The Huntington Beach Pro-Am

The Pro-Am is back.

It has a permanent date (last weekend of February) and a permanent home. (Unless Ryan wants to take it back.)

A little history: Back in 2005 Ryan Mariano started a project. And it became a Huntington Beach tradition. Originally created as a means for top players to mess around/play ball with potential sponsors, it became a very competitive tournament where top amateurs paired with top pros to take home cash. Ryan worked very hard to create the tournament from scratch, run it, and provide great prizes. Having been his partner for 7 years, I'm keenly aware of some of the great difficulties he overcame. These were (In no particular order) Getting screwed by the city on permit fees, Being given too few courts and having to build new ones, Getting to beach and finding nets ripped to pieces by a windstorm, Tsunami, Constantly fielding idiotic questions, Attending to copious helpings of complaints… And on and on. Running the Pro-Am is no easy job, but Ryan has dubbed me his successor, and I, Ed Ratledge, shall do my best to carry on his tradition of under-appreciated hard work. And yes, his tournament really did get stopped by a Tsunami.

Dates, Times, Cost

2017 Pro-Am will be February 25th
We will likely run it on the final Saturday of February each year.
In case of a rain-out we'll move to the following day for those who are able. (and refund or re-shuffle those who aren't.

9am Start, 8:30 Check-in


The Pro-Am will be played on Huntington State Beach at Newland Street.
Playing at the pier was great, but if you had 40 courts with clean sand and permanent lines available to you 363 days per year, would you really muck around with pulling a permit to over-pay the city to hold the tournament there? Most of the money is going to charity and HB isn't my favorite charity…
21900 Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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Pool Play
We'll play 4 or 5 team pools, Top 3 Advance.
Top 3 advance to Single-elim bracket.
Professional Players
Each team shall consist of no more than one volleyball professional.
A professional is anyone who, in the previous two calendar years:

  • Placed 13th or higher on the AVP (earned money)
  • OR: placed 25th or higher on the FIVB World Tour.
  • OR: Signed a contract to play indoor volleyball with a club team and earned more than $1000.
  • OR: Earned more than $1000 competing on the NVL/EVP/etc.

If you aren't sure
Yes, they're considered professional, find someone else to play with


CBVA, USAV, AAU, AVP Membership
Not Required.
Weather Issues
Tournament will be cancelled in the unlikely event of heavy rain. Blast email will be sent out at 7am, morning-of. We will try to reschedule for the following day, and those who can't attend will receive a refund.
Paul Mitchell products, Wilson Volleyballs, Other stuff Ed has lying around his garage. No you can't have his car.
Pizza for lunch:
Pepperoni, Cheese, Hawaiian free for all players. We'll also try to get a bunch of food trucks to come.
Parking info:
Parking is $15/day or you may purchase the state pass for $195 which lasts for a full 12 months from your purchase. Please note this is not Huntington City Beach, so your City pass won't work here. There isn't any free parking within about a mile, so carpool or bike, people!

Enter the State Park at Magnolia or Beach Blvd, 1/2 mile South or North of tournament site. You may re-enter the park for free, so food runs are easy!

Use the registration link below to sign up for the 2016 Huntington Beach Pro-Am.

Tournament Name Date Registration Link
2016 Huntington Beach Pro-Am 2/25/17
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