The Florida Region of USA Volleyball (Eustis, FL) and Exclusive Sports Marketing (Boca Raton, FL) have announced a change in tour management along with the 2012 tour schedule for the USAV Dig the Beach Series, which celebrates its 20th year in 2012.
Florida Region has assumed all management responsibilities for the longest running beach tour in Florida and will now be the only region in USA Volleyball to manage a large multi-stop tour. Competition for both adults and juniors will be offered during the tour. Adult divisions take place on Saturday and junior and adult co-ed divisions play on Sunday.
Dig the Beach tour stops in 2012 will take place at the following Florida beaches:
- April 14-15: Ft. Lauderdale Tour Kickoff – Ft. Lauderdale Beach
- May 12-13: Clearwater Classic & ROX Jr. Series Kickoff – Clearwater Beach
- June 2-3: Ft. Myers Open & ROX Jr. Series Tour Stop – Ft. Myers Beach
- June 9-10: Siesta Key Classic & ROX Jr. Series Tour Stop – Siesta Key Beach
- June 30-July 1: Ft. Lauderdale Classic & ROX Jr. Series Tour Stop – Ft. Lauderdale
- July 14-15: Siesta Key Open & ROX Jr. Series Tour Stop – Siesta Key Beach
- July 28-29: Ft. Lauderdale Open & ROX Jr. Series Tour Championship – Ft. Lauderdale
- August 4-5: Clearwater Open & DTB Tour Championships – Clearwater Beach
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The Florida Region of USA Volleyball was established in 1982 to promote the sport of volleyball and to create competitive playing opportunities for volleyball enthusiasts of all ages throughout the state of Florida. The Florida Region is a member of USA Volleyball and currently serves over 11,000 adult and junior members.
Indoor and outdoor volleyball programs are available for adults, juniors, coaches and officials. Additional information can be found at FloridaVolleyball.org.
“Our long standing partnership with the Florida Region to grow the beach game and the Dig the Beach tour has proven successful over the past four years.” Said Matt Lorraine, CEO of Exclusive Sports Marketing. “The decision to transition all management responsibilities to the Florida Region this year was a logical step to ensure that the tour would continue to grow and thrive going forward. Since the Florida Region is part of the USA Volleyball family and has clearly demonstrated expertise in running beach events, I believe that their leadership and staff will take what we have built so far and will grow it through their affiliation with the red, white, and blue. Since 2012 is an Olympic year, the anticipated interest in the sport would be at an all time high and all signs point to another very successful year of beach volleyball in Florida. I look forward to seeing the tour expand its position in the beach volleyball landscape, under the direction of the Florida Region management. I invite any companies that would like to be affiliated with the longest running each tour in Florida to contact me directly to discuss partnership options.”
Top finishing teams in the Junior Open Division at each event will earn a bid to the USAV Junior Beach Tour Championships at a location to be announced soon. Adults in the Open Division will be eligible to earn points towards the USA Volleyball beach ranking system. Top finishing teams on the tour will earn a wild card bid to the US Open of Beach Volleyball.
The Florida Region will sanction affiliate beach events during the season based upon requirements set by the Beach Advisory Committee. These beach events will take place throughout the season and will be listed on the USAV Dig the Beach tour page of the Florida Region website.
Dave Williams, Managing Director for USA Beach Volleyball,
“This is exciting news for beach volleyball enthusiasts in Florida! The Florida Region has been a trail blazer with regards to promoting beach volleyball and growing the beach game. Their long standing partnership with Exclusive Sports Marketing to create the largest tour in the US has helped Florida become a model that other USA Volleyball regions can adopt. This transition of management responsibilities is a logical step and should allow for greater participation across the state as Steve and his staff take the reins. I am also pleased to announce that the top finishing Open teams from the USAV Dig the Beach tour will be awarded an at-large bid to the US Open of Beach Volleyball. This is great news for beach volleyball and I encourage athletes from across the US to make a trip to Florida and experience the USAV Dig the Beach series.”
The Florida Region has several tour enhancements and additions in 2012 to help the Dig the Beach Tour to maintain its position as the premier beach series in Florida.
2012 Dig the Beach Tour enhancements and additions:
- New 8U and 10U divisions on Sunday with smaller courts and lower nets
- New 21U and 26U divisions on Sunday for college age athletes
- New 45 and Over (Masters) divisions for adults on Saturday
- Lower cost Open Division entry fees
- Credentials and photo opportunities for Open/Pro Players
- Enhanced center court layout and awards podium sponsored by ROX Volleyball
- Open/Pro player music play lists on Saturday
- “How well do you know the pros” trivia
- USAV officials on bother center courts all day on Saturday
- DTB Tour apparel featuring the latest styles
- Player highlights for Open/Pro players and up-and-coming junior athletes
- Junior National Beach Tour Qualifiers for junior athletes
- ROX Beach Girls on Saturday for raffles, photos and prize giveaways
“We are pleased to announce this news,” commented Steve Bishop, Executive Director for the Florida Region of USA Volleyball and Tour Director for the USAV Dig the Beach Tour. “Our plan is simple, we intend to take a well-respected (and well-attended) beach tour and make it even better. With the various tour enhancements that we plan to implement in 2012, the look and feel of the tour should be similar, but the logistics, infrastructure, and the program offering will be uniquely improved. Our mandate is to create playing opportunities for players of all ages and our relationships with the local cities and respective sports commissions is strong. Our hope is that beach athletes will continue to support this tour and let us know how we are doing along the way. We will do our very best to take this tour to the next level, in all aspects. I look forward toa great 2012 beach season here in Florida!”
Attendance at Dig the Beach tour events is estimated to be between 300 to 350 teams at each event. Divisions offered will be Open, AAA, AA, A, BB, Masters, Corporate and Co-ed for adults. Juniors will be able to play in age divisions ranging from 8u to 18u and a new seniors division for 21u and 26u.
The Florida Region office will also sanction affiliate and private events during the season to allow junior athletes to accumulate points at approximately 20 events towards the USAV Junior Regional Beach Rankings.
Exclusive Sports Marketing fills an important sports niche and caters to all types of athletes and sports fans. Their mission is to manage the most exciting and challenging recreational lifestyle sporting events in the country. Events include triathlons, marathons, stand up paddle board competitions and beach volleyball events.
USA Volleyball is the National Governing Body for the sport of volleyball in the United States and is recognized by the Federation International de Volleyball and the United States Olympic Committee. USA Volleyball currently serves over 270,000 members across the United States and manages the indoor, beach and sitting volleyball Olympic teams along with the Jose Cuervo Beach Volleyball Tour. For more information, please visit USAvolleyball.org.
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