Beach volleyball league begins

Games take place Monday nights

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— When Kit Rice found out there was local demand for beach volleyball competition, she did the best thing she could - start a league.

Rice and the city's Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services department has added beach volleyball to an already busy summer recreation league schedule.

"It's totally new," said Rice, sports coordinator for the city. "This is the first time we've ever done it. We had quite a few people at the end of the indoor (volleyball) season express interest in it."

The co-ed league features teams of four playing Monday nights at the courts near Howelsen Hill.

Rice said other mountain towns, like Vail, have had successful beach volleyball teams.

Despite declining numbers in indoor volleyball, Rice said she opened up the league. Initially she wasn't sure if they would be able to fill eight team rosters, but once registration opened, filling eight teams became easy.

"We're full at this point," Rice said. "We figured we'd start with eight, and that's what we have."

Rice said additional teams can be added if there is sufficient interest. Games usually are at 6:30 and 7 p.m. Mondays, and the lights at Howelsen would allow for later games, too.

The league is scheduled to run through mid-August.

"The summer is short, so it's nice to be outside, and beach volleyball has a good group of people," Rice said. "If more teams want to get in on this, we probably can add another time slot."

Call the city at 879-4300 for more information.

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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