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Training Programs

One Beach is proud to offer the highest quality, value driven, beach volleyball training in all of Arizona! Lead by collegiate and Beach CAP certified coaches, we are committed to provide year-round training for Beach Volleyball enthusiasts and inquisitors alike.

Tournaments

One Beach is pleased to offer tournaments throughout the year. Most are doubles competition by age group, but we do sprinkle in some fun 4x4 and co-ed tournaments as well. See the details for our upcoming tournaments on our Events page.

Beach Camps

One Beach will host 2-4 day camps throughout the year. For ages 12 and up, these camps are a great opportunity to grow your Beach Volleyball skills over a short period of time. One Beach can also come to your school and host a camp with your kids! Just let us know. **picture from camp at OCHS. Details

Beach Clinics

One Beach Clinics are open to all ages and skill levels. Our goal is to move you along your development of Beach Volleyball skills in a structured and fun environment.

Information Sessions

One Beach offers periodic information sessions to help prospective players and parents get to know more about what One Beach is all about as well as Beach Volleyball at large. Schedule and details

FAQs

A: No. That is the beauty of training with One Beach. We group like skilled players in the same training group so you get an opportunity to play with a bunch of different players and potential partners.

A: No. USAV, AIA and CIF have all ruled that athletes may participate in any combination simultaneously without conflict.

A: Serious. Purposeful. Fun!

Our Select training groups are geared for athletes who are eyeing playing Beach Volleyball after their High School years - whether that be Pro, Semi-Pro or just through College.

Our Club training groups are mindful of the many demands that a young athlete has, and purposefully prepares them to compete in tournaments or for a spot on their High School Beach team while they determine if there may be something more for them beyond that.

Our Little Ones training groups are all about introducing your young one’s to the wonderful game of Beach Volleyball! They will have lots of fun as they learn the ins and outs of this great game.

A: Yes! With the introduction of Women’s Beach Volleyball as an NCAA emerging sport in 2010, the popularity has grown exponentially! Women’s Beach Volleyball earned the recognition as an NCAA Championship sport in 2015 with the first Division I National Championships held in the spring of 2016.

But, do not bring your child here because you want them to earn a scholarship. Bring them here because you want them to have the joy of playing beach volleyball, and the opportunity to challenge themselves physically while making great friends. If a scholarship is your main goal your should hire a tutor, because there is a lot more money in academic scholarships. Having said that, we are in active communication with NCAA Beach Volleyball coaches about our athletes. We are prepared to help our athletes reach whatever goals they may have. We are constantly learning more from the best coaches & athletes in the game. Our vision is to provide an environment of fun and competitive play where our athletes can grow. When they grow to love this sport, they can take it as far as they want!

A: Yes, but you have to be willing to get dirty :o) It will only take a few minutes to get over any fears, then you will just plain have fun, and you’ll be really glad you came. If you are an indoor player, beach can really help your indoor game. Since there are only two players on each side of the net, you will learn every skill! You never get substituted out and you get to touch the ball every time it comes over the net! There are a bunch of other great benefits, but you’ll have to come and join us to experience them all.

A: No. The more you run around in the sand the easier it gets, and you’ll be amazed how quickly you get used to it.

A: Each season may be a little different offering, but all the same great coaching! Check out our current schedule and pricing on our Events page.

A: You don’t have to, but you will want to! Tournaments are a great way to see the fruit of all your labor. They will also highlight areas that you can improve on so you are more competitive in the next tournament you will want to play in.

A: Beyond the monthly tournaments that One Beach generally hosts, there are a variety of other organizations that host tournaments on a regular basis. We will try to point you to them or post them on our Events Calendar.

A: There are AVP Next tournaments, AZVB tournaments, Sand Club tournaments, USAV tournaments, CBVA tournaments, AAU tournaments, USA Youth Tour Tournaments, USAV Beach High Performance and other tournaments. Play them all!

A: Both. If you can hang in the adult tournaments, you will learn new things, so take advantage of every opportunity.

