Who Should Play
This Meetup is and has been intended for BB or better players. If you are unsure as to what that means, please see the skill level descriptions below, which are created by USA Volleyball. If you have not played competitive, organized volleyball before, we recommend attending one of the many B-level Meetups organized around the Metro area each week, or attending one of the clinics that are offered by Fairfax Volleyball Club, George Washington University, George Mason University and other organizations during the year.
If you are not sure what your skill level is, feel free to message Karen or Josh privately.
These rules are in place to maintain a high level of play, and to prevent injury, which can be caused when a player or players do not have appropriate court awareness.
Thanks for understanding.
There are two courts available. One is the "A" court, one is the "B" court. Everyone likes to play on the A court because there is a big hill on the B court. So to keep it fair we typically split up into 2 groups play for a certain number of games, then switch so everyone plays on both. Then we will split up again to make new teams and do it again. As part of splitting the group into two, the organizers reserve the right to split the group based on skill level based on the days attendees.
Eventually after enough people leave we will just end up on the A court rotating one or two in, or have 3 teams rotating. Court A is used by a group that starts really early and usually right around by 10:00 am, so we usually start on Court B and then migrate to Court A.
Bring lots of water, sports drinks and snacks! Also, don't forget sun screen, bug spray.
Please keep your attitude positive and comments friendly or you will not be welcome back. If you can't make it on time, please feel free to drop by later in the day and jump in if we are still playing. Also, don't forget to pick up your trash and leave the place the way we found it!
Please note that this is a public court. If someone gets there before us, we can try to join them or wait for them to finish. If you are planning your own outing at these courts, please contact me in advance so I can adjust the time of this meetup or work with you so our groups don't have any contention over the courts. My email address is [masked]. Please feel free to contact me.
There are primarily 5 levels of adult volleyball competitiveness. They are Beginner/Recreational (C), B, BB, A, and AA. These are classifications that are used by USAVolleyball (http://www.usavolleyball.org/), the United States' governing body for adult non-professional volleyball. All players should only RSVP for events that match their skill levels. If you are unsure of your skill levels, then you should ask the event host or the meetup organizers.
Recreational- A "Recreational" player is a Beginner. A Recreational player should know the basics of volleyball, and played some volleyball before, but he/she is just beginning to bump, set, and spike. These players may still be learning the rules, techniques and flows of the game. They enjoy the game and typically play non-competitively.
B- - A "B" level player is slightly more advanced than a recreational player. A "B" player knows how to bump, set (a little), and spike. A solid “B” player has reasonable consistency. Skill level easily trumps height. Many “B” level hitters do not employ a standard hitting approach. A few points are scored due to execution errors but not the majority; most points have to be earned.
BB- A "BB" player knows where to be on the court at all times when plays are developing. He/she knows where to be when the opponent is hitting. All players understand rotational sequence, offensive concepts and defensive positions, but may be working to solidify those skills. At this level almost all of the hitters utilize the standard approach (footwork, arm swing, etc.). BB players are very good players, but not as consistent as "A" level players. A "BB" player knows how to run a 5-1, a 6-2, and needlessly, a 4-2.
A- An "A" player is somewhere between "BB" and "AA". They know all the skills extremely well but cannot always execute the super-high level plays extremely effectively all the time. "A" players can run combination plays in a basic way if passes are good. That includes slides, tandems, x's, crosses, and back-row hitting. They have a depth of knowledge of offensive and defensive game play and use advanced strategies to be successful. Blocking is virtually mandatory – there is no other way to defend the killer spikes. Indoors they almost always use a 5-1 or 6-2 offense (i.e., the setter is often a back row player, so that there may be three hitters in the front row).
AA- Consists of teams with a superior knowledge of the game and rules. Skill levels range from Experienced to Professionally Trained Athletes. All players understand rotational sequence, offensive concepts (i.e., 5-1, 6-2, etc.) and defensive positions and can apply them in competition. Game and player strategies are well understood (i.e., running offensive plays, identifying opponent weaknesses, reading opponents plays during volley, etc.) and the game is run at a high tempo. An adult AA team of players would be able to beat a college Division I team of their same sex at least some of the time.
Hitting/Setting Clinics at GW (Next clinic in April 2013): http://www.gwvolleyballcamps.com/index.html
Pat Powers Gold Medal volleyball http://www.vbclinics.com/store.asp
Open Gym’s/Places to work on Skills:
Arlington/Crystal City: http://www.meetup.com/dcsocialsports/
Plays every Sunday at 3:45 pm for 2 hours, costs $10.
VVC Plays Friday night from 7 pm to 11 pm , costs $10
Freedom Center plays Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 10 pm for $8 for non-members.