HISTORY OF BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Most accounts place the sport's origin in Santa Monica, California,
where the first Volleyball courts were put up on the beach
at the Playground (Santa Monica).
Families played 6 vs. 6.
Beach volleyball became the principal sport in a French nudist camp
founded in Franconville (north-western suburb of Paris).
First two-man beach volleyball game was played in
Santa Monica, California.
Beach volleyball appeared in Palavas, Lacanau and Royan (France),
around Sofia (Bulgaria), Prague (Czechoslavakia), and Riga (Latvia).
In the US, people would escape the depression by going to the beach,
4 vs 4 and 3 vs 3 games were played.
First official two-man beach tournament was held,
at State Beach in California. It was organized by
Holtzman and won by Saenez-Harris.
First tournament held in California (Los Angeles),
awarded the best teams with a case of Pepsi as the
Open tournaments held at five beaches in California.
Corona Del Mar
Beach volleyball became an entertainment show and
Beauty Contests were included in the official program.
First Brazil tournament took place, sponsored by a
Newspaper Publishing company.
Bernie Holtzman and Gene Selznick won an event that
featured Greta Tyson, star of "Pajama Tops",
as Queen of the Beach. Beach volleyball became
more than a sport, it turned into a real show.
Open tournaments held at eight beaches in California.
Tahoe (added in late 60's)
Manhattan 1st Manhattan Beach Open - 1960
Corona Del Mar
In France, the winners of 3 vs 3 games earned about 30,000 Francs
in tournaments taking place in La Baule and in les Sables d' Olonne.
The first Manhattan Beach Open took place.
CBVA - California Beach Volleyball Association is founded.
Tournament organisers met to coordinate the schedules and define
the rules of the game.
First commercially sponsored tournament took place in San Diego.
$1,500 San Diego Open, sponsored by Winston Cigarettes.
Won by Dennis Hare and Fred Zuelich
Olympia Championship of Beach Volleyball
$5,000 first prize
Won by Menges/Lee
Events Concepts founded, to promote and expand beach tour.
Ron Von Hagen retires with record 62 Open Wins.
Jose Cuervo Tequila enters as sport's first major sponsor.
Prize money for the major USA event doubled to $10,000.
King of the Beach tournament held in Manhattan Beach
offered $11,000 prize money.
Cash prizes for 7 tournaments.
$52,000 prize total (Jose Cuervo sponsor).
San Diego, Santa Barbara, Laguna ($5,000)
King of Beach ($12,000)
World Championships ($15,000)
Miller Brewing Company joins as major sponsor.
Cash prizes for 6 tournaments.
$69,000 prize total (Miller Brewing sponsor).
Tour becomes national, with Clearwater (Florida) Open.
Cash prizes for 12 tournaments.
$137,000 prize total (Miller Brewing sponsor).
Tour stopped in 4 states (CA, FL, NY, CO)
AVP - Association of Volleyball Professionals founded (July 21, 1983).
AVP - Tour stopped in 7 states (CA, FL, NY, CO, IL, AZ, HA)
25 total events - Miller sponsored 18, Cuervo 7
Player strike at World Championships, Redondo Beach.
AVP - Bolle Sunglasses joins as major sponsor
Total tour prize money reaches $275,000.
AVP - Pro Beach Volleyball receives cable television coverage via
"Prime Ticket", and Pro Beach Volleyball makes its network debut
ABC's Wide World of Sports.
International Exhibition in Rio de Janiero, with 5,000 spectators.
WPVA - Women's Professional Volleyball Association formed.
Australian Pro Beach Circuit formed.
FIVB - FIVB Men's Beach Volleyball World Championships held for first time - Ipanema, Brazil
AVP - Tour stopped in 4 countries, 9 states (CA, FL, NY, CO, IL, AZ, OH, WI, MA).
AVP - cash prizes for 28 tournaments.
signs 3 year agreement with Miller, calling for $4.5 Million dollars.
Cuervo sponsors three $100,000 events.
Miller hires AVP to produce 23 Lite Beer events.
AVP - King of the Beach Event added to AVP schedule
FIVB - First Women's Event, Almeria, Spain, August 12-15
FIVB - Women's World Championship Series initiated
AVP - NBC broadcasts 10 AVP events
Estimated live attendance 600,000
$3,700,000 total prize money.
Olympics - September 21st, the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) grants Beach Volleyball Olympic medal status.
AVP - 27 total events
Evian sponsors indoor event at Madison Square Garden
Nestea sponsors four events
NBC broadcasts 10 events (21 hours)
$4,000,000 total prize money
AVP - 29 total events
Evian Indoor Tour expands to 4 events
(Washington, Boston, Minneapolis, New York)
Olympics - Olympics in Atlanta,
24 men's teams and 16 women's teams represent their countries
in the first ever Olympic Beach Volleyball Tournaments.
Dominant Players over Time
1950’s Gene Selznick, Holtzman, Saenz 1960-1964 O’Hara, Bright 1965-1974 Ron Von Hagen, Lang 1975-1979 Jim Menges, Fishburn, Matt Gage, Dane Selznick 1980’s Sinjin Smith, Randy Stoklos, Mike Dodd, Tim Hovland 1990’s Karch Kiraly, Kent Steffes Karolyn Kirby, Liz Masakayan
BEACH VOLLEYBALL RULES