Category: Announcements

Upcoming Event: Feb 24-25, 2018 – ESPL AL – Beach Wars in Gulf Shores

3rd Annual

ESPL Winter Championships – Beach Wars in Gulf Shores – Junior Beach Tournament

Feb 24-25, 2018  

@ Main Public Beach in Gulf Shores, AL 

  • Join us on the soft, white sands of Gulf Shores, AL for the 2018 ESPL Winter Championships.
  • Open to all junior players!
  • Featuring both Bid and Non-Bid divisions for Girls – 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U.
  • Plus Boys divisions (subject to interest) – 14U, 16U, 18U
  • Format:
    • Day 1 (Sat): Pool Play + Start of Bracket Play
    • Day 2 (Sun): Bracket Play – double elimination match play
  • Prioritized registration for clubs involving multiple teams before Feb 1st. Email Mark for details. Space for additional groups of teams is not guaranteed after this date.
  • Individual team registration: With plenty of space on the beach, registration is open as of Dec 1.
  • Cost per Team: Before Feb 1st: $100. Afterwards: $120
  • USAV membership is required for this event.
  • Questions/Inquiries/Problems accessing anything? Email Mark


Upcoming Events: Dec 29-31 – ESPL Florida Winter Oasis Event

4th Annual

ESPL Florida Winter Oasis Junior Beach Tournament

Dec 29-31, 2017  

@ Florida Region USA Volleyball’s 21 sand court facility – Hickory Point Beach – Tavares, FL (just north of Orlando)

  • Join us in the Sunshine state to cap off 2017 and welcome in 2018!
  • ESPL Series event with following bids offered to top finishers:
    • ESPL Winter Championships (bid divisions) on Feb 24-25 in Gulf Shores, AL (Note: non-bid divisions will also be contested at this event)
    • TBA if any additional national tournament bids will be offered.
  • Format:
    • Day 1 (Fri): Pool Play
    • Day 2 (Say): Bracket Play – double elimination match play
    • Back for 2017: Day 3 (Sat): Club Day featuring Club vs. Club competition component involving 3 teams each in NCAA style of play and Queen of the Beach. Open to clubs with at least 3 teams across all age divisions. Clubs must confirm intentions of participating in this day’s activities before Dec 1st. Note: Individual players may be added to Queen of the Beach starting on Dec 1st subject to space and based on interest expressed as part of filling out the registration form.
  • Prioritized registration for clubs involving multiple teams before Dec 1st. Email Mark for details. Space for additional groups of teams is not guaranteed after this date.
  • Individual team registration begins in a limited capacity on Nov 12 with all remaining spaces opened up on Dec 1st.
  • Cost per Team: Before Dec 1st: $110. Afterwards: $120
  • USAV membership is required for this event.
  • Questions/Inquiries/Problems accessing anything? Email Mark


2017/2018 Year Round Jr Beach Club Programs Announced – Open Courts Starting 9/30

Registration for Southern Sand’s year round programs (Nov-July time period) is NOW open. Open to girls 11-18 years old.

  • Focused Beach Program – for the athlete focused mostly or exclusively on beach
  • Cross-Training Program – for the athlete mixing both indoor club volleyball and beach programs (or not desiring to make as big a commitment as the Focused Beach Program)

With beach volleyball a couple years now as an NCAA Championship sport after only 4 years as an emerging sport (fastest sport to go from emerging to championships status ever), the opportunities in the sport have never been more exciting and plentiful! Athletes who participate love the ability to develop as an all-around skilled player while also becoming well conditioned and getting the opportunity to travel and compete at neat venues and locations in the process.

For more information, visit the year-round beach club page.


Want to learn more and meet the staff? We have the following upcoming open court times scheduled on the following dates. Cost: $5 per session or free for current beach club registrants. Avoid all the potential stress, drama, and politics of tryouts as we don’t do a tryout process for our year-round program! Players of similar ability train together during the season.

  • Sat, Sept 30, Oct 7, and Oct 28 – 11:30AM-1:30PM
  • Sun, Oct 22 – 1:30PM-3:30PM

Upcoming Events: Adult Late Fall Leagues (Oct 29-Dec 10)-Register BEFORE Oct 25


What? Adult Late Fall Leagues.

  • Format (Limited offerings this season as we look to play on Sunday afternoons to avoid chilly nights):
    • Coed 2v2
    • King of the Beach (no partner needed. sign-up individually)
    • Queen of the Beach (no partner needed. sign-up individually)

Who? Open to players 16 and older and all skill levels. Subject to interest and availability, multiple divisions per format may be offered. Younger players can participate at discretion of team captain/parent.

When? Sunday late afternoons ONLY (approx 4-6:30PM): Oct 29-Dec 10. 

Cost? $30/player (KOB/QOB), $60/team (2v2). Costs go up after Oct 16.


Upcoming Tournament: Oct 21 – King of the Beach/Queen of the Beach Season Finale

Next Adult Tournament:

October King of the Beach (KOB)/Queen of the Beach (QOB) Tournament


Saturday, October 21 – 8:30AM Check-in. Play from 9AM-2:30PMish

No partner? No problem! Sign-up individually for this event. You switch partners between games throughout the event in earning points for yourself. Men’s Open, AA, A and Women’s Open, AA, A

Cost? KOB/QOB – $20 /player until Oct 17 then $30/player


Upcoming Event – Fall Master’s Tourney – Sept 16 (with Boys KOB too!)

Bringing back a blast from the past with Southern Sand Volleyball’s Master’s Tournament! After a successful inaugural event in the Fall of 2014, Southern Sand continues to offer 2 events each year for the veteran (generally 40+ and 50+ crowd) sand volleyball players. Coming up next:

Here’s your chance to dust off the rust, show off your skills (even if the sky-high verticals and cat-like moves aren’t there like they used to be), and reunite for a tournament again! Junior players, if you have parents that play, get them out for this event!


