A strategic plan to start college beach men’s volleyball is slated to be unveiled in the upcoming months.
The AVCA announced recently that it partnered with Beach Volleyball Consulting to establish a working group that will examine the issue of growing men’s beach volleyball at the college level.
No NCAA or NAIA schools currently sponsor men’s beach volleyball.
The AVCA, though, does have experience expanding college women’s beach volleyball. Within the last 10 years, the AVCA helped women’s beach volleyball become a NCAA sanctioned sport and expanded the sport to more than 150 colleges across the nation.
Beach Volleyball Consulting is a new organization in Southern California that is committed to the development of beach volleyball through providing services for athletes, coaches and organizers. In addition, Beach Volleyball Consulting released the Impact Report 2019 in December that advocated for the need to make men’s beach volleyball a college sport.
“[The report] put into numbers the lack of opportunity for males in beach volleyball,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer said in a statement. “Our linkages in the college sector and our success with starting women’s beach made this an initiative we wanted to tackle.”
Megan Burgdorf, the co-founder of Beach Volleyball Consulting, has established a nine-person working group that will present its findings and the proposed strategic plan at the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships on May 6-9.
Among the members of this working group include USA Volleyball’s Sean Scott, former professional beach volleyball player Casey Jennings, former USC beach volleyball coach Anna Collier and Stevenson coach Aldis Berzins.
“It has been a decade of impressive growth for women in beach volleyball, with it being the fastest growing emerging sport in the NCAA,” Burgdorf said in a statement. “We are excited to drive this strategic initiative with the collaboration of our working group to create exceptional opportunities for men.”