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

Play Volleyball

March 29th, 2020 by

Looking to play volleyball, but don’t have a full team to register with? You can register as an individual. Here is how individual registration works.

How do I register? 
Select the night of the week that you would like to play. Select individual registration. Fill out your information to sign a waiver and pay for your spot. Your part is done!
What happens next?
We at Niagara Sport & Social Club create a team out of players who have registered for the same night of the week as you. You will be assigned to a team before your first night of play!
How do I know who is on my team?
The day of your first game we advise showing up a bit early. Your teammates will be on the same court, and the referee will help you find each other. Introduce yourself and off you go!
How can I lower the costs to play?
If you can find others to join you to form a team you can register as a “Team Registration”  You will notice the team registration is a set price which doesn’t change the more players you add to the team.   The more players you add the more you can divided the team registration fee between!  Thus, lowering the costs for all you players.   Some ways to find help you find others to play:  Post in your Facebook status “Looking For A Few More Players To Join My Volleyball Team!  Who’s In?!”  Also reach out to co-workers, neighbours, relatives etc to help you find the players you need to get you started!
What if no one else registers for my team? 
We will contact you and offer you another night of the week or another location where we can create a team for you. If none of the options work for you, we offer a full refund, however we always do our best to get you on the court with a team!
To play volleyball in our leagues, all registrations are done online at:
If you have any other questions about our leagues and how individual registration works please contact us at
Beach Volleyball League Port Dalhousie