We have just been forwarded a document from a group of prominent beach volleyball people who are creating a new organisation called the Australian Beach Volleyball Commission (ABVC). The idea here seems to be to get control of the sport of beach volleyball into the hands of the people who are actually involved in the sport. (As opposed to the organising body who seems a lot more interested in indoor volleyball).
We have had similar organisations sprout up occasionally over the years, usually in the form of a Players Association, but in the past they have not achieved much.
As far as I can see, the big difference here is that the ABVC has a broader purpose than it’s predecessors in that it is concerned with the entire sport rather than just the players.
It is outlined in the attached document:ABVC.pdf
The ABVC’s primary purpose will be to represent Australian beach volleyball’s constituent interests. This will include but not be limited to players, coaches, event organisers, indoor sports centres, umpires, administrators and private enterprise within beach volleyball.
I will be very interested to see who is behind this group, but on the face of it, it looks like a step in the right direction for Australian beach Volleyball.
Check it out the discussion here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Australian-Beach-Volleyball-Commission/124163024324915