In February 2017:
-Uprising Volleyball from Washington
-Santa Cruz Beach Volleyball Club from California
-Albuquerque Volleyball Academy from New Mexico
-RPM Sand from Arizona
-Grayhawk from Arizona
-Volley4Life from Arizona
-BeachFirst from Arizona
-Aspire from Arizona
-Eclipse from Arizona
-The Sand Club Academy from Arizona
…all attended the Presidential Cup. Are you ready for the Memorial Cup and one more chance to earn a bid to the AVPFirst National Championship?
Questions & Answers
Q: Are all youth players welcome to play AVPFirst?
A: Yes, all ages are welcome to play AVPFirst as long as they are still attending high school and have an AVP membership.
Q: Where do you get an AVP membership?
A: Go to https://avp.regfox.com/avp-membership
Q: Do coaches need an AVP membership to coach?
A: Yes, coaches need an AVP membership too. The AVPFirst is also dedicated to create access for all children and their families, regardless of the neighborhood in which they reside or their economic status by offering a series of community clinics, training camps, coaching education workshops. Coach’s memberships will also be going toward a good cause. Plus, it’s about the player’s safety and comfort. AVPFirst asks parent to let the players work through the events without coaching unless the parent or coach has an AVP membership.
Q: Why is the AVPFirst Presidential & Memorial Cup a 3-day event?
A: Both events are over 3 days so teams can play match play (best of 3). Day 1, all teams will play 3-4 preliminary matches. The preliminary matches will seed teams into a double-elimination playoff on Day 2. The winner bracket will be match play (best of 3) but the contender bracket may be reduced to a single game depending on how many teams are registered. Day 3 will be dedicated to the semifinals, finals (both match play) and award ceremony.
Q: What are the times for the AVPFirst Presidential & Memorial Cup?
A: The times will be determined 4-7 days before the event because the number of teams per age division will determine the most efficient way to schedule the matches.
Q: Can players sign up for more than one AVPFirst events?
A: Yes, in fact the players will receive points and points will earn better seeding at the National Championship. Players are welcome to sign up for one or as many events that work with their schedule.
Q: When is the 2017 AVPFirst National Championship?
A: July 20-23 in Hermosa Beach California.
Q: Can junior players play in AVPNext events as well?
A: Yes, youth beach volleyball players as young as 14 years of age are welcome to play in AVPNext events. However, the points do not carry over for either. The AVPFirst National Championship will be seeded strictly based on AVPFirst event results.
Q: Do you players need an AVPFirst and AVPNext membership?
A: No, once a player has an AVP membership a players is eligible to play AVPNext and AVPFirst events.
Q: What is the difference between AAU, USAV and AVPFirst? Why are there so many different organizations?
A: Each organization is different but each organization is providing an awesome opportunity for young athletes to compete at across the USA. AVPFirst Championship offers a double elimination match play format much like their professional tour and the goal is to develop a deeper connection between AVP professional athletes and the community.
Q: How are teams seeded for AVPFirst at Mesquite Beach?
A: The Sand Club will be looking at tournament results within 365 days as well as USAV points to help with seeding.
Q: Can players switch partners?
A: Yes, players may switch their partners and their individual points will carry onto the next AVPFirst event. However, once a player has a bid to the AVPFirst National Championship they must play with the player they won with unless the player is unable to attend.
Q: Does a bid earn mean a free entry?
A: No, players that earn a bid have reserved spot (before the registration deadline) in the AVPFirst National Championship. Not everyone plays the Nationals, only the players/teams with bids.
Q: Are there early bird specials?
A: Yes, teams that register before April 21st will pay $120/team ($60/player). Normal rate is $130/team (April 22nd – May 5th). After May 5th, registration is $140. Registration will probably close May 19th in order to email parents the format and times. Walk-in registrations very unlikely and not guaranteed a spot. Parents/players are emailed 24-48 hours in advance with time projections so everyone may plan their weekend.
Q: Where is Mesquite Beach?
A: Mesquite Beach is located at Mesquite High School 500 S McQueen Rd Gilbert AZ 85233. The outdoor sand volleyball courts are west of the tennis courts by the north entrance of the school. The north entrance is just south of Elliot Rd on the west side of McQueen Rd.
Q: Is there food or designated food breaks?
A: Typically, an email will be sent to the parents/players about food or meal planning. However, outside food and drinks are welcome but alcohol IS NOT permitted on the high school premise.