AVP to launch new professional beach volleyball league next year, with two NYC teams

AVP to launch new professional beach volleyball league next year, with two NYC teams

The Association of Volleyball Professionals will launch a new pro beach volleyball league in September, with two teams in New York City, including one in Brooklyn, the organization announced recently.

The new league, which will feature eight teams nationwide, will become AVP’s new premier beach volleyball competition, with the traditional AVP Pro Series being renamed the AVP Heritage Series.

The new AVP League will launch following the 2024 Summer Olympics in France.

“The AVP League is a professional beach volleyball league that positions the sport in line with other major and professional leagues,” Robert Corvino, chief operating officer of the AVP, said in a Friday, Nov. 17, email.

The men’s and women’s teams, which will feature the nation’s top professional players. There will be eight teams in seven cities across four states, California, New York, Florida and Texas, Corvino said.

The California teams will be in Los Angeles and San Diego; there will be two New York City teams, including one in Brooklyn; the Florida teams will be in Miami and Palm Beach; and the Texas teams will be in Dallas and Austin.

The competition will be two-on-two, with home and away matches during a season that will run from September to November.

There will be a player draft to fill the teams in Manhattan Beach, Corvino said, but a final date has not been announced.

“The draft will be similar to other professional leagues,” Corvino said, “and will take place shortly after the 2024 Summer Olympics, in September 2024.”

The news of the new pro teams came the same week AVP, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, announced that the Hermosa Beach Open, which normally takes place in Southern California in July, will not occur in 2024 because of scheduling conflicts with other beach volleyball competitions. The “granddaddy” of beach volleyball tournaments, the Manhattan Beach Open, normally takes place in Southern California in August.

The 2024 schedule will be announced soon, Corvino said.

The league will be a “transformational change for the sport of volleyball and the AVP,” Corvino said. “It builds on the best traditions of the past to create exciting, new opportunities for players and fans in the future.”

April Ross, a three-time Olympic medalist, touted the AVP’s move to evolve.

“I’m excited that these changes will position beach volleyball in line with other professional sports,” she said in a statement. “The goal is always to grow the sport to create more opportunities for athletes, and ensure success for our domestic organization and I know the AVP League will do just that.”

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