Fair Pay to Play Act SB 206 and the NCAA

So many volleyball families are lucky to get any form of scholarship at all. Being given a “books scholarship” at many schools is considered lucky. Even great players don’t always get scholarships. It’s very difficult to pay for college at todays rates. Finally, this may change. This post from Twitter will help bring you up to speed.

Watch the video in the tweet below:

If you haven’t heard already, In Sacramento California, SB 206 by Nancy Skinner working its way to the governor in California that will allow college athletes hire agents, be paid for the use of their name, their image, or their likeness. Schools would be prevented from revoking scholarships or scholarship eligibility for these students. The first important detail here, as of this writing this is not law yet, and even if it is signed into law it will not go into effect until January 2023. The NCAA still has time to lobby against California SB 206.

Let that sink in. The NCAA business model is in jeopardy and they make billions while preventing student athletes from earning a dime in the name of amateur status. This is essentially about allowing athletes to receive money from those who wish to profit off the athlete’s personal image and status. This is not about colleges paying athletes, yet.

So far this sounds like a win for student athletes. They can graduate with potentially much less debt, potentially none at all. We’re not there yet. Back in June of this year, the president fo the NCAA, Mark Emmert (who made $3.9 million in 2017) wrote a letter to lawmakers in California urging them to stall this bill. In this letter, Emmert apparently threatened California schools with possible prohibition from competing in championship events. Once again, remember that as of this writing, this isn’t a law yet.

On the federal level, EPSN reported that North Carolina Congressman Mark Walker proposed a federal law to achieve the same goal. Read the ESPN story and hope that more support for college athletes is coming soon!

Just like so many other industries, entrenched companies don’t want to lose control and often are abruptly ended. The NCAA could have taken a lead on this, and changed with the times. History repeats itself. So for those who remember, think back to what happened with online music sales. Now we have a healthy music industry again with sales and super sized festival events, but many were dragged kicking and screaming to the new world. The college sports industry seems to be next, and the NCAA is in danger of be left behind.

What does the NCAA say about this? Read their letter from this week and form your own opinion.

https://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/ncaa-responds-california-senate-bill-206

Then watch a discussion about the federal law:

Austin Texas Here We Come!

Project Serve is bringing BVNE to Austin Texas! To start off 2019 in Texas, Project Serve is bringing two BVNE bid earning qualifiers to Austin. the events are in September and October, and award dual bids for the BVNE 2020 national and international championship events.

Get signed up and play with fun people for a seriously important bid tournament. Bids are already being issued and ticket sales for the July championship events will open in January. Earn your bid now!

We have locations in Florida, Arizona, Colorado, and California too. Check out our full schedule!

BVNE Dual Bid event in Pompano Beach

BVNE and the Florida Beach Volleyball Tour are hosting a dual bid award event! The next event is now on October 5th. Thunder and lightning lead to a postponement of the September 14th event in Pompano Beach. All results will be posted on BVNE’s event results and national rankings.

The Kauai Bikini National Championships in July 2020 is a bid exclusive national championship in Santa Monica California.

Players who earn their bids will be notified via email when registration opens in January. Make sure you register you and your partner with the correct email address! Registration will close by early July, or sooner if we sell out.

BVNE Provides Full Event Data

We’ve all been there before. “How did I finish?”, “When do I play next?”, or “what time should we break for lunch”.

BVNE is where YOU, the player, the parent, college coaches, club coaches, recruiters…..EVERYONE, can access everything from pool play schedules, results, reffing assignments, and all playoff details. It’s all public and all accessible to everyone. The answers to those questions are in reach without going to the event desk.

So here’s a pool play sample. The main screen (not shown, but you can view it by clicking here) shows seeding information and who is in your pool. This screen shows the schedule, who is playing, and who is reffing. Times of course are approximate since games will take as long as they take, but it’s available online to everyone.

Then we have playoffs. This is where transparency really kicks in. Who plays who is controlled by the results of pool play. There’s no monkeying with playoffs here, and no guessing when you should warm up and be ready. Times of course are always approximate since games will take as long as they take.

The biggest challenge we still face is when one pool finishes early, and another is not up to done yet. BVNE BracketPal shows EVERYONE when a pool is finished, and when another pool is still unfinished in the same division. The big delay between pool play and playoffs is now clearly identified by what pool is still playing. Since playoffs only take five to ten minutes to create instead of a half hour or more, the wait time is drastically cut.

At Beach Volleyball National Events, we do our best at every event to help make sure our players have the best day we can provide, and make the most of their time on the beach.

All of the samples above are from our actual event, which you can view here:
https://bvne.bracketpal.com/tournament/82

You can also browse our event history online here: https://bvne.seedingpal.com/events
We couldn’t do this without BracketPal, it’s a game changer!

The Sand Club is hosting BVNE Qualifiers August 17, 2019

Here we come! The Sand Club is offering two divisions for Arizona BNVE players.  The BVNE Qualifier Series will be for beginner to intermediate teams or players with less points.  BVNE Open Series will be reserved for teams with more points or 1st and 2nd place finishers in the Qualifiers.

