Beach volleyball, now in its 32nd year, annually draws thousands into Seaside – and just two weeks remain before the tournament kicks off on Aug. 9.

The Seaside Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event every year, has received almost 600 registrations, said Doug Barker, event coordinator for the chamber.

The registration numbers are outpacing last year’s when the event welcomed 1,296 teams.

The event, held through Aug. 11, features more than 100 courts set up on the beach near the turnaround.

Registration is open until midnight Aug. 5.

Barker said certain divisions have capped registrations and have already filled up.

“One of the co-ed teams is already maxed out, and a couple of the others are really close,” Barker said.

The last two weeks of registration bring in about half of the teams, as participants firm up schedules and are able to make plans to be in town for the weekend, Barker said.

Fees increase by $20 after Aug. 1. The tournament does not accept same-day registrations.

Barker said tournament volunteers and chamber staff will begin setting up the tournament at 8 a.m. Aug. 5. They start drilling holes for the net posts at noon that day and will be done drilling the holes and setting the net posts by the next day.

The tournament opens at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9 with doubles play for all divisions except coed open and advanced players.

Helping to kick off the volleyball tournament in Seaside was Guy Enriques’ volleyball camp at Seaside High School last week Barker said. Enriques’ camp attracts teams and players from throughout the state.

Barker said Enriques, a former volleyball coach at Oregon State University, usually helps inspect the courts before the tournament.

For more information or to sign-up, visit http://www.SeasideBeachVolleyball.com or call 503-738-6391.

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