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

Coed Indoor Volleyball Leagues

March 29th, 2020 by

Our adult coed indoor volleyball leagues have multiple skill levels, evenings and locations within Niagara to choose from! The first level of play is our fun coed recreational level volleyball league. Our rules for forming a team state a minimum of one female and no more than three males on the court at a time. This allows wide variety of possible team combinations to be formed to encourage game play without forfeiting the match. Most teams in our league will have the typical three men and three women on their team.  However, this doesn’t stop all women’s teams from joining in the fun!

The next level up from our adult coed recreational volleyball league is our coed intermediate level. Same rules as our recreational leagues for forming teams however, the skill level of play has improved. Teams will typically use more overhand serves. Most teams at this level can consistently pass, set and attack the ball with strength and increased pace.

Our highest level of play for our adult coed volleyball leagues is our competitive level. This level of play will have a change in how teams are formed. Our coed competitive leagues use what’s called a 4-2 format. A 4-2 format, consists of four men and 2 women on the court.  This is a very fast paced level of play reserved for our high intensity and skilled players.  Most teams will overhand serve and jump-serve to begin play.  Most teams will run a 5-1 offensive system with one setter running the offense from all rotations and using the remaining five players for passing and attack formations.  Players at this level typically play in our competitive men’s volleyball league or women’s volleyball league. Players on these teams have played on their highschool teams, volleyball club teams, college or university school volleyball teams.

Our coed indoor volleyball leagues play out of your choice of two locations. One location is Welland, Ontario & the other location is in St. Catharines, Ontario.

In St. Catharines we play out of our 4-court volleyball facility at the Rex Stimers Arena located at 8 Gale Crescent, St. Catharines, Ontario.

Here are some of our coed indoor volleyball leagues we have to offer:

Sundays Coed Recreational Level Volleyball League.
Sundays Coed Intermediate Level Volleyball League.
Sundays Coed Competitive 4-2 Format Level Volleyball League.

Mondays is our Coed Recreational Level Indoor Volleyball League.

Tuesdays is our Coed Intermediate Level Indoor Volleyball League.

Wednesdays is our Coed Intermediate Level Indoor Volleyball League.


In Welland we play out of one of the newer high schools in the city of Welland located at Jean Vanier Secondary School.

Mondays we offer Coed Intermediate Level Indoor Volleyball  League.

Wednesdays we offer Coed Recreational Level Indoor Volleyball League.

All our coed indoor volleyball leagues include a 20+ week season which also includes a season-end tournament.  Our coed leagues also feature playing all 5 games a night per match!   This is a huge value add when compared to anyone else, it basically equates to 1.5 hours of play each week against great levels of scaling competition throughout the duration of the indoor volleyball season!

To register for our leagues click: Indoor Volleyball Leagues

Coed Indoor Volleyball Leagues