After months of event cancellations from the pandemic, part of the national sports world converged on Huntsville last week.

The 2020 USA National Beach Tour Junior was held July 21-26 at the Sand Volleyball Complex in John Hunt Park. Rally Volleyball hosted the event with support by the Huntsville Sports Commission and Huntsville Parks & Recreation.

“This is a real good event for Huntsville,” Ralph Stone, executive director of the Huntsville Sports Commission, said.

“USAV is excited to be holding the nation’s premiere junior national championship this year for the first time in Alabama,” USA Volleyball President and CEO Jamie Davis said.

USA Volleyball, or USAV, relocated the event originally held in Huntington Beach, California, due to COVID-19. USA Volleyball implemented extensive and strict safety protocols to protect the players, officials, coaches and fans.

“The HSC is excited to assist in hosting an unforgettable event for USA Volleyball,” Stone said. “Our team along with Rally Volleyball and Huntsville Parks & Recreation has worked tirelessly preparing to run the championship safely amongst the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone’s safety is our top priority.”

The championship had 330 teams registered from 24 different states in the U.S. with an estimated 2,000 hotel room nights and approximate economic impact of $750,000 to the city of Huntsville.

Boys divisions included 12U/14U, 16U and 18U. Girls divisions included 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U.

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