Oudoor Division Handbook

Table of Contents


Vision & Mission Statement

Vision Statement

To promote participation in a quality program that provides a positive and safe athletic environment through a variety of developmental and competitive opportunities for junior of all ages, skill levels, and diverse groups.

Mission Statement

The Beach Division will create a diverse and varied system of competition. It will develop education and training programs for all players and participants. The Division will create non-discriminatory entry-level playing opportunities. It will create reciprocal relationships for inter-regional, national, intra-regional, and international competition. The Division will establish partnerships with related groups to promote beach volleyball.


Glossary of Terms


Term Definition
Bid A bid is an invitation to a team to play in the BNC. To use the bid, a team must meet all entry deadlines and other requirements set by both their USAV region and the USAV national office.
BNC Beach National Championships
BNQ Beach National Qualifier Event
BQM Beach Qualifier Manual
CAP The USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program (USAV-CAP) provides an opportunity for professional preparation and advancement for the volleyball coach. The curriculum addresses the essential topics for all coaching levels (from the volunteer to the internationally aspiring coach). All coaches wishing to become CAP certified must complete the prerequisite course of IMPACT.
Event Multiple tournaments or activities associated within the same title, sanction and host organization.
IMPACT (Increased Mastery and Professional Application of Coaching Theory) USA Volleyball currently has a minimum level coaching education requirement to coach a USAV Junior Volleyball program. Completion of a USAV IMPACT course or IMPACT clinic webinar meets this requirement. For more information, please refer to
JA Junior Assembly of USA Volleyball
League NCVA Beach League for Beach Club Team
NCVA Beach Open Championship The NCVA Beach Open Championships will determine the NCVA Region Champion for the NCVA Beach Season.
RVA Regional Volleyball Association.
SafeSport USOC formed organization. SafeSport seeks to create a healthy, supportive environment for all participants. Through education, resources, and training, SafeSport helps members of the sport community recognize, reduce, and respond to misconduct in sport.
Sanction Recognition and coverage of a given event, and/or tournament within an event, by either a Region of USAV or the National Office.
Seeding The order in which teams are ranked – to begin a tournament.
Tournament Competition of a specific group of teams (i.e. Girls’ 16 and Under Open Tournament) that could also be known as a “Championship.”
USAV USA Volleyball, the National Governing Body (NGB) for Volleyball.




Membership Registration

NCVA Membership

As of September 1st, all participants of the Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA) must renew their membership or become new members by using our online registration system Webpoint, located at

Tournament Registration

Club Director Requirements

  • MUST be a current NCVA member with the current background screen; before attending tryouts, practices or tournament events.
  • 18 years of age
  • IMPACT Certified
  • SafeSport Certified
  • Completed the Required Club Forms/Paperwork
  • Completed the NCVA/USAV Club Code of Ethics form.
  • Is responsible for making sure ALL members of the club have current NCVA memberships.

Head Coaches Requirements

  • MUST be a current NCVA member with the current background screen; before attending tryouts, practices or tournament events.
  • 18 years of age
  • IMPACT Certified
  • SafeSport Certified

Assistant Coaches and Minors Coaching

  • Anyone that would like to coach a junior team that is age 17 and under is allowed to be an assistant coach. All teams must have a head coach age 18 or older.
  • A head coach must be present at all times. An assistant coach is not allowed to coach by themselves at practice/tournaments, etc.
  • Any individual who is not yet 18 years old and who is in a non-player role affiliated with a junior club must be background screened immediately upon reaching 18 years of age. A 30-day grace period shall apply from the date of the 18th birthday in order to allow time for the background screening to be processed. During the 30-day grace period, the same restrictions apply to the individual and should be enforced as are in place for junior coaches regarding supervision by a qualified adult.


The NCVA Open Championships will provide the following amenities at each event:

  • Cold water for all participants
  • Athletes and coaches will be expected to continue in wind or rain that does not present a threat of danger to the participants. Under no circumstances will athletes be allowed to participate when lightning, tornados or other dangerous weather is present in the area. The following criteria will result in a postponed tournament:
    • Lightning: The Tournament Director must monitor the weather. When 30 seconds or fewer occur between seeing the lightning flash and hearing its associated thunder, all individuals should have left the athletics site and reached a safer structure or location. Before resuming athletics activities, 30 minutes must pass after both the last sound of thunder and the last flash of lightning. If lightning is seen without thunder being heard, it may be out of range and therefore less likely to be a significant threat (Source: Weather should be monitored at:
    • Wind: While all beach volleyball athletes must be prepared to contend with windy playing conditions, wind gusts of over 25 miles create a safety hazard at tournaments and equipment (poles, nets, etc.) may become unstable. When winds on the sand are measured at 25 mph or higher, the Tournament Director may postpone tournament activities or cancel the tournament entirely.
    • Heat: The Tournament Director is responsible for running a Wet Bulb Globe Test (WGBT) to assess the Heat Stress, a combination of temperature, relative humidity, and radiant heat, at the start of each tournament. The American College of Sports Medicine has produced guidelines regarding how an event should consider reacting to various weather conditions. The ACSM has purposely avoided creating a strict cancellation standard, stating that it does not want to handcuff an event director; rather it offers recommendations about the course of action that should be taken in various weather conditions. The temperatures in the ACSM guidelines are all WBGTs (wet bulb globe temperatures). The WBGT is an index that takes into account heat (dry bulb), humidity (wet bulb), and the ambient temperature (black bulb, which factors in additional variables such as reflected heat and wind). A WBGT thermometer can be purchased from a medical supply house for about $100.00.
    • Rain: The Tournament Director is responsible to monitor rain to cancel or postpone a tournament, rainfall must be significant and pose a threat to the athletes by creating excessive puddles and hard divots in the sand.

