Beach Volleyball vs Indoor Volleyball – What’s The Difference?

May 14th, 2020 by

There are many differences between beach volleyball vs indoor volleyball. The main difference is obviously the court which the game is played on. At Niagara Sport & Social our main indoor court volleyball facility has excellent volleyball sport specific volleyball courts and top of the line equipment including nets, ref stands, antennae, and balls. Indoor volleyball games are played in a gym with high ceilings. The building is heated which makes it perfect for playing in the colder months! Our beach leagues are all played on well maintained courts and provide high quality equipment. Another huge difference is the elements; in beach volleyball the sun, wind, and even rain can impact the game, unlike indoor volleyball where the conditions are controlled and consistent.

Court sizes differ between beach volleyball vs indoor volleyball, these rules may also vary per league. For example our indoor volleyball leagues and indoor volleyball tournaments are all played on a standard 9m x 9m court. Our beach volleyball leagues and beach volleyball tournament’s court size depends on the competition level. Courts are 8m x 8m for Competitive 2’s and competitive 4’s and 9m x 9m for intermediate 5’s and recreational 6’s.

For rules this again depends on the league, but in traditional beach volleyball a block touch counts as one of your contacts leaving you with only 2 more contacts to get the ball back over the net. In indoor a block touch does not count as one of your team’s contacts and you have 3 touches remaining to get the ball back over the net. Our leagues, games that are 4 or more players are played with indoor rules. For example in this block situation this rule would mean a block touch still leaves your team with 3 contacts. Our competitive 2’s league uses the traditional beach rule that a block touch counts as one of your contacts. Scoring- Indoor games are played to 25 points while beach volleyball games are played to 21 points. Both offer a tie breaker set that goes to 15 points.

If you are looking for indoor volleyball near me, beach volleyball near me, Niagara volleyball leagues, any rec sports in Niagara, or just volleyball near me, then look no further than Niagara Sport & Social. We offer indoor volleyball leagues as well as beach volleyball leagues in Niagara. Check out our registration page and reach out if you have any more questions about our Niagara volleyball leagues, or any other rec sports leagues in Niagara.

Beach Volleyball vs Indoor Volleyball

Beach Volleyball Leagues Near Me

March 30th, 2020 by

Beach Volleyball Leagues Near Me?
Yes!  We have lots of beach volleyball leagues near you if you live anywhere in Niagara Region!

What are our Beach Volleyball Leagues all about?
In short, our beach volleyball leagues are about having fun, meeting new people, making friends, and being active. Sounds like a good time to us! However, it is so much more than that. Registering for a league helps you keep a slot open each week to make sure that you are being active and spending time with your friends. This is a great way to not only keep you healthy physically, but mentally as well!

Where are leagues played?
We have 3 beach locations to choose from:
Lakeside Park – Port Dalhousie – St. Catharines
Chippawa Park – Welland
Downtown – St. Catharines
What levels are there to choose from in your beach volleyball leagues?
We offer:
Coed recreational 6’s – Which is your standard 6-vs-6 game
Coed Intermediate 5’s – A faster paced which requires a bit more movement and skills 5-vs-5 game
Coed Competitive 4’s – Lots of action in this well skilled 4-vs-4 game
Men’s, Women’s and Coed Competitive 2’s – Same style of game you see on t.v. while watching the olympics beach volleyball game of 2-vs-2.
How long are games? 
Time slots for volleyball games are an hour and 10 minutes. Games are all best three out of five, the first 4 sets being played  to 21 points, and the 5th set is played to 15. A game must be won by 2 points, and there is no cap.
Do we keep track of our own score?
Nope! we have referees who ref the volleyball game and keep the score, scores will be submitted to the managers and updated to the website for teams to be able to see their record.
How do I know what level to register for?
Here are our recommendations:
-If you haven’t played volleyball past the elementary school level we recommend starting at the recreational level.  It’s meant to be fun and social, play is simple and basic.  A lot of underhand serves, passing, setting and learning to hit the ball (It’s called an “Attack” – you might call it “Spiking” lol).   The skills at this level isn’t as refined as say intermediate or competitive, but there’s lots of hustle and laughs to be had!
-If you played volleyball in high school and have played a bit since, intermediate is likely more your speed, but we understand if you’d prefer to start at recreational and work your way up to intermediate.  The choice is upto to you!
-If you played club/ travel volleyball and or any amount of college or university level, we recommend starting at the competitive level.  The level of play is faster, lots of athletic plays is involved, volleyball skills and tactics will need to be sharp at this competitive level.
If you still are uncertain, that is ok! Feel free to contact us and we can help you figure out which level is right for you!
What if I haven’t played before / what if I haven’t played in a long time?
We encourage players from all levels to participate. We recommend starting at a lower level if it’s been a while, and if you haven’t played ever, start at recreational. Also, we offer coaching, if you’re interested in learning more about the game and would like to excel your level of play faster.
What if I don’t have enough players to make a full team?
You can register as an individual on the website by selecting the beach volleyball league that you would like to play in and we will put a team together for you. If you have friends register as well, you can let us know you’re together so we can put you on a team together.
Where can I register myself or my team?
Still have a question about our beach volleyball leagues? 
Beach Volleyball Leagues Near Me