Starting an NCAA Sand ProgramBy David Fischer310.266.5887fischerbeach@hotmail.comCopyright, 2013
How and Why, an OverviewNCAA Sand VolleyballWhy:   •   Exciting Olympic sport played worldwide   •   Increased opportuniti...
Key steps     1.     Select Sand Volleyball Staff            Head Sand Volleyball coach, Assistant can work with sand/indo...
Facility NCAA requires 2 courts, but with 5 or more… Multi-team invitationals possible, shorter dual meets University can ...
Recruiting / Marketing Getting the word out early to players, fans, sponsorsPulling from the indoor team and the student p...
Scheduling Planning to Win2013 NCAA sand competition dates: March 7 – May 5    •   5+ sand practice days / week in spring ...
Benefits of Sand Volleyball Sand Volleyball…… has been one of the most popular and televised Olympic events since  1996… I...
Staffing: Select Head Coach Getting the right leaderHead Coach    •   Expert in sand volleyball, high-level playing / coac...
GoalsRepresent the University with class, on and off the sandCompete for national championships   •   5 doubles teams vyin...
Existing / proposed programsPrograms in spring ’12              Institutions confirmed for spring                         ...
How I can help your college sand programQuestions about facilities?      •   I have contacts who build sand courts, indoor...
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How to start a college sand volleyball program

  1. 1. Starting an NCAA Sand ProgramBy David Fischer310.266.5887fischerbeach@hotmail.comCopyright, 2013
  2. 2. How and Why, an OverviewNCAA Sand VolleyballWhy: • Exciting Olympic sport played worldwide • Increased opportunities for female student-athletes • Improved recruiting and performance for indoor volleyball team • Inexpensive facilities • Revenue opportunities: camps, clinics, interacting with donors and partners • Marketing potential – great sport both live and online • NCAA gives $30k to schools hosting this “emerging sport”How: • Coordinate with indoor volleyball program • Facility: sand courts with water, electrical, shade • Announce, recruit, market!
  3. 3. Key steps 1. Select Sand Volleyball Staff Head Sand Volleyball coach, Assistant can work with sand/indoors 2. Facility -- Rent or build? Getting it right the first time 3. Recruiting / Marketing Getting the word out early to players, fans, sponsors 4. Scheduling Putting together the training and competition schedule 5. Compete for National Championships Team expectations
  4. 4. Facility NCAA requires 2 courts, but with 5 or more… Multi-team invitationals possible, shorter dual meets University can offer Sand Volleyball PE class Plenty of training sand for other sport usage: low-impact conditioning Potential to host camps/clinics for recruiting and fundraising Other Facility considerations: • Facing: Sand volleyball courts go North / South, preventing a great deal of squinting • Lighting for evening / morning use • Spacing • NCAA rec’s 6m between side-by-side courts, 9m between end-to-end courts • This allows sufficient spacing for 6-person volleyball events (18x9m courts). A doubles court is 16x8 meters • Water : drinking fountain, outdoor showers, hose to cool-down courts • Vending machines / snack bar • Bleachers for feature court • Shaded areas for spectators, gazebo with electrical for announcer / media • Sound system
  5. 5. Recruiting / Marketing Getting the word out early to players, fans, sponsorsPulling from the indoor team and the student population • The 23 existing sand programs involve most of their indoor volleyball players • Sand volleyball is excellent off-season training for indoor playersStrategy for year 1 – grabbing the indoor phenoms for a 5th year • Athletes with completed indoor volleyball have 1 year to compete in sand only • Can recruit from any school without college sandSand Scholarships • NCAA allows 5 sand volleyball scholarships in 2014, 6 in ’15 and beyond • Sand scholarship athletes cannot play indoors Announcement – get word to: • Sand Volleyball clubs are common in California, Texas, Florida, Midwest • USA Beach Volleyball, running sand clinics across the US • Volleyball, DIG, USA Volleyball magazines • Tournament directors across the country
  6. 6. Scheduling Planning to Win2013 NCAA sand competition dates: March 7 – May 5 • 5+ sand practice days / week in spring • Weights / conditioning 3x/week • Weekly video sessions • Primarily weekend competitions = minimal class conflicts • ’14 sand-only student-athletes begin training in fall
  7. 7. Benefits of Sand Volleyball Sand Volleyball…… has been one of the most popular and televised Olympic events since 1996… Is becoming crucial to hold / attract top indoor volleyball recruits… is played recreationally and professionally across the globe… is one of, if not the best training activities for indoor volleyball players… players play the whole game: serving, passing, setting, attacking, and defense… players are versatile: they can play left/right side, they can play with anyone… requires a smart diet and rigorous conditioning… requires that players become leaders, strategizing and motivating… provides more opportunities for female student-athletes… is a fun, healthy sport that can be enjoyed for decades after college
  8. 8. Staffing: Select Head Coach Getting the right leaderHead Coach • Expert in sand volleyball, high-level playing / coaching • Respected in the beach volleyball community • Head college coaching experience • Accredited and active with USA Beach Volleyball • Academically minded • EntrepreneurialAssistant Coach • Expert in volleyball, effective communicator, organized and intelligent • Experience in team logistics, film editing, running drills and conditioning • Can Assist both indoor and sand teams
  9. 9. GoalsRepresent the University with class, on and off the sandCompete for national championships • 5 doubles teams vying for the Team Championship • Strongest doubles teams vying for Pairs ChampionshipPrepare student-athletes for future successHelp grow the sport of sand volleyball
  10. 10. Existing / proposed programsPrograms in spring ’12 Institutions confirmed for spring ‘13 Institutions still considering forCal State Long Beach Georgia State University spring ‘13College of Charleston Florida International University Coastal CarolinaFlorida Atlantic University Louisanna Monroe TennesseeFlorida Gulf Coast University Grand Canyon University St. MarysFlorida State University University of San Francisco UC RiversideStetson University University of the Pacific CalUniverstiy of Hawaii University of Nebraska Santa ClaraJacksonville University Stanford Notre DameTulane UniversityMercer UniversityPepperdine University Each program supports each newUniversity of Southern California program – collectively the NCAA requires 40 schools to host sandLoyola Marymount University volleyballUniversity of North FloridaUniversity of AlabamaWebber University (NAIA)
  11. 11. How I can help your college sand programQuestions about facilities? • I have contacts who build sand courts, indoors and outdoorsLooking for a Head / Assistant Coach? • I know most pro beach volleyball players in the USQuestions about starting a program? I’m happy to help • fischerbeach@hotmail.com • 310.266.5887 Link to bio: http://www.ucsbgauchos.com/sports/w-volley/coaches/fischerCopyright 2013, David Fischer

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