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Megan and Nicole McNamara on playing NCAA beach volleyball at UCLA

Sideout Beach athletes Megan & Nicole McNamara share their experiences so far in their first season of NCAA beach volleyball playing for the UCLA Bruins – including how they got to where they are and advice for up and coming athletes. These girls also just qualified as the top Canadian team to compete at the U21 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland May 12-16th. All while in the middle of final exams!

This summer our Perform athletes will have the opportunity to visit California just like Megan and Nicole did and play with the top teams in North America while getting exposure to NCAA coaches. We’ve got lots of other great stuff planned for this summer of beach volleyball so don’t miss out! Tryouts are May 26th & 30th at Kits Beach.

Interview with NCAA beach volleyball player & Sideout Beach alumni Sara Pantovic

Recently down in Los Angeles, I was able to catch up with Sara Pantovic who is in her first season of playing for the University of Arizona Wildcats. She shared her experiences so far, how she went about choosing beach over indoor and choosing her school, and how her Sideout Beach training helped prepare her for the demands of NCAA competition.

As a number of our alumni are now graduating to play in the NCAA (since Canada doesn’t yet have a university beach volleyball option) we will continue to showcase this option for our current athletes. More videos as well as an overview of the recruiting process and tips on getting noticed by schools are on the way!

Winter Training Group – Physical Training Feb. 21st

For our current Compete & Perform Winter athletes, here is the link to register for the physical training and education session on February 21st.

3-4:30pm @ APT Studio
2036 West 11th Ave.
Vancouver, BC, V6J 2C9

We will be covering:

  • – how to assess your own movement and identify weak links
  • – how to improve your weak links to reach new levels of performance and prevent injuries
  • – how to integrate the exercises that most benefit your body into your daily habits, workout routine, and volleyball preparation

Winter Tryouts Open for Registration

0X9A2257-(ZF-7733-02949-1-003)Another season is nearly upon us, and we’re very excited to step back into the sand with our returning Compete & Perform athletes and welcome some newcomers to the group.

Our 2016 Winter Tryouts are for the female COMPETE and PERFORM teams that will train 2-3x/month from January to April. Athletes should have some prior beach volleyball experience or a high level of indoor training. These training sessions are to help our athletes prepare for the summer beach volleyball season by developing strong fundamental skills, allowing for more advanced training in the summer. The winter training will be low intensity and very technical to avoid overtraining our athletes who are playing indoor club volleyball as well. Our training is meant to be complementary to indoor club volleyball, and we will work closely with our selected athletes to create a training schedule that  supports their overall technical, physical, and mental development for both beach and indoor. No partner is necessary for tryouts, but partner requests will be taken into consideration.

The head coaches for our winter program will be Brian Hiebert, Sean Sanderson and Craig Moore. Together they bring a wealth of experience in working with youth athletes in preparation for Provincial and National competition, the FIVB Youth and Junior World Championships, and NCAA Beach Volleyball.

The winter training schedule will run from early January until mid-April, when we will stop training to allow athletes to focus fully on indoor Provincials and Nationals. Training sessions will be in small groups with 6-8 athletes per coach in order to offer individualized feedback and support. Exact training dates will be determined with the selected athletes after tryouts, but will take place on some combination of Mondays & Thursdays after 4:30pm. We will do our best to accommodate indoor training schedules when creating the finalized beach training schedule. Cost for the winter training will be $40/session, typically with about 10 sessions from Jan-April, so a rough cost of $400, including a Sideout Beach T-Shirt.

Winter Tryouts:
Sunday, Dec. 20th – 4:30-6:30pm
Monday Dec 21st – 5-7pm

*please attend both dates. If you are unable to attend one of the dates please make a note of this in your registration and we may request an additional day to observe you. 

@ 6Pack Indoor Beach
13180 Mitchell Rd, Suite 115, Richmond, BC

Cost: $80 + GST

*For athletes unable to attend either of the Winter Tryouts, there will be a tryout option in January. Please contact if you want to be considered for the January tryout.


New and Expanded July Excite & Inspire Programs

Our July Excite & Inspire Programs in South Surrey are kicking off the week of July 6th! (no training the week before because of Canada Day scheduling conflicts).

For July the training options are:

INSPIRE (boys and girls 13-18):

  • July 6 – 30th
  • Monday/Wednesday 4-6pm OR Tuesday/Thursday 9-11am
  • @ Semiahmoo Secondary (South Surrey Athletic Park)
    1785 148 St, Surrey, BC

EXCITE (boys and girls 12 & Under):

  • July 6 – 29th
  • Monday/Wednesday 9-11am
  • @ “The Dunn’s” (private residence) – 13872 Crescent Rd., Surrey, BC


Additionally, we will be accepting some new athletes into our Compete & Perform high performance groups for those looking for a higher level of training and to take competition more seriously this summer. If you have done some Inspire training before and are ready to take the next step – please email and we can discuss your options!

