Our Club

About Us

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 multiple sports and not specializing in any one specific sport yet. Middle School (grades 6-8) Players move on to our more advanced Fundamental and Advanced Club Training, and the Training Groups Program. We recommend narrowing down the sports being played and focus on just a few. We find 2-3 sports during this time to work out well. 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. However, we always encourage players to maintain other sports and activities as hobbies during this time.





Program Philosophy

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide our players the opportunity for personal growth and development as an individual and athlete through providing excellent instruction and support in learning to play and compete in beach volleyball.

Philosophy

Our philosophy guides our process. We believe in teaching athletes strong fundamental skills, technique and strategy in order to provide a platform for discovery and learning. We support thoughtful experimentation with these skills and strategies, while using positive encouragement to promote player growth and development. We seek to inspire passion and enthusiasm for the game and beach culture, providing coaches who embody our philosophy and beliefs through their leadership and guidance.

Our players will gain the knowledge and confidence to manage a game or tournament as a team and individual. Players learn to work together to understand the game. By doing so, we emphasize communication and teamwork, providing our players with all the tools and knowledge they need to be self-managed athletes. This includes help and support finding partners, choosing tournaments, picking up games and court maintenance.

Our process employs current teaching techniques being used at the national level to promote efficient learning and growth. We encourage players to ask and answer questions, and understand the importance of fun and enjoying the game, using those feelings to help promote learning and competition. Our process also relies upon the strength of the community, and we strive to create a close-knit group of beach volleyball players and families that can provide support and a foundation for our club.

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