2018 Ultimate Beach Volleyball for Boys & Girls
Ultimate is pleased to offer our eighth season of competitive beach volleyball. Beach volleyball is played as doubles, maximizing the number of contacts for each player. The increased number of touches allows each player to improve his or her passing, attacking, setting, serving, defense, stamina, agility, speed, jump, confidence, and volleyball IQ. Beach volleyball can change a position player to an all-around player. Tournaments are played in the sand, and many are offered on Lake Michigan beaches. Ultimate coaches direct practices and supervise tournaments; however, coaching is not allowed during match play. This rule helps players learn more about strategy and become more assertive on the court. Beach volleyball presents a unique opportunity to have fun while playing hard and improving. It also may present the chance to play in college since the NCAA has added beach volleyball as a collegiate sport.
REGISTER HERE by May 23
Age Groups for Tournaments: 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U
A note to 12U: Some tournaments this year will be 12U, but others have 14U as the youngest division. Ultimate 12’s and 13’s have played up in the past and have been successful.
Boys: Generally there is a 14U, 16U, and 18U division for boys, but sometimes the older boys play in the lowest men’s division.
Who Can Play?
Ultimate Beach Volleyball is open to current Ultimate Indoor players. Registration deadline for the Ultimate program is Wednesday, May 23. Spots are limited; registration will close when all team spots are filled. All players must register with a partner.
Beach tournaments are held every weekend during the season. Ultimate teams select their own tournament dates from a list of all tournaments offered on our Tournament Selection Form, which you will receive via email after registration. You can view tournament options on this website.
Boys & Girls 12-14U
June 29 – July 29
5 Weekend Play Dates, 2 practices/wk
$150 plus tourney entries
HS Girls 15U-18U
June 29 – July 29
5 Weekend Play Dates, 3 practices/wk
$250 plus tourney entries
HS Boys 15U-18U
July 6 – Aug 12
6 Weekend Play Dates, 3 practices/wk
$300 plus tourney entries
Season dues can be paid in two payments. Tournament fees are separate, and are generally $30-$35 per player.
The 12-14U players will practice twice a week on either Monday and Friday mornings or Wednesday and Friday mornings, depending on age group placement. High school (15-18U) players will practice Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Practices for all ages will be held at Main Park in Frankfort and Hallmark SportsClub. Specific practice times for HS players will be determined based on age group needs after registration.
Efficient, well-planned practices will focus on techniques and strategies specific to beach doubles. Players will spend significant time practicing with their partners to prepare for competition. Practices also include free, intra-club mini tournaments.
Print and fill out the Registration Contract and return it to Ultimate VBC/Hallmark SportsClub by Wednesday, May 23, accompanied by the first payment. After registration is closed, participants will be contacted with specific practice information. The Uniform Order Form is due with the registration contract.
Girls will have the choice of ordering an Ultimate tank top or Ultimate sports bra top and can wear any shorts of their choice. Boys will order an Ultimate tank top and wear shorts of their choice. Returning players may use last year’s uniform or order new items this year. The Uniform Order Form and payment are due with the Registration Contract.
Coordinators and Coaches
Shannon Marie Shannon, Coordinator
Shannon returns to us from the DC area, where she directed and coached Clash Volleyball Club for 14 years. Prior to that, she coached in the Chicago area at Marian Catholic H.S., Windy City VBC, and Smash VBC. As an athlete, Shannon was a Junior Olympic All-American and an All-District collegiate setter for Hillsdale College. Currently, she is the head coach for Ultimate’s instructional programs and Beach Volleyball program. At the USAV Beach Nationals, Shannon has led two Girls 14U teams to 2nd place finishes and one top 5, two Boys 14U teams and three 16U teams to top 5 finishes.
Kerry Shannon, Assistant Coordinator and Head Coach
Kerry comes to Ultimate from Lynchburg College, where she was the Assistant Volleyball Coach. Previously she coached teams, camps, and instructional classes for Clash Volleyball Club in Virginia. As a player, Kerry was First Team All-State Libero and First Team Washington Post All-Met; she then played at Merrimack College. Kerry is in her eighth year as Ultimate’s Beach coach, supervises and coaches indoor teams, and is an administrator for Ultimate VBC. As a beach coach, Kerry has been key to our success at the USAV Beach Nationals, coaching two Girls 14U teams to 2nd place finishes and one top 5, two Boys 14U and three 16U teams to top 5 finishes.
Stewart Solomon, Head Coach HS Boys
Stew recently joined Ultimate Beach after moving to the area from California. He was the Cal State Dominguez Women’s Asst. Coach in 2008 and a ten-year coach at Southern California Volleyball Club. He coached his SCVC teams to a first-place finish at AAU Junior Nationals in 2015, captured a second-place Open finish at Boys’ Junior Nationals in 2014 and a second-place finish at Boys’ Junior Nationals in 2013. Stewart was also the JV Girls’ Coach, South High School, Torrance, CA and former Boys’ Varsity Head Coach at Peninsula High School. He was a first-Team All-League player at Peninsula High School and played collegiately for El Camino College, where he was named All-Conference. Stew has extensive beach volleyball experience, playing on the beaches of California, where he also developed as a beach coach, heading the boys’ high school beach program at South High School.