Beach Club / Mini Hitters FAQ

Please read this entire page so you can be up to date with everything you'll need for a fabulous 2023 Beach Club season! 



There is an age overlap between GAV Beach Club and Mini Hitters. Which should I choose? 

  • Beach Club is for ages 10-18. Mini Hitters is ages 8-11. In general, if your player falls in the overlapping ages and is new to beach volleyball, choose Mini Hitters. If your player has some experience, choose Beach Club. 
Did my registration go through? I haven’t received anything yet.
  • We have over 600 players between all our locations. It takes some time for us to go through all the registrations to make sure everyone is set.
  • All the info you need, including start dates, times, and locations are included on the page for each specific location. 
  • We will send a welcome email a few days before you are scheduled to start.
Which age group is my player in?
  • Beach volleyball offers 18U, 16U, 14U and 12U. Typically:
    • 18U is players that just finished 11th or 12th grade. 
    • 16U is players that just finished 9th or 10th grade.
    • 14U is players that just finished 7th or 8th grade.
    • 12U is players that just finished 6th grade and below.

How do I pay?

  • A link will appear after you submit the registration form.
My player is signing up with her partner. Can you make sure they are together?
My player doesn’t have a partner. Is that okay?
  • Players are grouped by age/skill level based on what you put on the registration form.
  • Each practice is structured so that everyone plays with everyone in their group. No partner is needed because everyone will rotate partners.
We are going on vacation/have soccer practice/won’t be in the area/etc. so my player will miss some sessions. Is this okay? Can we make them up? Can our fee be prorated? Can I come one of the other nights?
  • It’s totally fine if you miss some sessions for your other family plans this summer!
  • We do not offer make up sessions, prorated fees or drop in sessions based on attendance.
  • You cannot attend a different night or location from what you signed up for to make up for missed sessions.
I just heard about this. Can I still sign up?
  • Some locations have space available for late registrations. Email to find out!
  • Rates cannot be prorated based on attendance.
  • Late registrations may not receive a t-shirt.
I changed my mind. Can I have a refund? 
  • Refund requests made 30 days or more prior to the scheduled start date are subject to a 10% processing fee.
  • Refund requests made within 30 days of the start date can not be accommodated. 

My player has not been to any sessions yet. Can I have a refund?
My player tried it, but did not like it. Can I have a refund? 

  • Refunds cannot be given once the program starts. See above.
Can my son/daughter bring a guest to try it out? 
  • We do not offer drop in sessions. 
  • If there is space available at your location, your friends are welcome to register first and then come to practice! 


It says boys/girls practice on the night I am considering. Does this mean they are playing coed? 

  • No, boys and girls practice on separate courts. 
  • This just means that we offer practice for both boys and girls on those nights at that location. 

What should I wear?
  • Dress for the weather in something that you can move around in!
  • Shirts that cover the midriff are required for both boys and girls.
  • We recommend hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray as you see fit.
  • Dressing in layers is a good idea for when the sun goes down.
  • You don't need anything on your feet.
What should I bring?
  • Your water and yourself!
  • No water will be provided, so bring enough for the entire night!
I can’t make it tonight/I am going to be late. Who should I contact?
  • No one. We do not need to know in advance if you will not be there or if you are coming late.  

Do I need a ball?
  • GAV has volleyballs available at each location for use during practice.
How do I get some gear?
  • One t-shirt is included. It will arrive mid-season!
  • We have a merchandise tent at every tournament or you can purchase online! (Details coming soon!)

What if it rains?
  • A little rain can’t hurt! #youwontmelt
  • Please do not call, email, or message regarding the status of practice. 
  • We will only send a text alert in the event practice is cancelled. Assume it is on unless you hear otherwise!
  • Cancellation decisions will be texted using the text alert system two hours prior to the start of the program.
  • It is always up to the family to choose to go and there is no penalty for missing practices.
  • If needed, a make up session for weather cancellations will be offered the week after practice is over for the season. Check your specific location page for the exact date this will be offered. There is only one make up night per session.

Are tournaments required?
  • Tournaments are optional, but highly suggested!
  • You can sign up for one, two or all of them with the same or different partners.
I have never participated in a tournament before and don't know what to do! 
  • Developmental tournaments will be offered for GAV Beach Club participants. 
  • A coach will help players navigate the tournament day so they can feel comfortable enough to register for one on their own!
  • Space is limited at each event. 
  • You may only sign up for one developmental event. After that, register for our regular juniors tournaments!
  • Find them on the schedule!
How do I know when the tournaments are?
  • Juniors tournaments are run by Great American Volleyball every Sunday and are listed on this schedule.
How do I get a partner?
  • You are responsible for finding your own partner.
  • Ask the new friends you’re making at practice!


Which age group is my player in?

  • Beach volleyball offers 18U, 16U, 14U and 12U. Typically:
    • 18U is players that just finished 11th or 12th grade. 
    • 16U is players that just finished 9th or 10th grade.
    • 14U is players that just finished 7th or 8th grade.
    • 12U is players that just finished 6th grade and below.


I signed up for a tournament in August, but I only see one other team registered. Will it be canceled?

  • Most players sign up the week before the tournament.
  • Registration closes at 6:00pm the Friday before the tournament.
I heard we get a discount on tournaments. How do I apply it?
  • All GAV Beach Club players receive one free GAV Juniors tournament entry. 
  • All GAV Juniors tournaments have been discounted to $60/team for 2023!