Q: How is outdoor volleyball different from indoor volleyball?
A: Indoor volleyball is played with six per side. As the players develop and progress – each person has a specialized position and there are complex rotations and switches going on throughout games to ensure that each person remains in their designated position. Outdoor (beach) volleyball is typically played with doubles. On grass and on sand. There are no specialized positions, only a left and a right side. Most beach players are well-rounded and can hit, dig and block.
Court sizes for indoor and beach volleyball are very different. Indoor courts are 60′ x 30′, with a parallel attack line that is 10′ from the center line. Back row players must stay behind this line when attacking the ball. Beach courts are smaller, 26’3 x 52’6 and there is no attack line. A player may hit the ball from anywhere on their side of the net. If you wonder why the beach court is smaller, try a quick lateral sprint through the sand and see how much speed (and breath) you lose. A smaller court ensures that the ball will stay live longer and rallies will be more entertaining.
Indoor volleyballs are made of leather and are heavier than outdoor balls. Indoor volleyball is a game of power and the heavier balls move quicker and can be hit harder. Beach volleyballs are softer, lighter and a bit bigger than indoor balls. The lighter weight allows them to float more in the air, allowing good players to use the weather to their advantage.
With 6 people on the floor and a massive block, it is much harder to score in indoor.
There is more size and power involved in indoor.
Indoor players are highly specialized in their skills, and are very good at the skills required by their positions.
Indoor is a much faster game than beach, and is harder to keep up.
Having a coach on the sideline makes it tougher on the other team because they are making analyses and adjustments with their teams during the match.
In beach, there is nowhere to hide. If you are struggling, there are no substitutions so you either figure things out, or lose.
There is no coach, so players have to make in-game adjustments on their own.
With only 2 people on the court, there is a lot more area to cover.
Beach is much more physically demanding than indoor.
There is more strategy involved in beach than in indoor.
Indoor age divisions:
U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U18
Beach age divisions:
U12, U14, U16, U18
Beach volleyball is recognized by NCAA Division I and II schools as an emerging sport for women and is an equivalency sport which means athletic scholarships can be split into partial awards in any proportion up to the maximum allowed.
Q: How exactly does all this work? And how much does is cost?
A: Events are typically 25 dollars per player (50 per doubles team). Players will need active USAV memberships, which if played indoor club they already have. If not, they can simply obtain a “summer membership” for 15 dollars. You can manage your Existing USAV memberships here. You can create a New USAV membership here. USAV memberships are REQUIRED for all players in order to sanction the events thru Carolina Region (for insurance purposes).
To play in an event, you will need to register your team thru our Website. You will then receive instructions via Email on how to pay. As we get closer to the event you will receive Emails on updates, we will post pool sheets/schedules to the Website etc.
Bearfoot utilizes it’s own ranking system. Which will be posted and updated throughout the season to the Website after results are in from each event. The rankings will be used to always form the pools correctly.
We will be using SportsPress. It is a solid tool for maintaining, displaying divisions, teams, results, rankings, points etc.
This season the juniors will be playing for trophies. Do not be surprised to see some mega monster trophies handed out. Maybe even taller than the U12 players themselves. Yup we are going old school..
Q: Is my child too old to play U12/U14/U16/U18?
A: U12 age cap – girls must be under 12, or have turned 12 on or after September 1st, 2018. For example, if your junior turned 12 on September 5th, 2018 she is cleared to play U12 for the 2018-2019 outdoor season.
U14 age cap – girls must be under 14, or have turned 14 on or after September 1st, 2018. For example, if your junior turned 14 on September 5th, 2018 she is cleared to play U14 for the 2018-2019 outdoor season.
U16 age cap – girls must be under 16, or have turned 16 on or after September 1st, 2018. For example, if your junior turned 16 on September 5th, 2018 she is cleared to play U16 for the 2018-2019 outdoor season.
U18 age cap – girls must be under 18, or have turned 18 on or after September 1st, 2018. For example, if your junior turned 18 on September 5th, 2018 she is cleared to play U18 for the 2018-2019 outdoor season.
Q: Are there Tryouts?
A: NO TRYOUTS FOR BEACH EVERYONE PLAYS. That’s right. Simply sign up and play. No camps, clinics, drills required. Bearfoot is all about the junior players, actually playing volleyball. This season we will try to offer 2 skill divisions for the U12 and U14 age groups (girls side). For these age groups we want ALL skill levels out there playing (both new comers and experienced players). Especially U12!! Boys side – one skill division per age group.
That’s right I said boys. The boys game is growing down south. And it’s up to venues like Bearfoot to make sure it continues. Possibly even growing and flowing into competitive boys indoor.