What we're about

How Does it all work?

Pretty simple really: people with nets organize meetups (ask me if you want organizer status) and people who want to play sign up, once enough people sign up it's game on! It's all for fun so please contribute in whatever way you can, the more we all do the better it will be for everyone.

This meetup group usually plays for 2-3 hours per event and is free of charge. Teams change during most meetups so you get a chance to play with many players. Play is broken down into three levels: Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert. Games Follow the Volleyball of the Rockies (VOTR) outdoor rules for volleyball.

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What Should you Bring?

Everyone: Water, Sunscreen, Hat or Sunglasses, Snack

If you got it: Additional net, Additional Ball, Boombox, Lawnchair, Cooler, Food/Drink/Other to share! cool stuff i couldn't think of when writing this!

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Levels of play, Player level Designations

Intermediate (AKA VOTR divisions 5 and 6) Players Should be familiar with outdoor volleyball rules and should be able to bump, set, dink, and serve DECENTLY

Advanced (AKA VOTR divisions 3 and 4, AKA level B) Players should be VERY familiar with outdoor volleyball rules and should be able to bump, set, dink, serve, dig, block, and hit WELL

Expert (AKA VOTR divisions 3 and 2, AKA level BB) Players should be VERY familiar with outdoor volleyball rules and should be able to bump, set, dink, serve, dig, block, and hit VERY WELL

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To ensure a fun and positive atmosphere please following the “General rules of conduct”

Be respectful - Respect your fellow players by keeping your tone positive and your comments constructive. Respect the organizers who take the time to post, set-up and manage this group by showing up if you sign up and helping to set up and take down nets. also buy them beer, they love that

Do no harm – The locations we play in are public parks. Please remember to pick up after yourselves and to be respectful of others who are using the park.

Think before you speak - Not everyone is at the same level of play and pointing that out constantly makes for poor team work. Even the best players have a bad day. If you believe a player is too low level for the meetup which you are attending please bring it to the attention of the meetup organizer.

Judge Thyself - If you are too low level for a meetup, move yourself down a level, you'll have more fun, they'll have more fun. Same goes for too high level; don't just crush everybody, challenge yourself: move up.

Spread the love - Everyone plays equally, all positions, all passes. Do not favor a player or avoid a player. Players must rotate and play all positions.

Mix it up - Change teams between each game, i mean, unless it was close and you're totally gonna wreck them this time... in which case i guess one rematch is all you'll need to show them their win was a fluke

Play em fast - if ANY players are sitting/waiting play your games to lower numbers like 15 and 21, this will cause more games to happen and will lower sitting times

Sit your turn - If there are too many players, make sure you take your turn sitting, ensuring everyone plays an equal amount of the time

Call Your Own - If you perform a foul or fault; call yourself or your teammate, you are your own referee... do not call the other team unless it's obvious and blatant

Replay - Can't agree on in or out, foul or not, someone didn't know a rule? Replay the point. ball never lies ;)

HELP! - help setting up nets and taking them down, the faster it happens the more games you can play

No drama – This is pick up volleyball, if you can't be cool, you will be booted.

**If the organizers are fielding constant complaints about a player, he/she will be removed from the group.

Posting a recognizable picture of yourself will help us get to know you and recognize you as a regular.

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COMMON OUTDOOR RULE DIFFERENCES WITH INDOOR RULES

No Sets Over: you may not set the ball over the net

No Open Hand Tips: you may not single-handedly direct the ball with your fingertips, to "dink" you musk curl your fingers into a knuckle of fist, or use a flat body strike such as the back of your hand or palm

No First Ball Sets: you may not set the ball as your team's first touch unless a ball is spiked at you

No Blocking passes: you may not block a pass from one teammate to another unless the ball enters your team's airspace

No Blocking serves: you may not contact a served ball unless it is both in your airspace and at least some part of the ball has fallen below the top of the net

No Dirty Sets: Sets must be performed in one fluid motion (no carrying) and cannot rotate more than once before reaching their apex (no spinnies)

All Soccer Legal: anything legal as a hit in soccer/futbol is a legal hit: foot, leg, chest, shoulder, head, ect.

Thanks for reading; If you have any suggestions contact me.

Upcoming events (5+)

Saturday Intermediate and above volleyball at Washington Park

This is for Intermediate + players who know and can execute the basics of three touches per side. As opposed to recreational level play, outdoor rules are to be followed and players should be able to serve, pass and hit with some consistency. Emphasis is on fun and team play rather than high-stress overly competitive games. Sides are usually balanced for even teams with skill levels sometimes divided on each net. Please advise with your RSVP if you can bring a net. We'll then raise the RSVP limit.