Tournament Information

Unless otherwise noted, all beach stops sanctioned by NCVA will utilize the following information:

  • All sets will use rally scoring with no cap.
  • Points are listed at NCVA Beach Volleyball Home Page.
  • The format of each pool play match will be determined by the number of teams in each pool.
  • After pool play, all teams will advance to playoff brackets.
  • After the deadline, teams entering late may be added on a first-come, first-serve, space-available basis.
  • No refunds. If notified 6 business days before the event, the credit of entry fees will be given, date of your choice.
  • The deadline to enter will be 9:00 AM, seven (7) days prior to the event. All registration is done online.
  • Parents are not allowed to coach, officiate or act in any role other than spectator.
  • Parents are encouraged to provide positive input and support, for all teams.
  • Only two (2) coaches per team are permitted.
  • Coaches may not coach during play. Coaches are permitted to give feedback during timeouts, during side switches, and in between sets.
  • Time-outs must be called by one (1) of the two (2) players, on either team, participating in the match.
  • All Tour stops will use the Molten Beach Volleyball (BV-5000 or BV-50003).

Age Waivers

  • Waivers may be offered by within their respective region for club divisions. Waivers may not be offered for bid awarding divisions. No age waivers will be allowed at the Championships.

Beach Clubs

  • Beach Clubs may enter teams into the NCVA Beach League, National Beach Tour Stops, NCVA Beach Tour Stops, and USAV Junior Beach Tour Stops.
  • Teams must be affiliated with a recognized NCVA Beach Club to participate in the NCVA Beach League.
  • Insurance will be provided to all sanctioned NCVA Beach Clubs in order to cover their practice sessions and obtain practice facilities.

USA Volleyball Junior Player Age Definition

For Use during the 2021 - 2022 Season Once a player participates (including but not limited to practicing, training, attending workouts and/or competing) in a club or varsity program for any university, college, community college, or junior college, he/she is ineligible to take part in any regional and national programming, which includes but is not limited to national JNC qualifying and championship events.


League Information

League Information

Non-League Tournaments

  • Non-League tournaments will be offered in the following age groups: 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, and 12 and under. All teams are eligible to play in Non-League tournaments.
  • The cost for these tournaments is $80.00 each.
  • The deadline to enter these tournaments will be 9:00 AM, seven (7) days prior to the event. You must register and pay online or by check to be entered the tournament.
  • After the deadline, teams entering late may be added on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.
  • Walk up teams entering late may be added on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.
  • No refunds. If notified 6 business days before the event, the credit of entry fees will be given, date of your choice.
  • After pool play, teams will advance to playoff brackets.
  • NCVA points will be given for Non-League tournaments.
  • Tournament formats may change from tournament to tournament due to the number of entries received.

NCVA Beach League for Beach Club Teams

  • Beach League tournaments will be offered in the following age groups: 18/17, 16/15, 14/13, and 12/11.
  • Points will be awarded to all teams participating in the Beach League.
  • The cost of the Beach League is $300.00 per team by the registration deadline or $350.00 per team after the deadline.
  • Beach Clubs will be awarded points for each team participating in the Beach League. The Beach Club with the best point average at the end of the season will be awarded one additional bid per age group to the NCVA Beach Championships.
  • To enter the entire league, and avoid late registration fees, you must complete all league registration requirements by the deadline, 5:00 PM, Friday, March 6, 2020. There are no refunds. In order for your Beach League registration to be complete, you must register online and submit payment either online or by submitting a check or credit card to the NCVA Office. Please also note there are required club forms to be submitted to the NCVA Office.
  • In order to accurately seed teams for the beginning of the season, the Beach League begins with a one (1) day Qualifier. Following the Qualifier, there will be three (3) League tournaments.
  • All Beach League tournaments are mandatory, which means that teams entering Beach League will play a total of four (4) mandatory days.
  • After entering the Beach League, teams will be automatically entered into all League dates, including the one (1) day Qualifier.
  • There are no refunds.
  • A team may choose to enter the Beach League after the Qualifier, but they will be entered at the lowest level and only if space is available, at the full Beach League cost.
  • Format will vary based on quantity of teams registered.
  • All teams will be divided into pools. Number of teams is subject to change. After pool play, all teams will advance to a playoff bracket(s). If bracket play cannot be completed by 6:00 PM, the tournament director may change the scoring method from a best two (2) out of three (3) sets to one (1) set to 28 points. The decision will be based on leaving the site by 6:00 PM per facility rules.
  • All teams will be ranked and given points according to their finish at each league date.
  • All Beach League Divisions will use the Molten Beach Volleyball (BV-5000 or BV-50003).
  • One (1) bid, per age group, to the NCVA Beach Championships will be awarded to the team with the highest point totals for the season.

Bids for this event will be awarded at the following events:

  • NCVA Beach League: bids to the NCVA Beach Championships will be awarded to the team(s) with the highest point totals for the season.
  • Three (3) bids will be awarded to the teams with the highest points, per age group.
  • There is not a trickle-down cap for these bids to be awarded.
  • Open At-Large
  • Teams that did not receive a bid may apply for the Open At-Large process in order to earn a bid to the NCVA Beach Championships.
  • To apply for an Open At-Large Bid, a team must submit a completed application by the deadline. Due to the required turn-around time, late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Open At-Large Bids will come from the following pools:
  • Bids that were not awarded at NCVA Tour Stops due to trickle down rules.
  • Bids that were not awarded through the NCVA Beach League.
  • Bids that will not be used due to team cancellations/drops.
  • Open At-Large Application Deadline: 5:00 PM, Tuesday, August 4, 2020.
  • Open At-Large Bids will be finalized by 5:00 PM, Friday, August 7, 2020.

