Athlete's Corner:

AVP Gold Series, The Championships

Welcome to the AVP Gold Series, Championships. The below tabs should answer all event questions including registration forms, entry lists & seeding policies, competition details, player party locations, and more. Make sure to check back frequently for updates. If you have further questions that are unanswered in these sections, you can contact AVPPlayers@avp.com.

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Draw Per Gender

  • 24-team Main Draw
  • 14 Automatic Entries
  • 2 Wild Cards – AVP
    • Additional Auto Entries will be allocated if no Wild Cards are granted
  • 8 Teams Advance Through the Open Qualification Tournament
  • Due to increased rising water levels this year, Qualification Tournament will be capped around 32 teams per gender, potentially more teams may be added pending beach space availability, please check back frequently.
    • Two Qualification Wild Cards may be used, as outlined in the Player Handbook
    • This Qualifier will be split between 2 sites, both genders at each
      • Oak Street Beach – 1000 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60611
      • North Avenue Beach – 1603 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60611

Qualification Tournament

  • Single Elimination Tournament
  • Thursday August 29th, matches will begin at 8AM.
  • Everyone must check-in, regardless of when your first match is by 10AM.
  • Match times displayed on the Qualification bracket for the first two rounds, are guaranteed earliest start times. If your court is delayed or does not have a start time, your match WILL START 10 minutes after the previous match ends. If you or your partner are not present at the start of the match there will be a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY and will result in an immediate forfeit.
  • Court construction will be finalized on Wednesday, however, we will not have balls for teams to practice with, so if you wish to practice Wednesday please plan accordingly by bringing your own balls.
  • If you fail to show up to the Qualifier and are assessed a non-injury forfeit, you will be given a zero (0) points finish that will be applied to your AVP Points Ranking.

Main Draw Tournament

  • Double Elimination Tournament
  • Friday August 30 — Winner’s Rounds Play-in & One // Contenders’s Round One
  • Saturday August 31 — Remaining Elimination Rounds Through 5th place
  • Sunday September 1 — 5th place, Semi-Final and Final Matches
  • If you plan to receive medical attention on Thursday, please plan to do so during the hours of the Qualifier

Player Apparel

  • Players shall comply with the apparel requirements set forth below.
  • All playing partners participating in the Main Draw are required to wear the same color swimwear.
    This means the same color shorts for the men and the same color suits for the women. 
    The apparel can be different in design and can be from any manufacturer but must be the same color such that it is clear the players are a team. In the case of patterned swimwear, all colors in the pattern must match your partner.
  • If you have any questions, please contact AVP Management at AVPPlayers@AVP.com
  • Teams ranked in the top 16 should make reasonable efforts to have their names transferred onto their competition apparel. If a player would like to substitute a nickname or their first name for their last name (i.e, Rosie for Rosenthal), a player must submit their request for approval from the AVP office. The AVP reserves the right to disapprove any identification other than your last name.
  • Any team who fails to comply with AVP apparel requirements will be subject to a fine of $125
    per infraction, with increasing each subsequent occurrence increasing by $125. Fines will be
    automatically deducted from the player’s prize money.

Prize Money

  • 17th place (0-2 Record) - 418 team points = $1,300
  • 15th place (1-2 Record) - 462 team points = $1,300
  • 13th place (4) - 528 team points = $3,500
  • 9th place (4) - 660 team points = $4,500
  • 7th place (2) - 814 team points = $6,500
  • 5th place (2) - 990 team points = $9,300
  • 3rd place (2) - 1188 team points = $12,500
  • 2nd place - 1408 team points = $21,000
  • 1st place - 1650 team points = $30,000
  • $150,000 per gender


Main Draw Hotel

AVP will be providing hotel accommodations for the Main Draw teams as outlined in the Player Handbook.

The Drake Hotel
140 E Walton Pl
Chicago, IL 60611


O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

10000 W O’Hare Ave, Chicago, IL 60666


Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

5700 S Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60638


Oak Street Beach

1000 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611

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