Who are we? What do we do?
We take pride in being a beach-dedicated club and comprehensive beach volleyball program that specializes in offering complete and community-based instruction to achieve our goals in player development. We strive to provide the best training based on current techniques and strategies being used at the national level, emphasizing lifelong learning and fundamental values that help on the court and in life. We teach and promote confidence, integrity, responsibility, competitiveness, teamwork, communication and work ethic, among other intangibles. In doing so, our club has a tradition of producing college athletes playing for top NCAA programs.
We host events and tournaments which give players and the community an opportunity to connect and compete. These events and tournaments are some of the best in the area and feature the best our club has to offer.
Founded by Lucas Bol, Santa Cruz Beach Volleyball Club is the next progression in the development of beach volleyball in Northern California. Formerly Main Beach Sand Club, Santa Cruz Beach Volleyball Club is a stand alone beach volleyball program featuring some of the most experienced, innovative and skilled beach volleyball coaches in the area.
How does the club work?
We aim to keep our organization and programs as simple as possible, so we can focus on and emphasize the important stuff— teaching and learning.
We offer three main programs for youth- Training Groups, Club Training, and our Youth Program (grades 4-6).
Adults training is done through classes, clinics and club training.
What makes our summer camps different from the rest?
Our summer camps feature dedicated and experienced coaches who teach the game, while having fun. Lead coaches organize and prepare a thoughtful week of instruction tailored to the participants, taking into accounts the areas of instruction needing most attention. We feature a MAX 1-8 coach to player ratio per court. Each court has a dedicated coach overseeing and instructing players 100% of the time. In the framework of our club, camps are a first step in learning to play and love the game, and we teach all participants skills they will need to progress to the highest levels of the game.
What is our Development Pathway for youth athletes?
Our Development Pathway is the progression of programs we implement as a club to teach youth athletes the sport of beach volleyball. Our pathway is designed to provide players with a life long learning experience that has led to NCAA and professional competition. It is split into three distinct time periods:
Elementary School (grades 2-6)
First introductions to the game though our Youth Club Training. During this time period we recommend playing as many sports as possible, non organized play, and not specializing in any one specific sport yet.
Middle School (grades 6-8)
Players move on to our more advanced Fundamental and Club Training, and the Training Groups Program. We recommend continuing to play many sports, non organized play, and to begin to narrow down the sports you are competing at in an organized way to 2-3.
High School (grades 9-12)
Players continue to participate in Club Training and Training Groups. During this time we find it beneficial for players to specialize more, and fully focus on 1-2 sports for competitive training and competition. However, we always encourage players to maintain other sports and activities as hobbies during this time, and to continue to participate in non organized play and activities that are not the sports they are competing at.
Does the club train year round?
Yes! We were the first club in northern California to start a year round training program. Our first year round season was in 2015, and we've been doing it ever since. Throughout the years we have be altering and making small changes to our year round calendar to make it the best possible for our athletes. Our current calendar outline looks like this:
Fall- Club and Private training. Drop in or practice plan.
Winter- Club and Private training. Drop in or practice plan. Tournament Packages. Training Group Tryout Season.
Spring and Summer- Training Group Season. Club and Private training also offered.