Read the S3 Volleyball FAQs. If your questions aren’t answered, please contact us.
Beach volleyball has been the fastest growing NCAA sport over the last 5 years. It also made the quickest transition from an emerging sport to a full championship status sport in NCAA history. With the growth of the sport comes more and more opportunities for junior level athletes to have the chance to play collegiate beach volleyball.
Here is a link to the current list of schools who offer collegiate beach volleyball programs:
S3 volleyball has helped more athletes earn spots on collegiate rosters than any other club in the state.
S3 practices at two locations in north Atlanta.
RallyVB in Emerson. Address: 163 LakePoint Parkway Cartersville, GA 30121
Badger Creek Park in Canton. Address: 464 Blalock Rd. Canton, Ga. 30115
Unlike indoor volleyball, sand/beach junior age divisions are broken in even ages. 12s are 11U/12U; 14s are 13U/14U; 16s are 15U/16U & 18s are 17U/18U.
USA VOLLEYBALL JUNIOR PLAYER AGE DEFINITION For use during the 2020-2021 Season
18 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2002 OR Players who were born on or after July 1, 2001 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
17 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2003. Remember- in sand/beach this player will compete in the 18s age group.
16 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2004
15 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2005. Remember in sand/beach this player will compete in the 16s age division.
14 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2006
13 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2007. Remember in sand/beach this player will compete in the 14s division.
12 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2008
11 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2009. Remember in sand/beach this player will compete in the 12s division.
10 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2010
Tryouts are held at Badger Creek Park in Canton. Address: 464 Blalock Road Canton, Ga. 30115.
Participants should wear either spandex, bathing suit bottoms, athletic shorts and/or leggings and a sports bra, tank or t-shirt. Participants should bring water, towel, flip flops and cover-up clothing. Sunscreen and sunglasses, if you have an afternoon tryout.
We will be evaluating players on ball handling skills, setting, hitting, defense, serving and blocking. Don’t worry if you are new to sand, we will be sure you are caught up to speed on the drills and the tweaks that may need to be made when making a transition from indoor to sand.
We have several dates posted for tryouts. Hopefully at least one of our dates will work for you to attend. If there is absolutely no way you can attend any of the posted dates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone from our coaching staff will contact you by email or phone.
Not everyone who participates in a tryout out will make it on to the team. Even though S3 would love to train everyone who expresses interest, that may not be feasible. The S3 coaches will be assessing each participant’s ability and gauging if they have the means to succeed in this sport.
Once a spot has been accepted, the player and family will receive a welcome letter or packet with further instruction regarding the Year-Round or the Summer Elite program.
A travel sand club for athletes who want to play beach volleyball as their main sport. Available to athletes 12-18 yrs old with 2+ seasons of volleyball on a high level club or school team. This program focuses on building and improving skills that will equip our players to succeed at the highest levels of junior beach volleyball competition.
Yes, we do hold tryouts for the Year-Round program. We are looking for athletes with volleyball experience and who we feel can make a smooth transition into the game of beach volleyball.
There will be multiple tryout dates between the middle of October and the first week or two of November.
The S3YR season, officially begins on Commitment Night, which is mid-November and will run to the end of June. Players who earn bids to National Championships will end their season in July.
Practice and fitness will start the first week of December.
You do not need to bring your own partner.
Each tryout participant will receive an email within 24 hours of their tryout. If a spot is being offered, the participant will have 4 days to respond with their intent via an email. Occasionally the coaches may ask players to come in for a ‘call back.’ There will be no charge for a call back tryout.
A participant that is not being offered a spot is welcome to continue to train with us through our Summer Sessions, in May, June & July.
The cost for the S3 Year-Round season is $3,500.00 per athlete.
Because we practice out of Rally, we need to work in conjunction with their schedule and remain flexible. Practice days will change periodically throughout our season to accommodate Rally’s hosted events, or upcoming inclement weather. We have no restrictions for our practices at Badger Creek.
• SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness) will be included in practices and run by S3 coaches.
Attending practices is crucial for your growth in this sport. The design of each practice and workout takes every player on the roster into account. Consequently, when any player misses a practice, it not only affects the learning and growth of that player, but also impacts the other teammates. Players who frequently miss sand practice and SAQ, will be asked to meet with the S3 coaches to discuss priorities.
An athlete who plays a school sport or activity that may affect attendance will need to disclose that information at tryouts. Acceptance on to the team will be up to the discretion of the coaching staff.
No discounts, fee reductions, or refunds are given for missed practice.
S3 does not have a “set” number of required tournament play for our athlete;. however, it is expected that players in our year-round program compete in a minimum of 5 tournaments over the course of the season.
S3 has a team-bonding tournament on our schedule in which we would like all of our players to participate. Registration and fee for this tournament is included in the YR season’s fee.
A travel sand program for athletes who want to play beach volleyball during the summer months. Available to athletes 13-18 yrs old with 1+ seasons of volleyball experience on a high-level club team. This program takes experienced volleyball players and allows them to train with our current year-round players, and attend events on the year-round team calendar.
The Summer Elite season begins in May and runs to end of June.
