The Australian Beach Volleyball Tour framework has now been released with 2016 proving to be the largest international campaign in Australian Beach Volleyball history, in lead up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
2016 will see an integrated calendar of events whereby Volleyball Australia will be empowering event organisers and state associations in their delivery of state open events around the country to assist in the development and implementation of consistently delivered events around the country. This change, will also enable additional events in Australia to be homologated with the FIVB as incorporated events within the Australian national tour.
Australian Beach Volleyball Ranking System
As it stands, the 2014/15 season included 223 female and 585 male athletes in the ABVRS database. How did you rank?
The Australian Beach Volleyball Ranking System (ABVRS) was implemented in 2014/15. After some ‘de-bugging’ the system is now live and available on the Beach Volleyball Tour website. With all events entered into this system from the 2014/15 season, the progression of the ABVRS framework has moved forward to include Australian results in AVC and FIVB events. 2015/16 will also only see state AAA events which have been sanctioned by each state association, in conjunction with respective event organisers, entered into the ABVRS.
The 2015/16 tour is now finalised, after calendar delays due to the recent release of the FIVB World Tour Calendar. The Australian Championships and Australian Tour Finals have been confirmed for January and March 2016.
The players handbook, players agreement and entries are now available for these events. In addition, the event sanctioning guidelines and event sanctioning application forms are also now available for SSO’s and event organisers to have their event sanctioned and included in the ABVRS.
Volleyball Australia (VA), through consultation with numerous parties, have performed a review of the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour, its purpose and positioning for the Beach Volleyball pathway in Australia and how it is linked within the Volleyball Australia and state association events calendars.
The last time the rest of the beach volleyball world saw Australia’s Isaac Kapa and Chris McHugh, they were standing on a podium in Austria proudly clutching bronze medals.
Team Kapa/McHugh had steamrolled their way past some of the biggest names on the world tour to achieve not only their best International results, but also one of the best ever by an Australian men’s team.