Deadline for Oceanfest entries +festival
Deadline for Oceanfest entries only
King and Queen of the Beach Frequently Asked Questions
- I have never played at Goldcoast, how does it work?
- How much does it cost?
- How do I enter?
- Someone said we play different rules. True?
- Someone said Division 1 is different. How does it work?
- How do the divisions work?
- I don’t have a partner can I still enter?
- Is there a limit on the number of players in the event?
- How do I apply for a wild card?
- I have a question about Sunday. Where do I go?
- Do I get a playing top?
- How will I know which division I am playing in?
- How will I know my entry if accepted?
- The entry deadline has already gone. Can I still enter?
- Where & When is registration?
- Can you recommend somewhere to stay?
- I want to go to the festival on Friday, can I?
- It’s bad weather. Will the event be cancelled?
- Do I get ranking points?
- Do I need food and drink?
- I have more questions, that aren’t answered here. Who do I talk to?
I have never played at Goldcoast, how does it work?
Our competition is a little bit different in a few ways! Essentially, we want you to get as much volleyball as possible, at a similar standard to yourself, so this is our format! When you enter, we will get the information that you give us on your last results, as well as any ranking points from last year’s VEBT. This will help us to seed you into divisions. On the Saturday morning you will be in a pool with three other players in your division, in the King & Queen of the Beach competition. You will then play three matches side out scoring to 15 pts, one with each player. The person who wins the most matches wins the pool is 1st in the pool, then next 2nd, 3rd, 4th. Then on Saturday afternoon we will use your ranking from the morning to put you in another group of 4 from within your division, so if you were 1st in the morning, you will play the other 3 1st places in your division. This will give you your final ranking from 1st-16th in your division. The winner of every division gets one of our coveted trophies, a glass head! On the Sunday, we play pairs. Click here for all information on Sunday’s event!
How much does it cost?
We have three different price options. They depend on what you want to do!
1. Saturday and Sunday with a Goldcoast Oceanfest wristband: £59.00. In case you didn’t realise, the tournament is part of a festival going on at the same time, with a festival arena, food, drink and live music. For more information, visit the Goldcoast Oceanfest website. The band gets you entry for the whole weekend, and can be picked up on the Friday night.
2. Saturday and Sunday: £24.00. This means that you get entry into the King & Queen of the Beach competition on Saturday, and also optional entry into the pairs on Sunday.
3. Sunday only: £13.00 This means you get entry into the Sunday pairs competition only.
How do I enter?
Up until the deadline, you can enter via this link, on the Academy of Beach Sports website here . Up to this date, you can get your wristband for the festival at this link too. After that, we may still have space, but it isn’t guaranteed, and if you want a wristband, you will have to buy one from the Goldcoast website. THIS ONLY ENTERS YOU YOURSELF, AND NOT YOUR PARTNER.
Someone said we play different rules. True?
Yes, a couple of things are different. We play side out scoring. This is the old-school style of scoring, and means that you can only score a point on your serve. So if you keep trading points, the score will stay the same.
We use the new FIVB rulings on net touches.
Otherwise, any disputes or questions on rules will be cleared by tournament director Denise Austin.
Someone said Division 1 is different. How does it work?
Division 1 is played over two days. Like all the other divisions, on the Saturday morning Division 1 has 16 players, that play for a place in the afternoon. If you finish in the top two on the Saturday morning, you have a chance of qualifying for the Sunday. The Division gets split for the Saturday afternoon, the bottom 8 play off for 9th-16th place, like in the lower divisions, and the top 8 are mixed into two pools, with two 1st place finishers and 2 2nd place finishers in each pool. They play off, and the top 2 in each of these pools go through to Sunday morning. This therefore decides the top 4 in the division, and the other 12 are out, and can enter the pairs on the Sunday.
On the Sunday morning, this top 4 play off, like on the Saturday morning, until we have a ranking again. The top 2 in these rankings qualify for the final.
