Georgia State adding sand volleyball

Georgia State is adding women’s sand volleyball to its group of sports for the 2013 spring season.

The team is the first of at least two that will be added as part of the university’s efforts to remain Title IX compliant because of the addition of football.

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It may seem like an odd mix, sand volleyball on an urban campus, but athletic director Cheryl Levick said the sport will add to the vibrancy of campus life for the student body.

“To have a year-round volleyball opportunity, we thought would be terrific,” Levick said.

The addition has been in the works since shortly after Levick was hired in 2009. In deciding on sand volleyball, Levick said she factored in the students’ interest, the regional interest, a team’s ability to successful, and the bonus that it can be played on campus. Three outdoor courts will be constructed near the Georgia State Sports Arena, beside Piedmont Ave.

Georgia State will commission a student-body survey, which will be done this year, to aid in the process of deciding the next sport. Lacrosse, crew, and stunts and tumbling, another emerging sport, are being considered. There is no timetable for that addition.

Sand volleyball is considered to be an NCAA emerging sport, which means its new to the scene. Fifteen teams play the sport, according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association website, with several more considering it for 2011-12 season. Those programs include Florida State, College of Charleston, Jacksonville, North Florida, UAB, Tulane, Mercer, Florida Atlantic and Florida International. Most of the remaining schools are on the west coast. No teams in the Colonial Athletic Association play the sport.

The estimated start-up cost for the sand volleyball team is $1.5 million. The student-fee increased that helps pay for the football team also helps pay for the volleyball team.

The team will have four scholarships that can be given to between 12-15 players.

Levick said there likely will be very little overlap in the players on the court volleyball team also competing on the sand volleyball team. The team has already hired an assistant coach, Beth Van Fleet, who played court volleyball at Georgia State before playing beach volleyball professionally. She is currently recruiting in the southeast, where numerous club teams play. Court volleyball coach Tami Audia will also coach the sand volleyball team.

41 comments Add your comment

GSUPanther

September 27th, 2011
2:06 pm

Women’s sand volleyball?

Is this some sort of sick joke?

Itsmeagain

September 27th, 2011
2:07 pm

I actually think this is an awesome idea. If the courts are in the right places and visible to students and passers by I could imagine this getting decent attention in the middle of summer. Do the teams play in a volleyball conference or do they compete as independents?

GSUPanther

September 27th, 2011
2:09 pm

I’m sorry- I’m all for adding sports, but why waste money on women’s sand volleyball? Surely there’s another women’s sport we could add before this…

Itsmeagain

September 27th, 2011
2:16 pm

What difference does it make? Some type of women’s sports have to be added, why not sand volleyball? It’s novel, it might help attract attention to the school, and it settles the requirements that we need it to.

GSUFanMan

September 27th, 2011
2:17 pm

$1.5M to start a beach volleyball program? Seriously? I have to think lacrosse would have been a better add because they could add mens and womens and it’s becoming a very popular sport in metro-Atlanta. Of course, I don’t blame them for not wanting to add any sports that would need to use the current Panthersville fields. That place is a dump.

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Doug Roberson

September 27th, 2011
2:21 pm

Lacrosse may be added. It’s one of the sports that are being considered as the next one.

GoPanthers!

September 27th, 2011
2:25 pm

I love it, great move, and thinking outside of the box. GSU is not a traditional school, and why not do something different? This is a sport that can be played on campus, which is a huge bonus.

GSUPanther

September 27th, 2011
2:29 pm

If this is being done to satisfy Title IX requirements- wouldn’t it need to be added the same time as the football program? Are we in violation of Title IX???

Doug Roberson

September 27th, 2011
2:35 pm

Most schools that start football aren’t in compliance with Title IX. Old Dominion, for example, is working on it now, as are a few of the others. I’ll have more on the topic in a story I’m working on for next week.

GSUAlum

September 27th, 2011
2:35 pm

GSUFanMan

September 27th, 2011
2:41 pm

“Lacrosse may be added. It’s one of the sports that are being considered as the next one.”

That’s great to hear! This gives me hope they have a plan to get a new Panthersville next to campus very soon. I just can’t imagine them starting up another program that would need to use the existing one. I would go to some lacrosse game for sure if it was near campus.

Keep us updated on this.

itsmeagain

September 27th, 2011
2:42 pm

@GSUFanMan,
It wouldn’t help to add mens lacross as the whole point is to add more women’s sports so that we can catch up with the mens sports.

Bonds

September 27th, 2011
2:44 pm

If you’re going to do it, do it right! Title IX in full effect. Can’t wait to see the competition!

Steve

September 27th, 2011
2:50 pm

I work in Tucker & live in Snellville. Fortunately my new summer route home will go right by that volleyball court :-)

QB/DB

September 27th, 2011
2:51 pm

I love it!!!! It can give Ga. State a chance to be competitive right away. With only a few schools participating if done right and marketed right it can be awesome!

