will be permitted for any teams. Boys must wear tank tops or t-shirt that cover their midsection when standing and bottoms such as swim trunks, surf shorts or volleyball shorts. No brief type swim trunks.

Do players wear shoes?
No. Players usually play barefeet. You may want to bring some socks to play in on warm days. The sand can get very hot.