SANDCAST is the leading podcast for beach volleyball and stories in the volleyball world. Hosts Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter take listeners into the world of the AVP, FIVB, NORCECA, and any other professional beach volleyball outlets, digging deep into the lives of the players both on and off the court as well as all of the top influencers in the game.

March 17, 2021

Chaim Schalk’s American career has finally begun — from the bottom

This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, features Chaim Schalk, a 2016 Olympian for Canada who has finally, finally, finally begun playing for the United States. 

It's been a long road for Schalk, who had to sit out two years to transfer federations, then one more year for COVID. But beginning with a country quota win over Tri Bourne and Trevor Crabb, Schalk's career alas began again, with the four-star qualifier in Doha. 

On this episode with Schalk, we discuss:

- How it felt for Schalk to compete again after such a long time off

- Seeing old friends, and how much the World Tour has changed

- Tri opens up about the country quota loss, and how USA Volleyball made the right decision to make him and Crabb compete

- Whether or not there should be country quotas at all on the FIVB, or if there is enough parity around the world to remove the quotas

- Schalk and Brunner's future as a team, and their ambitions

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