2023 Beach Nationals
Volleyball Canada's Beach National Championships are the premier domestic events for the Canadian beach volleyball community. Athletes from across the country will compete for bragging rights and the title of National Champion.
VC is excited to announce that in 2023, the tournaments will be returning to Ashbridges Bay, Toronto and Spanish Banks East, Vancouver.
The Toronto event hosted August 18th - 20th will feature all youth age groups from 14U - 20U as well as the Senior event. Vancouver will follow one weekend later, August 25th - 27th for 14U - 16U.
Awards will be handed out to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams in all age categories with the senior event offering an additional prize purse of $20,000.
Important Reminders for Registered Teams:
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Registration Information & Links
Click here to register for 2023 Beach Nationals
Please note, we have been told that some teams are experiencing system issues when registering for the 19U and 20U age categories. If you encounter any problems, please reach out to email@example.com for assistance.
*For competition top sizing guides, please refer to the 'Team Jersey' section.
All team registrations for Beach Nationals are done on the Volleyball Registration System (VRS). For assistance with registering a team, please consult the Beach Nationals Registration Guide.
For all Beach Nationals registration questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Late entries, received after the registration deadline, are subject to a $50 late registration fee (per team). Volleyball Canada reserves the right to accept teams after the deadline if it benefits the tournament draws and/or refuse late entry to teams if it is to the detriment of the tournament draw.
Person(s) in Authority (PIA)
Volleyball Canada’s Person(s) In Authority (PIA) Requirements are to ensure that all PIA travelling with a team to Beach Nationals have the knowledge necessary to provide every athlete with a safe, inclusive, and responsible sport experience.
Person(s) in Authority (PIA): This is the individual/parent responsible for the on-site management of the team at Beach Nationals. As of 2022, all 14U-18U teams are required to indicate a PIA for their team before registration closes. This individual must be certified in accordance with VC’s Safe Sport requirements below.
Mandatory Requirements for Person(s) in Authority (PIA)
|Coaches Association of Canada (CAC) Safe Sport Training||Free||Credit will also be given for equivalent programs recognized by Sport Canada, ie Respect in Sport, Activity Leader.|
|Volleyball Canada Screening Discloser or Canada Record Check (CRC)||Free/Cost Varies||One of either the VC Screening Disclosure Form or a CPC completed within the last 3 years|
IMPORTANT: A NCCP Number/Respect in Sport Certificate Number and the VC Screening Disclosure form may be completed any time prior to the registration deadline. Any teams that have not completed the requirements by that time will be removed from the draw.
Making Changes to Team Personnel
To update team PIA details, or submit Safe Sport requirements, please complete the PIA/Coach Change Request form.
A player/team must purchase their annual membership(s) within the province/territory in which they reside. No player/team is allowed to register with another Provincial/Territorial Association (PTA) outside their province of residence without the prior approval of VC and the two (2) PTAs involved. In addition, no player/team is permitted to register with more than one PTA at the same time; players who wish to change PTAs mid-season must receive approval from VC and the PTAs involved.
Participating at Nationals with an athlete from another PTA: If two athletes, from different PTAs, wish to register as a team together at Beach Nationals the process is as follows:
- 1. Submit Request to Play: Players must complete an online request to play as a team to VC. Volleyball Canada will then follow up with the two (2) PTAs involved for approval. Team contacts will receive an email within 5-7 business days, with the results of their request.
- 2. Register for Beach Nationals: Once approval has been received from VC, teams may register for Beach Nationals.
- Note: Teams may register for Beach Nationals, prior to receiving final approval from Volleyball Canada. However, any teams who are denied, or fail to submit their request to VC, prior to the event withdrawal deadline, will be removed from the draw and their refund will be subject to an administration fee.
Partner Changes: Teams can request changes to their roster by completing the Roster Change Request form. Roster amendments will be allowed until the registration deadline for the event. After this date, changes will only be accepted under extraordinary circumstances.
All teams (including each individual on the official roster) must meet the following minimum criteria in order to be eligible to attend Beach Nationals:
- Be a registered member, and in good standing, with their respective PTA and with VC.
