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Our Purpose for Apex Beach Volleyball

Beach volleyball brings a fun and relaxed environment that allows athletes to discover a sense of self out on the court!

  • Reps...reps...reps- skills are sharpened, play every rally, double the contacts

  • Mental Toughness- strengthens mindset, develops self control, sharpens focus

  • Recovery- less strenuous on body, less injuries, helps strengthen systems in body

  • Court Awareness- spatial awareness, ball cues, player cues

  • Defense- reading play, reacting to the BALL, develops pursuit mindset/attitude

  • Communication- verbal & non-verbal, "intimate" understanding, hand signals

  • Team Work- develops trust, shared responsibility, understanding working TOGETHER

  • Psychological- fun, relaxed environment, no coaches, no subs, part of each rally

  • Decision Making Skills- block/no block, shoot/hit, switch strategy, etc.

  • Finding of "Self"- nutrition, hydration, shelter, sunscreen, schedule

  • Performance Opportunities- College Scholarships, National Team, National Tours, FIVB world tour, Olympics

In 2022 we are changing the way we are running Apex Beach.  We want to provide YOU with the opportunity to learn the game, improve your game, or take your game to the next level and compete in National Qualifying tournaments.  Each month you will need to sign up for a new monthly session.  You can come every day or just once a week.  Your choice....   There will be multiple tournaments that you can sign up to play in if that is something you are interested in competing in at Ozark Beach as well as across the country.  Beach Volleyball generally runs from November to the first week of August.  MSHSAA does consider it same sport, same season, so you cannot participate in junior high or high school volleyball and compete in beach volleyball at the same time. 




Open to both Girls and Boys 

QUESTION:  What does the Apex Beach session look like??

ANSWER:  Monday/Wednesday: 3:30-5:30pm (training/skill development through competitive games)   AND   Tuesday/Thursday: 5:30-6:30pm (organized play 2 vs 2)

*****Includes a monthly membership to Ozark Beach Volleyball which costs $40.  This membership allows you to go to Ozark Beach any time they have open play and jump on a court!  So this is a great value!  Cost for the monthly training and play days is $80 total for the months of Jan, Feb, and March.  April, May and June times and cost may change.  Right now you will just sign up for January, if you want to participate in the training and organized play.  


1)  How does beach volleyball work?  Beach volleyball is a sport that you can play with many different partners.  Teams consist of 2 players.  You and your partner just sign up and pay for the tournaments that you are able to compete in.  We will help guide you as to how to sign up for tournaments and give you the most out of your beach experience with our talented and experienced coaches.

2)  Do I need a partner to sign up for the program?  It is not mandatory to have a partner before you sign up.  On open play nights you will just grab a partner that is available to play with you that night.   

3)  What ages can sign up?  There are divisions for 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U.  Any 11 year old would have to compete in the 12U division.


4)  Beach is open to both girls and boys.  You can play in co-ed tournaments as well as junior girls or boys.  


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Julia Hanson - Apex Beach Head Coach

Julia Hanson is in her second year of coaching at Apex.  This past summer she is headed up our first year of our beach volleyball program. Julia was a multi-position standout at Fort Atkinson High, spending most of her time as a six-rotation player with one season as a libero. She averaged 4.47 kills, 4.41 digs and 1.44 blocks per set as a senior earning her first-team all-conference honors each of her final two seasons. She played for the Lady Bears indoor volleyball program where she saw time in 12 sets over seven matches, all during the MVC season.  Julia decided to play one year of beach volleyball at MSU while finishing her degree in psychology and minoring in BMS.


Tylar Garrett - Apex Beach Coach 

Tylar is from Phoenix Arizona. She started playing volleyball when she was 9 years old both indoor and beach. She played club for 4 years then switched to beach only my freshman year of high school. She continued playing indoor for my high school team all four years as well as our high school beach team. She placed 3rd in the Arizona state high school pairs tournament. She played with RPM sand volleyball where I got to travel around different states and compete. I finished 9th in the AVP National Championship in California my sophomore year in the 16U division. She had multiple 1st-3rd place finishes in AVP, USAV, AAU tournaments. 


Tylar will be a junior at Missouri State University and play on the beach volleyball team. She's studying Exercise and Movement Science with plans to become an athletic trainer.


Grace Cook - Apex Beach Coach 

Grace is from Wichita Falls, Texas but lived in Florida and Arizona due to her family being in the military. She has been around volleyball for 14 years. She played indoors since she was 7 up to my senior year in high school. Grace started playing beach volleyball when she lived in Navarre, Florida at the age of 15. In high school, she played for RPM sand for three years in Arizona where she finished top ten at nationals in Hermosa Beach California. 


Grace will be a junior at Missouri State. She is majoring in exercise and movement science. She plans on becoming a pediatric occupational therapist.

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