Bid Acceptance Requirements

  • Teams are not required to accept an offered bid.
  • If a team accepts a bid and does not attend the NCVA Beach Championships, both players on the bid winning team will be ineligible to participate in the following season’s NCVA Beach Championships in the Open Division.
  • If one (1) of the two (2) players on the bid winning team is not able to participate in the NCVA Beach Championships, one (1) player may be substituted in order to allow the team to participate. No penalty will be applied for this substitution. Substitutions may be made up until 5:00 PM, Friday, August 7, 2020.

NCVA Beach Open Championships

  • The NCVA Beach Open Championships will determine the NCVA Region Champion for the NCVA Beach Season.
  • NCVA Beach Open Championships will offer the following age groups: 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, and 12/11. These divisions will be offered for both Junior Boys and Junior Girls.

Region Championship Seeding Procedure

  1. Teams will receive their Power League #3 points
  2. Each Division within an age group will be seeded by points.


Timed warm-ups (10 minutes total): Only the four (4) players share unlimited access to the entire court (Use good sportsmanship)

Start Times and Wave Assignments

7:00 AM Check-in Begins
7:30 AM Check-in Closes
7:40 AM Player Meeting Begins
7:50 AM Pools Sent to Courts and Warm-up Begins
8:00 AM Pool Play Begins


9:00 AM Check-in Begins
9:30 AM Check-in Closes
9:40 AM Player Meeting Begins
9:50 AM Pools Sent to Courts and Warm-up Begins
10:00 AM Pool Play Begins


11:00 AM Check-in Begins
11:30 AM Check-in Closes
11:40 AM Player Meeting Begins
11:50 AM Pools Sent to Courts and Warm-up Begins
12:00 PM Pool Play Begins


1:00 PM Check-in Begins
1:30 PM Check-in Closes
1:40 PM Player Meeting Begins
1:50 PM Pools Set to Courts and Warm-up Begins
2:00 PM Pool Play Begins

Procedure for Breaking Ties

It is recommended that two-way ties will be broken using game/match record, head-to-head, points against, coin toss in that order. Three-way ties will be broken using points against to break the three-way tie and then head-to-head to break the remaining two-way tie.

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  • If an explanation of an application or interpretation of a rule is not satisfactory to the game captain, he must immediately indicate his disagreement and file a protest prior to the authorization of the next service. If the disagreement with the referee’s explanation involves the last point of the set, the official protest must be recorded within the first 60 seconds of the timed interval between sets. (For 14-and-under competition, the coach may act instead of the captain.)
  • If the final point of the match is disputed, the protest must be recorded before the referees leave the playing area. (Protest is ruled upon by the appointed NCVA Protest Committee/Tournament Director either immediately or prior to the start of the next set).
  • It is advisable to have an assigned Protest Committee/Tournament Director available to rule upon a protest as soon as possible prior to the first service following the protest. Such action should preclude playing the match over from the point of protest if the protest is upheld.
  • Judgement calls are NOT protestable.

Protests considered by the first referee (Protest Committee or Tournament Director)

  1. Misinterpretation of a playing rule
  2. Failure of the first referee to apply the correct rule to a given situation
  3. Failure to charge the correct penalty-sanction for a given fault

Protest facts recorded on the score sheet

  1. Score of the set at the time of the protest
  2. Players and positions at the time of the protest
  3. Player substitutions and team substitutions made up to the protest
  4. Team time-outs taken up to the protest
  5. Situation that caused the protest
  6. Signatures of the scorer, captains and first referee, indicating the facts are correct

NCVA Beach League Point Structure

No Shows, Late Cancellations and Forfeits will all receive Last Place in their division and Last Place Points.

Finish Points Finish Points Finish Points Finish Points
1 250 13 237 25 224 37 211
2 248 14 235 26 222 38 209
3 247 15 234 27 221 39 208
4 246 16 233 28 220 40 207
5 245 17 232 29 219 41 206
6 244 18 231 30 218 42 205
7 243 19 230 31 217 43 204
8 242 20 229 32 216 44 203
9 241 21 228 33 215 45 202
10 240 22 227 34 214 46 201
11 239 23 226 35 213 47 200
12 238 24 225 36 212 48 199
League #1 Points in grid
League #2 Points in grid x 1.5
League #3 Points in grid x 2

Team Movement

  • The top three finishing teams in each League tournament (#1, #2, and #3) will move up one (1) division and the three (3) lowest finishing teams will move down one division.
  • For example, a Silver division team that finishes tenth, eleventh, or twelfth in a League tournament will move to the Bronze division for its next tournament. Likewise, a team finishing first, second, or third in the Bronze division will move to the Silver division.

Reviewing Points

The NCVA makes every attempt to post points 3-4 days after each event. Postings can be delayed due to computer malfunctions or when results by the tournament director are not submitted to the NCVA office in a timely manner.

This will need to be re-visited once we have the new Beach pages up.

To review league points:

  1. Go to the NCVA home page at
  2. Go to the Events tab, click on Beach Tournaments, then select Beach League
  3. Scroll down, click on the League Points bar.
  4. Click the appropriate age group link to view the points.

Coaches At Beach Events

  • The NCVA allows coaches, hired by either clubs or individual players, to attend all beach events.
  • Adults wishing to coach while at an NCVA event must declare their coaching status with the NCVA.
  • All coaches must be registered as a full member and pass the mandated background screening process, have a current SafeSport certification, and be IMPACT certified.
  • NCVA may issue each coach credentials that must be always worn, while coaching at an event.
    • If the credentials are lost or stolen, replacements must be requested.
    • Coaches will not be permitted to coach at events without the proper credentials available for tournament staff to verify.
  • Coaches must be knowledgeable in, and follow, all rules for NCVA beach events.


