Dear Beach Volleyball Community

So far, we only knew a scenario like the current one from the fiction of various apocalypse movies. In reality, of course, none of us really have any idea how to deal with it. Only one thing unites us in this challenging time: the certainty that we have to put down everything that is not directly related to the elimination of the virus. A logical conclusion that, however, has a dramatic impact on all of us.

Experts are now predicting that the pandemic will peak in July and August. And that, in turn, means for us that currently, nobody can assume the responsibility to approach the implementation of the planned events with a clear conscience and with full conviction. After extensive discussions with the International Federation, our sponsors as well as partners and representatives from the cities of Vienna and Hamburg, we decided to cancel the two Major tournaments. And we can no longer contribute to the upgrade of the event in Gstaad.

We are sad to announce this decision. At the moment, we only have hope that the global crisis will soon subside and be under control. Then we will start the work to realize our events in 2021 with full energy and unwavering commitment.

My thanks go to everyone who has shared and supported our enthusiasm for beach volleyball over the past 25 years. I firmly believe that we will be able to provide proof of our subline again next year:

Goosebumps don't lie - See you @ the Beach!

Your Hannes Jagerhofer for the Beach Majors team
Founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series

2018-03-02 01:21:00 CEST

European duo win Coach of the Year prize

Coaches honored by their counterparts for 2017 success

Robert Nowotny (left) receives his awarded on the Red Bull Beach Arena sandRobert Nowotny (left) receives his awarded on the Red Bull Beach Arena sand

Jürgen Wagner and Robert Nowotny have been named as the women’s and men’s Coach of the Year by their fellow coaches.

The announcement came on the Red Bull Beach Arena before a night sessions match at Fort Lauderdale Major.

The newly founded International Beach Volleyball Coaches Association (IBVCA), a representative entity for coaches on the FIVB tour, held a vote to decide the first winners of the award for the 2017.

German Wagner took the prize for his work with Olympic Champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst. The team enjoyed yet another stunning year on the sand, despite injuries restricted both players’ time on the court in 2017.  Ludwig/Walkenhorst took their first ever World Championship title in Vienna before going onto clinch back-to-back World Tour Finals on home sand in Hamburg.

Wagner’s motto is “99 per cent is not enough” – as well as Laura and Kira, Jürgen led Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann to Olympic glory in London 2012. Jürgen's assistant coach and German Scout Ron Gödde picked up the trophy on his colleague's behalf.

Austrian Nowotny took the first ever men’s Coach of the Year prize after helping Clemens Doppler and Alex Horst to win a silver medal at last year’s World Championships in Vienna.

Nowotny, himself a former beach volleyball player who represented Austria in the 2004 Olympics, is also the men’s head coach of beach volleyball at the Austrian Volleyball Federation.

“The IBVCA would like to acknowledge one men’s team coach and one woman’s team coach, who over the course of the past season, had the most positive development or performance impact on their team,” the association said in a statement.

“After an incredibly close voting process, voted by the World Tour coaches, that came down to the wire last night, the IBVCA is very proud to announce that the first winners.”

For more information on the IBVCA visit their official website by clicking here.

Congratulations, Jürgen and Nowo from everyone from the Beach Volleyball Major Series.

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