Mi Familia volleyball club expands to the beach

Mi Familia volleyball club expanded its horizon this summer, starting up a beach season for the first time in its short history.

With the club in its second year of existence and Navarre Beach in its backyard, the move made sense, according to Jason Rangel, who started the club with his wife in 2016.

“We have more stability in our club and have built up momentum, and so we decided to add beach,” Rangel said. “It’s been a progression. We didn’t want to add beach right away and then not do it right.”

Beach volleyball has certainly been sustainable for Mi Familia, which has 20 girls playing this summer. The season started in May and ends in early August.

Unlike the indoor season, there are no organized tournaments in which the beach teams take part. The players do find tournaments to play in on their own in the summer, however, many of them taking place in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Much of the practice time, which runs two hours at a time on Tuesdays and Thursdays, is centered around skill development.

“We do play games part of the time in practice, but practice is also a mixture of conditioning and a lot of skill work,” Rangel said.

Read the full article in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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