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Volleyball Skill Levels

What's Skill Level?

Playing at the skill level that fits you best not only gives you a better experience, but it makes for a better game overall.

We built our volleyball program with four major skill levels categories:
Recreational (C), Intermediate (B), Upper-Intermediate (B+), and Competitive (A).

Use this page to help you determine the best fit for you, then apply for approval for our higher levels if needed. Please allow up to 48 hours for approval.

-Just want to have fun! 
-do whatever necessary to get the ball over the net.
-still want to win, but have fun either way.
-know the general rules of the game but may not know the more technical rules.
-get about 50% of serves in play.

-Often try to use three hits, but frequently either they don’t try to or they don’t succeed to. Basic passing, setting and hitting skills inconsistent. Many sets are technically carries. Hitters do not utilize a true approach. Many points are “given” due to execution errors, i.e. shanks, bad passes etc.

-attempt to make three hits per side.
-have a setter, but most of the time the setter is setting from the middle position.
-attempt to block occasionally when a hitter is front of them.
-players play the position into which they rotate rather than assigned positions.
-have thorough knowledge of the rules.
-get about 75% of serves in play.

-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.

-perform all skills: BLOCKING, SETTING, PASSING, and HITTING. 
-know what 5-1, 6-2, and 4-2 offenses are. 
-know how to cover the court defensively during a serve and during a hit. 
-can pass a hit or serve to the setter frequently. 
-front row hitters are able to take an approach and hit the ball consistently. 
-know what covering a hitter means. 
-play with positions: outside hitter, middle hitter, right side hitter, setter and defensive specialist.
-setters can set a basic outside, middle, and right side ball with minimal spin. 
-get 90% of serves, or more, in play.

-Very good players, but not as consistent as A level players. Shorter players can compete if they have good skills. For 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).

Reserved for players who are highly competitive and only want to play with other highly competitive players.

Superb players. Highly athletic. Indoors they use complex offenses. Passing is stellar.

-perform all skills: BLOCKING, SETTING, PASSING, and HITTING. 
-know what 5-1, 6-2, and 4-2 offenses are. 
-know how to cover the court defensively during a serve and during a hit. 
-can pass a hit or serve to the setter frequently. 
-front row hitters are able to take an approach and hit the ball consistently. 
-know what covering a hitter means. 
-play with positions: outside hitter, middle hitter, right side hitter, setter and defensive specialist.
-setters can set a basic outside, middle, and right side ball with minimal spin. 
-get 90% of serves, or more, in play.

-most of the players are tall. 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).

Want to play at the Upper-Intermediate (B+) or Competitive (A) levels with us?

Fill out this quick form and we’ll follow up with you within 48 hours. Make sure you have an account created on our website so we can apply the permissions to your profile once approved. If you are declined at these higher levels, don’t give up! You may re-apply once a month if attempting to move up a level. 

How we determine qualifications:

If you have a friend who is already qualified for the B+ or A level with us, ask them first if they’d vouch for your skill level then include them as a reference below. We’ll reach out to them to confirm.

If you are confident one of our hosts will vouch for your skill level, you may include them in your submission. We’ll reach out to them to confirm.

Please note that we may require you to attend an Intermediate (B) level game to give you an in-person assessment.

If you played in college, please list the school, level, and year(s) played there. It may automatically qualify you for upper-intermediate.