AVP schedule is over!
Pardon my unbridled enthusiasm. I assume for those who’re studying this, you are in all probability as excited as I’m. We’re in good firm right here.
Time to schedule flights, ebook accommodations, and customarily make room in our schedules to attend the 16 AVP occasions taking place this summer season. AVP is again, and it isn’t holding again. There are three Gold Collection occasions (the identical trio since 2021), 5 Professional Collection occasions in each acquainted and new venues, seven Tour Collection occasions, and a model new, best-of-the-best AVP Championship.
With extra occasions and the most important prizes in current historical past, athletes have extra alternatives to make cash and earn factors. The brand new tier system improves the skilled pipeline and will increase funding for athletes coming into the world of seaside volleyball. And with a big-money championship occasion set to finish the season, followers can watch one of the best of the 2022 season grind for the final word prize and low season bragging rights. Cannot wait to see that battle royale.
Let’s break down every stage.
The Atlanta, Manhattan Seaside and Chicago stops will look similar to AVP followers of the Gold Collection. With extra money, greater attracts, and a few of the most outstanding seaside volleyball markets within the nation, these three occasions have been merely completely different hits.
The Manhattan Seaside Open – aka the MBO, aka the Granddaddy of Them All, aka the Wimbledon of Seaside Volleyball – will as soon as once more have the most important draw of all 16 occasions: a 32-team foremost draw and a 96-team per gender Qualifier.
Atlanta and Chicago will maintain the identical prize purse of $300K however halve the principle draw, bringing in extra money per workforce. All the main points of every occasion’s qualifying course of will likely be in Athletes’ Nook quickly, for those who like that technical stuff.
A few of the most vibrant cities within the nation will host the Professional Collection, a five-stop sequence of $125K occasions. AVP is heading again to Florida, which is residence to so many proficient AVP gamers and a seaside we’ve not been to in over a decade! We are going to revisit Austin and New Orleans, two of America’s most devoted and enthusiastic seaside volleyball markets. We’re additionally thrilled so as to add Atlantic Metropolis to the schedule, residence of our new proprietor, Bally’s. And you may’t neglect Hermosa, the yard of so many AVP athletes, and what number of gamers all over the world contemplate it a seaside volleyball mecca.
The Professional Collection introduces a brand new qualification system to the AVP universe, and I sit up for taking part in it. These 16-team occasions will basically run an off-site “qualifier” via the Tour Collection. That is proper – there will likely be no on-site qualifiers for any of the 5 Professional Collection occasions. Whom I really like. Why will we arrive in a second? First, here is how the Professional Collection entries will work:
- 10 groups primarily based on AVP rating factors
- High 4 ending groups from pre-established Tour Collection feeder occasions
- Principally, for those who make it to the semifinals of a feeder tour cease, you are prepared for a professional cease.
- Earlier than the season begins, the AVP will announce which Tour Collection occasions will function feeders for which Professional Collection occasions will happen.
- Word that the primary two Professional Collection tournaments happen earlier than the primary Tour Collection occasion. The Austin and New Orleans feeder tournaments would be the AVPnext occasions. Keep tuned over the subsequent few months to listen to which AVPnext and Tour sequence will likely be designated feeder occasions.
- 1 AVP Wild Card (WC) and 1 Tour Collection WC
- Every occasion leaves room for the AVP WC. This offers the AVP a spot to confess a workforce that doesn’t have sufficient rating factors, however can nonetheless “qualify” a spot. Previous WCs have been Olympians, NCAA Nationwide Champions and indoor volleyball phenoms. This WC spot is what it has all the time been; It’s normally not awarded to anybody and primarily based on rating factors the subsequent workforce is in.
- The Tour Collection WC addition is influential in producing budding AVP expertise. Whoever is getting out within the Tour Collection—maybe a workforce that gained the non-feeder occasion—might be rewarded with a Professional Collection spot.
- There are some tricked-down situations with these bids for Tour Collection occasions, however I am going to have a look at that later.
With feeder occasions, athletes can now journey and earn cash whereas qualifying for higher tier occasions. That is large and why I really like this new system a lot. It brings me…
Tour Collection – A wonderful addition to the AVP. These seven occasions present new alternatives for freshman and middle-ranked athletes to enter the Professional Collection. I want it began whereas I used to be taking part in.
Every Tour Collection occasion can have a 24-team foremost draw and a 48-team qualifier. For the principle draw, 14 groups are on level, 2 wild playing cards are awarded to an area promoter to impress native expertise, after which the highest 8 groups from the qualifiers are drawn.
With a $50K purse in every Tour Collection occasion, athletes have an opportunity to make cash within the sport faster than ever. All occasions within the Tour Collection supply cash and factors. And, as mentioned above, semifinalists from choose Tour Collection occasions attend Professional Collection occasions. In different phrases – the qualifier now pays.
One of many scarce sources in seaside volleyball is the in-game expertise. In my first 12 months in 2015, I solely performed 5 refereed AVP matches. I did not know methods to compete. The expertise that solely the Tour sequence will present is priceless, and the prize purse would not damage both.
AVP returned to Phoenix with one of the best seaside volleyball pageant for the primary time since 2009. The Phoenix Championship will likely be solely six groups per gender, determined by every workforce’s two greatest finishes from Gold Collection occasions, in addition to two doable wild playing cards. six groups. a courtroom. 2 days. night time session. Put together for hard-fought, high-flying motion from the highest athletes of 2022.
And that is this system, people. extra occasions. extra alternatives for all ranges of AVP athletes. It will be a fantastic summer season.