Dino tourney digs in

The 21st annual Dinosaur Volleyball Tournament will begin Friday at Kalapaki Beach.

It marks the fifth year the three-day tourney will be hosted on Kauai.

About 40 men’s teams and 20 women’s teams will take to the sand this year, said tournament director Dave Chaikin.

“Everybody likes it. It’s a perfect venue out there. It’s spectacular looking,” Chaikin said. “Plus, we’re in the middle of winter, so you can allow people from the Mainland to play and watch.”

The requirement for the 2-man or 2-woman teams is that the combined age must be at least 80 years for the men and 70 years for the women. 

Teams on the older end will be given a handicap in some instances.

“The older teams also receive points before the match, depending on how much older they are,” Chaikin added.

The first of Friday’s games will begin around noon. 

The tournament will run through Sunday, with the final matches scheduled for 3 p.m.

Signups have filled up, but the event is open to the public to come watch.

“It’s also a really high caliber of play for older players. It’s high caliber regardless,” Chaikin said. “Former pros and several Olympians have played in this.”

“This is like old school volleyball. The rules are different,” he added. “The courts are bigger and you can’t hit the net with the serve. It’s a lot different than how they play now.”


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