The cost for the S3 Summer Elite season is $750.00 per athlete.
2 two-hour practices per week
4 to 6 coached tournaments
S3 Summer Elite gear package of (2) S3 t-shirts and (2) S3 tanks.
You do not need to bring your own beach partner. A friend that has also been accepted into the Summer Elite program can be a preferred partner for tournaments.
The most competitive parts of the volleyball season are during the summer months. It is during this important time, that the Summer Elite players will be added to the year-round S3 players who have already been training and competing for the previous 4 to 5 months. As a result, the S3 coaching staff must ensure that the newly-added Summer Elite players are able to keep pace and participate in the advanced levels of play.
Each tryout participant will receive an email within 24 hours of the tryout. If a spot is being offered, the participant will have 4 days to respond with their intent via an email. A participant that is not being offered a spot may continue to train with us through our Summer Sessions.
Summer Elite practices on two days of Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00pm.
Summer Elite follows the year-round tournament schedule. At the start of your season, the year-round players will have 4-6 coached tournaments remaining on their schedule. This will be a mix of local and travel tournaments. Summer Elite players will also receive a list of tournaments in the region that they can network a partner in order to participate. These tournaments are considered “on own” and will not have tournament coaching.
A sand program for athletes who want to play beach volleyball during the summer months. Available to athletes 10-18 yrs old, preferably with 1+ season of volleyball experience. This program is ideal for athletes who want to try sand volleyball or have other summer commitments.
The Summer Sessions season begins in early May, just after the NCAA Beach Championships, and runs to mid-July.
S3 will run 2 Summer Sessions within that time frame:
Summer Session A from early May to first week in June.
Summer Session B from first week in June to mid-July.
The per athlete cost is $285 per session.
Each session includes:
There is not a tryout process for the Summer Session players. All you need to do is sign up for the program. The players will be split according to the level of play and/or age at the practices to ensure they are being ‘pushed’ at the proper speed for the individual athlete.
Players can attend with or without a pre-arranged beach partner.
Summer Session practices on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
– No practice sessions on Memorial Day and 4th of July.
Each Summer Session will have 2-3 local tournaments that S3 will provide coaching. Each player will have access to the tournament schedule online. Players can choose to play in all, some, or none of these tournaments. S3 will assist in pairing players who did not come into the program with a pre-set partner.
A sand program that is designed to work around the high school indoor season. Fall ball practices twice per week- Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. The level of play is for both beginners as well as experienced players. This is a drop in style program. We do ask players to register for sessions online so we can better plan for coaches.
The coaching staff does keep an eye on the upcoming weather and will try to make adjustments to an indoor facility or reschedule practice to a different day of the week. Practicing indoors may vary in location. The coaching staff will make every effort to reschedule a cancelled practice, but we are at the mercy of outside facilities having available space. Players and families will be kept updated by instagram or twitter when the weather is looking grim. Canceling a practice that is in session: Outdoor practice is cancelled if the temp goes below 40°. If we spot lighting, we will pause, take necessary cover and wait. Practice may resume after a 30 min “no lighting flash” rest. If the weather doesn’t look like it will clear up or starts to worsen, the remaining practice session will be canceled. Practice is not canceled or put on hold for rain.
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Certain tournaments require a membership to play. Any USAV Junior Beach Tour and USAV ranked tournaments will require a USAV membership to participate, and any AAU tournaments will require an AAU membership to participate. ROX tournaments do not require a membership to participate, unless it is in conjunction with a USAV or AAU tournament.
If you did not play indoor club volleyball or your club did not provide an AAU membership, you can purchase an AAU membership for $14 through the AAU website.
AAU, USA Volleyball, AVP First and ROX offer volleyball tours for juniors. The tournaments in these tours are qualifiers for their end-of-season national championships. Teams that finish high enough while participating in these tournaments earn a bid (spot) in that tour’s national championship. AAU and USAV are the two most sought bids to earn. AAU’s Nationals are held in Hermosa Beach, California. USAV’s location changes each year, AVP First is held in California and ROX is Dallas, Texas. National tournaments are held in July.
Coaches will be pairing partners within the S3 roster for all tournament play from December – March. The S3 coaches will offer partner suggestions as the season progresses and will assist any players needing to securing a partner for tournament play. Beginning in April, players will network their own partners to qualify or earn bids to nationals.
We do not recommend pre-locking a partner prior to the season. It is in the player’s best interest and growth for them to network various team-mates for partnerships. Unless a “team” has awesome chemistry and a consistent rapport, pre-locking a partner can lead to hurt feelings and a long season if the partnership runs into a snag.
At S3 our first focus is to help you improve and fall in love with the game of sand volleyball. If you wish to look into and pursue a collegiate playing career, our staff will use all resources at our disposal to help foster relationships and opportunities with colleges and universities.
S3 Volleyball and Rally Volleyball are separate entities. We are proud to say, S3 Volleyball is the first affiliate club to to be based at Rally Volleyball. While the two are separate, both S3 and Rally will always join forces when they can, to better the sport of volleyball and create a positive atmosphere for the athletes at the facility.