Sandstorm Beach Volleyball is inspired by what is considered the fastest growing sport in NCAA history. As this sport grows, more clubs and high schools around the US are getting on board too. In our third season we are keeping Tri-Cities (Richland, Pasco, Kennewick, and West Richland, Washington) on the sand!!!
Beach meets the desert
That’s right, beach volleyball, right here in the Tri-Cities. As beach volleyball’s popularity continues to soar, what better place to have a club than in a region that boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year? Our non-profit club runs from Spring to the Fall and aims to hone the skills of female and male athletes from 10-18, during the typical club and school off-season.
Growing the game
2016 was our inaugural season. 2017 saw the addition of new tournament level sand courts at Leslie Grove Park in Richland, WA and welcomed over 200 players to our tournaments. 2017 also expanded Sandstorm membership and we look to expand for 2018. Don't miss out on your chance to be part of a fun and friendly beach volleyball experience. We’re looking for passionate, team oriented players, who want to expand their skills while being part of something fun and exciting. Tryouts for 2018 will be held April 17 and 19 at Leslie Grove Park in Richland. + Register now for tryouts!
Sandstorm brings Sand, Sun & Fun
Already play school and/or club volleyball? Awesome, here’s why it’s worth it to hit the beach.
Beach volleyball isn’t just about enjoying the sun on a gorgeous day in the park—it’s about team and skill building, competition, and fun. At Sandstorm, we’re not focused on “over-coaching” we want to help you succeed through experience—which means less time drilling and more time in the sand playing this great sport.
Inspired by beach volleyball and the great collegiate and professional players playing it, we’re hoping to start a love for the game that will grow to achieve a high level of junior athletic development and community support.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How will beach/sand volleyball help my indoor game?
A: It will enhance your indoor game several ways. It will increase your vertical jump and help strengthen your joints. With only two players on the court you will learn to communicate with your teammate and you will come face-to-face with all your weaknesses. You will improve your ball control, expand your digging range by improving your speed and agility, and improve your ability to read players and predict what your opponents are doing. You will also become a better attacker.
Q: I’m on an indoor club team, can I still play with Sandstorm?
A: You can absolutely play with Sandstorm because it is an outdoor club and does not affiliate with any indoor club teams. One good thing is your USA Volleyball membership is valid until the end of the beach volleyball season.
Q: When will we practice?
A: Practice for 2018 will be held most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm for our development players (typically younger/inexperienced) and 6:30 pm to 8:30pm for all other players throughout the summer. Summer is busy and we understand, which is why practices are never mandatory and players are not required to participate in any tournaments. Of course, we encourage our players to come to practice as often as they can (the more time on the court the better they get) and to compete in as many summer tournaments as possible - especially the ones they already paid for with their club membership.
Q: How is beach/sand volleyball different than indoor?
A: Sand and sun for starters. While sand and indoor volleyball’s base is the same there are some nuances to the rules and the game. Ultimately we would rather you try it and tell us!!!
Q: How much does it cost
A: Prices for 2018 will be available during the information meeting on March 26, 6-7pm at the Richland Public Library.
Q: When will we play?
A: We hope every day!!! OK, we know what you really meant. In 2018 we will host 5 tournaments in Tri-Cities. Club fees do not include tournament costs outside of Tri-Cities, so if you can't travel to a particular tournament you don't have to pay for it. If you want to go to a tournament we aren't hosting...sign up and go play. Check here for our tournament list.