Those competing in the Western Days volleyball tournament will have a change of venue this year. Instead of sand, the tournament will be held on grass.

“The change to grass was crucial in order to ensure safety of the players. I apologize to anyone that would prefer to play in sand, but it will be faster-paced volleyball and will be safer for players, away from where people could get hit by softball homeruns,” said Western Days volleyball tournament organizer Aric Swancutt, anticipating the grass volleyball tournament set for Saturday, Aug. 8, in Mill Creek Park in the grass next to the horse arena. 

Sand or grass underfoot, the rules will be the same, and “anyone can play,” according to Swancutt.  “We usually get a broad spectrum, from very competitive to people playing for fun.  We’re hoping to get at least 16 teams. Each team must have an even ratio of girls to guys.  There will be cash prizes for the top finishers.”

The tournament is on rain or shine.  Swancutt hopes to register more players to make the competition greater and to give people a chance to enjoy time with friends and neighbors.  “It will be a good time, and you will get to meet people traveling from all over…it’s a great time to come out, enjoy a beautiful day and meet new people.” 

Teams may register by contacting Swancutt – cost of registering a team is $75.  “Registration has already begun, and information can be found by commenting on the Western Days Facebook page or contacting me by phone at 507-696-4042 or swancuaj@uwec.edu.”