National Events

National Beach Events

USA Volleyball Beach National Qualifier (BNQ) – Northern California

  • USAV NBT stops will be offered in the following age groups: 18/17, 16/15, 14/13, and 12/11.
  • More information regarding registration and Beach National Qualifier rules can be found here:
  • All Beach Tour stops will use the Molten Beach Volleyball (BV-5000 or BV-50003).
  • Bids to the USAV National Beach Championships will be awarded to each age group at each National Beach Qualifier, based on finish.
  • Teams entered into an BNQ Stop will have the opportunity to win bids to attend the BNQ Open Championships.
  • All teams may enter the BNQ Club Championships, without earning a bid from a Tour Stop.
  • For more information on the BNQ:
  • All events are sanctioned by the respective RVA where the competition takes place and they offer the best insurance and safeguard protections available in the United States.
  • BNQ events are fully eligible for ranking. Points on
  • All teams participating in a BNQ should advance to bracket play.

Bids Awarded By a BNQ or Regional Qualifying Process

The Beach NC will give each event a certain number of bids to award to the top finishing teams in the Qualifying Division. The number of bids each event must award is pre-determined according to the number of teams entered in an age division on the event deadline or the date the event, whichever number is larger.

Max Number of Bids Awarded 1 2 3 4 5
Number of Teams in Field 1 - 4 5 - 8 9 - 12 13 - 16 17 - 20
Bid Trickle Down Limit 2nd 4th 6th 8th 10th

2020 Bid Tournament, Special Events, and Junior National Championships

USA Volleyball Beach Qualifier
Location: TBA
Date: TBA
14O, 15O, 16O, 17O, 18O
16U, 17U, 18U
Phone: (415) 550-7582
Fax: (415) 550-7762
Email: [email protected]
Register for this tournament online:

USA Volleyball Championships
Location: TBA
Date: TBA
Club: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Open: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
USA: 16, 17, 18

For complete information on USA Volleyball Championship events, check their website at
As a reminder, USA Volleyball may change some of their requirements from what is in this Handbook.



Beach Facilities

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College Of Marin
835 College Ave, Kentfield, CA 94904 Map

The following are strictly prohibited:

  • No food or glass containers on or around the courts
  • No alcohol or tobacco use
  • No gum or sunflower seeds
  • No spitting
  • No amplified music
  • No pets or animals
  • No climbing on or hitting or kicking balls into or running into fences
  • No fires or barbecues

A Few Reminders:

  1. The District is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  2. Parking permits are required, Monday through Saturday (except school holidays) even if class is not in session. Daily permits may be purchased for $4.00 in the ticket machines located in the parking lots. Park in marked spaces only. Do not park along the road or block vehicle access. Handicapped parking is enforced. FREE PARKING in parking lot 13 until 6:00 PM. Parking is free in parking lot 12 after 5:00 PM.
  3. All pop-up tents and signage needs to be taken down each day.
  4. All trash needs to be put in trash bins
  5. If you see abuse or need immediate attention call COM Police Department 415.485.9696

Main Beach Courts, Santa Cruz
400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Map

The following are strictly prohibited:

  • No food or glass containers on or around the courts
  • No alcohol or tobacco use
  • No gum or sunflower seeds
  • No spitting
  • No amplified music
  • No pets or animals
  • No climbing on or hitting or kicking balls into or running into fences
  • No fires or barbecues

West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA 95070 Map

The following are strictly prohibited:

  • No food or glass containers on or around the courts
  • No alcohol or tobacco use
  • No gum or sunflower seeds
  • No spitting
  • No amplified music
  • No pets or animals
  • No climbing on or hitting or kicking balls into or running into fences
  • No fires or barbecues




It is the responsibility of the club to ensure that all members of their club who participate at tournaments are fully paid and registered with USAV/NCVA.

  • Membership fees are non-refundable.
  • Memberships are not transferable from one player to another, or from one membership to another.
  • All adults affiliated with a junior club are required to be members and pass a background and complete SafeSport certification.

Membership Fees

As of September 1st, all participants playing in NCVA events must renew their membership or register as a new member.

Membership Type Fee
Individual Membership
Valid September 1st to August 31st
Non-refundable and non-transferable.
Must be paid online
($50.00 NCVA / $20.00 USAV)
Junior Coach Membership
Valid September 1st to August 31st
Non-refundable and non-transferable.
Must be paid online
($50.00 NCVA / $20.00 USAV)
Tryout Membership
Valid undefined
Summer Membership
(For clinics, camps and outdoor memberships)
Valid May 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021
One Event Membership
For Athletes playing in a single event.
Mandatory Yearly Adult Background Screening
(Club Director, Coach, Chaperone, or any affiliation with a Junior Club).
Must be paid online. Applicable for those over the age of 18.

Tournament and League Fees

Fees can be paid online or by submitting a payment to the NCVA Office.

Beach League
(Before Deadline) [Four (4) Tournament Days]
$230.00 per team
Beach League
(After Deadline) [Four (4) Tournament Days]
$350.00 per team
NCVA Non-League Event
(Before Deadline)
$80.00 per team
NCVA Non-League Event
(After Deadline)
$100.00 per team
Open Beach Championships
(Before Deadline)
$100.00 per team




The NCVA provides outstanding insurance coverage for our teams. At no charge to you, we will provide you with facility insurance coverage for all your practice sites. This form may be used by junior clubs or adult teams that would like to request a certificate(s) of insurance for a facility.

The facility is covered by the insurance company for all club practices and NCVA-sanctioned tournaments. To request insurance coverage, please complete the online Insurance Request form. For additional insurance information contact the NCVA.

Insurance, Medical and Incident Forms




Registration Checklist

For the sanctioned season, all individuals are required to complete their own registration and pay online within the SportsEngine system on the NCVA website. This must be done before attending a tryout, practice, event or tournament.

Registering as a Member

Prior to registering on SportsEngine for the season, please note the following:

  • Please use member’s legal name (Do not use Liz instead of Elizabeth or Bobby instead of Robert).
  • Once a registration is paid and accepted, it is non-refundable, non-transferable.

