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Here are some frequently asked questions about the USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour (USAV JBT) in Arizona:
What is the USA JBT? USA Volleyball is a governing body of volleyball in the US. The JBT are nationally recognized events throughout the nation, including 60 events in 24 states, including the Mesquite Beach Series in Arizona. The top 3 teams of each age division for all 4 events (1/21, 2/4, 3/11, 4/8) will earn a bid to the USAV JBT National Championship. For more information about USAV JBT, go to http://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/usa-teams/beach-volleyball/junior-programs/2015-usav-junior-beach-tour/about-junior-beach-tour.
Do players need to play all of the USAV JBT events? No. The USAV JBT is an open series, meaning players may play one or all but the player with the most points will be recognized as the point champion for the Mesquite Beach Series. Again, the top 3 teams of each age division for all 4 events will earn a bid National Bid.
Why are the USAV JBT dates conflicting with some indoor dates? The beach schedule is not intended to conflict with the indoor schedule; rather, the beach schedule is an opportunity for more tournaments for the players that are committed to beach programs but welcomes all USAV members when the events work with their schedule. Any suggestions of dates will be considered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a membership fee? Yes. Players of the USAV JBT will need a current USAV membership in order to participate. This year there is a $20 outdoor membership but any current USAV membership will work. Here is the direct link to get started https://webpoint.usavolleyball.org/wp/memberships/join.wp?mbr_ChapterID=25950
What is the format of the USAV JBT in Arizona? The format is 2-on-2 (with a set partner). All teams will play a minimum of 84 total points played (not earned). For example, a team in a 4-team pool will play 3 games to 28 points (10-28, 16-28, 28-26). The total points played in this example is 136 but 54 points earned. Typically, teams will play 3-4 pool play games and the top teams advance to the playoffs.
Do all teams qualify for the playoffs? No but maybe Yes. There will be some tournaments where the tournament director will announce that all teams advance but most tournaments will only have 6-8 teams advance to the playoffs, depending on the number of teams and time.
What is the playoff format? The playoff will be a single-elimination bracket with games to 21 points, win by 2, no cap. Depending on the time and the tournament director’s discretion, semifinals and finals may be matches.
May players change partners? Yes. Players may participate with different partners throughout the USAV JBT but players are not able to change partners during the same tournament. The individual(s) with the most points for the Mesquite Beach Series in Arizona will be recognized.
May anyone register for the National? Yes. The Winter Finals is open to all players but players with more participating points have a better opportunity for seeding. Parents and players need to understand that California tournaments consist of double (sometimes 4 times) the amount of participating teams, so players are receiving more points in California.
What are the benefits of playing the USAV JBT in Arizona? The Mesquite Beach Series in Arizona first and foremost offers players more opportunities to play meaningful beach volleyball tournaments at a local level. With that said, the Mesquite Beach Series will build the player’s athletic resume. The Mesquite Beach Series will also start to establish a better seeding for players as they play more out-of-state competitions.
Does every participant of USAV JBT events earn points? Yes. All participants of JBT events (not to be confused with CBVA or non-JBT but USAV events) earn points, even when teams do not advance to the playoffs. Some CBVA (California Beach Volleyball Association) tournaments record results 1st-7th.
Are CBVA and out-of-state JBT events recommended? Parents and players need to decide for themselves what the tournaments mean for them. CBVA and other out-of-state tournaments will definitely offer great competition. The Sand Club Academy has had sandtastic experiences with attending VolleyOC events.
Parents are welcome to email email@example.com or call 480-560-5090 for any additional questions or concerns about the USAV JBT Winter Series in Arizona.