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Breckenridge’s Putterhead tournament gets serious

BRECKENRIDGE – This year’s edition of the Putterhead Volleyball Tournament will have a different feel than its predecessors.

The town of Breckenridge has contracted the Aug. 16 tournament out to Volleyball of the Rockies, a Denver-based company that directs leagues and runs tournaments. The difference in this, the 12th year of the doubles tournament, should be an increase in participation, especially from Front Range teams.

“We’re contracting it out to make it bigger and more efficient,” said Breckenridge recreation coordinator Diane McBride. “It was just getting too big for us to handle, and none of us are volleyball professionals.”

This is the type of situation in which Volleyball of the Rockies thrives. The company took over Steamboat’s tournament four years ago and runs sand, grass and indoor leagues in the Denver area.

“Sometimes it’s better to bring in an expert,” said Volleyball of the Rockies owner Tom Davenport. “I think we have the ability to market it a little better.”

The Putterhead is one of four mountain tournaments that attracts players from around the state. Vail’s King of the Mountain Open is this weekend, followed by events in Steamboat, Breck and Aspen.

“The mountain tournaments are always special,” Davenport said. “The Front Range players always enjoy going to the mountains and playing a game they love.”

Breck sand volleyball league pushed back

Breckenridge needs two more four-person volleyball teams to make its new summer sand league a success.

The league, which will play Thursday evenings at Carter Park, was supposed to start today. But McBride is still rallying interest, and the start date has been pushed back to June 26.

“We had an informational meeting last week, and we had people who called in, but no one showed up,” McBride said. “We did initially want to start (today). I think we’ll put it off two weeks.”

The league needs at least four teams to function, and six teams would be ideal. There will be an informational meeting at 6 p.m. June 18 at Carter Park.

Jason Starr can be reached at (970) 668-3998 Ext. 231 or at

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