Welcome to Gillis 49!

JULY 27-28, 2019
Toes Beach, Playa del Rey

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And the countdown begins…

Gillis 48 had an awesome turnout and was a huge success. There were so many amazing costumes, camps and Showtime skits along with some amazing volleyball. We had a 3-way tie at Showtime with The Wheelers, Gillis Kneivel and Gillis Barbies. Camp Stutzel figured out how not to kill the ice plant and still have an award winning campsite. Thank you Robby Stutzel. Gillis Kneivel shot dozens of players out of their huge cannon with assorted body parts being lost into thin air. Paul Winbauer waited four decades to be King, ever since Queen Nancy Jackson brought him to original Gillis Beach. Viva los Lennons continued their quest to win all 50 tournaments with an awesome finals match. Can anyone take them down? Tears would be flowing. Venice blew everyone away AGAIN with the National Anthem and then playing on the beach both days at their camp. AMAZING!

49 is quite a number of tournaments, and this year will bring back so many old friends from the past 48 as they begin to realize they better get their butts to the last two. It’s time to contact those Gillis family members who have been sitting on the fence. We all want to see them again.

The 50th is one year away and everyone seems to be feeling nostalgic about their great memories over the decades. We know it’s hard to single out one memory in particular, but we’d really like your favorite, recorded on video during the tourney. We’ll be recording all weekend and will be creating “The Best of The Gillis” for everyone to watch on YouTube before G50. Be ready.

We have a new bracket this year of 4-Person teams. Substitutions will happen at the serving line only and one female must be on the court at all times.

We will have limited 6-Person teams again so please play 2-Person if possible. There will be no Kids or Teens courts. Please play with your kids in the Hoffy 2-Person as an alternative.

In the Hoffy 2-Person pool only, we remind you that you can have a Tag-Team of 3 players where one player can sub in at the serving line. Keep those knees fresh.

FYI, we are at the beach late both Saturday and Sunday nights, after hours, picking up trash, chairs, apparel, etc. Please make a point to grab trash bags and make sure your camp is cleaned up on both evenings.

We remind you that it is illegal to drink alcohol on the beach. It’s a large fine if you get ticketed.

Parking is always an issue all weekend. We urge all to UBER or LYFT to and from the beach.


If you still haven’t been getting Gillis updates, make sure to signup on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/thegillisvolleyballtournament.

The website at www.TheGillis.com has so many amazing pictures by Denny Smith, videos, history, results, sponsors and so much more. Please support all of our sponsors. We could not put on the tournament without them. If you want to promote your business or just put an ad on the website let Dave know at dcressman@paradisepromotions.biz.



You must be 21+ to play in the 6-Man division or be part of a family team. Your roster must be on the entry form and must be filled out. If your team at the tourney doesn't match the roster, your team will not be able to advance. Bringing in "ringers" is not in the spirit of the Gillis. 6-Man costs are $100.

Please be VERY aware of your trash during the weekend. We pay heavy fines for the beach not being perfect. There are trash bags available all weekend at the G-Spot. Thanks for helping out.

Please help your teens and young adults stay in control. We shouldn’t need to remind anyone that it is illegal to drink alcohol on the beach. It's a very expensive fine if you get a citation. We will again have security strolling the beach all weekend.

We wish we could let everyone that wants to play in the Gillis in, but we just don't have room. After down-sizing last year, we have even fewer spots available. We love for all to come and watch.

We're sorry that parking is very tough. Take an Uber to and from THE GILLIS and save the headache.

We can’t wait to see everyone. Put some heat on your peeps who used to come every year and for some reason stopped. We especially want to see our past champions, Queens and Kings and all of the special people who have made Showtime so special. Only 3 years left so let’s get our old friends to come back.