NCAA volleyball, youth tournaments headline spring sports lineup at the beach

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Nearly 40 events happening March through early May in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

The NCAA National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship will hit the sand with an 8-team bracket for double-elimination competition from May 5-7, 2017 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Credit: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

The NCAA National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship will hit the sand with an 8-team bracket for double-elimination competition from May 5-7, 2017 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Credit: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

Alabama’s beaches will welcome nearly 40 diverse athletic events from March through early May 2017 including the NCAA National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship, a national cheerleading competition, statewide grappling championship and youth tournaments galore. Many events take place during the spring break season when athletes’ families can take advantage of beach vacations.

“The Sports Commission will welcome a variety of events to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach from youth baseball, softball, volleyball, cheer, soccer and track events to collegiate championships and participation-based events like runs and golf tournaments,” said Beth Gendler, vice president of sales for the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission. “Spring is an amazing time to visit Alabama’s beaches with warm temperatures and lots to do, so we encourage families to extend their sporting trips to incorporate vacations.”

Another reason to visit Alabama’s beaches this spring is to watch some of the best female athletes in the country compete during a major standout event – the NCAA National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship – which takes place May 5-7 on the Gulf Shores Public Beach. In 2016, the city of Gulf Shores, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission and the University of Alabama at Birmingham hosted the first NCAA-sanctioned beach volleyball championship, and the 2017 event is shaping up to include more on-site amenities for patrons to explore. Tickets go on sale in March. Visit NCAA.com/Championships/Beach-Volleyball/NC for details and updates.

For information on upcoming athletic events along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, visit GulfShores.com/Sports/Media-Room, or call 1-800-745-SAND.

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission Spring Schedule:

March 3-5: NAIA and the University of Mobile, Gulf Coast Invitational
March 4-5: Orange Beach Soccer Shootout (Boys)
March 4-5: USSSA South Alabama Super NIT
March 4-11: Orange Beach Tennis Spring Break Training
March 10-12: Gulf Coast Beach Volleyball Bash hosted by Spring Hill College
March 11: Century Tennis Tournament
March 11-12: AVP First Youth Beach Volleyball Tournament
March 11-12: Orange Beach Soccer Shootout (Girls)
March 13-15: Gulf Coast Classic I Softball Tournament
March 13-16: Gulf Coast Classic I Baseball Tournament
March 15-19: University of South Alabama Gulf Shores Golf Tournament
March 18: Spirit Brands Orange Beach Nationals
March 18: Gulf Shores High School Track & Field St. Patrick’s Day Invitational
March 20-22: Gulf Coast Classic II Softball Tournament
March 20-23: Gulf Coast Classic II Baseball Tournament
March 24-26: Gulf Shores Junior Tennis Tournament
March 25: Flora-Bama Beach Run Walk for America’s Warriors 5K & 1/2 Marathon
March 25: Gulf Shores Spikeball Tournament
March 25-26: USSSA Global Sports Baseball 300 Point Qualifier
March 27-29: Gulf Coast Classic III Softball Tournament
March 27-30: Gulf Coast Classic III Baseball Tournament
March 30-April 2: Southern Senior/Adult Hardcourt Tennis Championship
April 1: South USA Grappling Alabama State Championship
April 1-8: Lakewood High School Softball Training
April 7-8: Gulf Shores High School Tennis Tournament
April 12-13: AISA Outdoor Track & Field State Championship
April 15: Zydeco & Crawfish Festival 5k Run
April 19: Flora-Bama’s Mullet Swing Golf Tournament
April 22-23: Worldwide Spirit Association Cheer Beach Nationals
April 22: 21st Annual Mullet Man Triathlon
April 22-23: USSSA Global Baseball Border Wars State Championship
April 27-30: Alabama Tennis Invitational
April 28-29: Pleasure Island Showdown Softball Tournament
April 29: Gulf Coast Region Beach Volleyball Classic
May 4-6: AHSAA State Track Championship (4-5-6-7 A, boys and girls)
May 5-7: NCAA National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship
May 6-7: Gulf Coast Region USA Volleyball Beach Fest