All Memberships are non-refundable, non-transferable.

Please review the list below to see if each form is required, or not.

Forms required to be submitted online to the NCVA Office:

What Letter of Commitment do we want to use here ... ? All three (Boys, Girls 18 and Girls U18?)

These forms do not need to be submitted to the NCVA Office, but Club Directors are required to keep a hard copy on file:

  • Letter of Commitment – must be submitted to NCVA upon request within 48 hours.
  • Medical Release Form (All coaches are required to have a copy with them at all NCVA/USAV events)
  • Approvded Age Waiver Form, if applicable


IMPACT and SafeSport

IMPACT and SafeSport


USA Volleyball SafeSport requires all participating coaches listed on the roster must be IMPACT and SafeSport Certified. The NCVA also recommends that parents and spectators complete SafeSport.

The primary IMPACT goal is to help all coaches understand and become well-skilled in the awesome responsibility and incredible opportunity they have to influence young people positively through the sport of volleyball. This course is an offshoot of the Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP), which is under the auspices of the USA Volleyball branch of Educational Programs and Services.


The NCVA would like to assist all coaches in becoming responsible and respectful coaches.

All 2021 - 2022 IMPACT and SafeSport classes will be completed online. Please visit the link below to sign up for the USA Volleyball ON-DEMAND courses.

We all have a role to play in providing a healthy setting for our sport. The SafeSport Program raises awareness about possible misconduct in our sport, promotes open dialogue and provides training and resources. When we work as a team, we can build a plan to make volleyball safe – for everyone.

USA Volleyball and NCVA are committed to fostering a fun, healthy and safe sport environment for all its members. We must recognize that the safety of minors lies with all those involved in the sport and is not the sole responsibility of any one person at the club, regional or national level.

We all have a role to play in providing a healthy setting for our sport. The USA Volleyball SafeSport Program raises awareness about possible misconduct in our sport, promotes open dialogue and provides training and resources. When we work as a team, we can build a plan to make volleyball safe – for everyone.

USA Volleyball members should use the policies, guidelines, best practices, strategies and tools available to implement SafeSport practices at the local level. Together we can provide a safe environment for all members to enjoy the sport of volleyball.

Starting September 1st, the below courses will be available in the USAV Clinics to register for the upcoming season.

  • 2021 - 2022 [Core Center for SafeSport Training]
  • 2021 - 2022 Center for SafeSport Refresher 1 Training

Who is required to take the Core Center for SafeSport Training?

  • Any new member who falls into the category of the required training.
  • Any member who took the USOC previous version of the SafeSport training on the Team USA Prep site.
  • Any junior member turning 18 during the season.  Parents can fill out the consent for their 17 year old to take the Core training prior to the athlete turning 18 if they choose by following this link Parental Consent.  If the parent chooses to have their child take the training when they turn 18, the athlete will need to register themselves and complete the training as soon as possible to avoid any disruption in play.

Who is required to take the Refresher?

Any member who has taken the Core Center for SafeSport training with an expiration of 08/31/2022.  You must have completed the Core Training to be eligible for the refresher 1 training.




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Teams will be responsible for providing the first referee and scorekeeper. If a tournament does not have paid certified officials, the teams must officiate the matches.

Significant playing rules changes 2020-2022

This information can be found on the NCVA website.

NCVA Beach Rules


  • Net 28’ long. Height at center: Women 7’ 41/8” and Men 7’ 115/8”. Antennae required.
  • Court 26’3” x 52’6” square to 37’ 1” short diagonal. Lines 2” wide are inside the court.
  • Ball: Molten BV5000-3

Teams and Uniforms

  • Two Players with no substitutes. Only the team Captain may interact with the referees, to request timeout or explanation of rule.
  • Uniforms are required, as per event requirements.
    • Shorts with tops are typical requirements.
    • Legal uniform numbers are 1 or 2, in traditional beach doubles.
    • When uniforms are required, they should be worn from the coin toss onwards. Numbers should be visible.
    • Cold weather gear (sweats suits, Lycra undergarments etc.) may be allowed (guideline temperature: “below 60 degrees”)

Spirit of the Game

  • Teams play without outside intervention or assistance of any type.
    • Spectators, including parents, are encouraged to cheer, only. No external assistance is allowed.
    • Coaches, when present, may cheer the exceptional play, but may only instruct during timeouts, court-switches, and between sets.


  • Coaches may participate in drills only prior to the official warm-up. This generally begins ten minutes prior to play
  • During the official warm-up, coaches may instruct from the sideline.
  • During play, they observe from the player area.
  • Instruction may only take place during timeouts, between sets, and (non-disruptively) during side-changes.
  • Coaches may call timeouts for their team.
  • Coaches may not influence or question the official’s judgment at any time.
  • Number of Coaches allowed: USAV: A coach and no more than one (1) assistant coach.

Match Format

  • Timed warm-ups – ten (10) minutes: Only the four (4) players share unlimited access to the entire court (Use good sportsmanship)
  • USAV: three (3) min on court, coin toss at -7, then “5 minutes” formal warm-up.
  • At coin toss the winning captain chooses serve, receive or side A/B
  • The opponent chooses among the remaining options, and both teams state their serving order.