June Excite & July Inspire Programs Released!

Thank you to everyone for your patience – we wanted to make sure we had the best coaches in place to get young athletes Excited and Inspired about Beach Volleyball this summer!

Our June Excite program for boys and girls 12 & Under is running:

  • June 1 – 24th, 2015
  • Monday/Wednesday 3:30-5:30pm
  • @ “The Dunn’s” – 13872 Crescent Rd, Surrey, BC

Our July Inspire programs for boys and girls 13-18 will run:

  • July 6 – 29th
  • Monday/Wednesday 4-6pm
  • @ Semiahmoo Secondary (South Surrey Athletic Park)
    1785 148 St, Surrey, BC

Sign up quickly as spaces are limited and these tend to fill up!!

Additional spots released for South Surrey Inspire programs in June!

With some generosity from the City, we were able to add a 3rd court to our Inspire training sessions in June!

We now have a few spaces left in both the Monday/Wednesday 4-6pm option as well as the Tuesday/Thursday 4-6 option. These won’t last long!

Click here for more info and registration

20U Team BC Beach Selection Camp Coming Up!


Date: May 2nd and 3rd, 2015

Location: South Surrey Athletic Park -Beach Volleyball Courts, 14600 20th Ave, Surrey, BC V4A 9P5. (Semiahmoo Secondary School)




20U athletes (born in 1995 or later) will be selected for the Team BC Beach program.



Training will be based around 5 major events May 23.24 Kits Pro, June 6/7 VB BC Pro2, July 10-12 Vancouver Open, August 1-3 BC Championships, and Western Canada Games August 6th-11-

5 training camps around these events will be announced



May 23.24 Kits Pro

June 6/7 VB BC Pro2

July 10-12 Vancouver Open

August 1-3 BC Championships

The 20U beach athletes will compete in the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta, August 7-11, 2015.



For more information on Team BC 18U Program email Joanne Ross, High Performance Director at

Or Coach Kyra Iannone

Compete/Perform Tryouts & June Inspire Programs OPEN!

We are pleased to announce the start of our 2015 beach volleyball season fast approaching! For athletes looking for the most comprehensive training experience and to take their game to the next level, come join us at the Compete/Perform tryouts. If you’re just starting out with beach volleyball, start with an Excite (12U) or Inspire (13-18U) program, offered from May – August in South Surrey. Read on below and decide the best fit for you – and Contact Us anytime if you have questions!

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These tryouts are for 13-18 year old male and female athletes interested in pursuing comprehensive training from June-August with the COMPETE or PERFORM programs. These groups will train 3x/week and aim to compete at numerous Volleyball BC tournaments as well as both the BC Provincial Championships and the National Championships.

Athletes with extensive beach volleyball experience and/or exceptional skills will be added to our group of existing PERFORM athletes. The COMPETE team will be made up of the next strongest athletes who still need to master the fundamental skills and tactics. For athletes without any beach volleyball experience, we recommend an initial year of introductory training with our INSPIRE program.

No partner is necessary for tryouts, but partner requests will be taken into consideration.

Days and Times:
May 23rd & 24th (Sat/Sun)
11am-1pm both days – both boys and girls
*please attend both tryout days

Shaughnessy Beach Courts (South Vancouver, by Oak St. Bridge)

$60 + GST



Inspire sessions are the best place to improve your skills and focus on fun gameplay. Similar to our previous “Weekly Training Programs”, these sessions are designed for athletes looking to have a fun summer of beach volleyball with or without some minor local tournaments. No partner required for any of these sessions.

Days and Times:  
June 1st – June 24th (8 Sessions)
Monday/Wednesday 4-6pm @ Semiahmoo Secondary School

$200 + GST includes Sideout Beach jersey


May Excite/Inspire Program in South Surrey Open for Registration!

0X9A2257-(ZF-7733-02949-1-003)Thank you to everyone for your patience, we are very excited to announce our first EXCITE/INSPIRE program for 2015! This May program is best suited to those athletes who finish their indoor season at the beginning of May. For those playing in Nationals in the middle of May, we suggest starting up in one of our June programs – TBA shortly.

Here are the details for the May program!


Semiahmoo Secondary (South Surrey Athletic Park)
1785 148 St, Surrey, BC


$200 + GST  (8 sessions) includes a Sideout Beach T-Shirt


May 4 – 27th, 2015
Monday/Wednesday 4-6pm



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