Status of Sand Volleyball in the US
Sand volleyball to become Associations' 90th championship.
A six-person committee will be established in the coming weeks to plan for the sport’s inaugural championship in spring 2016
January 17, 2015 8:21am by Greg Johnson
Division II and Division III approved sand volleyball as a championship Saturday at the 2015 NCAA Convention, allowing it to advance from the emerging sports for women list to become a full-fledged NCAA championship in spring 2016.
Sand volleyball, which was approved to become a championship by Division I in October, will be the 90th NCAA championship.
Plans are in place to put together a six-person sand volleyball committee by late February or early March, which will set parameters for selection, bracketing and seeding for the national collegiate championship.
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Gulf Shores May Soon Have Competition for NCAA Sand Championships By Beverly Oden May 21, 2014
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NCAA • Megan Kaplon • 02/21/14
Season Three Forty-one teams (and counting) will hit the sand this spring for the third season of the fastest-growing NCAA emerging sport ever – sand volleyball. View all 3 images Florida State Athletics Florida State has been competing in NCAA volleyball since the inaugural 2012 season. Poised to begin only its third season as an NCAA emerging sport, sand volleyball has passed the important threshold of 40 sanctioned programs. By our calculation, Washington’s confirmation of participation in their Jan. 16 press release tipped the scales. With 41 schools participating this season, assuming they all come back for more in 2015, sand volleyball qualifies to be considered for an NCAA National Championship in 2016. more
Originally published in April 2014
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