SOB Volleyball Vacations
Our Story

SOB Our StoryIn 1987 and recently out of college, Tom Davenport had a typical, random introduction to organized volleyball as a participant on a recreational Chamber of Commerce team in Denver, CO. The critical path that followed was far from typical. In 1988, Tom played his first outdoor coed grass 4x4 league with VOTR (Volleyball Of The Rockies www.votr.com), a 12 team summer program in Denver. That fall he joined forces with a couple local players and helped grow the league to over 40 teams for the summer of 1989, and 200 teams by 1993.

SOB Our StoryDuring May of 1993, a couple players in the VOTR league cornered Tom at the sponsor bar with an interesting idea. They had visited Cancun and played 8 days of volleyball with the same 4 players. It was a fun trip but they suggested that if VOTR could organize a bigger group to visit Cancun, the fun, and quality of play would take a step up. SOB Volleyball Vacations was thus born with the vision of running trips all over the planet for like-minded "volleyball junkies".

The inaugural 1994 SOB Volleyball Vacation to Cancun had 34 guests. The week included great times and memories like an epic lip sync contest, dancing with Coconut Palms, road tripping to Chitchunitza and peppering with school kids in the local villages. However, the wind and daily rains in Cancun created some "volleyball challenges" and the hunt was on for "the perfect volleyball beach". After driving the entire west coast of Mexico (May, 1994), the decision was made to relocate to Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo area. The wide flat beaches and perfect weather made it an ideal location.

VOTR has since grown to include two indoor beach facilities in Denver (The Island + The Oasis), five major Colorado Tournaments (Steamboat Doubles, Snowmass Doubles, Breckenridge Doubles, Beach Bash Doubles, and Oasis Classic) and programming that includes over 1,000 teams of grass, sand and hardcourt a week throughout the year. SOB Volleyball Vacations has also grown, and has hosted over 4,000 players on 39+ tropical volleyball trips including over 400 players annually from all over North America, Europe, and South America. A new trip to Puerto Vallarta was added in the fall of 2009 offering more of a "VIP" experience at the 5 star Hard Rock Vallarta Resort. 2013 we added our 1st "spring time" trip and went to Nassau, Bahamas. In 2014 we changed the spring trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and haven't looked back.

SOB Our Story

 


Tom Davenport: Founder/Owner, SOB Volleyball Vacations. Tom has been organizing tournaments/leagues since 1988 including over 40 weeks of Volleyball Vacations "South Of the Border". Tom has yet to miss a Volleyball Vacation.  He lives in Denver with his wife and daughters.

Melissa Griese: Melissa has been the Controller for The Island/VOTR since 1998. In addition to her financial and operational duties, she serves as the point person for all Volleyball Vacations bookings, questions, etc.

Doug Arritola: SOB Tournament Director/ VOTR General Manager, Doug has been with VOTR since 2002 and directing play with SOB since 2005 (20+ SOB Trips). He has done all current locations including the Bahamas.  He has run over 1,000 tournaments, some as big as 650 teams and over 1,600 players.

Will Stevens: Oasis General Manager. After 10+ years in the soccer world, Will joined the SOB Volleyball Vacations Team as General Manager of the Sports Oasis in 2011. His first trip South of the Border was Ixtapa 2012, now a SOB vet with double digit experience as well as all 3 locations.

Chris Brown: Island League Manager. Joining our staff in 2012, Chris manages leagues & tournaments for The Island & all its subsidiaries including SOB Volleyball Vacations. 2013 Ixtapa marked Chris' first trip South of the Border, and is now the Cabo vet on the staff.

Nick Stuth: VOTR League Manager. Joining our staff in 2012, Nick manages leagues and tournaments for VOTR, & all its subsidiaries including SOB Volleyball Vacations. 2013 Ixtapa  marked Nick's first trip South of the Border, and now knows all the Ixtapa in's and out's.

Justin Reitz: Associate League Manager. Joining our staff 2015, Justin runs our juniors events, assists VOTR/Island League Managers, including SOB Volleyball Vacations & is point man for all Mountain Events.  2015 Cabo marked Justin's first trip South of the Border, and now has 2 Cabo's and 2 Ixtapa's under his beltl.

Devan Pilarski: Oasis League Manager. Devan has been at The Oasis since February 2016, and currently manages The Oasis leagues/tourneys. Ixtapa 2017 was his 1st trip South of the Border.

Brandon Tarbell: Since 2007, Brandon has been our lead park manager for our summer grass leagues in Denver and managing divisions at the mountain tournaments. Brandon's first SOB trip was in 2011, now living in Chico CA, however he still remains part of the SOB family with his 6 Ixtapa trips.

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