Two volleyball players meet at the net during a game on the Fourth of July in City Park last year. Park Record File Photo
Two volleyball players meet at the net during a game on the Fourth of July in City Park last year. Park Record File Photo

For the 32nd year in a row, there will be competitive volleyball in City Park on the Fourth of July.

The Utah Outdoor Volleyball Association will host its first of two Park City tournaments at both City Park and Treasure Mountain Middle School on Friday.

The tournament, which will be a doubles sand-volleyball event, will draw more than 100 teams to Park City, according to Patrick Saucier, a recreation program specialist for Park City Recreation.

"We end up with about 130-140 teams usually," he said. "Right now, we have about 75 teams signed up, but the rush usually happens on July 3."

UOVA hosts tournaments across the state from April to October, and Saucier said Park City is lucky enough to have two of those tourneys.

"We have tournaments here twice a year," he said. "They're on July 4 and the Arts Fest weekend, the two busiest weekends of the summer."

The tournaments are special because of all that Park City offers in addition to volleyball on those weekends, Saucier said.

"Not only can you partake in some competitive volleyball, but there's so much other stuff happening on those weekends around town," he said.

He added that the Park City events are some of the most popular in the state, simply because people love heading up into the mountains.

"Part of what makes it so popular is people really enjoy having a reason to come to Park City, especially on the Arts Fest and Fourth of July weekends," he said.

Featuring Open, AA, A, B, Novice and Junior divisions for both men and women, Saucier said there will be a lot of prizes to go around.

"The top three teams from each division will take home prizes," he said. "And what makes our tourney unique is we seek donations from the community. No Name, Boneyard, Jupiter Bowl, PCMR, Booster Juice, Deer Valley we have all these local sponsors."

The Open divisions will be playing on the sand courts at City Park. Saucier said those games will be high-quality affairs.

"If you go by the sand volleyball courts, the women will be playing on the lower courts and the men will be on the upper courts," he said. "This is legitimate, pro-level volleyball. We dress up the courts with banners and we have music. This is the kind of volleyball you want to see."

To register for the tournament, visit either www.uova.org or www.active.com . The cost is $15 for UOVA members and $25 for non-members.