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Overview

Volleyball Australia (VA), through consultation with numerous parties, have performed a review of the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour, its purpose and positioning for the Beach Volleyball pathway in Australia and how it is linked within the Volleyball Australia and state association events calendars.

The following key points have been identified:

-          The ABVT is an elite event, not a participation event. The best beach volleyball athletes in Australia compete in the ABVT Events each year and the event should be providing these athletes with high level playing opportunities through a well-defined player development pathway.

-          The ABVT is a commercial asset for VA. The activation for potential sponsors at these events generally occurs on centre court and the sponsors do not have a lot of value in the 30th ranked teams in the event.

-          There is a major opportunity to use the ABVT to better link the ABVRS (Australian Beach Volleyball Ranking System), ABVN (Australian Beach Volleyball Network) and ABVS (Australian Beach Volleyball System) to the state associations, state promoters and to the athletes.

-          The groundwork completed in 2014/15 in relation to event sanctioning to achieve quality control and member protection is paramount. There is a major risk to VA, SSO’s and promoters around member protection and being compliant with public liability practise.

-          Due to the Phase 2 Continental Cup and Oceania Championships event being held in Cook Islands in November and clashing of dates in other key areas after this event in 2015, the start of the 2015/16 season has had to be pushed back to January 2016.

With this in mind, the following framework has been put together for the 2015-16 Beach Volleyball Events:

-          Inclusion of up to 40 events in the 2015/16 Beach Volleyball events calendar.

-          Greater integration of events by limiting the qualification phase for Australian Championships event, removing the QT from the Finals and using the ABVRS and State Open events as player/team qualification into these events.

-          The documentation and guidelines created in relation to event sanctioning will be reviewed, updated and re-distributed for implementation in 2015/16.

-          Greater number of events in the National Tour Homologated by the FIVB

Structure

Australian Finals (AF) *30 Rating

-          24 teams per gender (no qualification tournament)

  • 4 International wild cards
  • 4 HP wild cards
  • 10 best finish of each State open event
  • 6 top teams based on National ranking points

Australian Championships (AC) *20 Rating

-          16 team Qualification tournament

  • 2 International Wild Cards
  • 2 State Wild Cards
  • 2 VA Wild Cards
  • 10 ABVRS entries
  • QT will be played on the morning of day 1 of competition. The top 4 teams will qualify for the Main draw which will begin that afternoon.

-          16 team main draw per gender

  • 3 HP wild cards
  • 8 Australian Main draw entries
    • Team acceptance based on ABVRS
    • ABVRS points are counted up until 21 days prior to the competition commencing (to allow time for teams to book flights/accommodation prior to event. This is because if all points are counted, a team’s position on the ABVRS may change the week before the grand slam event and affect team entries)
  • 4 teams through qualification tournament
  • 1 International Wild Card
  • MD will commence on the afternoon of day 1 of competition with the completion of the finals on the third day of competition.

State open events *15 Rating

-          Minimum 5 events (maximum 1 per state)

-          Sanctioned by VA

-          Included in ABVRS*

-          Managed by states through either state managed or state sanctioning of a promoter

-          Winning teams qualify for AF (otherwise individual winning results will contribute to players ABVRS points and AF qualification can be gained through ABVRS team rating)

AAA events *10 Rating

-          Sanctioned by VA (VA will not sanction more than 6 events per state)

-          Results of these events to feed into ABVRS points and act as qualification for championships and finals events

Key Outcomes

-          Increased participation and value of the state events to the playing community. As performances of these events can directly attribute to their qualification in Grand slam and Championship events.

-          Greater commercial value of Beach Volleyball in Australia through the sanctioning and quality control of events nationally. As well as increased number of events included on the national event calendar.

-          Utilisation of the ABVRS after its trial in 2014/15.

-          Tool kit provided to all member associations and affiliates to minimise their risk in hosting the events and to ensure a constant national delivery model through the sanctioning of state events.

-          Via beach high performance, flexibility at each event through WC distribution to their elite athletes. This structure makes it more attractive for VA beach HP athletes to compete at state open events and through WC entry at the discretion of coaching staff for the Championships and Finals.


 

Draft Calendar (as at 03/11/2015 – excluding AAA events)

Dates

Event

Location

Status

November 2-4

Phase 2 Continental Cup

Cook Islands

 

November 5-8

Oceania Championships

Cook Islands

 

January 9-10

SA Open

Glenelg Beach, SA

 

January 16-17

QLD Open

Surfers Paradise, QLD

 

January 23-25

ABVT Grand Slam

Surfers Paradise, QLD

 

January 29-31

ABVT

Wet n Wild, NSW

TBC

February 6-7

WA Open

Scarborough, WA

 

February 13-14

Vic Open

St Kilda, VIC

 

April 23

NSW Open

Manly, NSW

 

March 11-13

AVC Asian Tour

Scarborough, WA

TBC

March 18-20

ABVT Finals

Manly, NSW

 

March 21-23

Oceania Tour/4 nations Challenge

Manly, NSW

TBC

March 24-28

AVC Asian Championships

Manly, NSW

 

April 7-10

AJBVC

Glenelg, SA

 

20-26 June

AVC Continental Cup Finals

Australia (venue TBC)