Registration is under way for the Illinois High School Summer Sand Volleyball League and Tournament.
The league, the brainchild of Brother Rice volleyball coach Paul Ickes, begins July 5 with the first matches scheduled to get under way the following Monday, July 12. The "state" tournament will be held Monday, July 26-Thursday, July 29 with the finals on Friday, July 30.
The finals are tentatively set to be played at a suitable location along the lakefront. However, in case of inclement weather, the tournament would be moved indoors to the Chicago Sports and Social Club.
IHSA by-laws allow coaches and players to have 25 days of contact. The summer sand league will not allow matches on Sunday to avoid exceeding the 25-day limit, and if a player participates in both a sand volleyball and indoor volleyball event on the same day, it is considered one contact day.
All incoming freshmen registered at a participating school are eligible to compete. Schools and teams can organize, practice and compete to whatever extent they desire within the date restrictions allowed.
However, to qualify to play in the state tournament in late July, teams must play a minimum of six officially-scored matches, three of which must be played against teams from other schools by Saturday, July 24.
For more information about the Illinois High School Summer Sand Volleyball League and Tournament, visit www.brvolleyball.com.