Beach volleyball is becoming synonymous with the Alabama coast. Gulf Shores is already known as the epicenter for collegiate teams when national champions are decided.
Now it is time for the action to switch to the other side of Mobile Bay. On June 24 and 25, Dauphin Island will welcome the EVP Island Tour volleyball tournament.
This will be the first pro-am tournament to take place at Dauphin Island Public Beach. The Mobile Sports Authority is in a partnership with town officials to host the inaugural EVP Island Championships.
“The Mobile Sports Authority would like to thank EVP, the town of Dauphin Island, Dauphin Island Parks & Beach Board, Mobile County, South Mobile County Tourism Authority and Connect Meetings,” said Danny Corte, MSA’s executive director. “With an expected economic impact of well over a half-million dollars to the Mobile area, this first-time event is sure to make a splash.”
The tournament will provide several divisions for all ages and skill levels. Pro, amateur and junior teams will be making the journey to south Mobile County. The tournament will also be aired on the Beach Sports Network.
To get the party started, a special EVP teambuilding event for local businesses is planned for that Friday at Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile, 4-5:30 p.m.
“We are in the planning process of hosting a corporate challenge for teams of four,” said Susan Shaw, MSA’s director of events and marketing. “This will consist of a few fun games for each team to compete in against their fellow Mobilians, visitors and friends.” The challenge will include such games as cornhole and flying disc toss.
On Saturday, the action heads to Dauphin Island with play scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The divisions include men’s and women’s Pro, AA, A, BB and B along with Juniors 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U. Teams that finish first and second are awarded a bid to compete in the 2017 EVP World Finals of Beach Volleyball Championship in Hampton, Virginia, Aug. 11-12.
On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be action in co-ed AA, A and B divisions. A Master’s Division for players ages 45 and up is also planned. For more information, visit www.evptour.com.
The EVP Island Tour has been hosting beach volleyball events for more than 25 years. The group’s primary aim is “to support beach volleyball events that engage families, fans, athletes, students, communities and sponsors in a great day at the beach.”
This is just one of many events handled by the MSA, whose mission is to create a positive economic and public relations impact for Mobile County by attracting, hosting, managing and supporting sports events. To learn more, visit www.mobilesportsauthority.com.
• Challenger Sports will be hosting several “British Soccer Camps” in Mobile and Baldwin counties. According to its website (www.challengersports.com), these camps are an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in boys and girls of all ages and abilities. The camps will be at the Hearin-Chandler YMCA in Mobile (June 26-30), Gulf Shores Sportsplex (June 26-30), Bayside Academy in Daphne (July 10-14) and Orange Beach Sportsplex (July 31-Aug. 4). Pricing varies, so visit www.challenger.configio.com to select a camp.
• The Richard Moodie Soccer Academy has several camps at The Cage on the University of South Alabama campus. A summer ID camp for girls ages 12-18 will take place June 18-21, and a college prep camp for boys ages 12-18 will run from June 25-28. Both camps are designed for players trying to compete at the collegiate level, with goalkeeper-specific training included. The cost will be $349 for residential campers and $300 for commuters.
From June 22-24, there is a girls-only residential team camp for ages 12-18 at a cost of $215 per player, with a minimum of 11 players per team. The focus will be determined by the team’s coach or the camp’s staff. To register, go to www.RichardMoodieSoccerAcademy.com.
• The Spring Hill College women’s soccer team will hold a girls’ soccer camp June 19-23. The camp, open to players ages U6-U14, will be at Library Field on the campus of SHC. Check-in takes place 8-8:30 a.m. at Moorer Hall; the half-day academy will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Also offered on June 19 is a goalkeeper-specific academy that emphasizes development of proper technique. The training is open to girls and boys ages U10-U18.
Finally, from June 30 to July 2, an Elite Residential Camp will be held. This three-day weekend camp is for girls rising grades 8-plus who are interested in a challenging weekend of soccer modeled after the Badgers’ collegiate program training. For more information or to register, visit www.camps.jumpforward.com.
• USA men’s tennis head coach Nick Brochu has summer camps set for June 26-30 and July 17-31. The camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are offered to players ages 7 to 17. Campers will work on technical strokes, strategies and match play. Campers must bring their own tennis equipment and lunch. Water and cold snacks will be provided during the day. Registration is at www.JaguarsTennisCamps.com. Questions can be directed to 251-709-2003 or [email protected].
• The USA women’s basketball head coach Terry Fowler has set girls’ basketball camps. The final Team Play Date is June 23, while FUNdamentals and Shooting Camp will run from June 19-22 and College Prep Came will take place on June 24. All three camps will be at the Striplin Practice Facility located next to the Mitchell Center, and be directly run by Fowler along with his coaching staff. The Jag players will serve as camp counselors. More information, including registration, can be found at www.TerryFowlerGirlsBasketballCamps.com.