During the Set

  • All matches should utilize the etiquette of pre-match and post-match hand-shakes at the net.
  • Officials identify the correct server and actively prevent wrong-server faults.
  • Service Order: Players alternate terms of service.
  • Position Faults: Players (other than server) must be on court at moment of service (no other requirement).
  • Screening: Serving team may not impede the receiving teams’ view of the server AND the flight of the ball.
    • In the spirit of fair play, players should use hand signals and opponents should adjust position, without delay.
  • Delay: The routine time between rallies should be 12 to 15 seconds.
    • Extra time (a little) may be allowed after long rallies, in locations without banners, or ball-retrievers.
    • Violations result in Delay Warning, with subsequent occurrences leading to Delay Penalty.
  • Referees should use a full “Signal Sequence:” Whistle, award rally, and show nature of fault (as indoor).
  • After seven (7) points of play, indicate that teams should switch sides. This is not a timeout. Teams do not go to their benches.
    • Coaches may offer brief instruction during the court switch, but must not delay the match.
  • Each team may call one timeout per set. Total duration of all timeouts is 60 seconds.
    • 15 seconds to move to player areas, 30 second Time Out, (whistle at 45 seconds), 15 seconds to return to play.
  • A “technical timeout” (TTO) after the 21st point of sets one (1) and two (2) is suggested in most formats. USAV JBT does not utilize TTO.
    • There is not a TTO in a deciding (3rd) set.
  • The interval between sets is one (1) minute.
    • During that interval, a referee offers “first choice for the second set” to the team that lost the first coin-toss.
    • Then the other team makes the remaining choice, and both teams declare their service order.
  • If there is a deciding (3rd) set, the 1st referee should conduct another coin toss, and offer these same choices.
    • Deciding sets: Play to 15, win by two. Switch sides on 5’s. There is not a TTO in the (3rd) set.
  • At the end of the match protocol, all players meet near the ref stand to shake hands with officials and each other.
  • Disputes:
    • The Captain may occasionally approach the referee to request an explanation of a call (not judgment related).
    • The referee(s) must offer an explanation based upon the Rules.
    • Officials should be approachable, but should maintain steady match flow, without prolonged discussion.
    • The Captain has the right to protest rules misinterpretations/misapplications, but not judgment calls or sanctions.
  • Warnings and Sanctions
    • Delays are sanctioned by showing a Card On Wrist: Yellow = warning, Red=Penalty and loss of rally
      • Delay sanctions remain in effect throughout the MATCH.
      • Multiple Delay Penalties may be assessed within a match when any player from the same team delays the game.
  • Minor Misconduct by any player should be managed through verbal warning(s).
    • The next incident in the match by any player of the same team should result in a Formal Warning (Yellow Card).
  • Subsequent minor misconduct during the match by any player on that team must be sanctioned by Penalty (Red Card).
  • Rude Conduct is sanctioned (1st instance) by Penalty (Red Card). Maximum two Penalties per player per set.
  • Expulsion or disqualification of players rarely occurs, but would result in loss of set or match, respectively.
  • Coaches are subject to individual sanction as listed below; those sanctions apply throughout the match

Playing Actions and Faults

  • Blocks
    • The block contact counts as first team contact; either player of the blocking team may make the 2nd team contact.
    • Block contact can lead to “four hits” calls against the blockers’ team.
    • Blocked balls may rebound in any direction, but “catch and throw” action should be judged as a “Caught ball.”
    • “Joust” between opponents is legal. Any player may make next play as their 1st contact.
  • Tips
    • “Open hand tipping” is illegal. (use “illegal attack” signal)
    • Knuckles may be used to “poke” the ball, provided that it rebounds (is not caught or thrown).
    • Finger tips may be used to “poke” the ball only if the fingers are “rigid and together
  • Plane of Net
    • Players must initiate contact with the ball within their own playing space (follow-through after contact is legal).
    • Blockers may contact the ball in the opponent’s space after the attack hit or if opponents are unable to play the ball.
  • Ball under the net
    • Players may contact any part of the ball until it has passed completely through the plane below the net.
    • Simultaneous Contact by teammates:
    • If teammates touch the ball simultaneously it counts as two (2) team contacts. Either player may make the 3rd contact.
  • Net Contact
    • It is a fault to contact any part of the net between (and including) the antennas, during the action of playing the ball.
  • Centerline encroachment
    • There is no centerline. Players may contact any part of the opponents’ court as long as they do not interfere.


A player who interferes with the opponents’ ability to make a fair play must be called for the fault.

  • Point to the court, under the net, with your index finger, and say “interference.” (this will generally require explanation)
  • Interference is a fault that results in a point, not a replay.
  • Note that this is sometimes a delayed call. (the referee must wait to see if the opponents are truly hampered in their next action)
  • Incidental contact between opponents does not constitute interference, (bump knees, step briefly on toes, etc).
  • Interference can occur without physical contact. (ex: fallen player under net prevents defender covering short).


o Is legal in beach volleyball. o First ball must pass over or outside an antenna. o A player may pursue under the net… even through your opponents’ court! o The ball must be played back over or outside the same antenna. o Third contact must send the ball legally through the crossing space (between the antennas). o Opponents may not interfere with legal pursuit (the key to this call is whether the ball passes “outside” the antennas).

Ball Marks

  • The ball is “in” if it physically touches the line.
  • The first referee (not the players) may occasionally opt to review a ball mark, if they feel it is necessary.
  • A ball that contacts the line or inside the line is “in” (lines moved during the play should be replaced to judge result).
  • Smooth sand and well-tended lines are critical to accurate lines-calls!

Hand Setting

  • There are two (2) ball-contact faults to consider: “Catch Balls” (Held) and “Double Contacts.”
  • Sets that visibly move down then up, or visibly pause, are “held-ball” faults.
  • Similarly, contacts that visibly re-direct the ball are also judged as “catch ball” contacts.
  • Clearly distinct and separate contacts of the ball constitute a “double-hit.”
  • Spin is not a fault… but spin may be an indication that a fault has occurred.


