AVP Gold Series: The Championships FAQs
Welcome to the Frequently-Asked-Questions page for the AVP Gold Series Championships! Below are questions that should address your concerns. If you have any more questions, please direct them to Contact@AVP.com where we will be able to better answer them. See you on the sand!
How can I purchase a ticket to attend?
General admission is always FREE! No tickets are required for entry.
Are there shaded seats for General Admission?
There are shaded seats for General Admission on Stadium court but there is a limited amount and it is first come, first serve basis.
Are there any VIP options?
Yes! If you are looking to elevate your AVP weekend, there are three different VIP packages offered:
- Club AVP
- Courtside Box
- Courtside Cabana
To purchase VIP packages, click here.
Is there re-entry?
Yes, come and go as you please, but we hope you just come and stay.
If I can’t make it to the tournament, will I be able to watch the online? Where?
Absolutely! You will be able to watch matches on Amazon Prime Video for free with your Amazon Prime membership.
How can I follow the scores online?
Stay up-to-date with every match in real-time at AVP.com/Scoring.
What’s the schedule of the tournament?
Thursday, August 29th
- Qualification Rounds, 8am – 7pm
Friday, August 30th
- Opening Rounds, 9am – 6pm
Saturday, August 31st
- Elimination Rounds, 9am – 6pm
Sunday, September 1st
- Final Rounds, 9am – 5pm
Will the finals be broadcasted on television?
Yes! Tune in to NBCSN on Sunday, Sept. 1st 11:30am PT to witness the top beach volleyball athletes in the world battle it out in the Championship finals LIVE from the Windy City.
What happens at the Qualifiers?
Any team is allowed to sign up and compete in the Thursday Qualifiers. 8 teams will qualify and make it into Friday’s Main Draw. The Qualifiers are open to the public but there are no VIP packages available. There is also no live scoring or livestreaming options for the Qualifiers’ competition.
What is the size of the draw for this tournament?
24 Main Draw teams for both men and women — 14 auto entries, 2 wild cards, and 8 qualifier teams.
How are athletes seeded?
Athletes are seeded based on the team’s total AVP points.
How is the Wild Card decided?
Wild Cards are awarded based on factors such as enhancing marketability, quality/level of play, and/or sponsor relations for a specific event. The decision to award a Wild Card is not taken capriciously and much deliberation among the AVP staff takes place.
Will I be able to meet any athletes?
Yes! The AVP athletes are always willing to meet, take photos and sign autographs for fans. You can catch them after matches or walking around the tournament. However, make sure not to disturb them during their warm-ups or when they are on the court.
Where can I park?
Oak Street Beach has limited street parking, so the AVP recommends Spothero.com to find local parking structures and to reserve beforehand. Public transit is also recommended to get to the tournament site.
Will there be food/alcohol for sale?
Yes — we will have multiple bars open to the public around the tournament and food available for purchase on site. If you have a VIP ticket, food and snacks are included.
Can I bring my own food and drink?
Yes, you can bring your own snacks but please don’t bring outside alcoholic beverages.
What can I bring to the tournament?
Bring your sunscreen, bathing suit, beach towel, hat, noisemakers, and handmade signs. Outside snacks are allowed, but please DO NOT bring outside alcoholic beverages.
What’s the age requirement for attending a tournament?
No age requirement! Families and friends of all ages are welcomed.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, you can bring your dog!
What time should I get there on Sunday if I want a seat for the finals?
General admission is open to the public so it is first come, first serve. Many people arrive early on Sunday so if you are looking to have a seat for the finals, we recommend getting there for the first match on Stadium Court on Sunday.
What activities are available besides volleyball? Is there anything family-friendly?
Yes, the AVP is a family-friendly place with many activities for all ages! Besides high-level volleyball, the tournament will include Sponsor Village, food and drink stations, the Jumpman Zone, a Bounce House for children, a ball-drawing station with Wilson, a rock wall for climbing, volley darts, Jacobs ladder, bungee run and more!
What brands will be in sponsor village?
Sponsor village will include Kicking Horse Coffee, Klenskin sunscreen, Kona Brewing Company, Townshend’s Brew Dr. Kombucha, Truly Spiked & Sparkling, Bitchin’ Sauce, Kona Deep water and more!
What are you doing to ensure my safety at the tournaments?
The AVP has security on site all weekend long.
As an athlete, how and when do you sign up?
In order to play in any AVP sanctioned event, you must be an AVP Member. You can sign up here. If you are signing up for the first time, please be aware your membership can take up to 48 hours to activate. To sign up for the Gold Series, Championships, please register at our Athlete’s Corner page. The registration deadline is August 21st at 11pm PT. This season, registering only requires 1 ATHLETE PER TEAM to sign up. However, both individual’s AVP Membership numbers are needed to complete the form.
What’s the age requirement for playing in a tournament?
All athletes must be older than 12 years old.
I’m a photographer or member of the media — how do I retrieve a media pass?
Please apply for your media pass here. Registration for the 2019 season will be available soon so please stay tuned!
I’d like to sponsor the AVP — how do I do that?
Please email David Kim at DKim@AVP.com.
I’d like to volunteer for this tournament — where do I sign up?
You can register to volunteer at our tournaments here.
I still have questions! Where can I get more information?
Please direct any further questions you may have to Contact@AVP.com.