- Any foreign team looking to participate in an event must be registered and in good standing with their own National Federation.
- Participate in a Provincial/Territorial Championship (unless an exemption has been applied for and approved).
- Meet all additional registration requirements of their PTA and VC.
All athletes, coaches and team personnel members that are on the official roster for Beach Nationals must be a minimum of 11 years of age.
All athletes wishing to participate in Beach Nationals are required to participate in their respective Provincial and Territorial Association (PTA) Championship. Exemptions may be granted in the following cases:
If the team members are participating in a VC sanctioned event or program, which include:
- a. NORCECA or FIVB circuit
- b. Canada Cup
- c. Provincial Team programs
- d. Canada Games
- e. Member of the National Team
- f. Extenuating circumstances, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Any athlete wishing to request an exemption is required to submit an Exemption Form with their request by Wednesday, August 9th.
Age Groups/Playing Up
Beach Nationals features seven (7) age categories for youth from U14 – U20, plus the open Senior category. Athletes should participate in the age category associated with their chronological age class unless they choose to play up.
Registration for teams playing up
There are no restrictions on teams or athletes playing up an age group at Beach Nationals.
A team “playing up” is defined as a team that is registering to play in an age group that is older than the one they declared for with their PTA during the club season. For example, a team that declares and plays primarily as a 15UB team with their PTA who wants to play in the 16UB Beach Nationals.
All teams registered for Beach Nationals will receive a competition top that must be worn for all matches. Sizing and style requests can be made during the registration process.
- Women: players will be able to choose between a bra top or tank top.
- Men: players will receive a tank top.
It is strongly recommended, that team bottoms are of similar colour and style.
Other Uniform Options: Additional Left on Friday and Jumplete competition tops will be available for purchase on-site. Any approved competition tops that were purchased on-site can be worn during matches. If athletes are wearing uniforms that do not meet these requirements, they will be asked to change into their VC provided clothing.
To update your size please complete the Competition Top Size Request Form.
Teams wishing to withdraw from Beach Nationals can make the request using the Withdrawal Request Form.
Teams who withdraw from Beach Nationals will be eligible for a refund as per the following timelines:
Format & Seeding
Senior Beach Nationals will use a modified pool play format with a single elimination bracket. Seeding will be based on Senior Athlete Ranking Points.
To view a sample schedule based on a 24-team draw, click here.
Senior Athlete Ranking Points
The following method of calculation is used to determine the seeding at Senior Beach Nationals.
- Individual Athlete Ranking Points are assigned for each registered athlete, using the Senior Points System.
- Team Ranking Points will then be calculated using the following formula:
(Athlete 1 Ranking Points + Athlete 2 Ranking Points) / 2 = Team Ranking Points
- VC will then rank and seed in order of highest Team Ranking Points to lowest Team Ranking Points.
Athletes will have access to their individual ranking points on the event webpage no later than five (5) business days before the event. It is the responsibility of each individual athlete to verify their points totals.
To review the list of points accruing events, please refer to the Senior Domestic Calendar.
To view the Senior Seeding Policy, click here.
The seeding for Youth Beach Nationals events will be based on rankings provided by Provincial/Territorial Associations (PTAs) from final placings at Provincial Championships. PTAs are required to break any ties in placement. Please see the Youth Seeding Policy for full details regarding the seeding rules at Youth Beach Nationals.
All schedules can be found online here.
VC’s new, mandatory Beach National Championships Coach Eligibility Requirements ensure that all coaches participating in a Beach Nationals have the knowledge and training necessary to provide every athlete with a safe, inclusive and responsible sport experience.
Making Changes to Team Personnel
To make changes to a team’s personnel, or submit Safe Sport requirements, please complete the PIA/Coach Change Request form.
Any coach on an official team roster, who wishes to coach at Beach Nationals, must check in at the main control tent prior to their team’s first match.
