Thanks to all the players who have competed in a JSVBA event, more than 175,000 of you and still counting.
Information Posted: May 14, 2004
18 years! This season makes 18 years of extremely competitive, fun, and outrageously, massively attended beach volleyball tournaments at the Jersey Shore. More people have played at JSVBA events than any other beach volleyball tour in New Jersey.
Who would ever guessed that a former soccer player from New Jersey, by way of Denver, Colorado and a guy from Lancaster Pennsylvania would have been the impetus behind the biggest and best series of beach volleyball events in New Jersey, perhaps in the whole USA.
There have been so many firsts for the JSVBA in those 18 years:
Whew! It seems like just yesterday when Doug, Sharon and I were scrambling to try and find enough nets for the Belmar Youth Club Benefit because we had expected about a third of the tremendous turnout that just overwhelmed us, for our very first event.
More of our innovations have been copied than any other beach volleyball series in the world. And I still am finding that our policies and procedures are constantly being copied, and adopted by new beach volleyball organizers and groups at an amazing rate.
How does that saying go? "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." If that's the case, then, we are one very, very, very flattered association.
The JSVBA, widely imitated but never equaled.
The AVP Belmar event, now a long running tradition, is a direct result of our involving Miller Lite and getting the sponsor so pumped up and excited that after attending his first JSVBA event, he hounded the AVP into returning to NJ. This after the AVP swore they would never come back to NJ just 2 years earlier. Our relationship and history with the Mayor of Belmar and the town, had convinced the Borough Council that beach volleyball was a such positive factor or they would have never even considered allowing such an event.
The JSVBA events have always been participant driven with everything we do designed to make it as convenient and organized for the players as possible, rather than just a promotional outlet for sponsors. We have always been about providing a place where everyone could play no matter how good or how "not so good" you were, with the rules of competition fairly and equally enforced, with no preferential treatment from the tournament director, even if you were the best man at my wedding and the co-founder of the JSVBA, and that tradition continues to this very day.
You, the players, are the ones who truly make it happen. The response from the beginning was just overwhelming. We had no idea it would ever become as popular, as fanatic, as much of a lifestyle event and as much a part of peoples lives as it is. When we started we just wanted to create something where we could play organized tournament beach volleyball without having to drive to Virginia Beach, Virginia.
What do you think? Did we succeed? 175,000 of you certainly seem to think so.
Those hundreds of men's B, BB, and A teams every weekend on those 50-60-70 nets was just an astounding sight. I still believe that it was harder to win a men's BB tournament back around 1992 than it was to win the AA or maybe even the Pro. You would have to beat 50 or more teams just in the Men's BB Playoffs, after pool play finished.
And you needed really good night vision as the tournaments seemed to never end before 10PM.
Beach Volleyball at the Shore has gone through some very drastic and traumatic changes since 1986. Who would have ever guessed that we would be using Rally Scoring in 2004?
In 1986, we played 2 games per match in pool play, sideout scoring to 15 with five teams in most pools. Of course, those events were all 2 day tournaments with pool play on Saturday and the playoffs on Sunday. But as the players became more and more skilled and the matches got longer and longer and longer and we adopted, due to popular demand, one day tournaments, the number of games and points had to become fewer and fewer since it took longer to play each and every game.
Who among us ever thought that we would be reducing the size of the court to 8 meters by 8 meters? Drastic, traumatic, absolutely! But that change, and rally scoring, let serve, hand setting, antennas, etc. is now the accepted norm for beach volleyball. Wow, much of it still amazes me. And we have consistently been at the forefront in incorporating the new rules and criteria for the enjoyment of the players.
Thank you, whether you have been playing on our JSVBA tour for years or if this will be your very first JSVBA event, thank you for being a part of the JSVBA and the great and long tradition of beach volleyball at the Jersey Shore.
We invite you to help us celebrate our 18th year by doing the same thing you and we have always done, playing the greatest sport in the world, BEACH VOLLEYBALL, at the greatest beach volleyball venues anywhere in the whole wide world, the pristine beaches of the Jersey Shore.
And We'll See You on the Beach,