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JUNIOR BEACH TRAVEL TEAMS

2021 Summer Beach Travel Teams for Juniors Volleyball Players

WOW!! What a challenging and unusual indoor club volleyball season we have had!!  We don't know about you, but our staff is gearing up and getting ready for sunshine, outdoors and more volleyball!!

This year's beach/sand teams will look a bit different than last those from year's past.  In an effort to keep our players safe, we have revised the way we will assist our players and their beach/sand volleyball training. 


ABOUT JUNIOR SAND/BEACH TRAINING

For the past 5 years, Excell STORM Volleyball (Excell Sports, LLC) has run beach and grass tournaments up and down the East Coast (from Virginia Beach to Louisiana) with multiple stops in Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island and to our East Coast hub - The Windjammer in Isle Of Palms, SC.  Not only have these past 5 years provided the foundation for new friendships, we have also been able to reconnect with adult sand players from our past ~ Sand/Beach players that we once trained with ~ and played with ~ on one of many Professional and Semi-Professional Volleyball Tours.  

As parents and lovers of beach/sand volleyball, we now have children of our own that have come to love the same sport.  Many of our friends are working to grow the beach/sand volleyball game in their local high schools.  Many are trying to grow the boy's side of the sport of volleyball.  Many of our friends are running weekend sand volleyball tournaments for the Junior age groups.  

When we evaluated the sand volleyball opportunities for the youth in our native town and Greenville, SC area, we identified a need: The need for a fun, different and challenging way to grow the player's volleyball skill level on a year round basis ~  in an outdoor atmosphere, all while combining current skill mastery with new training methods AND providing competitive tournament venues ...

In the summer of 2019, we introduced a new volleyball training concept to our area:  the launch of our Summer Sand Volleyball Training & Beach Travel Team program for Juniors.

This program is designed to elevate the player's indoor game and overall volleyball IQ by immersing them in the outdoor element of sand volleyball.  Players will learn how to better read their opponents, learn strategies for ball placement and court coverage, work on their endurance and overall volleyball game - all while receiving more individualized coaching (sand games consist of teams of two, not teams of 6+)  and training with their partner and Coach. 


The Benefits of Sand Training

Sand Volleyball Training is unlike any other volleyball training.  Whether or not you or your child plans to play sand doubles, sand training will help refine a player's skills at a much greater pace.  Sand training helps to develop the overall volleyball athlete and not just the positional player.  Players will learn and understand all aspects of the game, therefore increasing their volleyball IQ of the game.  Sand Volleyball trained athletes should expect to refine their muscle memory and explosion as well as visual stimulation that occurs with reading both hitters and servers.  This translates to the player’s indoor game by quickening their reaction times and a better understanding of hitter’s placements for increased defensive positioning.  Additionally, Sand Volleyball Training helps with the player’s agility, footwork, increases their vertical jump and refines the athlete’s ball control.


What to expect with the 2021 Beach Travel Teams

Beach/Sand Travel Teams are designed for the player that desires to take their game to the next level perhaps even desires to play in college.  Players need to be committed to traveling to 4 - 7 tournaments during the summer months. 

  • Practices will be for two hours a day/2 days a week on Tuesdays and *Thursdays from 5:45 - 7:45 at Lakeside Park in April.  In May (when high school practice begins) practice will be from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
  • On *Thursdays in June and July, practices will be from 1:30 - 3:30 on Thursdays (only).  This will be our "hot day" practice as well as it will allow for those practicing for Nationals a break.
  • Teams will practice for 14 weeks throughout the summer from April until July.
  • Sand/Beach Teams will be teams of two.  We will assist your player in finding a partner, should they not already have one.
  • Teams will attend 7 tournaments. (Tournament details are below).
  • Practices begin the week of April 13th and conclude the week of July 25th.
  • NO PRACTICE July 2 through July 9 ~  (July 4th week)
  • The fees for this are $1665 (prorated amounts for those attending Nationals are available).

Tournament Details

Sand Travel Teams will attend the following tournaments:

  • May 1 -2  :  Cartersville, Georgia ~ USAV tournament hosted by Rally Volleyball.  12/U and 16/U play on Saturday and 14/U and 18/U play on Sunday.
  • May 15 - 16:  Lynchburg, VA ~ AVP America National Qualifier tournament hosted by VA Sands Volleyball. Ages 12/U and 16/U play on Saturday and ages 14/U and18/U play on Sunday.  (This is a tournament that those attending Nationals with Excell Sports will likely miss due to a schedule conflict with a National Prep Tournament. )
  • May 22 - 23: Spring Hill, Tennessee ~ AVP America and BVNB National Qualifier tournament hosted by Hyden Beach Volleyball.  Ages 14/U and 18/U play on Saturday and ages 12/U and16/U play on Sunday.
  • June 6:  Jacksonville, Florida ~ AVP America Double Point Qualifier Tournament hosted by First Coast Volleyball.  All ages play on June 6.  (This is a tournament that those attending Nationals with Excell Sports will likely miss due to a schedule conflict with a National Prep Tournament. )
  • June 27:  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina ~ AVP America Qualifier Tournament hosted by Myrtle Beach Volleyball (16's and 17's will likely miss this tournament due to a schedule conflict with Excell Sports National Prep Tournament.)
  • July 17:  Cartersville, Georgia ~ USAV Volleyball Tournament hosted by Rally Volleyball. 
  • July 24 - 25:  Vero Beach, Florida ~ AVP America National Qualifier Tournament hosted by VBVB.  Ages 12/U and 16/U on Saturday and 14/U and 18/U on Sunday.

Safety Guidelines and Requirements

  • Each player must have an active USAV and AVP America Membership (see link at bottom of page to obtain or renew AVP America Membership).
  • Players should not attend practice or travel to tournaments if they are feeling ill or have signs of cough, cold, difficulty breathing, or other COVID-19 like symptoms as defined by the CDC website.
  • Players off of the court or not participating in the drill should practice social distancing.
  • Athletes will need to bring their own water bottle(s) as no public water supply will be used.
  • Athletes should bring their own bottle of hand sanitizer and will be encouraged to use it often.
  • Parents are allowed at practice.  Please practice appropriate social distancing.  

Practice Details

Practices will be for two hours a day/2 days a week on Tuesdays and *Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:30 at Lakeside Park.

On *Thursdays in June and July, practices will be from 1:30 - 3:30 on Thursdays (only).  This will be our "hot day" practice as well as it will allow for those practicing for Nationals a break.

Practices begin the week of April 13th and conclude the week of July 25th.


Junior Beach Travel Team Fees

The per person fee for the 2021 Summer Beach Travel Team is $1,665.  For those attending Nationals with Excell Sports and missing 3 tournaments, the prorated fee is $1301.  Payments for those NOT attending Nationals should be made online through the link below (our registration site).  Payments are as follows:  $555 at time of registration, $370 on May 1st, $370 on June 1st and $370 on July 1st.  For those attending Nationals, please contact me so I can process your prorated payment manually.  

Contact:  Stephanie LeCroy at (864) 630 - 6221 or ExcellSports.Steph@gmail.com

Players must have a current USAV Membership and AVP Americal Membership. (AVP America link is below). 



Please use this link to register for the 2021 Summer Junior Beach Travel Teams.

Stephanie LeCroy

Registration, Billing and Website Questions

Phone: (864) 630 - 6221


Please click on the AVP America image to access the link to renew or create a new AVP America membership.