Beach Volleyball Rating System & Rankings
The Sand Club will identify the differences between recreational, intermediate, and competitive players below but follows the EVP ranking system where the different rankings are: AAA | AA | A | B. Here are the basic definitions of rankings and divisions for players and teams, their associated skills and rules that apply:
- Typically, these players have had intensive training for national tournament competition at the collegiate and semi-professional levels and have obtained a regional and/or national ranking. These players consistently display advanced ability in most specialty areas, along with top caliber development and execution of skills. These players have developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon. These players can vary strategies (double or left & right outside blockers) and styles of play in a competitive situation and hit dependable shots (middle attacks, high-line roll shots, short cross-cut shots, etc.) in a stress situation. All rules apply.
- These 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. Also, these players do not meet the guidelines for any higher rating. 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.
- These players have achieved improved ball control, dependability with directional control on moderate shots, and are developed in more than one specialty area. These players exhibit more aggressive net play, have improved court coverage, and are developing defensive strategy. All rules apply. Any team that has won one “B” league season or tournament may move up to this division.
- These players know the rules and are moderately proficient at keeping the ball in play. These players are moderately proficient at spiking, setting, or passing, and are learning placement and defensive anticipation. All rules apply, except all hand-sets are legal (there are no hand set calls), as long as the sets are not over the net (even if legal).
- These players include beginners and rec players who are still learning the rules and are working at keeping the ball in play. All rules apply, except there are very loose lift and throw calls and no hand set calls as long as the sets do not go over the net.
EVP & AVPNext Beach Volleyball Rating System
Players will earn a AAA rating only after reaching the quarterfinals of a “Main Draw”, which is the top 8-16 teams. Quarterfinalists or AAA rated players are no longer eligible to play AA/A tournaments for 1 year or 6 consecutive tournaments without finishing as a quarterfinalist.
Players will earn a AA rating only after winning 2 matches of the “Qualifier Bracket” and no are no longer eligible to play “Best of the Beach” formats unless approved by the tournament director.
Players will earn an A rating only after winning 2 matches of the “Contender Bracket”.
EVP Rankings & Point Leader Awards
All players registered for The Sand Club hosted EVP & AVPNext tournaments will earn points excluding 3/28 & 5/3 tournaments in Huntington and 6/6 tournament in Florida. Although players are seeded based on the previous and existing year’s points, the 2015 point leader will be determined only by the tournaments in 2015 prior to the EVP Arizona Finals (which means that the EVP Arizona Finals is not calculated with the previous tournaments). However, the EVP Arizona Finals will be calculated in the following year’s point total for seeding.
Points earned in AVPNext Arizona Series will be calculated by AVP but non-Sand Club hosted AVPNext tournaments will NOT be included with The Sand Club point rankings.