Posted on 14 January 2013 by Chuck Rey
Growing up in the 80′s and being the kid not big enough to play football (thus not that cool), skateboarding was my outlet. Yes, I was a skate punk…with the checkered Vans shoes and the bad Tony Hawk haircut (which my mom cut for me). I just finished watching Bones Brigade, a documentary of the greatest skateboarding team ever. I have always found many parallels between skateboarding and volleyball, particularly beach volleyball. These sports are part of a counter-culture, have grown and developed on their own (creating their own advertising, marketing, attendance, etc.), but I have felt that skateboarding has sustained (much because of the X-Games) where volleyball (particularly the AVP) has fallen off. Granted volleyball has pockets of success, the Olympics, FIVB tours, but not a sustainable success. Skateboarding does have an advantage in that it has hardware to sell to support their sport internally. I digress… Continue Reading
Posted on 02 April 2012 by Chuck Rey
The AVP is Back! This is exciting news for Beach Volleyball, not only because the AVP brand is so well known, but because Donald Sun is a beach volleyball enthusiast and has a real passion for our game. The best quote of this release: “I also respect the activities and accomplishments of the current leagues. My goal is to work together in some way to unify beach volleyball in America.” The NVL, USA Beach, the Corona Wide Open, and EVP have done a great job in keeping the outdoor game alive and moving forward the past year. 2012 and beyond looks even brighter for beach volleyball… Continue Reading
Posted on 13 August 2010 by Chuck Rey
Friday the 13th struck volleyball hard this year. Today, the AVP announced that it is “suspending operations“. In layman’s terms, the season is canceled and there is a good chance the AVP, a public company, may go bankrupt (the stock is currently trading at $0.02 per share). Hans Stoflus offers some great insight from his perspective: End of Days. Continue Reading
Posted on 02 July 2010 by Chuck Rey
Last year, the AVP Tour stopped in Coney Island for the July 4th tournament. Growing up in Chicago, I remember a few stops coming through Chicago for that weekend. I wonder why the AVP does not have consistent dates for tournaments, like 4th of July weekend in Chicago. Chicago is a great venue and I know Chicago is a favorite stop among pros. I would think consistent dates each year, like the Indy 500 or The Masters, would generate more repeat business. Maybe the FIVB schedule in conjunction with AVP budget issues has something to do with the scheduling.
So where is good volleyball being played over the July 4th weekend?
Posted on 01 February 2010 by Chuck Rey
Darren Baker is a friend of mine that’s been playing beach volleyball for years. Darren began playing volleyball at a competitive level since 1998. Cutting his teeth on beach/sand volleyball while also playing club volleyball at the University of San Diego before returning to the Augusta, GA area. He has played numerous outdoor tournaments at an Open level, including Columbia: AVP, Clash and Crown, EEVB, and Fudpuckers events. Personal highlights are having played against or with Olympians Jose Loiola, Ricci Luyties, Alan Alan, and Phil Dalhausser.
By: Darren Baker
Looking at the statistics of doubles beach volleyball one might say to me: “But Darren, look at the number of blocks vs number of championships in last season’s AVP tour. The top two blockers, Phil had 2.11 blocks per game and Sean had 1.71 blocks per game this translated into nine (9) championships, first on tour, and Hyden-Scott had four (4) championships second on tour. You said that this isn’t important in DRILL Continue Reading
Posted on 19 July 2009 by Chuck Rey
If anyone would like to rub in how great this past weekend was in Manhattan Beach with the AVP and the 6 Man Tournament, please do…I unfortunately wasn’t there!
Posted on 21 May 2009 by Chuck Rey
Jeff Nygard AVP Comeback from skin-cancer
Jeff Nygaard has made a comeback on the AVP tour after undergoing treatment for skin cancer. He’s the only top competitor wearing a long-sleeved shirt during competition.
The former UCLA volleyball star and Olympian favors long sleeves over the AVP Crocs Tour’s usual near-nakedness. He’s outspoken after being treated for basal cell carcinoma and melanoma.
Despite an impressive career and a recent resurgence on the pro beach volleyball circuit, Jeff Nygaard will never become a poster child for the AVP Crocs Tour.For one thing, the tour has its marquee male players in Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, who are Olympic gold medalists and, on most days, unbeatable. Continue Reading
Posted on 09 May 2009 by Chuck Rey
It’s a cold rainy Saturday here in the North. I’ve got some time indoors to kill, so I decided to play armchair coach today. I like that the AVP/BVB Info is posting stats per set online. I can further breakdown and analyze your game. Here are my thoughts based on the stats… Continue Reading
Posted on 06 May 2009 by Chuck Rey
Paul Mitchell is offering a one year sponsorship for AVP Players! Continue Reading
Posted on 18 April 2009 by Chuck Rey
AVP TV Live from Riverside
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to competition end (approximately 5 p.m.)
Women’s Final: 2:30 p.m. Men’s Final: 4 p.m.