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First Coast Volleyball Hosts The Bud Light

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Gaining skills and having fun!

Volleyball In The Sand…It’s A Lifestyle
Can You Dig It!

People came from all corners of the U.S. to play in the Third Annual Bud Light Volleyball Tournament, held in St Augustine Beach on Memorial Weekend. Hosted by First Coast Volleyball, players as young as nine years old came to play in the sand and enjoy the day with family.

With two complete days of play, Sunday was set aside for the younger players as well as the co-ed teams. This years tournament brought over 400 players to the beach, along with family and friends. With 26 courts set up, some would say the beach was really jumping.

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Miller and Sproules, inspiring the next generation.

“A lot of the St Augustine locals love the fact that we are here,” said Pete Sproules, a local organizer. and assistant volleyball coach at Flagler College. “We all were players and we love this,” Sproules shared.

His love of the game is evident as he watched the kids playing on the beach Sunday. “These kids learn teamwork, discipline and are better able to deal with the challenges and adversity in life,” he said. “When you watch the ability of a 12 year old grow it is amazing,” Sproules exclaimed with a smile on his face.

Beach volleyball has been an Olympic discipline since the 1996 Games in Atlanta. This sport is played on a sand court between two teams with two players per team. First Coast Volleyball, formally known as Jacksonville Volleyball Club, was started in 1996 and has been going strong ever since.

“Beach volleyball is a whole lifestyle,” said Jay Miller tournament organizer. “Just like surfing, it is laid back. We are here first and foremost to have fun. After all..it’s the beach!” Miller expressed.

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Building self-esteem and having fun playing volleyball.

Sand Volleyball was recently approved as a championship sport by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The first-ever NCAA Championships for sand volleyball is planned for the spring of 2016. With the support of First Coast Volleyball, giving our young players the opportunity to compete, many more student-athlete will gain the experience and the self confidence needed for the college teams.

Jacob Nelson was out enjoying the day with his family. This 11 year old student from RB Hunt was at a loss for words when asked about the sport. “ I really like being outside,” he shared and by the looks of it so did everyone else at the beach on Sunday. Sea, Sand, Sun and Sky…Ya Gotta Love The Sand Volleyball Lifestyle.

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