The 2016/17 Beach Volleyball season will kick off next month with the 1st Mauao Challenger Tournament of the season.
This season brings with it a new trial format and the prospect of players putting themselves into contention for Commonwealth Games selection.
The Mauao Challenger #1 will be held at Mt Maunganui Main Beach on October 8th and 9th. With the most teams playing on the Saturday and the best qualifying through to take on the highest seeded teams on the Sunday.
This season also sees a change to the registration system with all Challenger event to be entered online. The Mauao Challenger #1 can be entered here. Entries close Tuesday Oct 4th at 5pm.
This season will also feature a more comprehensive ranking system, where all players in Under 16, Under 18, Masters and Open Age Groups will receive rankings. These different grades will also be used to separate the teams into division for the Saturday competition.
Following the Mauao Challenger will be the Mairangi Challenger #1, which will be held at the Mairangi Bay Beach Volleyball Centre the following weekend October 15th and 16th (and if entries require, this event could even move some junior games to Friday evening).
For the newer beach volleyball players out there who would like some training before playing their first event the North Island Beach Volleyball Camp is being held on Oct 6th and 7th at Mt Maunganui and can be entered here.