You caThe championships in Gulf Shores might inspire you to start up your own game of sand volleyball!n participate in a range of fun beach sports when you rent Gulf Shores condos or beach houses - whether you want to play some matches of tennis or try kayaking, parasailing or another water sport. And if you are also the spectator type, you're in luck if you're staying in Gulf Shores rentals the first week of May.

Gulf Shores is hosting the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Collegiate Sand Championships, a two-day event in which all-female volleyball teams will play in both Pairs and Team championships. Athletes from a number of Division I colleges and universities will compete with the other top players in the nation.

The championships will take place on the stunning white sand of the Gulf Shores Public Beach directly in front of The Hangout, thanks to collaboration between the AVCA and the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports Commission. The sport, named "sand volleyball" by the NCAA, was declared an Emerging Sport for women in 2009. In 2012, the first season of competition for Division I teams, 15 schools sponsored varsity teams. In 2013, that number is expected to double, guaranteeing an exciting weekend for any visitor who chooses to join the crowds on the beaches and watch these incredible athletes. 

Whether you are renting a one-bedroom condo in Gulf Shores for a romantic getaway or you have an eight-bedroom beach house where you're staying with a bunch of friends, the AVCA Collegiate Sand Championships are a great event to add a little excitement to your trip to the shore. The event is sure to draw a crowd that will lend a festive atmosphere to the beach for a few days. You might even be inspired to play a game of your own once the athletes are done playing. Plus The Hangout is always a great place to play.