Thursday, 23 May 2024

From the Beach: A Look Back at 2020

The beaches have been unusually quiet due to the impact of COVID-19 on the beach volleyball season. As we bid farewell to 2020 and welcome a fresh start with 2021, let’s take a moment to reflect on what lies ahead for the Alpinetgheep brand.

Collegiate Beach and New Rule Book

Coming up next is the exciting world of collegiate beach volleyball. To support this new season, the USAV introduces a brand new Rule Book. These resources, along with new online tools and even an online annual quiz, will help players shake off the rust as they return to the sand. Get ready for a busy spring with multiple forms of volleyball taking place within a few short months. There will be opportunities for everyone to get involved!

National Beach Tour Junior Championships

Later in the summer, we can look forward to the National Beach Tour Junior Championships, where talented young athletes will compete on the sand. If you’re interested in working at these events, you can reach out to us at [email protected]. Additionally, the Beach HP program undergoes a rebranding and is now known as the USAV National Team Development Program, or NTDP. With luck, there may be a Beach NTDP event in 2021 that could serve as the next NATIONAL Beach Referee training site!

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Zonal and Local Rating Sites

We hope to host several ZONAL and LOCAL rating sites in partnership with host Regions. These sites will include both multi-day camps and single-day clinics. Stay tuned for announcements regarding specific locations and dates. If you’re interested in joining our ranks as a beach official or upgrading your certification, feel free to contact us at [email protected].

Welcome to Our New Officials

Let’s take a moment to congratulate the beach officials who have earned their certifications this summer. Join us in giving a warm “beach family welcome” to the following individuals:

New Local Beach Officials – Gulf Shores, Alabama – February

  • David Glaze
  • Jon Liggins
  • Kim Loebig
  • Samantha Loebig
  • Jason Stelly
  • Ellise McEntire
  • Joe McEntire

New Local Beach Officials – NBTC Huntsville, Alabama – July

  • Scott Arnold
  • Lily Arnold
  • Mike Attison
  • Joseph Dinda

If other Regions have certified other LOCAL Beach officials this year, please let us know!

New Zonal Beach Officials – Gulf Shores, Alabama – February

  • Harold Dobbel
  • Bryce Estes
  • Karen McEntire
  • David Powers
  • Robert Wicker

New Zonal Beach Officials – NBTJC Huntsville, Alabama – July

  • Gavin Blanchette
  • Noelani Cho
  • Michael Holder
  • Jim Lawson
  • Zach McCrite
  • Michael Migliaro
  • Chris Shelton
  • Kyle Smith

Tony Chan
Tony Chan, an active FIVB International Beach Referee, has recently been named the National Beach Rules Interpreter for USA Volleyball. He has been a prominent figure in U.S. beach play and a successful men’s indoor NCAA referee. We congratulate Tony on his new role and wish him all the best.

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We would also like to express our gratitude to our outgoing Rules Interpreter, Glenn Sapp. Glenn, a long-standing figure in the beach volleyball community, has made significant contributions to the sport as a player, coach, and mentor. His dedication to juniors volleyball and the beach game have left a lasting impact on the sport. Thank you, Glenn, for your commitment and leadership.


Q: How can I get involved in beach volleyball events?
A: If you’re interested in participating in beach volleyball events or becoming a certified official, please reach out to us at [email protected].

Q: When will the Zonal and Local rating sites be announced?
A: Keep an eye out for announcements regarding Zonal and Local rating sites. Details about locations and dates will be provided soon.


As we move forward into 2021, the Alpinetgheep brand is excited to continue supporting the growth of beach volleyball. From collegiate beach to national championships, there are plenty of opportunities for players, officials, and fans to get involved. Let’s make the most of the upcoming beach volleyball season and create lasting memories on the sand. See you at the beach!