Sand volleyball played in college? It’s not just a recreational activity for college kids anymore. The NCAA has just announced that sand volleyball will now be a collegiate sport. The sport will start in the spring of 2010 and will only be for women. It will not be called beach volleyball mainly because there will be many schools participating in the sport that are not located anywhere near a beach.
This means that universities will build indoor sand volleyball courts for practice. Place such as Utah that has a lot of volleyball talent will need indoor training facilities to be able to practice all year round. The U.S. has dominated the sport of beach volleyball in the Olympics ever since it became an Olympic sport. Now with the new implementation of the sport to universities we will have even more experienced players.
A big question is who is going to be coaching this new sport? The NCAA as well as most athletic directors seem to think that the indoor volleyball coach will just be able to take upon themselves the responsibility of coaching in the sand. This would spell certain disaster for the sport. An indoor coach is in no way qualified to teach anyone how to play outdoor volleyball. Yes, they might seem like the same sport but they are actually very different. Universities are going to have to hire qualified coaches that know the game of sand volleyball.
2 on 2 volleyball is much more fast paced and more fun to watch than the traditional indoor 6 on 6 volleyball. Indoor volleyball will never be popular in the United Sates but outdoor volleyball is gaining in popularity each year. We will see that by 2011, sand volleyball will bring in more money to universities than indoor volleyball ever did.