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Volleyball Beach Spotlight: Dave Newkirk

By | Blog

Volleyball Beach recently had the pleasure of hosting Paralympic athlete, Dave Newkirk. After Dave posted a video of himself practicing in our heated dome (see below), many of you were curious to know more about him and his story. We took the time to get to know more about Dave and the history behind his Instagram handle @Paralympic3.

Born without his left forearm and hand, Dave has been adapting his activities of daily living his entire life. Dave first started playing volleyball his Junior year of high school. It didn’t take long for him to become a, “volleyball addict,” as he puts it. He continued on to play volleyball at the open collegiate level at Texas Tech. It wasn’t long after that he began to play with a group of Paralympic level players.

Dave went on to compete in several world championships including three Paralympic Games in ’92, ’96 and ’00 for the Men’s US Standing Volleyball Team. After the Sydney 2000 Games, the governing ward of World ParaVolley decided to no longer pursue the standing game and focus solely on sitting volleyball. This took away the speed and athleticism that Dave loved so much about the game.

Dave & Team USA in Thailand

It wasn’t until the last five years that a resurgence of beach volleyball in para sports has occurred. For Dave, the resurgence was exactly what he was longing for. Dave now competes in one to two international tournaments a year representing the US, including an open tournament in Thailand were he and his team took Poland to a three-game final.

In February, Dave was selected to represent the United States in the Beach ParaVolley World Championship in China this May! With upcoming training camps beginning in April, Dave was ready to get his sand footing back and touch the ball. The one problem? Winter in Kansas City.

Thanks to our heated dome, open play from 4:00-6:00PM at Volleyball Beach was the perfect place for Dave to get some additional practice in before heading to the Oklahoma beaches to train for the World Championship. “I certainly appreciate Volleyball Beach opening up to me,” Dave said. We’re happy to have you, Dave!

Looking forward, Dave hopes to compete in Beach ParaVolley when it is reintroduced at the LA 2028 Paralympic Games. “I’m old, but I still have about 5 to 10 years in me,” Dave jokingly stated.

Regardless, Dave is passionate about passing the skills he has taught himself on to the next generation of high-end athletes with adaptations. “I was that kid born in the early ‘70s without a forearm, I didn’t have all of these people to help me out back then. I just had to figure it out on my own,” said Dave. He is currently inspiring the next generation through public speaking, coaching and online forums for upper extremity adaptive training.

Everyone here at Volleyball Beach wants to extend a heart-felt, “Good luck,” to Dave. Our dome may be coming down, but our courts are always open for you!

Congratulations A League Winter Digs – Winter Session Winners!

By | Blog

That’s a wrap! Just like that another exciting Winter Digs – Winter Session has come to an end, yet again proving there’s no better cure to the winter blues than bumping, setting and spiking with your toes in the warm sand.

As spring approaches and the Volleyball Beach Dome deflates for hibernation, we wanted to take the time to highlight the A League Winter Digs – Winter Session winners. The A League, also known as the power league, is the most competitive beach volleyball competition you’ll find in Kansas City.

“These guys are the best of the best,” says Volleyball Beach owner, Howard Barewin. He continued, “A League is a great league to be a part of if you’re ready to test your skills while also having a blast!”

From everyone here at Volleyball Beach, thank you to all of the skilled players who came out to play sand volleyball under the Dome this winter. Although the Dome may be coming down this can only mean one thing – the sunshine of Spring is coming up!

Now is the time to register for Spring League beginning March 31st!

There are still a few 9:15 PM time slots available at only $210 per team or take advantage of our new Happy Hour League. At only $120 per team, this half price 5:15 PM Wednesday league is perfect for those with a flexible schedule!

Click here to register and save your spot now!

Take a look at the gallery below to see some of our talented Winter Digs – Winter Session winners.

Spring League Registration is Open!

By | Blog

Spring is right around the corner which can only mean one thing – Spring League registration at Volleyball Beach! Registration is now open on our League Sign Up page! This 9-week session begins March 31st and runs through May 31st.