ShweddyBalls

September 27th, 2011
3:01 pm

More tax payers money goes to waste on scholarships that will never mount to anything. How about use these money to lower the tuition for a change?!

Doug Roberson

September 27th, 2011
3:10 pm

It’s not taxpayer money. It’s funded through the athletic association.

GSUPanther

September 27th, 2011
3:21 pm

More student fees going to waste here, that’s what he should have said.

Doug Roberson

September 27th, 2011
3:24 pm

The student fees are a lump sum that pay for all athletics. Can’t really separate it.

GSU Panther

September 27th, 2011
3:26 pm

Great GSU. Another great competition for us to shine besides Football.

GStateBen

September 27th, 2011
3:39 pm

I love the high and mighty talk about tax payer money and student fees. These are four scholarships. Meaning more opportunities for athletes in the state of Georgia to stay in the state of Georgia.

Great move hiring Beth Van Fleet as she will recruit very well along with Coach Audia.

wsj

September 27th, 2011
3:57 pm

Does this mean girls in bikinis? Great idea!

GSUPanther

September 27th, 2011
3:59 pm

Student fees going to 1 additional sport means they are spread more thin to others. A waste.

Doug Roberson

September 27th, 2011
4:04 pm

No, it doesn’t. They were increased to cover these sports.

Me

September 27th, 2011
4:11 pm

Great idea if they play in the nude.

Team Georgia

September 27th, 2011
4:13 pm

Should have added women’s and men’s wrestling.

RoguePanther

September 27th, 2011
4:28 pm

All for it.
Eveybody; students & alumni will get benefits when GSU becomes one of nationally known institutions both academically, & athetically with these sport programs.
Hope the GSU CEO and his staffs continue doing their good job.

Great students will come to make it when the system is good and get support from all.

Unnecessary comment, but if you can’t pay your bills, find a cheap school or online university.

GSUPanther

September 27th, 2011
4:58 pm

So we INCREASED student athletic fees to cover this? Man, that’s even worse. Let’s charge our hard working students so they can field a sand volleyball team? This is shocking.

Itsmeagain

September 27th, 2011
5:07 pm

GSUPanther,
We are only picking this up as a result of football. We increased rates for football realizing that this would be a part of this. Without adding this we are in violation and I assume if we don’t fix that then we would become Ineligible for state funding.

wsj

September 27th, 2011
5:14 pm

Another approach to satisfy Title IX is to drop a men’s sport. I think GSU could drop as many as 2 men’s sports and still meet NCAA guidelines. That would also increase the female to male ratio to satisfy Title IX and not burden the students with an increased Athletic Fee.

Itsmeagain

September 27th, 2011
7:18 pm

I wouldn’t want to take away any of the sports we do have

STATEment

September 27th, 2011
8:30 pm

Makes perfect sense to me…You can use the same girls who are already on campus for indoor volleyball and save money on scholarships, but still have it count towards the Title 9 joke. Exactly the same thing they do with Women’s XC, Outdoor TF and Indoor TF. Smart move.

GSUPanther

September 27th, 2011
8:45 pm

wsj gets it-

In the current economy it makes MUCH more sense to drop smaller men’s programs than add this money-sucking sport. Another poor mistake by the powers that be.

ShweddyBalls

September 28th, 2011
8:44 am

GSU Football program is a big squander of tax payers money and student fees, it will never amount to anything since it sucks even worse than its pathetic Basketball program. ‘Thanks’ to the fired ex-Athletic director McElroy, students have to pay $200 more in student fees each semester for a program that no one watches.

GS Fan

September 28th, 2011
9:23 am

Why not? A creative solution that can create some excitement on campus and new opportunities.

GStateBen

September 28th, 2011
9:51 am

Tax payers do not foot the bill for college athleics. These scholarships are paid for by student fees and private donations. It’s the the purpose of the Panther Athletic Club to raise more money for scholarships, facilities, etc.

Don’t let facts get in the way of a good argument, right?

Hmm

September 28th, 2011
10:16 am

So who paid for the Georgia Dome, home of the Panthers football team?

Tax payer money!

Doug Roberson

September 28th, 2011
10:19 am

Hmm, the Panthers pay rent, which is paid for by the student fees.

panther-mawl

September 28th, 2011
3:32 pm

we have to add this for stupid title 9…what a joke; it ruins college athletics. and i hope cheryl levick is lying about their being no overlap of players. thats the one benefit of adding womens teams, you can overlap their players and count them more than once.

GSU

September 30th, 2011
8:11 am

Doug,
Love what your doing especially when you fire back at the irrational posters. Post a ridiculous comment and Doug slams you with the truth.