Your summer of AVP: Half the time in California, the other half wondering why there aren’t more events anywhere

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The 12-stop AVP pro beach volleyball tour broke out its schedule with a mid-April start date, a mid-September end date and a lot of holes in between.

Santa Barbara (April 29-May 2), Huntington Beach (June 3-6), Hermosa Beach (July 16-18), Malibu (July 24-25), San Francisco (Aug. 14-15), Manhattan Beach (Aug. 19-22) and a yet-to-be-announced South Bay site (Sept. 17-19) make up half the schedule.

The other stops: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (the April 16-18 opener), Virginia Beach, Va. (June 18-20), Belmar, N.J. (June 25-27), Chicago (Aug. 27-29) and Mason, Ohio (Sept. 3-5).

Nothing on Fourth of July weekend? Hmm…

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This is another year where the AVP realizes it needs to produce some new blood. The Santa Barbara event is partnered with CBS College Sports Network and the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the fifth annual "ALT GAMES: Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship" showcasing the nation's top women's collegiate volleyball players on May 1-2.

In Hermosa Beach, the event is paired with the "AAU Best of the Beach" (July 17-18) and in conjunction with the inaugural All-American Volleyball Sand Showcase Camp (July 12-14) for advanced girls ages 13-18.

The AVP is also trying to do more with less by having a larger Qualifier Tour, a Developmental ("U26") Tour, AVP/California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) qualifiers and the Barefoot Wine AVPNext Series. The Qualifier Tour will consist of nine two-day tournaments offering AVP main draw points and prize money. The winners of a July 3 CBVA tournament in Santa Barbara will receive automatic main draw entry into the Hermosa Beach Open.

More details: www.AVP.com

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