“See you in court.”
That’s what thousands of visitors and players will be saying this weekend as Seaside beach volleyball hits the sand.
There are 67 divisions, 184 teams and a little more than 3,000 players, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brian Owen said Wednesday. “The logistics of this is incredible. Yesterday I was on four conference calls trying to keep everybody afloat. It’s really exciting to see this happen. Over the last couple of years, we’ve made the player experience so much better and we’ve freed the players up so they can interact with local businesses.”
Local businesses have reported rise of 20% each year, he said, since the inception of a smartphone app that delivers courtside information in real time.
Owen said he loved “the energy, the fans — I love seeing the kids. They are so enthralled with these pro players and adults who are an inspiration to them to keep going at an athletic event.”
Chamber board member Andrew Stein said money from the event helps sustain the chamber for off-season months as well.
This year, the chamber will compile data on how long people stay and how many people they travel with.
With a Thursday start and youth doubles play, the schedule included a Friday filled with adult and youth doubles brackets and pool play. Registration for quads and sixes continued throughout the day.
On Saturday, the adult brackets finish, as junior quads pool play begins. Parent/child and coach/player doubles pool play will begin. Quads and sixes registration ends at 2 p.m.
Sunday brings the junior quads finishes and adult quads and sixes.
Prizes range from $10 to $5,000 for first place in the men’s and women’s doubles.