About Beach Cities Volleyball
Welcome to the home of Beach Cities Volleyball, one of the nation’s leading Volleyball Training programs. The families in the Beach Cities Volleyball family welcome you to become acquainted with our BCVC Family!
Since its inception in 2000, Beach Cities Volleyball has been teaching young adults in Southern California how to improve their life skills through volleyball. The Mission Statement of Beach Cities Volleyball is to “Teach life skills and volleyball skills to athletes 8 to 18 years of age.” BCVC works very hard to create beginning, intermediate and advanced teams at every age level. The beginning players work very hard (while having fun) to become intermediate players, the intermediate players work very hard (while having fun) to become advanced players, and the advanced teams work very hard (while having fun) to be among the best in the country.
Beach Cities Volleyball fields very competitive teams, but does not create undue pressure on its teams by talking about a “commitment to winning”, or call its teams “elite”, although our advanced teams do compete successfully with teams bearing the name “elite”.
The priorities of BCVC are to:
1) Teach Volleyball Skills
2) Teach character development
3) Have fun
Through these priorities, rather than focusing on a “commitment to winning” or calling their players “elite” the Beach Cities Volleyball family has created very competitive teams and players who compete among the best in the nation. In October 1999 Beach Cities Volleyball’s first tryouts contained 4 players; in 2012 the Beach Cities Volleyball family included 37 teams and over 370 players, plus over 100 players participating in our “Starters Program”. Over 225 Beach Cities Volleyball players from the 2012 season competed for their school teams throughout the SouthBay, and players who formerly played for Beach Cities Volleyball are playing on their college teams across the nation. Teams from Beach Cities find themselves in the Finals & final four of season-ending national tournaments each year.
Beach Cities Volleyball works very hard to create an atmosphere wherein its players at all levels of experience can become “the best that they can be”. BCVC takes great pride in its strongest teams, all of which are made up of players who all compete for their schools, and many of these players go on to play in college. BCVC, however, takes great pride in also developing its less experienced players to become strong volleyball players as well. For example, Beach Cities had six Girl’s 14s teams in 2009. The players on all the strongest teams, the intermediate teams and even the less experienced intermediate teams made their school teams the following school season. In addition to this though, of the 10 players on its least experienced 14 Girls team that year, every player made their High School teams as well! Every, single player!
Beach Cities Volleyball also is diligent in its efforts toward character development, i.e., in teaching its players life skills as well. Beach Cities Volleyball coaches are hired based on their understanding that they are to be responsible, positive role models as well as possess strong volleyball backgrounds. Part-time youth referees in the SCVA young enough to play volleyball as well have signed up to play for Beach Cities Volleyball because as referees they recognize the positive attitude the Beach Cities’ coaches show in competition. All Beach Cities Volleyball coaches receive background checks, fingerprint exams and IMPACT (which stresses the relationship between positive reinforcement and youth coaching) certification as part of normal operations.
Beach Cities Volleyball works arduously to develop an atmosphere that is “fun” while also teaching volleyball skills. In addition to the normal practices and tournaments that one expects in a Club environment, BCVC holds optional Beach workouts for its players on Saturday mornings, sponsored at least six Intra-Club tournaments per season, has annual Club-Wide “Family Night” and “Photo Night” celebrations, Rigatoni Dinner Nights.
When its teams go out of town for National Tournaments, the Club frequently “scouts out” the terrain to make trips that create special memories. When the 12 Gold team traveled to Reno for the Far West Jr Olympic qualifiers, the players stayed in the nicest smoke-free lodging in Reno (the Siena Spa Resort), the team & families dined at wonderful family restaurants that typify the Northern California-Northern Nevada life style (‘Bertha Mirandas’ & the ‘Black Bear’), they were treated to a team movie night, all in all having a great time while finishing in the 12s Gold Division, the highest of any of the teams from Southern California. The team played very competitive volleyball, and had a great deal of fun at the same time. When the Beach Cities boys went to the Jr. Olympics in Salt Lake City, they went to the County Fair and toured the MormonTemple facilities, and additionally played very competitively in the tournament. They played very competitive volleyball, and left with knowledge of the Salt Lake City corner of the world. Last year when 17 BCVC Girl’s teams competed in the Volleyball Festival Nationals in Arizona, the players & families stayed at the Ritz Carlton, were treated to Movie Nights, Cooking Demonstrations (at the Ritz), and dined at the #1 Cowboy Western restaurant that typifies the Phoenix area (complete with line dancing lessons & magic shows). They also dined at a Phoenix Mexican Food institution (where they learned to play bocce ball), CPK’s & the Cheesecake Factory, and visited ArizonaStateUniversity. Several of the teams won trophies at the tournament and several Beach Cities teams finished in the top 10 in their age division. The teams left Phoenix having had a great time and played very competitive volleyball throughout the tournament.
Beach Cities Volleyball also has a very active program to make sure its players have every opportunity to play volleyball in college, or if they choose to not play intercollegiate volleyball in college, go to college. To do this, all of its high school players have the opportunity of receiving the benefit of reducing the major challenges of getting into college, including:
- Free SAT training
- Introduction to & a free session to a company providing guidance in reducing the cost of college for the families
And additionally for those who want to play volleyball in college:
- Free volleyball skills & performance videos for players
- Free counseling to help match the player with colleges that best fit their needs
Beach Cities Volleyball is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) California Corporation. Although based in Manhattan Beach, its Club membership includes families from 22 communities in the South Bay. The BCVC membership and coaching staff crosses community, income level and ethnic lines.
The Mission Statement of Beach Cities Volleyball is to “Teach life skills and volleyball skills to athletes 8 to 18 years of age.” The Club’s priorities are to teach volleyball skills, character development and to have fun. We hope that you are now more acquainted with Beach Cities Volleyball; the families in our family invite you to join our Clinics, Club Season or Summer Indoor Volleyball Camp for a wonderful volleyball experience!
Beach Cities Volleyball — teaching kids success one pass, set and spike at a time!