Coaches will be required to perform the following duties at check-in:
- Show identification that matches the details on the official team roster
- Provide written acknowledgement that they have read and understand the following:
- VC Beach Nationals Competition Guide
- FIVB Rule Book
- VC Code of Conduct
- VC Concussion Guidelines
- Safe Sport training requirements
- Collect a badge to identify them as a coach during the tournament day.
- The badge must be visible for all matches they are coaching.
Toronto - Ashbridges Bay
Ashbridges Bay is located in a beautiful area on the waterfront in the east end of Toronto, Ontario. The bay is connected to Woodbine Beach, one of the city’s most popular summer destination with restaurants and parks. Ashbridges Bay is home to over 103 volleyball courts and has been the host for previous National Championships, International Championships, and recreational tournaments and weekend events.
Ashbridges Bay, Toronto, ON
1561 Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto, ON M4L 3W6
Court maps will be posted in August.
Parking and Transportation
There is a parking lot with 562 stalls on site. Rates are $3 on weekdays (5pm-9pm) and $7/day on weekends (7am-7pm). Free street parking around the area is available.
Ashbridges Bay is easily accessible by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). The 92 Woodbine South Bus runs frequently from Woodbine Station to Ashbridges Bay.
The 501 Queen Streetcar and 22 Coxwell Bus also service the area.
Ashbridges Bay is located less than a 5-minute drive off the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway.
Vancouver - Spanish Banks East
4875 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1A1
Parking and Transportation
Parking rates for the Spanish Banks are as follows:
Beach parking lot fees are effective 6:00am to 10:00pm unless otherwise posted. Overnight parking is not permitted.
The following transit lines have routes that pass near Spanish Banks Beach
Bus: 4, 44, 49, and 84
Equipment Rental Program
Equipment Catalogue & Rental Form
Volleyball Canada is excited to provide an equipment rental service for teams attending Nationals in Toronto. We recognize that travelling/ flying with beach equipment has put financial constraints on some teams.
See the Equipment Rental Catalogue for Equipment and Pricing Details.
Please note that supplies are limited and equipment will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.
A $50 deposit fee will be required to rent equipment. The deposit will be refunded upon the return of the equipment.
If you are interested in renting Beach Equipment, please fill out Beach Equipment Rental Form.
Special Offers available for Beach Nationals teams:
Residence and Conference Centre - Downtown Toronto
Please use the code "VOLLEYBALL2023" for % off the daily rate.
Don Valley Hotel - North York
Please use the code "SMERF" for % off the daily rate.
Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown - Downtown Toronto
Use the following link for a discounted rate. This link is valid until July 24th.
Special Offers available for Beach Nationals teams:
Sonder Sunset *New Hotel Opening in June*
- Walking distance to Sunset Beach Park.
- 111 Burnaby Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Unit Types:
- (10) Studio Apartment (Sleeps 2)- $300.00+ tax
- (20) One Bedroom Apartment w/ Pullout Sofa (Sleeps 4)- $300.00 + tax
Shop the Beach Nationals presale on the Volleyball Stuff website, the official merchandise provider of Volleyball Canada.
Beach Nationals Information Link: https://volleyballstuff.net/beach-nationals-2023-information/
The Beach Nationals merchandise will be available for presale from July 31 – August 3 on the Volleyball Stuff website. All pre-orders will be available for pick-up at the Beach Nationals events.
The pre-sale will feature limited edition colours and items that will not be available on-site. If you want to skip the line and grab yourself some limited-edition apparel, head to the VBS website during the presale dates above.
All Beach Nationals will distribute the following awards:
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals for all tiers
- Club Champion Banner (Toronto only)
Senior events will also offer an additional prize purse of $20,000.
The Club Champion award will be presented to the club collecting the most points for individual results across all youth age groups at the Toronto Beach Nationals. The club with the most points at the conclusion of the tournament will be crowned the Club Champion for that year.
For details on the points system and eligibility requirements please click here.
Awards Ceremony – Championship Tier:
Teams in the Championship Tier will be presented their medals, prizes, and any additional awards associated with the Championship Tier during the awards ceremony. Award ceremonies will be held on the last day of the competition following the completion of the final match or shortly thereafter.
