Volleyball Beach Named Best Place to Play Volleyball by The Pitch

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Recently, our very own Volleyball Beach was crowned Kansas City’s Best Place to Play Volleyball by The Pitch magazine! We wanted to thank you – the die-hard Volleyball Beach fans – for voting for us!

“We are honored and humbled by the continued recognition from The Pitch and are excited to see what the future holds,” said Volleyball Beach owner, Howard Barewin.

This recent award makes this Volleyball Beach’s 4th recognition by The Pitch! Volleyball Beach has previously been named Critic’s Choice for Best Recreational Sports Venue, Reader’s Choice for Best Recreational Sports League, as well as recognition for serving one of KC’s “Top 10 Coldest Beers.”

From everyone here at Volleyball Beach, thank you for voting us Best Place to Play Volleyball in Kansas City. None of this would be possible without you!

Never experienced Volleyball Beach? Join in the fun and see for yourself why the people voted us best place to play in KC! Registration for Winter Digs – Winter Session opens December 3rd at 9:00 am – register on our Play Now page. Spots fill up quickly, so mark your calendars and get your team together – we can’t wait to have you!

Don’t forget to take advantage of Happy Hour: half-price drinks (including KC’s coldest beer) and appetizers from 4:00 – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday! Plus, free open courts with a $10 per court food/beverage purchase! See you soon at Volleyball Beach!

Last Chance to Sign Up for Winter Digs – Holiday Session!

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Why spend the cold KC winter months bundled up inside when you could still have your toes in the warm sand? The much anticipated heated air dome inflation is happening on Saturday, October 27th – just in time for the November 1st Winter Digs – Holiday Session!

Never been inside of or competed in the Volleyball Beach dome? We’re sure you’ll be impressed! At a massive 320 x 120 feet, the Volleyball Beach dome is the third largest air dome in the country. The Dome is heated to a balmy 72 degrees – allowing you and your friends to play your favorite warm weather sport all winter long!

We still have league openings Sunday at 4:00 pm, Tuesday at 9:15 pm and Thursday at 9:15 pm. Sign up today before the November 1st start date! Click here to reserve your spot.

What are you waiting for? Sign up for one of the remaining open spots today! Don’t have a full team? Click here to go to our Find a Player page to find the team for you!

Take a look at the Volleyball Beach dome inflation video below!

Howard’s Playlist Winners!

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After much time and consideration (Howard listened to every song suggested), we can now announce the lucky winners who suggested a song Howard liked enough to add to his playlist! If your name is listed below, show one of our fantastic bartenders this post with proof of identification to receive your FREE Blake Bomb!

Blake and his famous Blake Bombs

And the winners, in no particular order, are…

  • Dylan Walsh
  • Michelle Hinton
  • Ashley Leeper
  • Tanya Rossip
  • Melanie Goodlow Vinduska
  • Danielle Heffron
  • Ernest Burrous
  • Tayvia Dorrell
  • Laura Tinker
  • Angela Blystone
  • Doug Roberts
  • Kelly St. John
  • Cara Belcher
  • Adam Paddock
  • Justin Unruh
  • Lisa Marie
  • Hillary Gilbert
  • Saul Jimenez
  • Kelly Watson
  • Rob Ledbetter
  • China Rusch
  • Kellie Walker
  • Tobb Bishop
  • Shelly Johnson
  • Carmen Peterson
  • Lindsay Tubbs
  • Michael Lewis
  • Lucas Reimer
  • Nic Dubois
  • Jason Jagneaux
  • Eric Kruger
  • Susan Yerkes
  • Laura Zuzich
  • Brandon Neihaus
  • Langston Parker
  • Brandnew2103

Congrats to Howard’s Playlist winners and thank you to all who participated in this journey to improve Howard’s taste in music! Be listening for your suggested songs on Volleyball Beach’s new and improved playlist, just in time for Winter Digs – Holiday Session! If you have yet to sign up for a session, it’s not too late – we still have limited 9:15 pm spots available. If you can stay out at the bars until closing time, you can play volleyball at 9:15 pm – no excuses!

How about spending your Sunday Funday at The Beach? Lucky for you, we still have a sessions open at 4:00 pm. Click here to sign up for a 9:15 pm or 4:00 pm slot before it’s too late!

Don’t forget to join us for Free Play every Monday-Friday from 4:00-6:00 pm with Happy Hour specials on drinks and appetizers. Don’t let the cool weather keep you indoors, The Beach is calling!

Volleyball Beach Welcomes Martin City Coffee – Opening October 26th!

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Looking for a neighborhood spot rich in coffee and culture? Martin City Coffee is the place to be! In an exclusive interview with founder, Penny Romero, we discovered the history and inspiration behind this multicultural-inspired coffee joint opening October 26, 2018!

Penny Romero grew up in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela from birth through her high school years. Ever since she can remember, coffee has been a big part of her life – Penny recalls memories of her mom sending her off to school with a thermos of warm espresso and milk. This childhood memory has fostered her love for lattes and appreciation for the world of coffee!

