Saturday, 13 Jul 2024

Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge Returns to Stevenson in 2023

The Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge is back! Get ready for an exciting event as collegiate men’s beach volleyball teams gather at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Maryland from September 15-17, 2023.

Supporting the Growth of Men’s Beach Volleyball

With its third edition, the Men’s Beach Volleyball Collegiate Challenge is expanding its main draw to accommodate 32 teams. This event presents a unique opportunity for athletes to showcase their skills and be scouted through the Beach National Team Development Program (NTDP) Scouting Network.

USA Volleyball President and CEO Jamie Davis emphasizes the importance of fostering the growth of boys and men’s volleyball on the beach. Events like the Beach Collegiate Challenge and the accompanying NTDP Accelerator inspire young men to try their hand at beach volleyball.

Stevenson University Takes the Lead

Stevenson University is proud to host this year’s USA Volleyball Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge. Brett Adams, the Athletic Director at Stevenson University, recognizes the significance of supporting and developing men’s and boys’ beach volleyball. As part of the development initiatives, an NTDP Accelerator will be held for the top U15-U19 athletes from the Chesapeake and surrounding regions.

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The organizers aim to provide similar opportunities for men’s programs and capitalize on the rapid growth of NCAA women’s beach volleyball.

Join the Challenge

Registration for the Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge is now open at bracketpal.com. Teams must register together, but players do not need to attend the same college or university.

The tournament will feature a four-team pool format, guaranteeing all 32 pairs three matches. The selection process will be based on the following criteria:

  • 24 teams: one team per school (registered before the August 1, 2023 deadline)
  • USA Volleyball and AVP Ranking Points as of August 1, 2023
  • Time of registration
  • Six wild card berths granted by USA Volleyball
  • Two berths reserved for host Stevenson University

Previous Champions and the NTDP

In 2022, Michael Valenzi and Ryan Merk from Penn State University emerged as the champions of the USA Volleyball Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge. Peyten Young and Wesley Blazek from Webber University secured second place, while Carlos Jimenez and Jackson Arnold from Webber claimed third.

The National Team Development Program (NTDP) plays a crucial role in identifying, recruiting, and accelerating the development of high-potential junior volleyball players. Its focus is on strengthening national team programs and achieving sustained competitive excellence.

For more information about the NTDP, please visit the NTDP FAQ page.

FAQs

Q: How can I register for the Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge?
A: To register for the Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge, visit bracketpal.com and sign up as a team. Players do not need to attend the same college or university.

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Q: How many matches will each pair participate in?
A: Each pair is guaranteed three matches in the four-team pool format.

Q: How are teams selected for the tournament?
A: Teams are selected based on various criteria, including one team per school, USA Volleyball and AVP Ranking Points, time of registration, wild card berths granted by USA Volleyball, and berths reserved for host Stevenson University.

Summary

The Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge is returning to Stevenson University in 2023, bringing together collegiate men’s beach volleyball teams for an exciting tournament. This event aims to support and develop men’s and boys’ beach volleyball while providing a platform for athletes to showcase their skills. The NTDP Scouting Network offers opportunities for players to be scouted, helping strengthen national team programs. Registration is now open, and teams can compete in a four-team pool format with guaranteed matches. Don’t miss out on this thrilling competition and the chance to be a part of the growing beach volleyball community.

For more details and registration, visit the official website at Alpinetgheep.com.