2017 Boys & Girls Ultimate Beach Volleyball
Ultimate is pleased to offer our seventh 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.
Age Groups for Tournaments: 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U
A note to 12U and 13U: Some tournaments this year will be 12U and 13U; 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 24. 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 12U-14U
June 30 – July 30
5 Weekend Play Dates, 2 practices/week
$150 plus tourney entries
Complete the Boys/Girls 12U-14U tournament entry form
HS Girls 15U-18U
June 30 – July 30
5 Weekend Play Dates, 3 practices/week
$250 plus tourney entries
Complete the HS Girls 15U-18U tournament entry form
HS Boys 15U-18U
July 7 – Aug 13
6 Weekend Play Dates, 3 practices/week
$300 plus tourney entries
Complete the HS Boys 15U-18U tournament entry form
Season dues can be paid in two payments. Tournament fees are separate, and are generally $30 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, but practices will end no later than 1:30 p.m.
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, weekly intra-club mini tournament
Print and fill out the Registration Contract and return it to Ultimate VBC/Hallmark SportsClub by Wednesday, May 24, accompanied by the first payment. After registration is closed, participants will be contacted with specific practice information. The Uniform Order Form and the Tournament Selection Form (download above) are 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 recently returned to Illinois 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.
Kerry Shannon, Assistant Coordinator and 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 sixth year as Ultimate’s Beach coach, supervises indoor teams, and is an administrator for Ultimate VBC.
Jake Welke, 15-18U Head Coach
Coach Welke is a six-year UVC Coach and a six-year Ultimate Alum, excelling in providing high-quality instruction to players of all ages in classes, at camps, and on teams. This is his third beach coaching season, boasting championship wins in the 14U, 16U, and 18U Boys’ divisions last season. Indoor, he qualified his 15 year-old team for the Open Division of the Junior National Championships in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 with 1st place finishes at the Dennis LaFata Gateway Festival in 2014 and Chicago Winter Championships in 2016, as well as a 2nd place finish at LaFata in 2015, and 3rd place finishes at Lafata 2016 and Winter Championships 2015. As a player at Lincoln-Way Central, Jake was named to the 2007 Star Newspaper and Joliet Herald’s “All-Area” team. As an athlete with Ultimate, Jake was a Silver Medalist in the Open Division at the 2004 Junior Olympics.