When she turned 18, Penny moved to Missouri to be close to her mother and attend college at Drury University. Penny is very well traveled as she grew up in South America, moved to the United States and even spent some time in Spain during her college years. Because Penny spent her childhood moving from place to place, she is very inspired by diverse cultures. This is what makes Martin City Coffee’s menu so unique!

All of Penny’s experiences have inspired this multicultural and South American style menu. You can find authentic dishes such as Cachapas, “A sweet corn pancake, usually served with cheese or shredded beef”, says Penny, as well as Arepas and Cuban sandwiches. Martin City Coffee will also serve a variety of sides such as fried plantains and yuca fries. These rare treats are hard to find in Martin City, which makes this joint such a novelty!

Founder – Penélope Romero

On the espresso side of things, the menu will exclusively serve “Intelligentsia” coffee. Penny plans to keep her options on the healthier side of things, as well as keeping the espresso more in line with the traditional “European style”. Martin City Coffee will offer oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, as well as half and half and regular milk as pairings with your choice of coffee. Special seasonal coffee brews will also be served. In the future, Penny plans on adding kombucha on tap – a widely popular probiotic tea. You will also be able to find organic teas, baked goods and vegan options within the menu!

Penny plans to keep the aesthetic of the coffee house vibrant while incorporating an active lifestyle – with plans of sponsoring or supporting group runs, hikes and bike rides along the nearby Blue River Trail. This coffee house will be a perfect fit for Martin City!

You don’t want to miss out on all that Martin City Coffee has to offer! A perfect combination of culture, healthy living and of course – one-of-a-kind coffee and snacks. Be sure to stop by the official ribbon cutting ceremony of Martin City Coffee on October 26, 2018 and have a cup of coffee (or two) at your new neighborhood coffee shop!

Registration for Winter Digs – Holiday Session is Open!

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Why spend the cold KC winter months bundled up and deprived of your favorite warm weather sand sport? The heated air dome at Volleyball Beach will be inflated on Saturday, October 27th and the 9 week Winter Digs Holiday Session begins on Thursday, November 1st! We keep the Volleyball Beach dome (the third largest air dome in the country) heated to a balmy 72 degrees all winter long. We do all of this for your leisure time pleasure – allowing you to play your favorite warm weather game with your bare toes in the sand all winter long!

Registration is open now on our Play Now page! Limited spots remain – sign up for one of the spots listed below before it’s too late.

  • Sunday @ 4:00 pm
  • Sunday @ 9:00 pm *one spot available
  • Tuesday @ 9:15 pm
  • Wednesday @ 9:15 pm
  • Thursday @ 9:15 pm
  • Friday @ 9:15 pm

Never been inside of or competed in the Volleyball Beach dome? We think you’ll be impressed! This modern day mammoth of Martin City is massive at 320 × 120 feet – and over 40 feet high! The Dome is be the perfect place for you and your crew to get your volleyball on – followed with one (or two) celebratory adult beverages with your team!

What are you waiting for? Get your team together and register for Winter Digs Holiday Session on September 17th! Don’t have a full team? No worries, just visit our Find a Player page! See you in the Dome!

**NOTE- Not all skill levels are available at all hours, so keep an eye on that when choosing your day & time.


Volleyball Beach Spotlight on Charles Maudlin and Team

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Who says a number defines your true age? Charles Maudlin and the rest of his Kansas City Ski Club buddies have proven this to be false! In a recent interview with Charles, we found out more about him, his teammates and why they love playing at Volleyball Beach.

Members of the Kansas City Ski Club for the past 20-30 years, Charles and his buddies branched out from snow skiing and became active in cycling, softball, hiking, indoor volleyball and our personal favorite – sand volleyball! In the early 2000s, the guys – who got together weekly for guy’s night out – decided to form two sand volleyball teams at no place other than Volleyball Beach. Eventually, the two teams evolved into three – now there’s a total of 18 players on Thursday nights at 6:15!

Charles Maudlin and Friends

Out of the 18 dedicated players, 12 are 60-65 years old, 3 are in their early 70s and 3 in their early 50s. The secret to still playing sand volleyball at their ages? Staying active! “If you’re still moving, you can’t be dead,” said Charles when asked about the teams’ motto.

When asked about the teams’ names Charles said, “We wanted to have something so that if they announced over the speaker system our team names, people would take them as drink specials.” They decided on – $2 Shots, 2 for 1 Pitchers and Designated Drinkers! “We’re a bunch of characters,” Charles emphasized.

Once Thursday game nights roll around, the team uses a spreadsheet called, “The Randomizer,” to decide who will play on each team that evening. Three captains are selected for the night and the rest of the players are randomly spread throughout the three teams. So, if you play out at The Beach on Thursday evenings, don’t be surprised if you play a handful of the same opponents you were up against the previous week!

Be sure to say hi to Charles and the rest of the “characters” on your next Thursday night Volleyball Beach visit. As always, Free Play is open Monday-Friday from 4:00-6:00 pm with Happy Hour specials on drinks and apps. Come join the fun at Volleyball Beach!

Howard’s Playlist – The Aux is in Your Hands

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With Fall Leagues kicking off, we know most everyone can agree it is time for Howard to get a new playlist. “Didn’t The Clash die? If they didn’t they should,” was one of many comments overheard one hot summer night at The Beach.

