Why the shift from Emerald Isle? If you been involved with the Carolina Region Jr Beach tour in recent years, you know we’ve held the championships at Emerald Isle for the past 3 years. It was a tough decision to make a change. We want to thank Emerald Isle for being a great host site the past 3 years. From our perspective, it was special to offer the players a tournament on a real beach, which after all is where the sport of beach volleyball originated, and make it a beach get-a-way trip for many. Given the limited options for hosting a beach tournament on a beach in NC and now that a large inland facility is available in Apex that is centrally located for a lot of players from across the state, it was decided it would make the most sense to hold the event at the Southern Sand Complex. This will enable us to continue to make this event an extra-special, high-quality event.
Qualification for Championships: Entries to the championships will be reserved for teams that automatically qualify by placing 1st (or 2nd if teams/players finishing 1st have already qualified) in the highest division offered for each age group in any of the Carolina Region Jr Beach Tour events. If you participate in any of the following majors, teams finishing in the top 3 in the highest division offered for each age group earn an automatic bid. Based on whether any space is left after bids are awarded, we may introduce wildcards for entry into the tournament or feature non-bid divisions at the event.
* May 16-17: Carolina Grand Slam - Apex/Cary
* May 30-May 31: Charlotte Open - Charlotte
* June 13-14: Carolina Challenge - Wilmington
* June 20: Triad Open – Kernersville/Greensboro
If a player earns a spot but has a partner who is unavailable to participate in the championships, then he/she can pick-up another player who has or has not qualified.
Date: Saturday, July 18
Location: Southern Sand Volleyball Complex - 6175 Old Jenks Rd, Apex, NC, 27523
Host Hotels: Courtyard and Residence Inn of Cary. Closest hotels to complex (5 minutes). We have special rates available at these 2 nearby Marriott chain hotels for anyone looking for accomodations. The Residence Inn includes kitchen and breakfast – 1 bedroom suites at $89 and 2 bedroom suites at $109. Use this link: http://cwp.marriott.com/rduca/southernsand/southernsand_RDURY.html. The Courtyard offers $84 for a standard room. Use this link: http://cwp.marriott.com/rduca/southernsand/southernsand_RDUCA.html
Check-in starts at 8AM. Competition starts shortly after 8:30AM. Finals expected to be played in late afternoon. Season-ending awards will be announced at the conclusion of the finals. Onsite food options are being worked out.
Format (Full Match Play):
With an anticipated smaller field and contingent on the weather, we will make an effort to run the tournament, especially all playoffs, using full matches (best 2 out of 3 sets, first 2 sets to 21, third set to 15).
Cost/Registration (Per Team):
$50. Registration will open after the start of the Carolina Region Jr Beach Tour. As space permits, non-qualified teams will be notified in order of their rankings for the year in early/mid July about a space being available for the team.
LIST OF QUALIFIED TEAMS – will be updated