July 2020 Championships Special Announcement

July 2020 BVNE Championship Events Special Announcement

March 25th, 2020
As you already know, every responsible organization is not holding events at this time. This means there is no chance to earn a bid during March, April, and possibly May. Since we can’t have tournaments providing the opportunity to earn bids, we are making a change.

Our national championship tournaments in July will now be open to everyone.

BVNE’s summer championships will be the place where the best players play. Pool play will be broken into as many as four different playoff brackets, ensuring the most intense competition, providing players an elite accomplishment to make it to the medal round in any division.

We simply don’t want anyone left out who was planning to earn their bid in March, April, or May of 2020. Now is your chance to sign up for the most exciting summer championship tournaments in the nation. Our Kauai Bikini Championship is the only tournament in the world where you get a KB top & bottom at check in. Elite beach tournaments made fun at BVNE with some serious shopping happening before you hit the sand. Each tournament/division will start and finish in a single day.

👍 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:

FOLLOW UP:
In case you didn’t hear, this was signed into law, and will take effect as of 2023. What does it all mean? We found a good brief summary for you… https://wearesc.com/sb-206-what-the-fair-pay-to-play-act-means-whats-next/

👍 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!