A: In general, YES! Play, play, play. Of course, be a carful about overtraining, overuse injuries, or anything that gets sore. Make sure you get LOTS of sleep prior to playing a lot. If school is in session, make sure your schoolwork is done - business before pleasure! We prefer to be in church on Sunday morning, but when we have to be at a Sunday tournament, we take our families to church on Saturday night or Sunday night or both.

A: In general, it’s probably best to play with several different partners over the course of the season. Don’t commit to one partner for every tournament for the whole year. A good rule of thumb is to partner up 3 weeks in advance of a tournament so you aren’t scrambling for a partner 2 days before.

  • Play with partners you enjoy. It should be fun!
  • If you’re winning tournaments consistently, you may want to stay with that partner.
  • There are benefits to playing with the same partner. You get used to each other, to the roles you each fill.
  • There are benefits to playing with different partners. You learn different things based on the roles you get to play.

A: That’s a tough question. You need to work that out with your indoor coach. In our experience, most coaches who have played beach are strong advocates of playing both. Beach makes you stronger. Beach makes you quicker and more explosive. Beach causes you to be an all-around player, to master every skill. Also, this is ABSOLUTELY something you should discuss when you select your club coach next season. It won't be a good fit if you're passionate about beach and your club coach forbids beach volleyball, which is more common than you might think.

A: It’s best to play both sides as a developing player. It helps you create a wider range of skills. You’ll encounter players who are only comfortable playing one side or the other, so if you can play either side, you’ll have more choices of partners. As you approach the higher levels, there are advantages for right handed players to play on the left and left handed players to play on the right - so you will eventually want to choose.

A: AVP Next, CBVA, AAU & USA Jr Tour all have a September 1 cutoff date. It’s the same as indoor. You can verify your age division using this handy calculator: HERE

A: NO. [TO BE PERFECTLY ACCURATE: Receiving serve with hands separated is ONLY allowed in FIVB beach tourneys, BUT hands must be perfect, no double hit allowed like indoors. It's very difficult to do without committing a violation. So, as a general rule, even at the highest pro levels, players almost never receive serve with their hands.]

A: THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION. Athletes who don’t bring these items can be MISERABLE or even UNSAFE.

  • Water. LOTS of water.
  • Sunglasses
  • Visor or baseball cap (Yes, you WILL quickly get used to it, and it will save you from looking old at a young age)
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Sweats – it gets COLD when the sun gets low or cloudy/foggy
  • Sports drink/snack if you need them.

A: Yes, you can play both. Many do. It’s fun! And, they complement each other. Beach teaches all the skills and gets you strong. Indoor gets you used to hitting against two blockers, so when you come on the sand and only see one set of hands up to block, it feels easy as pie!

Arizona became the first state to sponsor High School Beach Volleyball as one of their interscholastic sports in 2012, and it continues to grow in participation each year. In 2017, there were nearly 50 high schools in CIF-SS of California competing in High School Beach Volleyball through the Interscholastic Beach Volleyball League (www.IBVL.org).

In college, you can play both. But, each is a huge commitment. As the sport continues to grow, you will see fewer and fewer crossover players. For instance, in the PAC 12, the well established Beach Volleyball programs have very few indoor players on their rosters any more. Whereas in the WCC, most all the girls that play indoor will also make up the Beach roster.

A: Unfortunately, no. We have to pay for the courts regardless of who comes. We have coaches’ salaries and fixed insurance, equipment and administrative costs. The pricing is set with the anticipation that players will not necessarily make every practice. However, we can accommodate a minimal amount of make up sessions over the season if you know you will be missing some ahead of time.

A: At the very highest level, the US Olympic coaches believe that “The Game Teaches the Game!” And they believe this applies to every level. Isolation & repetition (blocked) training are “old-school”. Sports science has determined that most skills practiced in isolation don’t transfer well to actual play. The best use of athletes’ time is to PLAY, PLAY, PLAY. Our training and drills are designed with that in mind. Our goal is to maximize the number of contacts (serves, passes, sets, hits, digs, blocks) during each training session.

Another goal is to create intrinsic learners who think for themselves, rather than looking to the coach when they make a mistake. Intrinsic learners think for themselves and look to themselves or their partner/teammate for help. The current generation of athletes are often way over-coached. They need more time playing. We believe in limited demonstration or instruction followed by multiple opportunities for the athlete to practice the skill. Our drills are game-like, with a score, a winner/loser and a consequence. We have found this to be the best way of acquiring skills.

