About Us2021-09-22T11:19:50-07:00

COMING 2022!

THE DREAM

To share our passion and love for the game.
The Sand Club experience is absolutely “sandtastic” and our number one goal is to connect everyone to our community that contacts us.

Since 2007, The Sand Club has been offering leagues, tournaments, and clinics for adults. In 2009, The Sand Club created The Starter Club for players who were not making their school team and players looking to learn about the “beach game”. With the success of players making their team the following year, The Starter Club quickly evolved from beginner into competitive players.

In 2014, The Sand Club created The Sand Club Academy providing year-round training for dedicated, sand volleyball players.

The Sand Club connected with EVP Tour, the largest PRO-AM tour in the US, and created Varsity EVP for competitive youth sand volleyball tournaments.

In April of 2015, The Sand Club celebrated the Grand Opening of Mesquite Beach, located within Mesquite High School, featuring four courts with professional-grade sand and lighting. Mesquite Beach is the premier facility for junior beach volleyball training, leagues, and tournaments.

Starting January 2022, The Sand Club will host leagues, tournaments, clinics, and events at Legacy Sports Park featuring 12 first-class sand volleyball courts and a 1,500 seat Stadium Court. It’s gonna be #sandtastic!! Read the full announcement here: https://www.legacysportsusa.com/the-sand-club-announcement.

The Sand Club is the largest sand volleyball club in Arizona with over 500 active players during the week. In addition to junior training, junior and adult tournaments, and adult leagues, The Sand Club hosts a number of special events each year, including Holiday Costume tournaments, Glow in the Dark events, Legacy Championships, USA Volleyball National Qualifiers, AVP Qualifiers, and other sand volleyball sanctioned events.

Adult Leagues & Tournaments

THE MISSION

The Sand Club offers muscle memory beach volleyball training, volleyball specific conditioning, weekly games and plenty of tournament opportunities for junior players ages 10-17 in Mesa, Gilbert and the surrounding cities of the Arizona Phoenix Valley.

All head coaches are AVP certified and the owner is a proud recipient of the Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Award for contributing outstanding participation, motivation and other services in the promotion of volleyball. The Sand Club is also committed to be a resource for parents with news about local and out-of-state tournaments and helpful volleyball links and ways to connect with other volleyball parents.

THE CULTURE

Our culture begins with the parents believing that being an athlete first will begin the process of progressing at beach volleyball. The Sand Club philosophy can be described in two words: Win. Learn.  We do not believe in losing.  We are always learning.

Good character will build unlimited reward. The Sand Club’s goals are to encourage players to be outgoing, attentive, encouraging, optimistic, industrious, dedicated, resilient, adaptive and enthusiastic in order to help continuously be successful. Dr John C Maxwell, an internationally recognized leadership expert, says “talent is a gift, but character is a choice.” Many talented athletes’ collegiate and/or professional careers are cut short due to the lack of character but even the most “mediocre” athletes go on to be societies’ greatest leaders. Youth sports are the beginning of life’s lessons.

MEET THE SAND CLUB COACHES

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• Fingerprint Clearance Card
• USA Volleyball Certified Coach
Robert L Lindsay Meritorious Service Award from USA Volleyball
• Double-Goal Coach Certified by Positive Coaching Alliance
SafeSport Certified
Heat Illness Prevention Certified

Allen Alexander, owner and coach, established The Sand Club in 2007 and has officiated well over 1000 sand volleyball matches. Before The Sand Club, Coach Allen was an instructor from 1999-2003 and program director for Leona Group Arizona, LLC. In 2003-2004, he developed an entire coarse curriculum for East Valley Institute of Technology. Coach Allen applies his years of experience in preparing daily lesson plans to his coaching. In 2009, Coach Allen established The Starter Club for youth volleyball players that did not make their school volleyball team and young aspiring beach volleyball athletes. Then in 2010, Allen started networking with professional beach volleyball players to offer more advanced training for The Starter Club players that were looking for something more, which lead to The Sand Club Academy in 2014.

Coach Allen is originally from Milwaukee Wisconsin and is married to Heather Alexander with two daughters Gabby and Kylie. When he is not playing, running events, or coaching volleyball he is enjoying his family. During the mornings, Coach Allen runs a web company with his wife. Coach Allen loves pizza and stand-up comedy.

