Annual King and Queen of the Beach volleyball tourneys in Silverthorne Sept. 27-28 | SummitDaily.com

Annual King and Queen of the Beach volleyball tourneys in Silverthorne Sept. 27-28

Summit County, it's time to crown the newest king and queen of the beach — just in time for the first dusting of late-summer snow.

This weekend, only a few days after towering Red Peak and Buffalo Mountain were coated in the white stuff, the Silverthorne Recreation Center plays host to the sixth-annual two-on-two King of the Beach and Queen of the Beach tourneys. Both events are held on the pristine sand courts behind the rec at Rainbow Park, with space for up to 20 players in six divisions: open, AA, A, BB and B.

"It's great getting together with lots of people who share a passion for volleyball, for playing two-on-two," said Mindy Nicholds, the sports and athletics coordinator for the town. "The atmosphere outside is just incredible, with the beautiful mountain views and — knock on wood — beautiful weather."

Things get started on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with the men's tourney and wrap up Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m. with the women's tourney. The guys play all day Saturday and the ladies play all day Sunday, both with similar (and simple) rules. After a pre-tourney meeting, solo players are split into groups of four or five players based on ability. These groups then rotate in and out of their division courts, two different pairs at a time, for a minimum of four to five prelim games per player. Games are scored rally style: First team to 21 takes the win, and all scoring is on the honor system — no referees for this one.

"I love the idea that you play with different people here," Nicholds said. "It's a good idea to be courteous here, to have your good sportsmanship hat on. Chances are you'll play on the same side as someone you were playing against earlier."

Once the prelims end, the tourney really gets heated when everyone is seeded into divisions for the elimination rounds. Guys and gals who make it through the single-elimination games and all the way to finals play up to 14 games before being crowned king or queen.

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And yes, there are bona fide crowns for the winners, Nicholds said, along with other prizes. Last year, the Silverthorne sand royalty also won cash prizes.

"If you played in the tournament and you have something left in your tank, you just can't wait for that last match," said Nicholds, whose daughter, Mya, won the junior Princess of the Beach tournament for high-school aged players on July 8.

Registration for both tournaments is still available online or by calling the rec center.

2016 King and Queen of the Beach

What: A weekend of two-on-two beach volleyball tournaments for men and women, with up to 14 games for finalists

When: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Sand courts at the Silverthorne Recreation Center, 430 Rainbow Drive in Silverthorne

The rec center provides balls and nets. There are no referees. Both tournaments are open to players of all abilities (open, A, AA, B, BB) over the age of 18. Day-of registration is available if spots are open. To register, call the rec center at (970) 262-7370 or see the rec website at http://www.silverthorne.org.