USA Beach Junior Tour Closes 2012 Season with Record-Setting National Championship Event

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 6, 2012) – While USA Volleyball (USAV) was heating up competition in the 2012 Summer Olympics overseas, USAV’s Beach Junior Tour was holding down the fort in the states and wrapping up a successful 2012 season with a record-setting number of entries in its national championship.

The 2012 USA Beach Junior Tour National Championship, held in July at Milwaukee’s Bradford Beach, saw 208 teams compete in girls’ and boys’ divisions from 18 states and 20 USA Volleyball regions. Of the 208 teams competing, 153 represented the Open Divisions (teams that earned bids by tournament finishes throughout the 2012 season), which is a 20-percent increase from 2011 entries.

Launched in 2009, the USA Beach Junior Tour continues to grow year after year featuring some of the most talented young athletes in the country. During the 2012 season the tour increased its events and participants by more than 20 percent, hosting 25 events in 19 states with a total of over 3,300 participants

The Elevation Group of Companies has been a partner of the tour since its inception, managing production and operations including pre-event and tour marketing, branding, event scheduling and registration. The agency also manages the tour’s partnership with its current sponsors – Spalding King of the Beach, Voolii Lifestyle and Honu Sandals.

"We are focused on leveraging the London Olympic success and the popularity of USA Volleyball teams at the recent summer events to expand our tour participation in 2013,” tour director Rick Schanz said.

More information on the USA Beach Junior Tour, including championship results, can be found by visiting www.usabeach.org