LOCATION
This event will be at Mesquite Beach 500 S McQueen Rd, Gilbert AZ 85233.  The beach courts are located in the north parking lot.  Parking is available near the basketball courts, which are just south of Mesquite Beach.

We’re so excited to have Allen Alexander and The Sand Club team bringing more quality and high performance beach volleyball events to players in Arizona! Don’t forget to check out The Sand Club for more tournaments and training by visiting their website TheSandClubAcademy.com/youth-sand-tournaments.

BVNE comes to the SoCal Beach Center in San Marcos

After so many requests to bring BVNE to San Diego, we finally found a home in the San Diego area! Early in the summer of 2019 we visited the SoCal Beach Center. We met their team and saw their premium beach volleyball courts with entirely new equipment on clean, beautiful, sand. We’re in!!

The SoCal Beach Center is in San Marcos at 1601 San Elijo Road. It’s just inland from Encinitas, and closer than Oceanside and Carlsbad…and a lot closer than Santa Monica! We are bringing the BVNE Club & High School and Kauai Bikini Tournaments to the San Diego area, and can’t wait to see everyone.

Some come play beach volleyball…indoors where the sand won’t burn your feet and it won’t ever rain on your tournament! Our schedule is up!

The first event is September 14th & 15th with the Club & High School Tournament, and check the registration page to find out what the first place prizes will be. Then on the 28th & 29th the Kauai Bikini Tournament will make it’s first visit! Come play!

July 31st is the Summer BVNE College Recruiting Showcase

This July 31st is the next college recruiting tournament. BVNE, quite simply, is the only premier college recruiting event in the nation. The BVNE formula for events makes sure college coaches can actually find the players they are interested in. Our events also make sure coaches can easily bump into players they haven’t seen before. We offer one of the few, if not only, single day, capacity limited college recruiting events in the nation. That is just one of the key facts that makes BVNE more manageable for players and families, and physically possible for coaches to see who they want to see. Check out our last event below.

Here are just some of the coaches that attended our June 16th, 2019 event. Come see who will be there next! BVNE College recruiting events exist to bring everyone together.

This isn’t all either. BVNE has hosted many more college coaches, but we only have so much time at our events to stop for photos. Coaches are busy people!

What a great day at the Sweat Active Beauty Tournament at Flourish Beach!

What a great looking day in Colorado! @FlourishBeach had a fun tournament with some serious beach volleyball. @SwestCosmetics sponsored the event with prizes for BVNE players! What a great day in Indian Hills Colorado, right outside of downtown Denver! Thank you Flourish Beach and Nate Yang for bringing such a great day to everyone.

You can check out their tournament right here, and see the completed results here.

June 16th 2019 BVNE College Recruiting Showcase

Here at BVNE, we’re a family run business. We have our own college student who has been through the same process, and we do our best to make sure we conduct ourselves to the same expectations we would for our own family. This weekend we saw a lot of players perform well, show independence and responsibility, and fielded a lot of questions about our players. You might have heard “so and so please report to the front desk” announced a few times over the speakers. This is a good thing, and usually meant that a coach needed information about a player, so we called them up to ask the question that was not have been filled out completely on the registration forms.

We would like to thank everyone for placing your trust in us to bring you a quality event. Most of you travelled from far and we hope to see you again before your player’s college career starts. Please consider our clinics and showcases from July to October this year, and our additional events throughout the year. Don’t forget to check out our highlight video at the end of this email!

All our results have been placed on our website so that you can refer to them. All results have also been placed in our ranking system so you can track your progress.

PHOTOS!!

This past weekend we had photographer Andy Wolf on site taking photos. He offers full resolution photos and will welcome your inquiry. You can contact him at andywolfimages@gmail.com and review more of his work on Instagram and Facebook. The photo gallery for this event is located here., or just click the photos below.

Visit the full photo gallery here
Visit the full photo gallery here
Highlights from this weekend

ProjectU Beach Volleyball Showcase & Clinic

The ProjectU Collegiate Beach Clinics and Showcases are about connecting athletes with college coaches who have the ability to take your game to the next level. This event is located at Montrose Beach, located at 4400 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60640.  Each event is open to all athletes who are committed to understanding themselves and moving ahead as a beach volleyball player, and per NCAA rules, this event is open to any and all entrants limited only by age, gender, grade, or number.

“Each year we have ventured to bring leading edge ideas and training to beach volleyball and our beach clinics. With top college coaches in one location, this event will be a major opportunity for young athletes. It will be a point for athletes in real time to learn next level concepts, showcase their skills and potentially, change the direction of their future in beach volleyball. ” -Stephen McCarthy. Director, TMP Beach Volleyball

This is a great opportunity for players. The ProjectU Schedule:

Day 1 Beach Clinic
9am-11am Introductions, Warmup and On-court Drills with Coaches
11am-12pm Coaches Panel (Off Court): Coaches answer your questions, subjects to include; how to get recruited in beach, best practices for skill development, how to get connected to the beach community when there is no beach club in your area, among others
12pm-1pm Lunch, not included in event fee
1pm-3pm: On-court Drills with Coaches

Day 2 Showcase Tournament
8am Player meeting
8:15am Tournament start

Read more about it below, or check out the signup details now.