Remaining available league play times:

  • Sunday 9:00 PM
  • Monday 6:15 PM
  • Monday 9:15 PM
  • Tuesday 9:15 PM
  • Wednesday 5:15 PM
  • Wednesday 9:15 PM
  • Thursday 9:15 PM
  • Friday 9:15 PM

End your evening by blowing off some steam, getting your exercise in and socializing with friends at Volleyball Beach! (9:15 isn’t that late people!) Or, start off your evening with our new Hump Day Happy Hour League – Wednesdays at 5:15! At $120 per team with a $40 deposit, this ½ price league is the perfect opportunity to see all Volleyball Beach has to offer.

If you’re an individual player looking for a team to join, or a team looking for an individual player – check out our Find a Player page. You can leave a post, browse posts and make team/player connections!

Don’t miss out on all of the fun at Volleyball Beach! Click here to sign up for spring league today!

Spring League Registration Opens February 14th!

By | Blog

Winter Digs – Winter Session may be wrapping up soon, but this can only mean one thing – spring is coming! As The Dome comes down, we can’t wait to transition back to sunshine and fresh spring air after a particularly cold and icy winter.

Set your alarms – Spring League registration opens Thursday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day) promptly at 9:00 AM on our League Sign Up page! This 9-week session begins March 31st and runs through May 31st.

New to the Volleyball Beach family? Please be aware fall teams have until February 12th to reserve their spots for spring. Remaining time slots will fill up quickly – so get your team locked in and be ready to register at 9:00 AM on February 14th!

If you’re an individual player looking for a team to join, or a team looking for an individual player – check out our Find a Player page. You can leave a post, browse posts and make team/player connections!

NEW: Hump Day Happy Hour League – Wednesdays at 5:15! At $120 per team with a $40 deposit, this ½ price league is the perfect opportunity to see all Volleyball Beach has to offer. While you’re here – take advantage of our Beachside Bar and Grill Happy Hour: ½ price appetizers and drinks daily from 4-6PM!

We can’t wait to see you at The Beach!

NEW: Hump Day Happy Hour Spring League!

By | Blog

With the bitter cold Kansas City air around us, it may be hard to believe, but spring is right around the corner! This can only mean one thing – Spring League at Volleyball Beach! League play begins March 31st and registration for this 9-week session opens February 14th at 9:00 AM on our Play Now page.

This season, we have an exciting new Happy Hour League for those of you who don’t work a 9AM-5PM. On February 14th, sign up for our Hump Day Happy Hour League – Wednesdays at 5:15! At $120 per team with a $40 deposit, this ½ price league is the perfect opportunity to get together with friends, stick your toes in the sand and play the best game known to man!

If you’re an individual player looking for a team to join or a team looking for an additional player – check out our Find a Player page. You can leave a post, browse through posts and make team/player connections!

While you’re here, don’t forget to take advantage of our Beachside Bar and Grill Happy Hour specials – ½ price appetizers and drinks from 4-6PM!

Don’t let anyone “beach” you to it – sign up for Volleyball Beach’s Hump Day Happy Hour League on February 14th!

May Fire! 2019

By | Upcoming Tournaments

Are you ready for the best summer kick off in KC? Join us at Volleyball beach for MayFire! on May 18th. This annual volleyball tournament is held in May and is hosted by AVP America. The fun at “May Fire!” never stops, with top action and fierce competition. Learn a thing or two by watching aspiring-pro volleyball double team players compete to win AVP America points and cash prizes.

Eric Scherfenberg, who by day is the strength and conditioning coach at Belton High School, is also the founder/head honcho of May Fire! Eric has been playing volleyball for over 15 years, and said he was excited to bring a tournament like May Fire! to Kansas City.

“It’s a really fun way to hang out with friends from all over the country, and it’s great to see this level of competition in Kansas City as well,” said Eric. Over the last few years, the May Fire has drawn teams from 20+ different states from California to Maryland, Michigan to Texas and every where in between – even former Olympians!

May Fire! is one of 17 tournaments in the country that serves as the pipeline for amateur players to compete in higher-level tournaments and work their way toward becoming a professional volleyball player. You must be a registered AVP member to play in the May Fire! tournament. Click here to become an AVP member today! 

Click here to register for MayFire! 2019