All other medalist teams will collect their medals at a designated pick-up area. No formal ceremony will be held for medalists outside of the Championship Tier.
The Club Champion banner will be presented to a club representative and/or the participating athletes during the awards ceremony.
Need some inspiration or help planning your trip to Nationals? Then be sure to check out Tourism Toronto’s website. They’re your one-stop-shop for everything you need to plan your trip including what to see, where to eat, and what to do when you’re not on the sand.
Need some inspiration or help planning your trip to Nationals? Then be sure to check out Destination Vancouver's website. They’re your one-stop-shop for everything you need to plan your trip including what to see, where to eat, and what to do when you’re not on the sand.
Nationals provides an excellent opportunity for companies to showcase products and connect with participants. In addition, our social media and community reach provides partners with the opportunity to engage with an even wider membership.
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Are you interested in what sponsorship options are available during the 2023 Nationals? Please contact Colin Young at email@example.com or 403-764-3955 for more information and to discuss your marketing ideas.
Interested in becoming a vendor at Beach Nationals?
Volleyball Canada welcomes companies and organizations of all types who would like to connect with our participants through interactive displays, contests, as well as general information.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want to be a part of the action? VC is looking for Event Crew applicants for Beach Nationals in Toronto! The Event Crew is a crucial part of VC’s tournaments, assisting in the venue set up/tear down, results, activations, ceremonies, and so much more!
If you’re interested in being part of this exciting event or would like to see the available positions, please see our Recruitment Form.
On Monday August 21st, following the Beach National Championships at Ashbridges Bay, Volleyball Canada will be hosting a Beach Clean-Up with the Toronto Lakefront Community. If you are interested in partaking in this event, please meet at the Woodbine Bathing Station at 9:00 am EST.
Please bring your own water, sunscreen, hat and suitable footwear depending on the weather. Volleyball Canada will provide all other equipment needed or the clean-up such as bags and gloves.
Rules & Policies
For rules and policies please follow this link that will take you directly to Volleyball's Canada policy page.
Volleyball Canada is committed to a sport environment free from abuse that is safe for all participants. For more information, our policies, and resources, please click here.
Safe Sport Reporting
Volleyball Canada has zero tolerance for any type of abuse. Individuals are required to report abuse or suspected abuse to Volleyball Canada or to a Provincial/Territorial Association so that those matters can be addressed in an expeditious manner.
For more information, please see the Safe Sport Complaint Process Overview. Reports can be made to Volleyball Canada’s Independent third-party Safe Sport Officer at email@example.com or (519) 900-6813, or by contacting the Canadian Sport Helpline:
Volleyball Canada is requiring that all individuals involved with the sport across the country take the new safe sport training module, available via the Coaching Association of Canada website.
As of April 1, 2020, anyone associated with a Sport Canada-funded organization must be trained on conduct to prevent and address maltreatment. This includes coaches, referees, parents of youth athletes, high-performance staff and contractors, officials; and all administrative staff and volunteers whether they may have direct contact with athletes or not.
Through the adoption of VC’s Pan Canadian Safe Sport policies, all Provincial/Territorial Association registered coaches, referees, staff/contract members and volunteers, are required to take approved Safe Sport Training. VC also currently mandates training for parents of Youth National Team Program athletes, however, PTA’s currently implement safe sport training requirements for parents of youth athletes in their province and it is not currently included in the Volleyball Registration System and is not a requirement for registration for National Championships.
The safe sport module is a free, 90 minute eLearning module that gives all participants the tools to recognize, address, and prevent maltreatment in sport. The module aligns with the principles of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport and meets Sport Canada requirements for Safe Sport education.
Visit the safe sport training site for more info: https://safesport.coach.ca/
All coaches, staff members, volunteers, referees, team staff members and Integrated Support Team (IST) members involved in VC domestic competitions are required to have completed a criminal record/police check issued within 36 months of the activity being attended. These requirements apply to all disciplines.
To provide further clarification, we have compiled the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
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