  • It is legal to momentarily catch (hold) or double contact a “hard driven” ball.
  • Underhand defense utilizing finger action, both palms facing upward, is prohibited.
  • It is legal for any first contact to strike two (2) or more parts of a defenders’ body during a single action to play the ball.
  • Double-contact during first team contact without finger action is NOT a fault. (includes serve-receive)
  • First-team-contact with finger action MAY be called for double-contact …
    • Exception: …unless the double-contact was in defense of a “hard–driven attack”.
    • In judging an attack as “hard-driven,” the referee must consider the following:
      1. Was the player’s action “reactive” (double allowed) or as an “intentional handset” (not allowed).
      2. Speed and trajectory of the ball.
      3. Distance between attacker and defender.

Serve Receive

  • Served balls are (by rule) “not an attack hit”.
  • It is legal to receive serve “open-handed with finger action,” but strict hand-setting judgment must be applied to the contact.
  • It is also legal to use techniques such as clenched fist(s), or the heels of the hands.
    • This is legal whether the hands/fists are together or apart.
    • Remember that if finger-action is used, then the contact must be judged as you would judge a set.

Outdoor Safety

  • Stay hydrated.
  • Use sunscreen, as well as clothing and headgear that protects from sun exposure.

Be prepared for cold or wet weather as well as for heat and sun!


Codes of Conduct

Codes of Conduct

All attendees are required to abide by the following codes of conduct and behavior. Violations of these codes may include removal from the event in addition to potential penalties against the team you are affiliated with including, but not limited to removing the team from the event and awarding last place points.

USAV Code of Conduct

The USAV Member Code of Conduct is provided as a downloadable PDF.

NCVA Spectator/Parent Code of Conduct

All persons entering this USA Volleyball / NCVA event understand and agree to the following Code of Conduct as a condition of attendance:


  1. I WILL abide by the official rules of USA Volleyball.
  2. I WILL display good sportsmanship at all times.
  3. I WILL educate myself on the unique rules of this facility and abide by them.
  4. I WILL generate goodwill by being polite and respectful to those around me at this event.
  5. I WILL immediately notify the Event Director and/or Program Administrator in the event that I witness any illegal activity.
  6. I WILL acknowledge that the spectator seating around the courts is for the primary use of those watching the match in progress.
  7. I WILL acknowledge that spectators may rightfully choose to remain in a seat for an entire match without switching sides of the court when the teams switch.


  1. I WILL NOT harass or intimidate the officials, including line judges and scorers.
  2. I WILL NOT participate in any game or game-like activities unless I have a current membership with USA Volleyball.
  3. I WILL NOT bring and/or carry any firearms at any USA Volleyball event.
  4. I WILL NOT use tobacco products, e-cigarettes, marijuana, or illegal drugs on the premises.
  5. I WILL NOT bring, purchase, or consume alcohol at any Youth/Junior volleyball event.

NCVA Code of Behavior

The following is not a complete list of behavior codes, but it gives a starting point in considering what proper behavior at a volleyball event is for spectators.

  • Remain in the spectator area during matches.
  • Do not make derogatory comments to coaches, officials, tournament directors or players of either team.
  • Do not drink alcohol at tournaments or come to a tournament having consumed alcohol.
  • Respect the integrity and judgment of the officials without taunting or approaching them at any time.
  • Be in control of your emotions.
  • Respect the rights of others and treat the visiting team and their spectators courteously.
  • Abide by all applicable federal, state, and local laws while attending any match.
  • Cheer positively for your team, using socially acceptable language.
  • Follow the rules of the event
  • Follow the rules of the facility, such as NO FOOD IN GYM, no beach chairs, etc.
  • Use litter receptacles to properly dispose of trash.
  • Use only designated smoking areas that are clearly posted. – (No smoking or vaping unless in a designated area).
  • Stay in the assigned spectator area.
  • Applaud good performances by both teams. Excessive noise during such as pounding on bleachers or use of artificial noise makers is not permitted.
  • Discourage all forms of violent behavior.
  • Direct all questions at an event to the Head Coach or Club Director for your team/club as opposed to contacting the Tournament Director directly.
  • Do not directly contact any event site or venue used by NCVA. If you have questions about the venue, contact the NCVA.
  • Do not advise the coach on how to coach.
  • Do not try to coach your child during the match.
  • Cheer for your child’s team.
  • Show interest, enthusiasm, and support for your child.
  • Help when asked by coaches or officials.
  • Thank coaches, officials, tournament directors, and other volunteers who conducted the event.
  • Know the rules.
  • Avoid conduct that is inappropriate as determined by comparison to normally accepted behavior.
  • Physical or verbal intimidation of any individual is unacceptable.
  • Understand that there are consequences for your behavior that may include removal from the event in addition to potential penalties against the team you are affiliated with including, but not limited to removing the team from the event and awarding last place points.

The NCVA is committed to creating and upholding traditions of excellence through volleyball by focusing on responsibility and accountability. Everyone involved in the sport of volleyball will fit into at least one of the following categories.

Athlete & Parent Codes of Behavior

As an athlete, I:

  • will participate in volleyball free of alcohol and drugs
  • will use positive verbal and physical behavior, controlling my temper and aggression
  • will give true information concerning another individual’s involvement in or knowledge of an incident relevant to a violation of the rules
  • will play by the rules of volleyball
  • will display fair play by treating all those involved in the match with dignity and respect
  • will treat others as I would like to be treated
  • will work hard and honestly to improve performance and participation
  • will maintain a positive image of myself by participating for enjoyment
  • will respect the decisions of officials and tournament directors
  • will respect the Officials
  • will respect all NCVA and Event staff members
  • will not use my cellphone, or accessories such as headphones while my team is playing or officiating Parent Code of Behavior

As a parent, I:

  • will be positive in attitude toward volleyball and emphasize the cooperative nature of the sport
  • will encourage hard work and honest effort that will lead to improved performance and participation
  • will encourage and respect referees and officials and their integrity
  • will encourage athletes to participate for their own enjoyment
  • will be supportive of all attempts to remove verbal and physical abuse from organized volleyball activities, including the use of inappropriate language
  • will stay away from the playing area during the match
  • will applaud fair play during matches
  • will respect the decisions of officials and tournament directors
  • will respect the Officials
  • will not go to the tournament director for any calls made by the official
  • will respect all NCVA and Event staff members

