HOTSAND - Tournament Directors Relief Fund
With the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic the sport of beach volleyball, especially at the amateur level, along with most of the world’s sports are facing a challenging time. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has issued a recommendation that event organizers should cancel or postpone any events with 50 or more people. Many states found it necessary to shut down all non essential businesses, institute a shelter-in-place order, recommend social distancing as well as recommend mask wearing in public places where social distancing is not feasible. In order to abide by national laws and/ or local county mandates, in April tournament directors announced a beach season “timeout.” In May, many counties across California closed beaches, removed all beach volleyball nets and enforced policies with hefty fines. These measures forced beach volleyball tournament directors, in some cases, to shut down their entire 2020 beach season. As a result, many organizers may have forfeited court reservations and permit fees paid in 2019 for 2020 events.
While we don’t have the exact monetary figure, the loss of revenue in each beach community could be in the thousands, possibly in the tens of thousands of dollars. Not to mention the impact to the athletes competing, at some levels, for prize money. The HOTSAND tournament directors relief fund is intended as a monetary boost for event organizers in advance of the 2021 beach volleyball season. Our plan will focus on local organizer assistance (near term) - once our target is achieved - more communities will have an opportunity to apply for support. Stay tuned for updates and details on “how-to-apply” as funds become available.
We as a beach volleyball community will get through these challenging times together, emerging to stand stronger in 2021!
DONATE the cost of a single tournament entry fee to help the HOTSAND team reach our goal. Supporting our beach volleyball community!