What we're about

This is Peter's group and By Invitation Only.

BIO is for intermediate to advanced level outdoor beach doubles volleyball players. To ensure consistent and competitive play, membership in this group is at the discretion of the organizer. If you are interested in joining BIO, submit your application and answer all the questions.

There is an annual membership fee. Check out the Membership Dues (http://www.meetup.com/BIO-Beach-Volleyball/pages/Annual_Membership_Dues/) page for additional information.

Goals of the group:

Consistency. Members are all of similar intermediate to advanced skill level.

Reliability. Event policies make events predictable.

Maximize Court Time. We limit attendance to maximize court time.

Compete. Regular King of the Beach tournaments and annual member rankings.

Improve. We occasionally schedule skills practices.

Beach Doubles. We play this format almost exclusively.

Small group of regular players. Inactive members are regularly purged from the group.

Play outdoor year-round! Winter Warriors Welcome! Thanks to our North Carolina climate, hardcore BIO members play year-round down to temperatures as low as 45 degrees. Sand Socks are recommended. :-)

Should I join this group?

Are you a solid intermediate-level volleyball player right now, today?

Are you comfortable and competitive playing Beach Doubles?

Can you commit to playing with BIO at least once per month?

Can you play by the rules on the ' Rules (http://www.meetup.com/BIO-Beach-Volleyball/pages/Rules/)' page?

Will you reliably show up on time and stay for a minimum of two hours per event?

Will you treat all BIO-organisms equally and play with or against them respectfully and with good sportsmanship?

If you can answer yes to the above questions, then this group is for you!

Courtesy Rules

Most of us play with other groups and friends outside of BIO. Unfortunately, every weeknight and weekend has the potential to be over-crowded. BIO's organizers go to great pains to avoid court congestion and to provide all our members the maximum opportunities to play. When you plan to play with others at the same venue and time as a BIO event, please give one of BIO's organizers a heads up. BIO's calendar is private. Feel free to use it to avoid scheduling conflicting events, but please do not use it for any other purpose.

General Guidelines
All of the rules and policies below are general guidelines and can be changed by Organizers. These rules are based on a few unspoken rules and goals of the group. All BIO participants are strongly encouraged to actively participate in BIO meetups and discussions. This gives us the opportunity to communicate play times and organize other volleyball activities.

BIO Policies

While constructive suggestions are always welcome, there will be zero tolerance of members abusing the organizers, complaining, gossiping, etc. The organizers will remove disruptive or problem members from the group at their sole discretion.

BIO (By Invitation Only) Volleyball means that we are not an open play group. When we’re playing, please do not invite other folks to walk-on without first checking with the event host. However, current BIO members are encouraged to invite and RSVP guests of a similar skill level to join them at one of our events. If you invite a guest, it is your responsibility to ensure that they show up on time and follow all event policies.

Court behavior, dress and language must be respectful of all participants and spectators. Remember that our behavior is at times being closely watched by visitors to the parks where we play. Let's show outsiders the true spirit of the sport and model sportsmanship and goodwill at all times.

We play volleyball because we love the sport. We love volleyball because it's fun. Therefore, Volleyball is a fun sport. Let's keep it that way.

Although BIO seeks solid intermediate-level players, we all play at different levels and have different strengths and weaknesses. Be patient and helpful to all players. Remember that each of us started playing somewhere and we were not as proficient at the sport as we are today. Give back to the sport you love by teaching and helping others improve their game. That said, a minimum level of proficiency is expected of all BIO members and guests.

Format
The most popular team configuration is Beach Doubles. King of the Court is a good alternative to having teams sit out entire games.

Other Information
We play at a variety of locations around the Triangle, but we're not an association of any sort so of course we have no affiliation with the park systems. We get together in public parks to play volleyball.

Play at your own risk! We're not a team or a league or an organization of any sort and we don't have insurance, or a reserved spot for us to play. We're getting together for potentially competitive volleyball and assume no liability for anything. By joining this meetup, or continuing as a member of this meetup, you agree to hold the organizers harmless for any injuries, or liabilities of any kind.

Children under the age of 18 and pets are welcome IF they are well behaved and do not interrupt play too frequently. However, neither will be allowed to play. No 'Air Bud' here. The same applies to cell phones and pagers.

Have a question? Maybe a suggestion? Please feel free to email the organizers.

Please refer to the ' Rules (http://www.meetup.com/BIO-Beach-Volleyball/pages/Rules/)' page for the rules that we play by.

Please refer to the Membership Dues (http://www.meetup.com/BIO-Beach-Volleyball/pages/Annual_Membership_Dues/) page for additional information.

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