UTC Saturday Recreational Pickup Grass Volleyball @ Washington Park

This drop-in will be hosted by Kevin or other Up the Creek organizers. They always have 10 or more players that show up each event. . This group usually has three touches per side athletic but not overly rule obsessed play. Emphasis is on fun and team play rather than high stress overly competitive games. Sides are usually balanced for even teams with skill levels sometimes divided on each net. No charge UTC Wash Park Pickup Volleyball -Saturday 1:30 PM You don't have to bring a team. Teams are made up randomly and change during the afternoon. This is NOT a league!!! Player levels range from beginner to expert on many days. Dandee Playing Conditions are in the forecast for Opening Day out on the Green Grass Knoll. So, get off the couch, take a break from the spring projects, dust off the Cobb Webs, and take a deep breath because here we go for our 25th consecutive year. Remember, if you don't use it, you lose it !!! Kevin will be bringing 2 UTC Nets and Balls at 1:15 PM. If somebody has a modern swanky net, please bring it as our 2nd net is the WW II Net. Also, if you have a modern swanky ball, please bring it as our balls look like they came from the bottom of the ocean. We meet in the middle of Wash Park ( rectangle ) just in from Downing & Kentucky Highly recommended items to bring are ball cap, suntan lotion, libations, bottled water, and snacks. Lets play V-Ball to celebrate Spring as temps will near 72 degrees this Sun with sunshine and low winds. Be prepared for an awesome Chamber of Commerce Scene. And as always "Long Live the Well" !!! Come play and join in with the Festive Wash Park Scene ( multiple nets for sure ) Lets continue on a roll with the V-Ball Fun !!! . Look for a black Spectrum net with yellow poles. Catch the V-Ball Fever !!! Round up a Buddy and stroll on in for the V-Ball fun and the awesome spring fever seen throughout Wash Park. Each week we get new Creekers show up so it is very interesting week to week. Some of the folks come to socialize and that is really cool. Some weeks, we get a variety of games in that entail 2's,3's,4's,5's,6's. Feel free to bring non-members, family, and friends. If you have a volleyball, please bring it so we have extra balls for practicing skills. Remember, this is 3 hit volleyball ( Bump, Set, Spike ) as oppose to Jungleball. We will train newcomers if they are not familiar with these skills. Our goal is to satisfy all ability levels and get all interested players who show up involved in the action. If the turnout is light, of course it is okay to mix all types of ability levels on the same net. Like last year we would like to continue multiple nets for different ability levels. With 3 nets, we should be able to accommodate all ability levels assuming the turnout is large enough and varied as such: . . Courtesy Rules: Call the score before each serve so that all players can hear. After each play is over roll the ball back to the server on the ground gently. If you interfere with the net by touching it with your body please say that you netted and the play will be dead and serve will go to the other team. Kicking the ball over the net is allowed as long as it is a soft attempt out of desperation. Net serves are only good when playing 4 X 4 or greater. . Thanks, Doo Dah Kevin

CO-ED 3s & 4s Grass V-ball at Observatory Park

Observatory Park

TThis meetup is for BB & B level players aka D2/D3 & D4/D5. No Recreation or new players allowed aka D6/D7/D8. We will set up multiple nets, one for higher Intermediate & others for Advanced. Higher Intermediate: Outdoor rules, reg court (9m x 9m), 4 players per side. Advanced: Outdoor rules, short court (8m x 8m), 3 players per side. Need a minimum of 7 to play in case of a no show. Every Monday and Wednesday until October.

UTC Wednesday Recreational Pickup Grass Volleyball @ Washington Park at 5pm

This drop-in will be hosted by Kevin or other Up the Creek organizers. They always have 10 or more players that show up each event. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3D1MNbFW9EaaI&ved=0ahUKEwi8tZ6iga3iAhUFsJ4KHezjDEMQo7QBCCgwAQ&usg=AOvVaw27TM8SWkmO0wDw-f5EmKku Notice in this video that the front center person usually takes the second touch of the ball and sets it to the person to the right or left. There is attempt to have three touches per side. . This group usually has three touches per side athletic but not overly rule obsessed play. Emphasis is on fun and team play rather than high stress overly competitive games. Sides are usually balanced for even teams with skill levels sometimes divided on each net if there is more than one net. No charge UTC Wash Park Pickup volleyball. . You don't have to bring a team. Teams are made up randomly and change during the afternoon. This is NOT a league!!! Player levels range from beginner to expert on many days. So, get off the couch, take a break from the spring projects, dust off the Cobb Webs, and take a deep breath because here we go for our 25th consecutive year. Remember, if you don't use it, you lose it !!! Kevin will be bringing 2 UTC Nets and Balls at 5 PM. If somebody has a modern swanky net, please bring it as our 2nd net is the WW II Net. Also, if you have a modern swanky ball, please bring it as our balls look like they came from the bottom of the ocean. We meet in the middle of Wash Park ( rectangle ) just in from Downing & Kentucky Highly recommended items to bring are ball cap, suntan lotion, libations, bottled water, and snacks. Come play and join in with the Festive Wash Park Scene ( multiple nets for sure ) Lets continue on a roll with the V-Ball Fun !!! . Catch the V-Ball Fever !!! Round up a Buddy and stroll on in for the V-Ball fun and the awesome spring fever seen throughout Wash Park. Each week we get new Creekers show up so it is very interesting week to week. Some of the folks come only to socialize and that is really cool. Some weeks, we get a variety of games in that entail 2's,3's,4's,5's,6's. Feel free to bring non-members, family, and friends. If you have a volleyball, please bring it so we have extra balls for practicing skills. Remember, this is 3 hit volleyball ( Bump, Set, Spike ) as oppose to Jungleball. We will train newcomers if they are not familiar with these skills. Our goal is to satisfy all ability levels and get all interested players who show up involved in the action. If the turnout is light, of course it is okay to mix all types of ability levels on the same net. Like last year we would like to continue multiple nets for different ability levels. With 3 nets, we should be able to accommodate all ability levels assuming the turnout is large enough and varied as such: . . Courtesy Rules: Call the score before each serve so that all players can hear. After each play is over roll the ball back to the server on the ground gently. If you interfere with the net by touching it with your body please say that you netted and the play will be dead and serve will go to the other team. Kicking the ball over the net is allowed as long as it is a soft attempt out of desperation. Net serves are only good when playing 4 X 4 or greater. . Thanks, Doo Dah Kevin

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