ESPL – Eastern Sand Power League


What is the ESPL? It is a network of beach/sand volleyball organizations in the Eastern US that are working together to host quality, inter-region junior beach volleyball competitions as part of year-round beach volleyball club training. The late Fall/Winter of 2014-2015 marked the inaugural season for this network with events during Nov-March. The 2015-2016 season marked an introduction of a Series Finals featuring separate divisions for top teams/bid winners from series events. Any beach club offering year-round training and wishing to incorporate some competition events into their schedule are invited to participate as space permits.

What’s the format? While the format of each competition is ultimately up to the host organization, the general intention is to offer multi-day travel events that incorporate match-play as much as possible with the possibility of a club vs. club component mixed in. Subject to facility space, each participating club may be given a certain number of team registrations. As space permits, open tournaments can incorporate teams not affiliated with any particular beach club at the time of participation or reassign unused team registrations from one club to another.

Qualification process for Series Finals/Championship Events? Designated finals/championships events feature bid divisions whereby teams must earn a bid to participate from a prior series event as follows. Whenever possible, non-bid divisions are also offered at championship events.

  • Less than 10 teams – 1st place team. Bid can trickle down to 2nd place team if 1st place team already has a bid.
  • 10-19 teams – 1st and 2nd place teams. No trickling down of bids.
  • 20 or more teams (or Winter Series Finals) – Top 4 teams. No tricking down of bids.

What are the designated Series Finals/Championships Events?

  • Winter Series Finals – February 24-25, 2017  in Gulf Shores, AL – Both bid and non-bid divisions will be offered.

What about Costs/Memberships? Again, it is ultimately up to the host organization and whether competition is 1 day vs. 2 days, but competition entry fees will likely be in the $50-100 range per team. Event hosts are free to decide which sanctioning body (USAV, AAU, VolleyAmerica, etc) to use for their event(s) as this series is not intended to be affiliated specifically with any one sanctioning body.bracketpal

How to join and/or host an event? As year-round sand volleyball programs grow, we anticipate more groups looking to join in and possibly even look to host an event. If looking to do either, send an email to Mark Nalevanko. With many venues having capacity limitations, a prioritized registration process is likely to exist. Whenever possible, BracketPal is used for event management.

Participating Clubs in 2016-2017 Season:  Southern Sand VB (NC), Ohio Valley Beach (OH),  Dulles Volleyball (VA),  Nothin’ Drops VB (VA), Tribe Volleyball (VA), A5 (GA), S3 (GA),  C2 Attack (TN), Cape Coast Volleyball (FL), 692 Beach (TX), Digs Volleyball (LA), Sirenia Beach (FL)

2017-2018 Season Schedule (Preliminary schedule. Subject to change. Additional events along with details will be added once they are confirmed.)

Date Host Location Courts Event Details Register
Nov 18-19 Southern Sand Volleyball (SSV) SSV Complex, Apex, NC 10 ESPL North Carolina  – 2-day event.

Sat, Nov 18 – Pool Play for all age divisions – 10AM-5PM.
Sun, Nov 29 – Double elimination playoff brackets – 9AM-3PM.

We have a special rate available at 2 nearby Marriott chain hotels (Courtyard and Residence Inn).

  • Courtyard
  • Residence Inn or call (919) 467-4080 and ask for the Southern Sand Volleyball rate (Corporate Code 5V0).

Registration to Open in the Fall

Dec 2-3  Ohio Valley Beach Grand Sands, Cincinnati, OH 7 ESPL Ohio – 2-day event.

Sat, Dec 2 – Pool play ; Sun, Dec 3- Playoffs

Registration to Open in the Fall
Dec 29-31 Florida Region/USAV and Southern Sand Hickory Point Beach, Tavares, FL 21 ESPL Winter Oasis (Florida) – 3-day event. Cost: TBA

Anticipated Format:

  • Thurs – Dec 29 – Pool play
  • Fri – Dec 30- Bracket play
  • Sat – Dec 31 – Club Day featuring queen of the beach and club vs. club competitions. Conclude by mid-afternoon.

Host/Recommended hotel is Mission Inn Resort.

  • Closest accommodations to tournament site (approx 2 miles)
  • Booking details to be added by Fall

Registration to Open in the Fall

Dec/Jan/Feb TBD RallyVB Emerson, GA 10 ESPL GA – 2-day event;  TBA
Feb 3-4 Dulles Volleyball TVA Indoor Sand Facility 4 ESPL VA Winter- 1-day event anticipated with different age groups on Sat vs. Sun; Cost: TBA

2682-A Dean Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Feb 24-25 Gulf Coast Region/USAV and Southern Sand On the beach

Gulf Shores, AL

Up to 50 Beach Wars in Gulf Shores – ESPL Winter Series Finals – 2-day event;

Pool play on Day 1 followed by playoff bracket play on Day 2.

Click here for accommodation info. It is recommended to make arrangements early for best selection of options.

Registration to Open in the Fall