The NCAA just wrapped up its Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama. UCLA triumphed, making this the school’s 117th NCAA championship in its win over rival USC in the final. Matches played out on network TV and were followed online as well.
All of this is expected to build on the enormous growth the sport is experiencing; in fact, the SFIA’s most recent topline participation report found gains in core participation in beach volleyball. Not only does the sport play out in all three NCAA divisions but less than a year ago, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) formally announced it would be adopting women’s beach volleyball, making it a full-time varsity sport. Programs began fielding teams this school year. The first official national championship will be held in the spring of 2021, the 48th NJCAA national championship event.
And that means court builders who market their ability to build sand volleyball facilities to two-year colleges may be able to realize an additional revenue stream from this development.
The NCAA has posted information on court construction on its website, discussing the area of the court, the amount of sand needed, recommendations for nets and other considerations; however, builders will need to convince schools that in the interest of athlete safety, this is not something to hand off to the maintenance department or to general services.
The design and construction of beach volleyball courts was covered in the most recent ASBA Technical Meeting in a presentation by Dale Hendrickson (Sport Court of Southern California). The presentation is available online here.