Side Rail: Collaboration leads to successful new event in Seaside

Danny Miller/EO Media Group Team Los Angeles' Alex Freire kicks the ball while facing off against Northern California in the Team USA Footvolley qualifying matches on Saturday in Seaside.

A little less than three months ago I was contacted by Meyer Freeman with the Oregon Sports Authority (the state’s sports economic development arm) about the possibility of hosting a new sporting event in Seaside. Meyer and I have worked together a handful of times over the past six years and this particular conversation seemed more promising than some of the other potential new events we had discussed.

The event we were being pitched on was something called Footvolley. In short, it’s beach volleyball meets beach soccer. The key difference is that hands and arms are not allowed to pass or spike the ball. Shoulders are allowed, but the rest of the arm is a no-no. Two players on each side, a maximum of three hits per side, while players volley the ball over the net just like volleyball. Hearing or reading about it alone makes it sound pretty difficult. And how in the world can a volley back and forth (with legs, body and head) be sustained? Just Google it. You’ll see what I mean.

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