Sand Volleyball is on the up and up, and within the next two years, thanks to that growing popularity, the sport looks to boast enough college teams to become official with the NCAA. With the gain in collegiate squads, the sport is growing in numbers at the youth level, and that's clearly evident by USA Volleyball officials, who in six years have seen their Panama City Beach youth tournament grow from 12 to 94 teams this year.
This year's tournament boasting divisions from 12 to 18 years old, with teams hailing from the Panhandle of Florida to Alabama, and even all the way from Atlanta. Shawn WEaver is a board member with Gulf Coast Regional Volleyball, and says it's exciting to see the event, and the sport, grow in his 15 years working with it.
"We actually host the AVCA Division I Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and all these kids have been seeing that and growing in that direction," said Weaver Saturday. "To see these kids now, we've even had kids who are now training and getting ready and training for scholarships in sand."
The one day tournament wrapped up Saturday afternoon after pool play with single elimination.