Mud Splash mud volleyball tournament is back for 10th year

If you go

What: Mud Splash mud volleyball tournament

When: 11 a.m.

Where: Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 South Ranney St., west of the soccer fields

— For the 10th year, they will come for glory.

They will come for a chance to be named the best.

They will come for the mud.

The 10th annual Craig Chamber of Commerce Mud Splash mud volleyball tournament returns at 11 a.m. today at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 South Ranney St.

Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce executive director, said the competition came from a search to find a fun way raise money.

"Before my time, we had one board member who attended a similar tournament in another community," she said. "We were in the market for a fundraiser and a fun event.

"So she brought it back, and we've been doing it ever since."

This year, 12 teams will battle the mud and one another to be named top mud volleyball team.

Although the teams are set, spectators still can travel west of the soccer fields at Loudy-Simpson Park to view the action.

Currie said the number of teams doesn't fluctuate much year to year.

"It stays pretty steady as far as participation goes," she said. "We're limited to a double elimination bracket, which is a maximum of 16 teams.

Currie said the number of teams also was limited by time and space.

"Usually, we have between 10 and 13 teams," she said.

The only major difference between mud volleyball and the version played on the hardwood is the surface, Currie said.

"It's actually pretty traditional volleyball rules," she said. "The rules are relaxed, because there's not a lot you can do physically in the mud.

"The teams will still play until 25, rally scoring, three heads per side, and that's the extent of it."

The tournament attracts a crowd for several reasons, Currie said.

"I think No. 1, it's something different," she said. "It appeals to such a varied audience - it's a great event for young people that kind of feel like there's nothing to do in Craig, but we get all ages participating in something different and a lot of fun."

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