There’s a new kid in town: 41 teams and counting- The fastest growing sport in NCAA history
There is a new kid on the NCAA playground and in just under three seasons it has qualified to be considered to hold an NCAA National Championship. Women’s beach volleyball has officially become the fastest growing NCAA emerging sport ever. In its inaugural year(2012) there were just 16 teams, last year we saw 29 participate and this spring in its third season 41 different universities will have funded women’s beach volleyball teams, and there seems to be no signs that this growth will stop anytime soon. The growth hasn’t just been seen at the college level. According to the AVCA nearly 500,000 13-25 year old females have taken up the sport since 2007. Clubs and high schools around the country have already begun to add beach volleyball programs with Arizona becoming the first high school in 2012. Sand volleyball has become an appealing sport to add to the varsity roster for a number of reasons.One factor being overhead cost: there isn’t much equipment or large rosters and some indoor athletes will cross over keeping scholarship cost down. It is also appealing to a lot of schools because it increases female sport participation- to help with title 9 restriction.
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