We're aware that, in general, parents like to see lots of instruction, and kids like to just play. We understand that there needs to be a balance. But, our training is not driven by either. It is driven by what best develops the athlete. Beach volleyball is one of the most demanding sports in the world and the best way to get better at it is to PLAY, PLAY, PLAY. In the end, that’s why we’re out here in the first place, to PLAY AND HAVE FUN!

A: Those can be valuable and we offer them. They are a good time to work on a specific skill or technique. Isolations and repetitions can be valuable in private lessons. Private lessons can be good with 1 person, 2 or even 4.

A: THE EASY ANSWER: Yes. Here’s how:

  1. We’ll teach them to be a better beach volleyball player.
  2. Beach volleyball skills make them a better indoor volleyball player too.
  3. We’ll share our knowledge of which schools are offering NCAA scholarship beach programs, and how to get the coaches to look at your child. Current list of NCAA schools offering beach volleyball scholarships: HERE
  4. The main way to get a beach scholarship is to play sand tournaments and do well in them. To do well in them, train during the week and play lots of sand tournaments on weekends.

A: THE HARD ANSWER: If your #1 concern is making sure your child can go to college, and that’s the reason you’re spending money on volleyball, you should take that money instead and spend it on a private tutor. Great grades and test scores will open up more opportunities than sports. Also, have them spend time on extracurriculars, particularly service projects. Volleyball should be FUN and your kid should be playing it because they love it. If they love it, they may then put in the time to be great and get a scholarship and more. Either way, they’ll have had a wonderful childhood and they’ll have a sport they’ll love for life!

A: Let’s start at the high end. You can play beach volleyball later in life than any other active sport except swimming. There is no other sport where a middle-aged or older person can go all out, jumping and diving across the court, without ending up on the hospital.

At the low end, you can start beach volleyball at any age. From 2 years on, it’s fun to pass a volleyball with your kid, especially if you use the recommended youth ball which is super easy on little kids' arms. Or, play with a balloon, which is fun at ANY age, but is great for young kids because the ball stays in the air.

A: No, but then again…Yes! You do not HAVE to buy a ball. We provide them at our training sessions. The tournament directors provide the court ball at tourneys. But, you WANT to buy a ball. It’s nice to bring your own to the tourneys so you can warm up whenever you want and have extra balls to warm up with. More important, you can then have a game at any beach. And, great players have a ball in their hands all the time, at home, in the car, wherever they are. Parents have to get used to the repetitive sound of the kids passing to each other or setting themselves repeatedly-it’s a small price to pay!

A: Least expensive good ball is the white & yellow Wilson Official AVP at Costco.It's nearly identical to the white & blue Wilson Collegiate Sand ball, which the NCAA & CBVA are using.

A: Yes! Play any day that it’s fun. BUT, don’t play very long on the day before a tournament. If you’re playing Saturday, then on Friday you should play light or not at all.

A: Do what is safe. First of all, consult your doctor. We are not doctors. If you have a concern that your child is overtraining, consult your doctor. Also, be sensitive to any soreness or injury, and if you have those, consult your doctor.

Having said all that, many of us do or did play, play, play and play some more. The beach is easy on the body. As long as it’s fun, play, play and play. But, keep #1 in mind at all times.

It’s the development program for the US National Team, which is the Olympic Team in Olympic years. It’s a way USA Volleyball is creating a pipeline of quality prospects, so they can develop them over a period of years. It’s good for your players to attend at least one beach HP tryout and one indoor HP tryout each year. USA Volleyball provides some of the best coaching training available. Our director and many of our coaches have attended the High Performance Coaching Seminars (taught by Olympic coach Hugh McCutcheon, Olympic Gold Medalist Karch Kiraly, Stanford coach John Dunning and others), the USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP I & CAP II) and the USA Volleyball Beach Coaching Accreditation Program (BCAP). We recommend you participate in the USA Beach High Performance programs if you are invited to do so.

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