Nebraska added sand volleyball as a woman's intercollegiate sport on Jan. 9 and open competition this spring. Here is another look at this new sport at Nebraska.
When is the Sand Volleyball season?
Sand volleyball is a spring team sport, just like softball and baseball. The Division I playing season starts the first Thursday in March and ends eight weeks later or the end of the school year, whichever comes first.
How many competitions must teams play? How many can they play?
You must play at least eight dates with three of the competitions being dual matches. The maximum number of competitions is 16 dates.
What is the format for play?
Each school will field five doubles teams ranked by ability. Each doubles team plays again the corresponding team or teams from other schools. In a dual meet, the winning team is the school winning three or five matches. Individual matches are two sets to 21, with a tie breaker set to 15 if needed. All sets are rally scoring and must be won by two points. Tournament play will still employ flights. Points are awarded based on finish in each of the five brackets and a total team score determines the winner of the event.
Will the NCAA sponsor a championship in Sand Volleyball?
When 40 institutions in DI and DII have sponsored varsity programs for two year, the NCAA will sponsor an NCAA Championships.
Where are the 2013 Sand Volleyball Championships?
Gulf Shores, Alabama will host the collegiate women's sand volleyball championships through 2015.
How many schools sponsor Sand Volleyball as a sport?
As of Jan. 23, 2013, University of California-Long Beach, Pepperdine, University of Southern California, Hawaii, Loyola Marymount, Florida State, College of Charleston, Stetson, Jacksonville University, University of North Florida, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Tulane, Mercer, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coach University, Georgia State University, Florida International, Louisiana Monroe, Grand Canyon University (DII), Cal State-Bakersfield, Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco, Stanford, University of Pacific, St. Mary's College of California, Sacramento State, Nebraska, UCLA.
Will Sand Volleyball have a different coaching staff from the Court Volleyball team?
It depends on the institution. DI NCAA regulations specify that Sand Volleyball may have a maximum of two coaches and Court Volleyball may have a maximum of three coaches. The regulations do not speak to coaches being responsible for more than one sport so an athletics department could assign one or two of the current court coaches to responsibilities with the Sand VB team or they could hire new coaches to fill those positions. There are no coaching staff restrictions in DII, so again the decision rests with the institution.
How is the sport of Sand Volleyball different from Court Volleyball
Beyond the obvious differences in number of players on a side and the surface for competition, Sand volleyball is officiated much differently than Court VB. No open handed tipping is allowed and setting is called so tightly in Sand volleyballthat the bump set is more popular than the overhead set. Also, the block touch counts as the first of the three allowable contacts. Another difference is that coaches may only speak to players or give them any kind of input or feedback during time‐outs and between sets. Finally, to mitigate the impact of wind and sun, the players switch sides of the court every seven points in a 21 point set and every five points in a 15 point set.