- All Current High School students, freshman – seniors. Teams must consist of 2 girls or 2 boys. This is not COED.
- Team Registration deadline: Feb 1st – $15/player ($30/team) for dues to the NCHSSVA plus a USAV membership (inexpensive outdoor only option that’s typically around $15 should be available towards end of this year. Most of you already have this membership if you are currently playing indoor club.). I will communicate via Email how to pay the 15 dollars after registration. If needing to get a membership, an inexpensive Outdoor membership ($15) is available from Carolina Region/USAV at https://memberships.sportsengine.com/org/84881/
- New Schools registering by Feb 1st are part of our annual new club raffle ($200) awarded to help with start-up costs for the new School
- Late registration fee (teams added after Feb 1st) – $20/player + $25 as a “school late fee”
- Deadline to add players to school rosters – Feb 28. Granted, we have offered flexibility in the past to add players later than this towards encouraging participating/fielding of teams at competitions
- Games played in Gastonia NC (Locations TBD)
- 2022 State playoffs: Fri evening/Sat morning/mid-day – May 6-7, 2022 at Southern Sand in Apex, NC (Fri evening would be the Best Individual Pairs competitions – boys and girls, with Saturday being the Best Clubs competitions
What does the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) think of this? While sand volleyball is not sanctioned by NCHSAA (and won’t even be considered until around 25% of member schools are participating in sand volleyball activities), it is not blocking schools from starting sand volleyball programs. The NCHSAA views sand volleyball as a separate sport from indoor volleyball and therefore is not applying any rules regarding when and how many players an indoor volleyball coach can supervise during sand volleyball activities. The same participation eligibility rules that apply to students when competing in sanctioned sports should also apply to participation in sand volleyball clubs. The NCHSAA is NOT permitting any “beach” practices on an indoor hard court.
How is this sand volleyball currently designated at high schools? Sand volleyball is a club and should adhere to any school-specific rules regarding the formation of a club or club sport. This can vary from school to school but typically involves a school staff/faculty member serving as a “sponsor” for the club and perhaps some documentation being filed such as a purpose statement and/or by-laws statement. In many cases, Athletic Directors do not even play a role because sand volleyball is considered a club activity. In some cases where no official school support can be obtained for a club, students from the same school can self-organize and be involved in this initiative. This should be a last resort though after all other avenues with the school have been pursued.
When is the playing season? Clubs are free to set whatever season they want for practices/training but competitions will be from early March to mid May.
Who can play? How many participants do you need? This is open to boys and girls (with or without volleyball experience).
Is there a state playoffs? Yes, playoffs will be contested using a tournament format in late April/early May. The location may vary from year to year. Playoffs feature a “Best Pairs” competition where the best individual teams (girls and boys) face off. There is also a “Best Club” championship featuring 3 girls teams from each participating club facing off in a dual-meet format against teams from other clubs. We will also be looking to introduce a “Best Boys Conference” competition for the boys where 3 boys teams from each conference (teams do not have to be from the same school) face off against counterparts from other conferences. In all cases, there is a selection process for teams and clubs in order to participate.
Where to practice/compete? There are several multi-court parks and private facilities sprinkled around the state that can be used for practices and the NCHSSVA would be happy to work with you on securing sites, especially for competitions. Reaching out to your conference supervisor is a good first step. Charlotte/Western NC region can practice in Charlotte at Renaissance park for example. Gaston residents can practice at New Hope sandbox or Gaston Christian High School (with other locations/sand courts in the works).
How much does it cost? The primary costs involve rentals for competitions, uniforms, and some outdoor volleyballs. Each club (school group) can decide what participation fee they want to charge but $15/player goes to the NCHSSVA who will use that money to cover state playoffs and help fund a grant program for beach volleyball courts across the state and conference budgets that cover rentals, minor equipment needs, awards, etc.
What about uniforms? Gym/volleyball shorts and t-shirts/tank tops with a school logo are acceptable. Tops must cover the trunk area. Numbers on shirts are NOT necessary.
Current Schools/Teams registered:
- Highland School of Technology
- Ryann Sloan (Jr) & Abby Fallin (F)
- Piedmont Charter
- South Point
- Gaston Christian
- Gaston Day
- East Gaston
- Stuart Cramer
- Kings Mountain
- Lake Pointe Academy
- Cabarrus Sand Volleyball
- South Mecklenburg
- Valentina Rodriguez (Jr) & Valeria Rodriguez (F)
- Charlotte Catholic