Taking everyone’s considerations to heart, Howard has finally decided to allow you all – the players – to be in control of the auxiliary cord. The rules are simple, suggest a song that has yet to be played at Volleyball Beach. If your song gets selected to add to the Fall League playlist, Howard will give you a free Blake Bomb!

A free Blake Bomb, simply for having great taste in music? Sounds like a win-win to us! Send your song requests to one of Volleyball Beach’s booming social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram or Twitter – no later than August 31, and we will announce the winners!

Don’t forget – Free Play is open Monday-Friday from 4:00-6:00 pm with Happy Hour specials on drinks and appetizers! Summer league may be ending, but the heat is still cranking. Be on the look-out for Howard’s Hydration Libations – discounts on drinks when it is 90 degrees or hotter. You could be sipping on your ice-cold drink of choice while hearing your pick play over the loudspeaker. But sorry, “Ring of Fire” has already been played, folks!

Fall League begins Wednesday, August 15th!

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Extend your summer into fall with Kansas City’s best beach volleyball! Fall League is just a couple of short days away and we have a handful of spots still open! This 9-week league begins Wednesday, August 15 and runs through mid-October. What are you waiting for? Our 14 sand courts are calling your name!

Open Spots:

  • Sunday 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:15 pm
  • Wednesday 6:15 pm *one spot available
  • Wednesday 9:15 pm
  • Thursday 9:15 pm *one spot available
  • Thursday 10:15 pm
  • Friday 6:15 pm *one spot available
  • Friday 9:15 pm

Visit our Play Now page to hold your spot before it’s too late!

Not enough members in your crew – or looking to join a team and make some new friends? Check out the Find a Player page!

Don’t forget to join us for Free Play and Happy Hour at our Beachside Bar and Grill weekdays from 4:00-6:00 pm. Be on the look-out for Howard’s Hydration Libations – specials on drinks when it’s 90 degrees or hotter!



Spotlight: Burns & McDonnell Teams

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Looking for the perfect place to have fun with co-workers while building teamwork and communication skills at the same time? Look no further than Volleyball Beach! Several local and national companies in Kansas City have one or more employee teams participating in league play at Volleyball Beach. Recently we spoke with Rachel Gatling from Human Resources at local engineering firm Burns & McDonnell about how playing on a team with coworkers has led to positive impact in the workplace.

Burns & McDonnell Teams

Rachel first got involved with Volleyball Beach three years ago when she played on a team with friends and acquaintances. She enjoyed it so much that she decided it might be fun to get some of her co-workers involved. One thing led to another and now Volleyball Beach is happy to host a total of five teams made up of Burns & McDonnell colleagues!

According to Rachel, individual teams from Burns & McDonnell typically include members of a specific department – but they even have a team made up exclusively of their interns! Rachel said that playing on teams at Volleyball Beach has made a significant impact in the work ethic and teamwork in the office. According to Rachel, “Playing at Volleyball Beach is definitely great exercise and a way to get to know each other better. It’s also been fun to hang out socially and catch up at Happy Hour before games.”

We all know that 9-5 work can be tough, but we can’t think of a better way to end the day than by leaving the desk (and work shoes!) behind and putting your toes in the sand at Volleyball Beach! What’s not to like about blowing off a little steam by spiking the ball for a win – and then relaxing on our beachside deck with one of our many fresh-made cocktails in hand while sharing a plateful of appetizers with your favorite coworkers?!

New leagues are now forming, so rally a few coworkers, form a team, and share some great times outside of the office at KC’s one and only Volleyball Beach!

Wanting to stage an extra special workday-getaway? Volleyball Beach can host your company’s own “skip day” most any Monday through Friday. Don’t let anyone “beach” you to it – book your event now! Click here to send us a message to learn more and reserve your date!


Fall League Registration begins July 20th!

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Summer leagues may be coming to an end, but the fun doesn’t stop at Volleyball Beach! It’s time to rally together your crew and get ready to plant your toes in the sand with a volleyball in hand as online registration for fall sessions begins Friday, July 20, 2018 promptly at 9:00 AM!

Please note – our fall sessions will fill up fast! Current Summer League teams have until Monday, July 16, 2018 to reserve their spots. Fall League play begins Wednesday, August 15, 2018, with play Sundays through Fridays and sessions starting as early as 5:00 PM continuing into late evening sessions that start at 10:15 PM.

(Please note, after Fall Leagues are completed, “Winter Digs” in the dome is completely “first come, first serve” with no held session reservations.)

Not enough members in your crew – or looking to join a team and make some new friends? Check out our Find a Player page!

Don’t forget to join us for Free Play and Happy Hour at the Beachside Bar and Grill weekdays from 4:00-6:00 pm! We have a delicious selection of great eats – from nachos to pizza and everything in between. In need of a refreshing cocktail or ice-cold beer? Our resident mixologists take pride in their craft and are happy to help you quench your thirst. Also, be on the look-out for Howard’s Hydration Libations – specials on drinks when it is 90 degrees or hotter!