Mud volleyball tournaments will return to Beulah Park on back-to-back weekends.

Mud volleyball tournaments will return to Beulah Park on back-to-back weekends.

First up is the Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio's 25th annual competition on July 31.

In past years, it has attracted 2,500 to 3,000 participants to a sea of mucky volleyball courts, with players shin deep in murky water, and an untold number of onlookers.

The following Saturday, Aug. 7, it's Grove City parks and recreation's version, a benefit for LifeCare Alliance's Meals on Wheels program.

The Epilepsy Foundation's event was held at several Columbus locations before settling in at Beulah, 3811 Southwest Blvd. The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and Easton Town Center hosted the tournament before it found its current home.

There, contestants duct-tape their worn-out and mandatory sneakers to their feet and wade into the mud as teams of at least eight players, including at least three females.

Players older than 12 pay a $10 admission fee in addition to team entry, $300 for up to 12 players.

Play begins at 9 a.m. Teams play morning rounds that determine afternoon championship pairings. Spectators younger than 6 are admitted free. Others pay $5.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio serves more than 35,000 people in the region with free services and programs. The tournament helps pay for research, support groups, community education, advocacy and youth summer camps.

The city's tournament for players 18 and older is in its 21st year. It's set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Teams of six must include at least two women and are guaranteed at least three matches. The tournament is single-elimination.

Entry fees of $150 per team will be accepted at City Hall until Monday, Aug. 2.

The 2009 event raised $6,000 for the Meals on Wheels program, which serves shut-ins throughout the community.

For more information on the city tournament, call 277-3050.