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NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship

 

NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship

NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship
Sport College beach volleyball
Founded 2016
No. of teams 8 teams tbd
Country  United States
Most recent champion(s) TBD
Official website http://www.ncaa.com/sports/beach-volleyball

The NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship will be, starting in 2016, a NCAA-sanctioned tournament to determine the national champions of collegiate women's beach volleyball. This will be a National Collegiate Championship featuring teams from Division I, Division II and Division III; it will be the 90th, and newest, NCAA championship event.[1] It is the first new NCAA championship to be created since the NCAA Men's Division III Volleyball Championship in 2012, and the first for women since the NCAA Bowling Championship in 2004.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Structure 1.1
  • Champions 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

The championship was approved by the NCAA Convention during the fall of 2015, and a committee was selected to determine the tournament's organizational structure. Before 2015, sand volleyball had been one of the NCAA's "emerging sports" (which included women's ice hockey, bowling, rowing, and water polo in the past). As such, a separate championship had been contested annually, since 2012, by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. As of 2015, over 50 schools (from Divisions I, II, and III) had sponsored sand volleyball, ten more than the total number of required programs.

The sport's name was changed from "sand volleyball" to the more usual "beach volleyball" in June 2015, and the committee overseeing the sport is now named the NCAA Beach Volleyball Committee.[2]

Structure

The championship will be held yearly in May and will consist of eight teams playing in a double-elimination style tournament under standard beach volleyball rules. All games will consist of five matches, with each team needing to win three matches to advance. Individual championships will not be held.

It has not yet been announced whether there will be automatic qualifiers, but as of the Fall of 2015, five conferences sponsor beach volleyball, all with at least six members — the minimum number for a conference to qualify for an automatic bid to an NCAA championship tournament:

Champions

NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship
Year Site
(Host)
Host Venue Final Third Place Final / Other participants
Winner Score Runner-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
2016 Gulf Shores, AL
(UAB)
Gulf Shores Public Beach
2017 Gulf Shores, AL
(UAB)
Gulf Shores Public Beach

See also

References

  1. ^ "NCAA DII, DIII membership approves Sand Volleyball as 90th championship". NCAA News. NCAA.com. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "NCAA’s newest championship will be called beach volleyball". NCAA. June 30, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 

External links

  • NCAA Awards 2016 and 2017 National Championship Sites
  • NCAA Emerging Sports: Sand Volleyball
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