The Mexico International Volleyball Tournament, known previously as
"Estero Beach", was established in 1974 and is held near the last
June weekend in Baja, Mexico a short drive south
of San Diego. The Tournament typically is the largest beach volleyball
tournament anywhere, often hosting several thousand amateur and professional
players from around the world.
The tournament has mens and womens divisions, and is a weighted blind draw sand doubles
volleyball tournament ("CBVA" rules).
The blind part means players don't pick their own partners.
The Tournament Committee is responsible for that. So, you
can't enter the tournament as a team, only as an individual. We
regret that requests for teaming up friends, relatives, etc are almost
always rejected, so please don't be disappointed if we don't OK your
request. The only exceptions typically are father/son or mother/daughter,
but even then, it's not a guarantee and only at the Committee's discretion.
There are more than a few father/son teams that could walk away with
Mens and womens
courts are intermingled and share the same
area of sand.
The weighted part means that we try to somewhat equalize the
level of the teams. Since there is only one "division"
we try to even out the abilities of the teams, as best we can with
hundreds of entries. For example, we would never knowingly put two ranked
players together because they would win the tournament every time.
Similarly, we would not knowingly put two "never played before" novices together
either. And finally, we also try to ensure that the disparity
between players' abilities is not too wide... a AAA would not knowingly
be paired with a complete novice, although that sometimes happens (usually
with prior knowledge and consent)!
On Saturday pool-play is scheduled; on Sunday the top two teams from
every pool advance to a spot in the main event: a single-elimination
tournament (uno-adios) typically eight rounds to the winner's circle for
men; six rounds for women.
Saturday Pool Play - the Details
Pools are composed of six
(sometimes five) teams.
In pool play, you play
all the teams in your pool - that's five
(sometimes four) games.
This round-robin competition serves to rank all the teams in
your pool against each other.
The top two teams from pool play advance to the playoffs on Sunday.
The top team from each pool (only) gets the coveted official MIV
pool winners prize that can be used for bragging rights back home.
Sunday - Single Elimination Tournament
On Sunday a single elimination tournament is played with Saturday's
qualifying teams. There are seven or eight
mens games, six womens
games, from start to finals, so only the fittest survive.
The final games from both womens and mens play are always exciting and
at a very high level of play.
After the final game, usually just before sunset, prizes are awarded
to the winners.
So... What are the Prizes?
First, your name will go on
our perpetual trophy, which we display at the Tournament every year.
Free clothing and
miscellaneous sports-related equipment from Quiksilver.
And finally, the best prize of all: free lodging for
the following year!
Along with the Volleyball, MexVolleyball is famous (notorious?) for the
serious partying that everyone enjoys. The facilities provide a great
party location on the beach, with beer and tacos at very reasonable
Please make sure you stay within walking distance or have a designated driver.
A Few More Words about Cheating
The MexVolleyball Committee holds zero tolerance for cheating. Cheating
includes entering under someone else's name, subbing in without authorization,
not admitting to a CVBA or other ranking, or otherwise lying about yourself
or your abilities on your application. We watch these things carefully
and if we catch you cheating just once, you may be out for a long while.
We aim to put on a fun and honest tournament for players of all abilities,
where any entrant can have a chance to win!
This year we had another case of a guy who tried to sneak on and play
with his friend. His poolmates didn't like losing to this obviously
practiced pair. And when we checked it out, they were right.
So these guys lost their potential to qualify for Sunday.
The fact is that most players don't want their pool stacked by people
who sub in good partners under the table to the detriment of the other
random teams who are put there by the draw.
Finally, the whole idea about MexVolleyball since Mike Brown and his friends
started it over 30 years ago is a weekend of fun and volleyball
in Mexico where you can leave the rest of the world behind.