Arizona Beach Volleyball FAQs
Leagues & Tournaments: Volleyball FAQs
How do players choose a division in The Sand Club?
- The Sand Club welcomes players that have never played organized sand volleyball. Reading the rules and basic strategy is recommended but not required. An official will be present at every game to help clarify the rules and help develop basic skills. Officials will replay up to 3 faults per game per team without a point loss to help relieve the stress of new players. Although The Sand Club will try to avoid “Jungle Ball” (which is disregarding the beach rules altogether) some double hits, lifts and throws may be overlooked in order to encourage longer rallies in the beginner divisions. Intermediate and even competitive players are welcome to join beginner divisions to help teach the game but no more than one intermediate/competitive player per team will be allowed. Intermediate and competitive players are not allowed to spike and should expect a warning if they are controlling the game with shot selection for points in the beginner divisions. There is nothing wrong with demonstrating a couple of points on how to place the ball if that is the intention, but at the official’s discretion only.
- Rec players tend have the basic idea of a “diamond formation”, setter as the second hit unless called for help, bump-set-spike or at least a 3-hit mentality, tend to have players that are starting to develop a consistent serve that are inbounds as well as controlling the pass off a serve, and recreational teams are starting to identify “bad sets”, lifts, throws, and double hits. Recreational players should start calling their own net violations and expect less modifications to the rules by the official. With that said, recreational players are recommended to advance to the intermediate divisions once they completely understand the rules or if a recreational team wins more than 2 tournaments. Competitive players are welcome to join recreational to intermediate divisions, so recreational players should be prepared for the competition.
- Volleyball ranking is very subjective but here are 3 specific position rankings for The Sand Club’s intermediate players: Intermediate Passer – demonstrates moderate serve receiving (handing float serves, sky balls, etc) and good communication of who will receive the serve as well as understanding how to position themselves before the opponent attacks the ball. They also anticipate short/cut shots and 1/2-overs. Intermediate Setter – communicates to their team when they have 2nd hit and demonstrates moderate bump and/or hand setting techniques. Communicates well with attackers on high/low, inside/outside, off/tight set preferences. They also demonstrate moderate skills of receiving passes out of the net, pokes on high tight passes, and moderate footwork getting to the 2nd hit. Intermediate setters know when to pursue the block or cover short/cut shots. Intermediate Attacker – know when to spike, roll, and cut when attacking the ball. They demonstrate hard enough hits to draw a blocker but are not executing a consistent line shot versus angle shot. Intermediate attackers know when to pursue the block or cover short/cut shots.
- Competitive players consistently display advanced ability in either offensive skills (spiking, serving, setting) or defensive skills (passing, digging, blocking) to compete as a specialist and have sufficient ability to execute the dynamics of power volleyball. These players have begun to master the use of power shots and are beginning to handle pace, have sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and are beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. All rules apply.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Players looking to join intermediate/competitive teams are highly recommended to sub or receive a personal skill assessment by contacting us to schedule an appointment.
Other Volleyball FAQs
What are the differences between recreational and intermediate players?
What are the differences between intermediate and competitive volleyball players?
Why does The Sand Club have officials for recreational teams and not for intermediate to competitive teams?
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