ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME!
We created this group back in 2008 to be a place where you can be social, get a good workout, maybe get a tan, and have fun all at the same time! We have a regular Saturday game and we play year-round. We don't play on any other day - only Saturdays. We're doing this simply for love of the game and good times. We promote fair play and good manners, but we also have lots of good-spirited trash talking!
Our location has a good amount of free parking if you get here early, a really nice beach and nets, and comparatively nice bathrooms close by. We get approximately 40 to 80 people playing on 4-6 courts on any given Saturday, so you can play a variety of games at various skill levels. We try to provide games for players at all levels - from beginner to advanced...
We have 2 main groups: a 8:30am - 12:30pm Saturdays advanced-level and high-intermediate level doubles group and a 12:00 noon - 5:00pm Saturdays all-levels group. Some players from the 8:30am group will merge in with the main group in the afternoon. The typical level of play at our 12:00 noon meetup is “beginner to intermediate” – which basically means that the ‘Jungle-Ball’ is kept to a minimum, and about half of the serves are overhand. To get a better idea of the skill levels see the explanations located inside the meetups themselves.
A note to those of you who are beginners:
First off, you really don't have to email me asking to join! This group is truly for all levels and that includes beginners. So even someone who has never touched a volleyball is welcome here. Obviously you don't want to walk into a game without at least having some type of practice, so what I suggest is you come down to the beach and practice on the sidelines for a while with other people. There are always extra volleyballs and almost always people wanting to practice.
A note to those of you who have a lot of volleyball experience:
If you feel the need to follow every USAV rule then the 12:00 noon part of this group might not be the right fit for you. Remember we have a 8:30am doubles portion which is for the advanced player. Our 12:00 noon group plays 4’s mostly, and everyone at any level is welcome in this group. This means that even experienced players will be expected to play with the beginners. We are also pretty liberal on the rules. So please understand that certain USAV violations - like hand-setting a serve, or lightly grazing the net during play - are going to be allowed (for the more novice players) in the 12:00 noon group. We are not part of the Olympic team, and neither are you! We are a casual, social, recreational group. If you feel you cannot comply with this there are plenty of other hardcore meetup groups out there who will be snobby and cliquey and impose all sorts of conditions for you to play. One of the reasons our group is so successful is that first and foremost - we are here to have fun!
We play using the 'rally' scoring system. 'Rally' means every serve results in a point, even on defense. It makes the game go faster, but has a higher target score (21). Also, a serve hitting the net (and then going over) is good, not out.
I feel many of the members see this group as a place where they have met many new friends. We have even had some marriages as a result of people meeting here. I try very hard to make sure this group is about more than just volleyball - it is a welcoming place to have a really great time on a Saturday afternoon.
Thanks and see you on the court!
-- Troy --
ONE NOTE: I require all new members to have a picture in your meetup profile before you will be accepted into this group (a pic of you, not your pet or the sunset). We are like a family here and we want to always be able to put a face with a name. Please be sure you have a picture up before trying to join.
Other Volleyball Meetup Groups want you to be like this to join:
But we're okay with you even if you're like this:
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