Divisions? 2v2 format

  • Men’s, Women’s, and Co-ed Master’s (Open division) – Combined age of players is 80 or older. The youngest eligible player is 35. This will be the division for those players also seeking the highest level of competition available.
  • Men’s and Coed Century (AA division) – Combined age of players is 100 or older. The youngest eligible player is 35.
  • NEW: Boys King of the Beach. Open to boys 18 years and younger. No need to sign-up with a partner as you switch partners between games toward earning your own points in determining who is King of the Beach for the day.


  • Early Bird Rate: $50/team if signing up by end of Tuesday, Sept 12! 
  • Late Registration Rate: $60/team
  • Boys King of the Beach Rate: only $10/player

2017 Seasonal Beach Programs – Placement clinics 4/8, 4/15

Southern Sand is offering Placement Clinics in Spring 2017 for athletes interested in our Seasonal Programs from April-July. Each year many questions come in about where an athlete fits within our programs, so the purpose of these clinics is for coaches to recommend options that will best fit each individual athlete. Recommendations will be based on: age, skill level, experience and the athlete’s interest. The coaches at Southern Sand will help place each athlete into one of the following programs listed below with registration into the selected program then required. Click on a link to go to a program-specific page for more details:

  • Seasonal Beach Club – Join our year-round beach club players as part of multiple training sessions per week. This program is intended for those looking to get the most  instructional/training opportunities available. Limited spaces will be offered based on attendance at the Placement Clinics
  • Junior Leagues – Play against other teams one night a week over a 7-8 week season (April/May and June/July). There is also an instructional add-on component offered. See the linked page for more details. REGISTRATION GOING ON NOW
  • Super Juniors – Primarily geared toward younger players (middle school age and younger) getting introduced to the sport. MARCH PROGRAM REGISTRATION GOING ON NOW
  • Summer Beach Camps – summer camps for juniors of all ages. More details to be added as we approach the summer.

Placement Clinics ($10/session): CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE REGISTRATION PAGE

  • Sat, April 8 (12:30-2:30PM)
  • Sat, April 15 (3-5PM)

The training will focus on skills needed to participate in the recommended programs, as well as tournaments held at Southern Sand. A short parent meeting (approx 15 minutes) will be offered at the beginning of each clinic session including a brief overview of programs and the opportunity to ask questions in person.

If you have additional questions about these clinics, email John.

Southern Sand Athlete Commits to UNCW

Another Southern Sand college commit to announce! Chloe Ruffieux has committed to the Beach Volleyball program at UNC Wilmington! Chloe has been part of the Southern Sand Beach Club as a year-round Focused Program participant for the past 2 years. She is a rising senior at Green Hope High School in Cary. Chloe has worked so hard to attain this achievement, which also culminated in 1st place finishes at the Wilmington USAV National Qualifier (Carolina Challenge) and PowerAde State Games, toward the end of the 2015-2016 season. We are excited to see where her dedication and growth as an athlete will take her during the 2016-2017 season. Congratulations Chloe – you are an inspiration to all those in the club!

Southern Sand Athlete Commits to South Carolina

Avery Davis has committed to the University of South Carolina (USC) Beach Volleyball program. Avery has been part of the Southern Sand Beach Club for the past 2 years, as part of our Focused program – which in itself shows the level of dedication Avery has to the sport, as she travels from New Bern, where she will be a Senior at New Bern High School this Fall. Avery is a powerful athlete, and we have high hopes for her to have much success at USC. Congratulations Avery, we are very proud of your accomplishment!

ESPL Series Concludes with Finals

The 2015-2016 ESPL Winter Series, which featured 7 events across the Eastern US during the Nov-March time period concluded on April 2-3 with the ESPL Series Finals. Teams earning bids from a previous series tournament started out with pool play on Saturday for seeding into a national tournament bid playoff on Sunday. All other teams started out with pool play on Saturday with top teams getting inserted into the bid playoffs on Sundays. Remaining teams had their own playoffs as well. A total of 64 teams from 7 states (NC, VA, MD, OH, IL, GA, TX) competed.

The following top 4 finishers (semi-finalists) in Girls 18U, 16U, and 14U received bids to the AAU West JO for Beach Volleyball, to be held in Hermosa Beach, CA in late July.

Girls 18U
1st Place
Katie Smith (West Chester, OH) and Carly Schnieder (Cincinnati, OH)
2nd Place
Gracie Garanich (Mainesville, OH) and Jordan Smith (West Chester, OH)
3rd Place (2 teams)
Raquel Rooney (Cary, NC) and Sarah Nacouzi (Raleigh, NC)
Hailey Rubino (Leesburg, VA) and Holly Carlton (Potomac Falls, VA)

Girls 16U
1st Place – Jordan McKinney (Aldie, VA) and Abigail Hughes (Cincinnati, OH)
2nd Place – Kamryn Johnson (Moyock, NC) and Ashley Thompson (Virginia Beach, VA)
3rd Place (2 teams)Kara Adams (Cary, NC) and Megan Longley (Raleigh, NC)
Caroline Bullins (Dallas, TX) and Sydney James (Stokesdale, NC)

Girls 14U
1st Place -Rhea Ramkumar (Cary, NC) and Karli Weber (Wake Forest, NC
2nd Place – Jessica Wittekind (Cincinnati, OH) and Julie Wittekind (Cincinnati, OH)
3rd Place (2 teams) – Kendall Phillips (Virginia Beach, VA) and Jillian Lykins (Virginia Beach, VA)
Kathryn Shugg (Apex, NC) and Gabriella Bramante (Apex, NC)

Full results are available here.