$5,000 Bethpage FCU Summer Breeze Volleyball Tournament Coming to Long Beach
Presented by Spalding
East End Volleyball is running the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Summer Breeze tournament on August 2-3, in Long Beach, NY, co-sponsored by Spalding. This tournament will be the largest beach volleyball tournament on Long Island this year with the largest prize purse.
Men’s and women’s open players will be competing for $5,000 in prize money. On August 3, juniors will play in the Volley America Juniors Long Island Regional Championship. Junior players will be competing for free entry to the Volley America Junior National Championship, which will be held on August 10in Seaside Heights, NJ.
The Bethpage FCU Summer Breeze tournament will attract players from throughout the East Coast. Top male players include AVP pro players Mark Burik (Queens, NY) and Hudson Bates (Richmond, VA). Volley America nationally ranked number 1 and 3 players, Greg Hunter and Mike Salak will be looking to add to their point total. Top female players include Dana Fiume and Hilary Pavels, who just finished 9th at the AVP Milwaukee Open. The two players are also tied for first place in Volley America Grand Prix rankings for women’s open.
This will be the 19th tournament in the 35 tournament Spalding Big Shot Volleyball series for 2014 promoted by East End Volleyball throughout the East Coast. The series awards over $75,000 cash prizes throughout the season that startedFebruary 25 in Clearwater Beach, FL.
On Friday, August 1, Mark Burik will be holding a clinic for juniors and adults looking to improve their beach volleyball skills in Long Beach, NY. There will be a total of three sessions. The morning session (8 am – 11 am) will be for players ages 14-18, and will focus solely on defensive skills. The afternoon session (1 pm – 4 pm) will also be offered to juniors aged 14-18, and will center on attack skills. The final session (5 pm – 8 pm) will be for adults, which will also emphasize attacking and offense. Cost is $50/session ($80 for both junior sessions).
The tournaments are sanctioned by Volley America, the largest grass roots program in the United States. Volley America offers tournaments, clinics and leagues creating opportunities for players of all levels to improve their game. Players of all levels will be eligible for play in the tournament sponsored by Rider Sandals. There will be divisions for intermediate and novice level players competing for merchandise prizes from 4C Totally light 2Go, Spalding, Rider Sandals, Reflekt Polarized, ZEMgear, Sprout Watches, Sports Authority, SOB Volleyball Vacations, Karch Kourt net systems, Dig Magazine, Sportime, Horry County, Spike Key, Volley America and South Shore Outdoors.
Register online for the August 2-3 tournament and clinic athttp://www.volleyamerica.com
Event: $5,000 Bethpage FCU Summer Breeze Volleyball Tournament
Date: August 2-3, 2014
Time: 9 am to 6 pm Saturdayfor Men’s & Women’s Open, AA, A, & B Divisions
10 am to 6 pm Sunday for Coed AA, A, & B Divisions and Junior Divisions
Location: 1 Riverside Blvd, Long Beach, NY 11561
Cost: Pre-registered & pre-paid: $60/team
Prizes: $5,000 for Men’s and Women’s Open, $250 each for Men’s and Women’s AA
Free entry to VA Juniors National Championship to first place junior divisions
Merchandise prizes for Men’s and Women’s, A & B divisions, Coed divisions, and Junior divisions from 4C Totally light 2Go, Spalding, Rider Sandals, Reflekt Polarized, ZEMgear, Sprout Watches, Sports Authority, SOB Volleyball Vacations, Karch Kourt net systems, Dig Magazine, Sportime, Horry County, Spike Key, Volley America, South Shore Outdoors
Sanctioning: by Volley America, the largest grass roots program in the US. Volley America offers tournaments, clinics and leagues creating opportunities for players of all levels to improve their game. Players who really excel can qualify for the Pro Tour through EEVB’s top events..
About Volley America
Volley America is the largest grass roots organization in the US for beach volleyball players and organizers: over 15,000 dues paying members from 40 states and 38 volleyball organizers. Volley America runs a national ranking system used to seed all tournaments as it promotes beach volleyball throughout the US. By cooperating and charging a national membership fee, VA allows players to compete in numerous tournaments, earn national ranking points and qualify for end of the season cash prizes in the $40,000 Volley America Grand Prix.
About East End Volleyball
East End Volleyball has been organizing beach volleyball tournaments for 38 years since 1977. Based in the East End of Long Island, EEVB has grown into the largest beach volleyball series in the East End of the country with tournaments from Newport, RI to Hollywood, Florida. Sanctioned by Volley America, EEVB runs over 35 events for 5,000 plus players. The highest level in the tournaments, the Open Division, is equivalent to AAA Baseball and funnels players into the Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Three players in the 2012 London Olympics representing 3 countries (US, Great Britain & Canada) won EEVB tournaments in their careers.