Spectator Code of Behavior

As a spectator, I:

  • will respect the rights of others and treat the visiting team and their spectators courteously
  • will abide by all applicable federal, state, and local laws while attending any match
  • will cheer positively for my team, using socially acceptable language
  • will respect the integrity and judgment of the officials without taunting or approaching them between sets or at the end of the match
  • will only use designated smoking areas that are clearly posted. – (No smoking or vaping unless in a designated area).
  • will use litter receptacles to properly dispose of trash
  • will applaud good performances by both teams
  • will discourage all forms of violent behavior
  • will respect the decisions of officials and tournament directors

Club Director Code of Behavior

As a club director, I:

  • will insist that coaches conduct themselves in a professional manner
  • will provide equal opportunities and equal access for everyone to participate
  • will insist that unruly fans be removed from the premises
  • will follow the rules and regulations of USAV/NCVA to ensure that the association’s philosophy and objectives are enhanced
  • will develop programs that encompass fairness to the participants and promote fair play
  • will positively promote and publicize volleyball
  • will hire positive role models for athletes
  • will assist in the provision of appropriate first aid and injury treatment of athletes
  • will inform all parents participating with my club that all questions at any tournament should be addressed by contacting the Head Coach or Club Director and not the Tournament Director directly.
  • will make sure that all players, coaches, and parents are aware that there is not celebratory handshakes or high fives, due to current risk of COVID-19

Officials Code of Behavior

As an official, I:

  • will maintain a dignified appearance at all times
  • will display impartial, consistent and courteous officiating behavior
  • will display quiet efficiency in the performance of officiating duties
  • will enforce rule modifications for those with special needs
  • will work with other officiating personnel as an officiating team
  • will accept officiating feedback positively
  • will speak to a Tournament Director in case of an emergency that requires me to leave
  • will remain off my electronic devices and headphones while officiating


Due Process

Due Process

The NCVA’s Due Process Procedure is available as a downloadable PDF.


Social Media and Travel Policy

Social Media and Travel Policy

Travel Policy

USA Volleyball Junior Clubs are required to implement a team travel policy. The following link will assist clubs in developing their own policy. If a Club chooses not to, or is unable to, create a written travel policy, the following model policy will become the default policy for that club.

USAV Sample Travel Policy

Social Media and Electronic Communication Policy

USA Volleyball junior clubs are required to implement an electronic communication policy. The policy must be reviewed with and agreed to by all athletes, parents, coaches, and other adults affiliated with the Club. The following link is a model to assist clubs in developing their own policy. If a Club chooses not to, or is unable to, create a written electronic communication policy, the following model policy will become the default electronic communication policy for that club.

USAV Sample Social Media Policy




The communication in the NCVA undefined Division is as follows, as requested by NCVA Club Directors:

Players and Parents → Coaches → Club Director → NCVA Office

All NCVA members: When registering online with NCVA, even though it is not a required field, please be sure to provide a phone number and your email address.

NCVA Office

For continuity, the NCVA Office will communicate with a Club Director or Representative listed under the club console.

Communications will be made in the same manner to all clubs, with no individual club or group of clubs receiving privileged information from the NCVA office or any tournament personnel.

In an effort to provide better service, please contact your Club Director/Coach before calling the NCVA.

Club Director

  • Each club will have only one (1) Club Director or Representative.
  • This Club Director will be the only person in the club who may contact the NCVA Office on matters involving the undefined Division.
  • The Club Director or Representative must be a member of the NCVA, pass a background check and be SafeSport certified.
  • Any change of Club Director must notify the NCVA Office in writing by emailing [email protected]


Coaches are recommended to contact their Club Director for all junior information.

If a coach cannot receive appropriate information from the Club Director and the information is not on the NCVA Website, the coach should contact the NCVA Office.

Players and Parents

Players and their parents should contact their Coach or Club Director for all undefined Division information. Based on the contract between NCVA and all Club Directors, it is their responsibility to provide you with all required and necessary information. However, if a player/parent cannot receive appropriate information from the Club Director/Coach, the information should be found on the NCVA website. If a parent needs to contact NCVA, please do so via email and include as much detail as possible. You must include the parent’s full name, club name and team affiliation information in order to receive a response. If this information is omitted, you will not receive a response. Emails from parents are responded to on a first-come, first-served basis, usually within three (3) to five (5) business days.

Filing Complaints

The NCVA is willing to investigate complaints that are lodged against various personnel such as club directors, coaches, officials, tournament directors, NCVA staff, or parents, but only if a complaint falls under the jurisdiction of the NCVA. If a complaint does not fall under the NCVA’s jurisdiction, the region cannot act against the person because the NCVA does not have the authority to govern the acts that brought on the complaint. To file a complaint, please view the information below.

Examples of Jurisdiction

Situation Who has Jurisdiction
Player not receiving enough playing time. Coach or Club Director
Parents charged too much money by the club. Club Director
The team enters tournaments requiring travel. Coach or Club Director
Poor officiating or incompetent tournament director
(Must be reported by Club Director)
NCVA – Use the links provided.
Falsifying age identification. NCVA
Violation of NCVA policies. NCVA
Inappropriate behavior toward a minor. NCVA and Club Director
Illegal rosters. NCVA and Club Director
A coach who is found cheating. NCVA and Club Director
Abusive coaching / SafeSport violations NCVA and The Center for SafeSport

NCVA Contact Information

Contact info for the NCVA and its staff can be found on the NCVA website

Telephone Number: (415) 550-7582
Fax Number: (415) 550-7762
Email Address: [email protected]
Website Address:
Address: 5621 Skylane Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403


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