American Beach Tour Schedules 100th Event During Inaugural Season

The American Beach Tour (ABT) has become the largest USA Volleyball (USAV) sanctioned beach tour in its first year of operation, with 100 events on the calendar and rumors of more to be added soon. The milestone was reached through a dynamic collaboration between twenty-eight (28) USAV Regions promoting seventy-three (73) junior events and twenty-seven (27) adult events. The 2017 American Beach Tour Schedule can be found at http://www.AmericanBeachTour.com.

The ABT will culminate with a tour championship event for both juniors and adults. The ABT Junior Championships will be held on July 26-28, 2017. Registration is now open for this event and can be found on the ABT website. The ABT Adult Championships will be held on September 9-10, 2017. Both events were voted on by the participating USAV regions, called the ABT Council, and they will be held at Hickory Point Beach in Tavares, FL. Hickory Point Beach is a twenty-one (21) court, state-of-the-art sand volleyball complex that was built in 2014 through a privatization partnership between the local Lake County government and the Florida Region of USA Volleyball. More information on Hickory Point Beach can be found at http://www.HickoryPointBeach.com.

Besides the tour events and the championships, ABT athletes and affiliates alike are taking advantage of the new innovative ranking system, http://www.AmericanBeachRanking.com. The software went live early April and already has 1,300 athletes in the system. This number continues to grow as USAV regions adopt this fully-integrated ranking system. What makes this system unique is the online registration and payment options, online pool and bracket building and direct importing of all final results. This new software allows ALL USAV sanctioned beach events to receive ranking points.

Steve Bishop, Executive Director and…

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