10:41 am - Friday December 15, 2017

Volleyball in Vail is scenic

The fields and games unfold at the foot of the mountains — tall, majestic, strong and solid.  The mountains look good, too.

The 40th Annual Vail King of the Mountain Open volleyball tournament will be back in Vail this coming Father’s Day Weekend, June 15-17, 2012. Already the second largest outdoor tourney in the United States, King of the Mountain Volleyball is expecting more than 500 two-person teams to participate in this year’s Event; playing in 30 different divisions at the Vail Athletic Field and at Ford Park.  That would be a record field for the King of the Mountain Open; the oldest outdoor tourney in Colorado; and, the most comprehensive.
“It’s always been one of the best adult tournaments in the Rockies, and has become a popular family affair”, says tournament director Leon Fell.  Fell runs the tournament; and, over the years has been a player and a coach; as well as producing the two largest beach doubles volleyball tournaments in North America.

Play will begin, promptly, at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 15th. They’ll play through Sunday until they run out of volleys.  The men’s and women’s Masters and Seniors divisions start the tournament off on Friday; along with the Co-Ed‘s.

The men’s and women’s open divisions begin on Saturday, June 16th. Basically, they’re the Rocky Mountain Region’s best players; and they’ll be making a volleyball do things that should require a firearms permit.


As well, the juniors’ and adult “same sex” divisions begin on Saturday with the adult division playoffs continuing through Sunday, June 17th.

For the Fathers Day Weekend tournament, there are even special Father/Son & Father/Daughter divisions held on Sunday, Father’s Day.

There is a FREE doubles clinic for all ages of juniors which is held on Friday from 10:30 a.m. til 4:00 p.m., at Ford Park.  The “clinic” is directed by the USA Volleyball’s Director of Special Events, John Kessel; and, is coached by beach professionals from all over the Country.



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