Sand volleyball to open near future climbing gym

April 3, 2019

Sand volleyball is coming to the east side of Sioux Falls this summer.

Paul Nagel, who founded Digz Volleyball Association in 2013, will operate a sand volleyball league on the same site as the future Frontier Climbing.

It’s located west of Foss Avenue and north of Arrowhead Parkway.

“We broke ground on it last Tuesday, and we plan on being up and running in early May, with the league starting the week after Memorial Day,” Nagel said.

He has been organizing adult volleyball tournaments in Sioux Falls since 2009, mostly out of necessity because he wanted to play and there were few options, he said.

Digz now organizes 12 to 14 tournaments a year, attracting teams from Minneapolis to Rapid City.

“It’s been a big hit,” he said. “I’m definitely going to keep it going because the customer base is there.”

He works with between 400 and 500 active players in the Sioux Falls area, he said.

“Everything I’ve done in the past has been rented (space) like the Pentagon or Perfect Practice, so this is the first ‘home’ we’ve had.”

The addition of sand volleyball also will help meet a need in the community, Nagel said. Since The Pocket closed, Netbinders and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department are the only places providing it, he said.

“I expect it’ll be pretty good,” he said. “With the clientele we’ve built, we’re really well known for volleyball in Sioux Falls, and it’s going well as far as registrations. It will take a couple years to get it to where we want it, but I expect to have 100-plus teams this year.”

Registration for the leagues has opened and will continue until May 15. Leagues will use the volleyball courts five days a week, and there will be organized pick-up volleyball along with weekend tournaments, Nagel said. He also has an agreement with ClubCentral junior volleyball club, which will hold summer camps there for boys and girls.

Frontier Climbing announced plans last year to build an indoor climbing gym.Wade Randall is now the sole owner and said he plans to move forward with the building. A permit hasn’t been issued yet.

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Sand volleyball to open near future climbing gym

Sand volleyball is coming to the east side of Sioux Falls this summer.

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