bing pixel
The championships in Gulf Shores might inspire you to start up your own game of sand volleyball!

The AVCA Collegiate Sand Championships is a great opportunity to watch some of the best female college athletes in the nation compete in epic volleyball games on the stunning beaches of Gulf Shores. Whether you want to play or just like to watch, the event is sure to draw an exciting crowd.

Volley up a good time near Gulf Shores rentals this May

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.

search houses search condos

Related Articles

gulf shores and orange beach sports commission wins award for ncaa beach volleyball championship

Meyer-Sponsored Tournament Recognized As Top Sports Event

Meyer served as a lodging sponsor for the NCAA Beach Volleyball National Championship last spring, and now the event and the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports Commission have been recognized for excellence.

Take fun up a notch at Arena The Next Level

Take fun up a notch at Arena The Next Level

It may be tempting to spend all of your time at the beach while staying at an Orange Beach vacation rental, but there are many other fun activities for you to experience beyond the waves! The kids will love an afternoon at Arena The Next Level, where they can play laser tag and bazooka ball for hours.

Sightseeing and running: The perfect combination

Sightseeing and running: The perfect combination

Looking for a way to explore the Gulf Coast of Alabama while burning hundreds of calories at the same time? Whether you prefer jogging on pavement or on softer ground, you won't lose out on a spectacular view of the beach if you follow these routes.

Image Alt Text

Gulf Shores Gears Up For 2016 Beach Volleyball Tourney

The 2016 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship will debut as NCAA's newest championship May 6-8, 2016, at the Gulf Shores Public Beach and will be hosted by the city of Gulf Shores and the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports Commission.

While vacationing in Gulf Shores, stay active by running, hiking, biking and more.

Stay fit while enjoying the Gulf Shores area

Your vacation in Gulf Shores doesn't have to be all about lounging. Choose from many fitness options in the area, including beach and trail options for all ages and all levels of athletic ability.

Floating in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Floating in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

One of the best ways to experience the stunning waters off the coast of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is to throw on a life jacket and get adventurous with any number of sporting activities, which range from jet ski rides and parasailing to fishing and cruising around the bay.

You can catch plenty of baseball and softball games in Orange Beach, Ala., this summer.

Take me out to the ball game: USSSA Global World Series in Orange Beach

The USSSA Global World Series will hit the Alabama coast this summer, and those looking to take family vacations have the perfect opportunity to do so for this sporting event. Kids will love catching high-energy baseball games and hitting the beach, which is just a short drive from dozens of cozy Orange Beach rentals!

See the Gulf Coast sky high from a parasail

See the Gulf Coast sky high from a parasail

If you've never been parasailing before, you're in for a unique experience when you book your first mid-air sightseeing tour along Alabama's stunning Gulf Coast. There are many parasailing charters for you to choose from, and the entire family can partake in this adrenaline-pumping adventure.

Where to play beach volleyball in the Gulf Shores

Where to play beach volleyball in the Gulf Shores

Add an extra level of adventure to your beach vacation with a few games of volleyball - something the award-winning sands of Gulf Shores, AL definitely deliver.

Biking is one of the best ways to see the stunning scenery in the Gulf Shores area.

Bike your way along the Gulf shore

Biking is one of the best ways to soak in the stunning scenery on the Gulf Coast. Whether you are looking for a beach-side bike ride or an adventure through the backcountry, the region spanning Fort Morgan to Perdido Key has plenty to offer cyclists.

Newest Articles

Have Fun & Stay Healthy Playing Tennis At Gulf Shores Condos With Tennis Courts

Gulf Shores condos with tennis courts are a great choice for a beach vacation that is both fun and healthy.

May 10, 2017 - Sports & Fitness

How To Stay Fit & Still Have Fun On Your Beach Vacation

Here are a few fun and easy ideas to help you stay healthy during your beach vacation.

April 15, 2017 - Sports & Fitness

Keep Your Fitness Routine In Play While At The Beach

Stay fit and save money during your Gulf Shores vacation with a visit to Moxie Lifestyle Fitness Studio for yoga, cycling and so much more.

January 21, 2017 - Sports & Fitness


Gulf Shores Map

Upcoming Events

  • Oct 24
    Adam Holt
  • Oct 24
    Easy Day Golf Challenge
  • Oct 25
    2018 Alabama Adult Combo Tennis State Championships (40's & 55's)
  • Oct 25
    Halloween Beer Dinner & Costume Contest
  • Oct 25
    Justin Yawn
  • Oct 26
    2018 AOPA Fly In
  • Oct 26
    ArtSeaLab Festival
  • Oct 26
    Lee Yankie

Local Weather

weather icon 64º Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 99%
Wind: NNW 5 mph

Weather information provided by

Last Updated on October 23, 8:55 PM CDT

Latest Video