- All 4's teams are required to have 4 players on the court at all times, with a minimum of 1 female.
- All 6's teams are required to have 6 players on the court at all times, with a minimum of 2 females.
- There is no limit to team roster size.
- 4's: Intermediate, Intermediate Plus, and Competitive
- 6's: Recreational and Intermediate
- Recreational: This division will feature teams that may have a skilled player, but also many inexperienced players. Teams in this division must have a “fun first” approach to every game and generally enjoy the sunshine and atmosphere as much as they do the game itself. If a few of the players are hard hitting and competitive in nature, the team should move up to a higher level. An average game will feature some bumping, passing and hitting, but the focus is often on just getting the ball over the net. The Recreational division prohibits hard hitting, jump serves and back row attacks.
- Intermediate: This division is for teams that are looking for more of a challenge than the Recreational level. Most players on the team have some experience playing Volleyball and are solid in the fundamentals. An average game will feature 3 hits on most plays and some good blocks, but the hitting is not overly hard, the passes are not always crisp, and teams generally do not have organized attacks. Harder hitting is permitted in the Intermediate division, but players should be conscious of where they are hitting the ball and to whom. Jump serves and back row attacks are not permitted in this division.
- Intermediate Plus: This division is for teams that have more experience than the average team in Intermediate division. Players in the Intermediate Plus division are looking for a good challenge each night and want sustained rallies as part of the game. All players can hit, pass and serve with accuracy and each team will usually have a few heavier hitters. An average game will feature crisp blocking and passing, some organized plays and some harder hitting. There are no rule restrictions on serving and hitting like there are in the lower divisions.
- Competitive: This is the CSSC’s highest division of Beach Volleyball. This division is for teams that consistently play at a high level and would like to face strong competition each week. Teams that consist of players who have experience in High School, College, University or a high level of Volleyball are good candidates for the Competitive Division. Games in this division will be characterized by experienced players, hard hitting, successful digs, crisp passing, and organized attacks.
- Teams/Groups/Individuals are expected to read the division descriptions and place themselves in the most appropriate division. If players are unsure of which division to register for, they are welcome to contact the office for further clarification or advice.
- The CSSC reserves the right to move any team up or down a division (regardless of where they registered) based on total registration numbers. The CSSC rarely runs odd numbered divisions, or divisions with a low number of teams, so in these cases division realignment is necessary.
All teams are scheduled at least 4 matches and a possibility to play up to 6 matches total.
Schedule and Times
The full tournament schedule will be posted at the facility the morning of the event. The reason we cannot send the schedule out early is due to the possibility of last minute changes. We cannot risk teams having inaccurate schedules. Official arrival and end times will be sent to Team Captains and Individual Teams no later than 5:00pm, the Thursday prior to the tournament.
Although an Event Coordinator will be on-site to keep the tournament running smoothly, CSSC Tournaments are self-officiated, so each team must make their own calls. Each team is responsible for reporting their score after each game is played.
The party goes all day and night at the on-site beer gardens, so stick around in between games and enjoy the music, games, and drinks! After the event, each championship team will receive a set of champ shirts and all MVPs will receive their medals.
CSSC Tournaments run rain, snow or shine! All teams should arrive prepared to play through some less-than-ideal conditions to keep the tournament running on schedule. If the weather conditions become dangerous (e.g. Lightning) the Event Coordinator may stop play and the tournament may be delayed.
Teams are placed into a tournament or event on a first-paid, first-served basis. The CSSC will attempt to ensure that all teams and players get placed into the option of their choice. It is not uncommon to have tournaments and events sell out, so registering early is recommended. If players/teams cannot be placed, a full refund will be issued. The CSSC reserves the right to move teams from one division to another. This often happens with little notice once registration is closed, divisions are being finalized and schedules are being built. The CSSC makes every attempt to place teams in divisions that are most appropriate by evaluating past standings and assessing other teams within each division. Team rosters do change from season to season, however, new player information is not used as a metric for gauging the skill level of each team as a whole; placement is based on the success of a team/captain’s most recent season. Teams may be moved for a number of reasons:
- The most qualified teams may be moved to fill spots in a division with lower registration numbers than the one they have registered in. For example: If there are 12 teams in Recreational and 4 teams in Recreational Plus, the 4 teams with the best prior records may be moved to the Recreational Plus division to create balanced leagues at 8 teams each.
- Some teams register below their ability. If a team has recently done very well in a league or tournament or has won a championship in either, they should register in a higher division when available. If they do not, the CSSC will correct this by moving the team to the appropriate division.
- If there is a large number of registrations for a particular division, it may be split into subdivisions (eg. Recreational A, Recreational B). Occasionally, large groups of teams will be placed into new divisions as a form of subdividing. For example: If 24 teams register in the Recreational league, and there are no registrations at other skill levels, the teams may be subdivided into 8 teams in Intermediate, 8 teams in Recreational Plus and 8 teams in Recreational based on their previous standings with The Club.
All teams that get moved into a different division or get placed into a lettered division will be playing with the same teams they would have been placed with regardless of division name or letter.