The 2012 season began April 14 with the seventh annual Papas and Beer/Plastic four-man invitational held in Rosarito, Baja, Mexico. This was four-person volleyball at its weighted-draw finest. Players were separated into four skill levels and partnered up to create an even playing field that athletes of any skill level could enjoy. The weighted draw is my favorite format because it allows friends and family that don’t play a lot to get involved, and puts them right in the middle of the action. It pairs kids together with professional players and gets them stoked for competition. In short, it builds volleyball fans.
The event is held in a festive restaurant/bar in Mexico, complete with mechanical bull, climbing wall, white sand beach out front, pool, and the list goes on. They have to take the disco ball down when we play – think about that! Check out the Plastic Facebook page for updates and similar events.
The Sandia Mountain Classic was held May 11-13. Its founder Sonny Marquez gave it its name a few years ago when he and I were trying to figure out the best spot in Albuquerque to host an event. In just a few years it has grown into one of the largest outdoor volleyball tournaments in New Mexico and includes a great players’ party at a volleyball bar, so you can watch open teams battle it out at night with a beer in hand. Previous winners include AVP players so be ready if you want to play open!
Before Marquez died two years ago from cancer, he created a fundraising program to help cancer survivors with their struggle. The program and volleyball event has lived on in his memory, and everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy the New Mexico sun for this important event.
That’s it for this month! Check back next issue where we talk about Vail King of the Mountain, Pottstown Rumble, and others. And in the meantime, see you on the beach…
4/14 Papas & Beer/Plastic Four Man Baja, Mexico
4/18 – 4/22 Fudpuckers Destin, FL
5/11 – 5/13 Sandia Mountain Classic Albuquerque, NM
6/9 Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester, TN
6/15 – 6/17 King of the Mountain Vail, CO
6/23 & 6/24 Pottstown Rumble Pottstown, PA
7/11 – 7/15 Waupaca Boatride Wisconsin Dells, WI
8/11 Seaside Beach Volleyball Seaside Beach, OR
8/25 Plastic King of the Mountain Zephyr Cove, NV
8/30 – 9/3 The Motherlode Aspen, CO
10/6 San Diego Six Man San Diego, CA
10/13 Estero/Plastic Volleyball Event Ensenada, Baja, Mexico
11/10 King of Cabo Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Originally published in June 2012