**NOTE** - Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Vancouver Open has been cancelled. Click HERE to read the full story. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.
The Vancouver Open is the marquee and final event of The Beach Tour by Volleyball BC. The 29th edition of the annual three-day event will feature the best beach volleyball players from Canada, North America and worldwide. Up for grabs at The Vancouver Open is $30,000—the largest prize purse for a Canadian beach volleyball tournament.
Olympians and Canadian national team members who have played in The Beach Tour and The Vancouver Open previously include Jamie Broder, Josh Binstock, Sam Schachter, Martin Reader, Ben Saxton, Sam Pedlow and Grant O'Gorman.
The top 24 teams per gender qualify for the Main Draw, while the remaining eight open slots are determined by a qualifier tournament held on the Friday prior. At the end of the event, the champions of The Beach Tour 2020 will be crowned.
Youth can also play at The Vancouver Open, thanks to our 14U and 16U beach tournaments with a similar playing format.
The top 24 teams per gender qualify for the Main Draw by FIVB results, VBC points and Wildcard selections. For the remaining eight open slots per gender, a qualifier is held on the Friday of the event weekend. The 14U and 16U youth divisions run using a very similar format—see the Youth Open below for more details.
Registration for The Vancouver Open ends on Monday, June 29 at 12:00 a.m. (midnight).
Grand Prize Purse:
First Place: $7,000
Second Place: $4000
Third Place: $2000
Fourth Place: $1000
Fifth Place: $250 x 4
NOTE: Prize money allocation may change if there is a different amount for the prize purse
The number of teams in the Main Draw are 32 Men’s teams and 32 Women’s teams. If 32 teams or less register, then all teams will be placed directly into the Main Draw.
Qualifying Tournament: A qualifying tournament will be held if more than 32 teams register for the tournament. The qualifying tournament format is pool play followed by a single-elimination playoff bracket, to determine the top eight teams who gain entry into the Main Draw tournament.
Main Draw Tournament: This will be a 32-team modified pool play format with a single elimination bracket. Main draw berths will be based on points from 2019 and 2020 Volleyball BC events. Final seeding will be completed by the Volleyball BC Players Committee.
Top four (4) teams from 2019 Vancouver Open* [If teams split up, they will need to qualify by another process]
Two (2) FIVB teams* [with minimum 50 points]
Two (2) USA teams* [determined by Volleyball BC, not points]
One (1) Youth BC #1* [21U]
10 VBC teams [based on 2019 and 2020 participation points]
Five (5) Wildcard Berths [Volleyball BC’s discretion]
Eight (8) Qualifier Berths [Top 8 teams based on results of the qualifying tournament]
*NOTE: Berths designated for specific categories that have not been used will be transferred to discretionary wildcard berths
The list of teams participating in each tournament will be posted online on Monday, July 6. No draws will be available until the Players' Meetings.
Qualifier Players' Meeting:
Friday July 3 at 8:45 a.m. (Kits Beach)
Main Draw Players' Meeting:
Friday July 3 at 7:30 p.m. (Kits Beach at the Beer Garden Area)
Players MUST attend these meetings. If you are unable to attend these technical meeting, it is your responsibility to notify Adrian Goodmurphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to the beginning of the meeting.
Court Size: 16m x 8 m
Official Ball: Mikasa
Rules: Volleyball Canada Beach Volleyball Rules will be followed
Officiating: All matches will be refereed by sanctioned officials
The competition venue will consist of 11 competition courts.
Seating capacity consists of 760 bleacher seats, of which 360 are in the Beer Garden. There will also be an additional 100 Bear Garden seats and standing room at multiple points around the venue. Spectator entry is FREE.
Parking at Kits Beach is available in marked/pay lots. Free parking on the local streets is limited; vehicles are monitored, ticketed and sometimes towed. No parking passes are available.
Youth players under the age of 16 can compete and get a taste of the big time action at Kits Beach! The Youth Open is a one-day tournament that will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12. The Youth Open Qualifier for the tournament will take place two days prior on Friday, July 12 (times TBA)
14U Girls: 16 teams (Top 12 teams + 4 from the Qualifier)
14U Boys: 8 teams (Top 6 teams + 2 from the Qualifier)
16U Girls: 16 teams (Top 12 teams + 4 from the Qualifier)
16U Boys: 8 teams (Top 6 teams + 2 from the Qualifier)
The Vancouver Open is located at Kits (Kitsilano) Beach—easily accessible from Vancouver and other communities across BC's Lower Mainland.get directions
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