WITH much of California indoor group activity still closed and ample uncertainty of what the 2020-2021 Volleyball Club season will bring, WEST Volleyball will be hosting tryouts and initial team practices at the beach. As indoor group activities resume and restrictions are lifted from indoor competitive sports and practice facilities, WEST teams will move team practices back into the gym and continue with approved safety protocols in place.
With all high school volleyball seasons being postponed until spring, the club volleyball community is faced with a big challenge. Conflict for practice time and tournament schedules is not in the best interest of the athlete so WEST Volleyball will break from early December through the end of the high school season. Practices and tournament play will resume when conflicts are over.
Team commitments will require a deposit for uniform and athlete registrations and families will be responsible for a monthly training fee solely during active months of practice (no fees will be collected during the high school break or under any unforeseen statewide restrictive play orders). Tournaments will be scheduled according to team and tournament availability. Each tournament added to a team schedule will be an additional cost based travel requirements and operation costs. We hope that with this new payment plan, we can continue to keep our players on a structured practice schedule, play in tournaments when available, offer a safe solution to gym closures and Covid 19 restrictions, and provide parents a financial peace of mind.
Is an excellent means for players to improve all around volleyball skills. Playing 2 person beach volleyball demands each player learn to execute every aspect of the game: serve, pass, set, attack, block and dig. Beach volleyball is now an NCAA sport with over 100 universities around the country offering programs, many of which also offer beach volleyball scholarships. WEST coaches are accomplished NCAA beach athletes, current FIVB beach athletes, and current and former AVP professionals. What better way to learn and improve beach skills, than from coaches who have achieved the highest level of success in the sand.
It's no secret that a few months of volleyball in the sand has a major impact on the development of indoor skills. WEST will be hosting this program to give our athletes an advantage many clubs across the country do not have and offer exposure into the new NCAA Championship sport of Sand Volleyball.
WEST BEACH TEAM will be divided into relative age groups/skill for all practices.
WEST Beach Team will focus on Beach Volleyball fundamentals and competitive play. Teams and coaches will travel to local beach competitions and compete as a team in each age division. Athletes are not required to sign up with a partner. Coaches will pair athletes for tournaments based on availability and compatibility,
WEST Registration and tuition fee will include all practices, uniform items, and tournament coaching. Athletes will be required to register and pay for tournaments through tournament event registration links. Tournament registrations and Beach Volleyball Organization memberships are not included in WEST BEACH tuition.
Practices are held in Santa Monica at Ocean Park Beach. Location is about a half mile South of Santa Monica Pier. Enter parking lot at Hollister St., hourly parking is available. Courts are in front of Perrys Cafe - address is 2600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90405.
WEST BEACH TEAM will compete in scheduled tournaments and possible inter-club competitions. Coaches will assist athletes with game management and competitive play. WEST Tournament schedule is subject to change. Dates may need to change based on tournament availability.
Athletes do not need to sign up with a designated partner, though they may request to do so. If athlete does not sign up with a designated partner, WEST coaches will pair athletes for tournaments. Every effort will be made to pair up all athletes for tournamets.
Organizations listed below host tournaments all Summer long. Athletes can register for WEST scheduled tournaments (CBVA) as well as others. Athletes are encouraged to play in as many tournaments as possible.
AAU (Amatuer Athletic Union) - www.aaubeach.org
CBVA (California Beach Volleyball Association) - www.cbva.com
USAV (USA Volleyball Youth Beach Tour) - www.teamusa.org
WEST Volleyball Club Director and USAV Beach High Performance Coach John Anselmo at High Performance Tryouts in Atlanta, GA
WEST Volleyball Alum and University of Arizona Sand Volleyball Athlete Natalie Anselmo
WEST Beach Program 2017
AAU Junior Girls Beach National Championships