On Saturday, July 30, 2011 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., the history of beach volleyball changed when Coach Cindy Phillips and Beach Dig hosted the nation’s first ever College Sand Volleyball Scouting Event. The goal was to showcase America’s best junior beach volleyball players to the new college sand coaches on the brink of their first season.
In January, the NCAA officially released the approval of sand volleyball for Division I, which created a movement of about 40 colleges working to offer the program. As of press time, 15 institutions have confirmed they will offer the program during the spring 2012 season, with more programs expected to follow suit in the years to come. A selection of schools are also offering scholarships for sand players.
After three of Club Beach Dig’s star players became the first ever to sign sand scholarships, Coach Cindy decided to help more players make the connections with the new coaches looking to build their rosters. For six months the Beach Dig Team poured over hundreds of applications from all over the country and beyond. Videos were reviewed, coaches were consulted and research was done to select the best of the best.
The scouting event brought together 10 college sand coaches and 54 of the most elite junior players from across the U.S. and Canada. Organizers say the scouting event was a huge success, and that many of the participating players have already been contacted by the colleges involved.
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Originally published in November 2011