Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Beach Update: NORCECA Qualifier Results

The NORCECA Beach Tour is back this fall with exciting events in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and Martinique. These tournaments offer a chance for both men and women to showcase their skills and earn valuable points towards qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Qualifying for the Olympics

The road to the Olympic Games is not an easy one. Teams must accumulate ranking points by participating in FIVB World Tour events, with four- and five-star events offering the most points. A minimum of 12 events must be played during the qualification period, which started on September 1, 2018, and will end on June 15, 2020.

The top 15 teams per gender will qualify for the Olympic Games unless they have already secured a spot through other means, such as winning the 2019 FIVB World Championships or winning their respective Continental Cup. Japan, as the host country, automatically qualifies one women’s team and one men’s team.

The Road to Qualification

The NORCECA zone, which includes North America, Central America, and the Caribbean, provides teams with an opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Games through the Continental Cup. The top two teams at the NORCECA Championships will secure their spot in Tokyo.

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But even if teams miss out on qualification through the ranking points or the Continental Cup, there is still a final chance to earn a ticket to the Olympic Games. The FIVB World Continental Cup brings together the second- and third-place teams from all five zonal qualifiers, and the winners of this tournament will complete the lineup for Tokyo.

Upcoming Events

In addition to the NORCECA Beach Tour, there are other exciting competitions on the horizon. The Zhongwei Open in China will see top American beach volleyball teams, including Kelly Reeves/Brittany Howard, Jessica Gaffney/Corinne Quiggle, and Kendra VanZwieten/Lara Dykstra, in action. This two-star event on the FIVB World Tour will be a test of their skills against international competition.

The King of the Court Crown Series 2018 is also underway, with recent stops in Utrecht, Netherlands, and Antwerp, Belgium for the men’s division. American teams Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb and Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick showcased their talents in these events. The series now moves to Honolulu, where both male and female competitors will join the fun.

U.S. women’s teams scheduled to compete in Hawaii include April Ross/Alix Klineman, Summer Ross/Sara Hughes, Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar, Sara Sponcil/Terese Cannon, Emily Day/Betsi Flint, and Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman. The U.S. men’s teams set to participate are Gibb/Ta. Crabb, Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb, Sean Rosenthal/Chase Budinger, Patterson/Slick, and Maddison McKibbin/Riley McKibbin.

With so much beach volleyball action happening around the world, fans and players alike have plenty to look forward to. Stay tuned for more updates and exciting matchups on the road to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Q: How do teams qualify for the Olympic Games in beach volleyball?
A: Teams earn ranking points by participating in FIVB World Tour events, with four- and five-star events offering the most points. The top 15 teams per gender qualify for the Olympic Games, with Japan receiving an automatic spot as the host country. Additional opportunities for qualification include winning the Continental Cup and the FIVB World Continental Cup.

Q: What is the NORCECA zone?
A: The NORCECA zone stands for North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. It is one of the zones in which teams can compete in the Continental Cup to qualify for the Olympic Games.

Q: Who are some of the top U.S. beach volleyball teams to watch out for?
A: The U.S. has a strong presence in beach volleyball with teams like April Ross/Alix Klineman, Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, and Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb. These teams, along with many others, will be competing in major international tournaments, showcasing their skills and aiming for a spot in the Olympic Games.


The NORCECA Beach Tour is in full swing, offering beach volleyball fans exciting competitions and a glimpse into the talent that will be on display at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Teams from all over the world are vying for qualification, accumulating ranking points and competing in important tournaments. The road to the Olympics is not an easy one, but the journey is filled with thrilling matchups and opportunities to showcase skills on the sand. Stay tuned for more updates and get ready for the beach volleyball action that lies ahead. For more information and to stay up to date, visit

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