The purpose of this meetup group is to get experienced, intermediate (i.e., some A, mostly BB and B with rare C level players) co-ed volleyball players together to play competitive pick up volleyball (often 2's, 3's or 4's, but rarely 6's). This group is not intended for beginner / recreational players. The players should be at an intermediate/Proficiency Level (2-3)(thus the group name), so the play should be competitive (but not necessarily always at an "advanced" level). Please read the "About Us" page for more details. In short, you should have it very ingrained within you to do 3-hit (bump, set, spike) play, and should be pretty decent with most facets of such play (you don't need to be greatly skilled in every area though). What "ingrained" means is that the 3-hit play should be a habit for you. At the moment, we have a brief "join" process. When requesting to join, please fill out the short questionnaire with brief answers about your experience. Reference the below to help with ranking yourself and understanding if your skill level is what is expected for joining this group.
If player do join the group and are found to not meet expectations they will be removed from the group and be asked to work on your skills before returning.
This list of rankings is not meant to be a bible, or even totally complete. We have tried to give you a basic idea of what different rankings are available, and there associated skills.
PRO Specialty Areas (6) Proficiency Level (7-8) This player has a complete skill set and is earning an income playing professional beach volleyball.
"Open" Or "AAA" Specialty Areas (5-6) Proficiency Level (5-7) Those whose skills exceed even that of the "AA" players. The AAA player typically has had intensive training for national tournament competition at the collegiate and semi-professional levels and has obtained a regional and/or national ranking.
"AA" Specialty Areas (4-6) Proficiency Level (5-6) Any Player who consistently displays the advanced ability in most specialty areas along with top caliber development and execution of skills and who does not meet the criteria for any lower rating. This player has developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon. This player can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and hits dependable shots in a stress situation.
"A" Specialty Areas (3-5) Proficiency Level (4-6) Any player who consistently displays advanced ability in either offensive skills (spiking, serving, setting) or defensive skills (passing, digging, blocking) to compete as a specialist and has sufficient ability to execute the dynamics of power volleyball. Also, Player does not meet the guidelines for any higher rating. This player has begun to master the use of power and shots and is beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and is beginning to vary game plan according to opponents.
"BB" Specialty Areas (2-4) Proficiency Level (3-4) This player has achieved improved ball control, dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage, and is developing defensive strategy.
"B" Specialty Areas (1-2) Proficiency Level (2-3) Any experienced player who does not meet the guidelines for any of the other ratings. B players are quickly learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. This player may also sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.
"C" Or "Novice" Specialty Areas (0-1) Proficiency Level (0-2) Inexperienced or new players. This player has little or no experience with playing volleyball. He/she is still working primarily on getting the ball into play and needs on-court experience. This player has obvious weaknesses in controlling the ball.