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SUMMER BEACH TRAVEL TEAMS

2024 Summer Beach Travel Teams

When we evaluated the sand volleyball opportunities for Juniors in our 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 2019, we launched our summer Beach Travel Team program.  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 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. 

In 2023, we had 29 Beach Travel Teams that trained and competed up and down the east coast and won bids to compete in both the East Coast and West Coast Beach National Championship Games. 


The Benefits of Sand Training

Sand Volleyball Training is unlike any other volleyball training. Sand training helps 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 2024 Summer 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.  

  • There are no tryouts for beach teams.  Teams are partnered with same ages and similar abilities.
  • Teams will practice 15 weeks from April 2024 - July 2024 (off the week of July 4th - 8th).
  • Teams will practice twice a week for two hours each practice.
  • Sand/Beach Teams will be teams of two.  We will assist your player in finding a partner, should they not already have one
  • Players will participate in 6 beach/sand volleyball tournaments.
  • Tentative tournaments are in Myrtle Beach (SC), Jacksonville (FL), St. Petersburg (FL) and Apex (NC)/Cartersville (GA), Virginia Beach (VA).
  • Player gear includes a jersey and pullover.

Summer Beach Travel Team Fees

The per person fee for the 2024 Summer Beach Travel Teams is $1,623.  Payment plans will be available.  If paying in full by check, please make check payable to Excell Sports, LLC.  If paying by credit card or setting up payment plans, please use the Register Now link below.  (Please note that payment plans and credit cards will have a processing fee per Sport Engine registration.  If you wish to pay by check - must be in full - you can do so and avoid processing fees).  

Payment Plan Details:  Payments plans will be 4 payments of $419.38.   You can select to make the first payment upon registration conclusion, or you may skip payment at time of registration and select the payment plan that begins on April 1, 2024.  Additional payments will be drafted on 5/1, 6/1 and 7/1.  Payment plans and credit card payments will incur a Sport Engine processing fee.

For questions, contact:  Shane LeCroy at (864) 787 - 5968 or send email to ExcellSports.Steph@gmail.com

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


SUMMER BEACH TRAVEL TEAM TOURNAMENT DETAILS

The tentative Beach Travel Team tournament details are below. 

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CAN MODIFY OR CANCEL YOUR HOTEL ROOMS because weather is sometimes a factor in outdoor summer tournaments.  

Saturday, April 27, 2024 ~ Southern Sands, Apex (NC).  Boys only play at this event.  USAV National Qualifier event.  

Saturday, April 27 or Sunday, April 28, 2024 ~ Rally Sports, Cartersville (GA). Girls only play at this event.  AVP America event.  Girls 16's play on Saturday and Girls 12's, 14's and 18's play on Sunday.

Saturday, June 8 or Sunday, June 9, 2024 ~ Virginia Beach, VA ~ GIRLS 16's play on Saturday and all other ages and BOYS play on Sunday, June 9th.

**Saturday, June 15, 2024 ~ Charlotte, NC :    Venue address:  1536 West Tyvola Road (Renaissance Park) . **This is a USAV National Qualifier event. All BOYS and GIRLS 16's are playing this day. 

**Sunday, June 16, 2024 ~ Charlotte, NC :    Venue address:  1536 West Tyvola Road (Renaissance Park) . **This is a USAV National Qualifier event.  All GIRLS 14's and 18's are playing this day. 

Sunday, June 30,  2024 ~ Myrtle Beach, SC : All Juniors play this day.  Tournament address:  900 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC. 

Sunday, July 7, 2024 ~ St. Petersburg, FL : All Juniors play this day. This is a SSOVA/P1440 event. 

Sunday, July 21, 2024 ~ Jacksonville, FL : First Coast Volleyball Tournament.  ALL BOYS PLAY MAY PLAY ON SATURDAY (7/20).  (Will have to see what registration looks like approx 2 weeks before tournament start date).  Tournament address: 2nd Ave N, Jacksonville Beach Pier, FL.   


SUMMER BEACH/SAND TRAVEL TEAM PRACTICE DETAILS

PRACTICE LOCATION:   Practices will be held at Lakeside Park.  The address is 1500 Piedmont Highway (Piedmont).  The sand courts are located next to the basketball courts, just past the water park.  (Pull into the basketball court parking lot and you will find us at the bottom of the hill).  

Practices begin April 6, 2024. 

PRACTICE DAYS:  In April and May, practices will be on Saturdays and Sundays.  For the months of June and July,  practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays. (We may have two sessions, depending on number of teams.  Players could move from beginner level to advanced level over the season).  

APRIL & MAY SATURDAY PRACTICES:  GIRLS 14/U are Saturdays from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM.  GIRLS 16's & 18's practice Saturdays from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.  BOYS Saturday practices are 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.
 

APRIL & MAY SUNDAY PRACTICES:  GIRLS 14/U are Sundays from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.  GIRLS 16's & 18's practice Sundays from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.  BOYS Sunday practices are 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

JUNE AND JULY PRACTICES WILL BE ON TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS.

(We will be changing groupings in the beginning of June based off of competitive strength.  Coaches will have had two months to evaluate players/teams.  This is to ensure the athletes are getting the best practice plan and skill work based on their skill levels).

CLUB GIRLS will practice 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM on Tuesdays/Thursdays
OPEN GIRLS will practice 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM on Tuesdays/Thursdays
BOYS will practice from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Tuesdays/Thursdays

Registration Details

Please use the links below to register for the 2024 Sand/Beach Travel Team program with Excell Sports as well as the AVP America link to obtain your athlete's AVP America membership. 

Additionally, and this is IMPORTANT, if you plan to pay in full via check or Venmo on or before the first day of practice, please email us to let us know.  (Email ExcellSports.Steph@gmail.com).  Failure to do so will result in you not receiving important information as we will not have you registered in our system.  


Please use this link to register for the 2024 Beach Travel Teams.


Please use this link to obtain (or renew) an AVP America membership for your player. They will not be able to participate in summer tournaments without an AVP Membership. Make sure to select the GOLD Membership.