These players can now choose their partner for the final, from anyone of the same sex who has played in the competition. The 1st seed gets first dibs, so they can choose first, and then 2nd seed can ask anyone else. The winner gets the glass head and is king/queen of the beach!!
How do the divisions work?
There are 16 players in each division. We normally have 6 divisions in the men’s competition and 5 in the women’s. We will then split the division into 4 pools of 4, that will play over two courts. Two pools share a court, the non-players ref! Everyone will have a seeding in the division, and this will decide who you are with in your pools. So the 1st, 8th,9th and 19th seeds will be in the same pool, as will the 2nd, 7th, 10th and 15th, etc. The winner of each division gets a prize, including academy of beach sports goodies and a glass head!
I don’t have a partner can I still enter?
Yes! The King & Queen of the beach competition is singles anyway, and if you can’t find a partner for the Sunday, don’t worry, we will try to find you one!
Is there a limit on the number of players in the event?
There is a basic limit for of 112 male and 96 female. We may extend this, this all depends on entries!
How do I apply for a wild card?
If you think that based on last year’s results you will be ranked in a lower division than you should be, then please send an email to Denise Austin. There are 4-6 wild cards per division. To allocate wild cards is a tricky business, we need as much information as possible, so if you haven’t filled in the results section of the entry form, or given us any details of your playing experience, then please don’t expect a wild card!
I have a question about Sunday. Where do I go?
We have done our best to answer all the questions about Sunday on our Sunday info page. Just hop over there!
Do I get a playing top?
Thanks to our tournament sponsors Parkdean Holidays, all Saturday players will get a playing top.
How will I know which division I am playing in?
Once we have finished seeding, we will post the seedings here. These are only provisional, and could change!
How will I know my entry has been accepted?
You should get an email to confirm payment from the Academy of Beach Sports. We will then post entrants to the website, here. You need to check if your name is on the entry list!
The entry deadline has already gone. Can I still enter?
Yes, please ring Denise Austin on 07773382305 and we will see what we can do!
I’m running late on the Saturday. What do I do?
You MUST ring Tournament Director Denise Austin, on 07773382305. Failure to do so may mean that we decide that you have dropped out, and replace you with one of our Academy substitutes. If you tell us, we will hold on until you arrive!
Where & When is registration?
Registration is in the Ruda restaurant. It’s dry, warm and not a bad place to go to in the morning, so please get there early! Then you can go and get your coffees, teas and breakfast from the restaurant/café if you need. You won’t have time otherwise!
Can you recommend somewhere to stay?
Accomodation books up really quickly, so you need to book in advance. We would recommend Ruda, which is run by our sponsors Parkdean-it’s the closest site to the festival, they offer camping, and for those that don’t like camping there are also static caravan cabins. Go to their website, Parkdean Holidays Website
I want to go to the festival on Friday, can I?
Yes, no problem! We run registration on the Friday afternoon, when you can pick up your wristband to get into the festival. This has to be picked up from Seabirds, Withywell Lane, Croyde, Devon. EX33 1PX, between 7676623
It’s bad weather. Will the event be cancelled?
If you are taking the time to read this question, you probably haven’t been to the last couple of years! Unless we have a hurricane hitting Croyde, we won’t cancel the event. If the forecast does look a bit gnarly, then we suggest you bring skins, a good coat, a sense of humour and lots of changes of clothes!
Do I get ranking points?
This is a ranking tournament. Points were awarded in 2016. Details for 2017 points that will be awarded towards VEBT rankings will be added as and when we know more details
Do I need food and drink?
That depends on you. There are places to buy food around, from the festival if you have a wristband or the village if you don’t but they will be pricey! We’d recommend you bring plenty of snacks and a big water bottle, and then you should be OK!
I have more questions, that aren’t answered here. Who do I talk to?
Get in touch with Denise, on 07773382305 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you soon!