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Coach Kristen Rohr played on numerous professional beach volleyball tours including the AVP and NVL from 2007- 2017. She finished her professional playing career ranked 5th in the nation. Rohr is currently the Division 1 Head Coach for the #8 ranked Grand Canyon University Beach Volleyball team. She is also the AVCA Beach Board Rep, USAV High-Performance Coach and Scout, and a Beach Nation Master Coach. She has numerous alumni who are competing on the AVP and international pro tours. Coach Rohr will be an amazing resource for players that aspire to play college beach volleyball and find the best fit after high school.

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Coach Skylar Del Sol is an AVP professional beach volleyball player and will be the Director at the new location, Legacy Sports USA. Skylar has also been a FIVB world tour competitor, five-time NVL tournament winner and two-time NVL National Champion. His volleyball resume includes NVL awards for Best Setter, Best Defensive Player and Team of the Year, among many others. Skylar has competed with and among the most elite beach volleyball players in the world, both stateside and in exotic locations like the Cayman Islands, Iran and Australia. His passion is to coach, train and run pro, youth and adult events.

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Coach Austin has a great story of playing youth sports and not finding his strengths until he found beach volleyball. Two years ago, Austin registered for the AVPNext with his partner and qualified for the Main Draw. Now, he plays with some of the best players in the Valley. Coach Austin is dedicated to filling athlete’s “confidence tanks” so they can get anywhere they set their minds to. The AVP Academy Phoenix is excited to have this Arizona native help shape the minds of young beach volleyball players.

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Coach Jess is originally from San Diego Beach Volleyball Club. Her senior year of high school, she helped her team win an indoor Championship and named All-Academic Team and honor roll. Coach Jess went on to play college indoor volleyball where she was named MVP, team captain, All-Region and First Team All-Conference but also earned her AAA rating (highest level) with California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA). When Coach Jess isn’t coaching, she is finishing her senior year of college with ASU digital (looking to get into medical sales). Coach Jess plans to continue with The Sand Club through the summer and be there for our 2021 Traveling Team in Hermosa July 5-11 (California native, who will help prepare our players for the wind and other elements).

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Coach Lili is from Tucson, where her coach was Claire D’Amore (former AVP Pro and owner of Desert Sand Club).  Lillian Hanna played in the AAU Beach Junior Olympics two years in a row and played collegiately indoor, so Coach Lili is amazing at helping players transition from indoor to sand.

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Vanessa received All-District and All-State honors in high school, which earned her a “free ride” in college as an outside hitter. Her freshman year she earned All-Capital Athletic Conference second team honors averaging 2.63 kills per set and 2.96 digs per set. Vanessa followed her coach to play in Arkansas her junior and senior year. After earning her BA, she traveled to Missouri for her Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Coach Vanessa brings her master organizationals skills and vast experience of playing volleyball in college. She has a tremendous amount of knowledge to help players prepare for the next level and use volleyball as a vehicle for their education.

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Coach Kye Heaton won the State Championship his senior year and 2018 5A Player of the Year.  While Kye was still in high school, he played in The Sand Club men’s beach volleyball league.  Kye continued playing college volleyball, where he set the team record of 531 assists as the starting setter and made honorable mention his freshman year as California Pacific Conference All-Conference Team.  Due to COVID, his sophomore was cancelled so Coach Kye started dedicating his time to coaching beach volleyball.  Not only is Kye a great hand setter (indoor and beach) but he also brings a high level of blocking and attacking knowledge to our club, standing at 6’1″.  Kye and his team just won The Sand Club’s Division 1 Coed 4’s adult beach league.

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Coach Heather Alley played 35 AVP professional events from 2003-2008, playing on just about every beach from California to Texas to Chicago to Florida. Now, Coach Heather is a teacher at Mohave Middle School by day and Beach Cap Certified Coach by night and also works with players on their speed, agility and vertical training in order to better prepare for weekend tournaments.

• Background Check
• Fingerprint Clearance Card
• Heat Illness Certified
• NFHS COVID Certified

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