AVP RALLIES WITH RSM IN THE SOUTHEAST
Rally Sports Management Partners with Veteran Pro Beach Volleyball Organization to Expand Across Alabama and Georgia
Atlanta, GA – June 21, 2021 – Rally Sports Management (RSM), a leading promoter and trailblazer in beach and indoor volleyball, announced today a partnership with the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), the premier domestic beach volleyball tour to expand the sports’ footprint across the Southeast.
“Rally is energized to be working with the AVP to bring their top-flight pro tour back to Atlanta after an almost 15 year hiatus, ” said Colleen Craig, Managing Partner of RSM. “To play a role in getting the sport back to the same city where beach volleyball made its Olympic debut in 1996 is such an honor and we are working together to create ancillary programming — and an event series alongside the pro tour that is compelling for everyone to enjoy. Thank you to the Atlanta Sports Council for their support in this endeavor and, of course, none of this would be possible without the support of our amazing volleyball community.”
In 2021, RSM will conduct more than 44 weekends of tournaments per year, 18 leagues and countless practice hours, including adult and junior events — incorporating all levels of play. The partnership will kick-off at the Rally Volleyball event site in Emerson, Georgia on June 5th and 6th, 2021 with the Southeast Series.
Additionally, the AVP & RSM will run a series of events leading up to the AVP Atlanta Open in August, immediately following the Tokyo Olympic Games. The Southeast Series includes events for both juniors and adults with additional details and a full schedule available at Rallyvb.com.
“The AVP is committed to growing the sport and delivering new and innovative ways of introducing more athletes to the game that we love so much,” said Donald Sun, owner, CEO, AVP. “Our partnership with RSM will allow us to support beach volleyball in markets across the southeast, celebrate their expansion efforts and ultimately get more volleyballs served throughout the year.”
Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Rally Sports Management is dedicated to advancing volleyball into one of the top media and entertainment sports in the US. They meet the growing demand of the sport through creative programming, development and marketing opportunities. They incorporate best practices utilized by other leading sports organizations and operate through a lens of excellence, customer service and innovation. To learn more about Rally and future events, go to RallyVB.com or follow us on social media.
About the AVP
Powered by some of the most dynamic and elite athletes in the world, the Association of Volleyball Professionals is the premier professional beach volleyball organization and longest-running domestic beach volleyball tour in the United States. Founded in 1983, the AVP has produced some of the world’s most beloved athletes, providing fans with unparalleled access to nail-biting matches on the sand. In 1996, beach volleyball became an official sport of the Olympic Games and the AVP proudly serves as the home court for Team USA’s Olympians. Owned by Donald Sun and headquartered in southern California, the AVP operates a 3-tiered development system. AVPFirst, a 501(3)c youth program, is focused on creating healthy lifestyles and a lifelong connection to the sport by offering access to all. AVPNext is a developmental circuit providing athletes the opportunity to develop their skills and earn valuable AVP points to climb the rankings towards becoming a pro. The decorated AVP Pro tour is the gold standard in beach volleyball, with over 100 pro athletes competing for top prize money in front of over 120 million fans worldwide. Additionally, in an effort to grow the sport and celebrate those who love the game, AVP America leads a grassroots movement across the United States to curate thousands of events and matches for fans and players.
Most importantly, what does this mean for the participants?
Q: Do I get AVP points for playing in RSM events?
A: YES! Starting in late June, the 2021 events within the Southeast Series will now fall under the AVP America umbrella and allow you to earn those coveted AVP points, entering you into the nationwide AVP ranking system and the AVP America Grand Prix Programs, etc.
Q: What other opportunities will be new for athletes?
A: For aspiring pros, RSM will host the AVP Atlanta Open Qualifier. The official Qualification Tournament will be hosted at Rally in Emerson, GA and will reward the top 4 finishing positions per gender spots into the Main Draw of the AVP Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station. RSM will also run a series of 5 events for both adults and juniors in various locations in the Southeast.
For the adults in the Open divisions, the top 2 point leading pairs for each gender would get a Wildcard into the Qualifier for AVP Atlanta Open. In the recreational AA divisions, the top 2 point leading pairs for each gender would get to play an exhibition set on Center Court at the AVP Atlanta Open venue.
Additionally, for the juniors that finish as the top 2 point leading pairs for each gender and age division, they would get to play an exhibition set on Center Court at the AVP Atlanta Open venue.
This Southeast Series will take place in Huntsville, AL, Emerson, GA (LakePoint) & VaHi (Atlanta).
Q: What is needed to play in an AVP/RSM event?
A: Simple. An annual AVP Membership (at minimum, Silver tier) and look out for the registration links HERE!