The ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball is much more than a volleyball tournament; it’s a week-long festival celebrating ‘all things beach,’ including sports, music, culture and community," said Leonard Armato, event creator and promoter.
El Segundo, Calif (PRWEB) June 19, 2013
The ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball today announced open registration for four-person and six-person teams for tournaments to take place along side the ASICS World Series Cup and Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) sanctioned Grand Slam tournament July 22-28, 2013 in Long Beach, Calif.
During this week-long beach festival, four-person and six-person tournaments will be held on side courts adjacent to the main stadium court. The ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball will include the first FIVB sanctioned Grand Slam tournament in the United States since 2003 and will include the inaugural ASICS World Series Cup, a special competition that will feature the top U.S. men’s and women’s teams competing against the best teams from around the world.
“The ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball is much more than a volleyball tournament; it’s a week-long festival celebrating ‘all things beach,’ including sports, music, culture and community. The four-person and six-person tournaments will allow beach volleyball fans to get involved in the festivities and actually compete alongside the top players in the world,” said Leonard Armato, event creator and promoter.
Teams looking to be a part of this exciting and unique event can register and find more information at: http://www.wsobv.com or on Twitter @wsobv. Travel and lodging packages for those wanting to stay and play for the entire weekend will also be available.
Included with the registration, teams will receive a limited, tournament-specific t-shirt and have access to sand “seating” for the official concerts in the Stadium Court (for each day of their registered tournament) and VIP access to tournament after parties. Bill Sigler, creator of the widely successful Smackfest 4’s Coed Tournament held in Hermosa Beach, was brought in to organize the 4’s and 6’s competition in addition to the player parties.
Former professionals and Olympians, college players and legends of the game will be playing alongside beginners and intermediate players for a fun-is-priority tournament. For the four-person tournament, which will be held July 26, rules such as not being able to jump serve unless someone else tosses the ball and point deduction opportunities will be enforced to provide a relaxed level of play. The six-person tournament, to be held July 27-28, will also have a variety of skill levels, but once the playoffs come, things get a little more competitive and the final matches will be held on the center court. Teams are expected to come from all over the world as well as the United States.
NBC, NBC Sports Network, and Universal Sports Network will provide more than 20 hours of programming of the competitions, including telecasts of the men’s and women’s Grand Slam finals and ASICS World Series Cup Finals.
Coverage begins Thursday, July 25 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with the women’s Grand Slam quarterfinal competitions, and will continue through the weekend. The World Series Cup Women’s Finals will air Saturday, July 27 at 4 p.m. ET on NBC, with the Men’s Finals airing Sunday, July 28 at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC. In addition to programming on NBC and NBC Sports Network, Universal Sports Network will also provide more than 13 hours of coverage of the event.
NBC Sports Group, the FIVB, USA Volleyball and Management Plus Enterprises are partnering on the event, which will offer more than $500,000 in total prize money. In addition to title sponsor ASICS, Bud Light, Paul Mitchell, Sabra, Barefoot Wine, Nestea, ZICO and Mikasa have also signed on as sponsors.
The ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball will be part of the prestigious FIVB annual World Tour, which features 10 Grand Slam events as well as the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. It is the 10th FIVB event ever held in the United States, the fifth in Southern California and the first since the World Tour visited Southern California in 2003. For more information: