Frequently Asked Questions

Prior to reading the FAQ below, please know that CVC believes in the beauty of the beach volleyball game and the integrity of the game as it has been played for many years. Hence, CVC adheres to the following principles:

  • clubs should be responsible primarily to train the players to reach their highest potential

  • players should be free to train with whomever they want, anywhere they want

  • players should be free to play with whomever they want, from any club they want

If any club tells you otherwise – we believe you should question their motives!


Frequently Asked Questions

Does Carioca offer training year-round?

Yes, CVC offers training year-round in several East Bay locations (weekdays). CVC also offers summer training in Hermosa Beach and Brazilian Camps in Rio de Janeiro.

Does beach improve the indoor game?

Yes, in general, indoor players are specialists while beach players must be skilled in all phases of the game. Therefore, an indoor player will have to learn or improve other skills that they may never utilize indoor. In addition, the conditioning for the beach athlete is more rigorous because of the weather and sand surface.

Are the beach courts the same size as indoor volleyball?

The beach court is one meter narrower and shorter than an indoor court to accommodate playing on sand with only two players. Each half of the court is 8 meters (26.2 ft.) square, compared to 9 meters (29.5 ft.) in the indoor game.

Does my child has to play with a partner from the same club?

NO, beach players are free to play with whomever they choose, from any club, anywhere. There is an advantage of playing with an athlete from the same club, since they are training together. The junior beach tournaments are played across the country and athletes partner-up from different states and clubs. Actually, it is very rare to see a top national ranked team being from the same club. The USA Beach Junior Tour Ranking keeps individual points and the vast majority of the players play with multiple partners. In short, players want to partner with the best available player in order to win a tournament, independently of club, city and state.

CVC encourages players to play with whomever they want.

Can my child train with multiple beach clubs?

YES, beach volleyball is NOT indoor where an athlete registers to play for the season and commits to a team for that duration of time. Beach athletes can train with multiple coaches and clubs.

CVC encourages players to train with whomever they want.

Can my child take private lessons from a coach outside of my club?

Absolutely. CVC encourages athletes to be exposed to different coaching styles and philosophies.

Are clubs in charge of registering players for tournaments?

The beauty of the beach game is precisely the freedom to play anywhere, and with whomever the athlete chooses to play with. So very few clubs will be involved with registering players to play or assign partners to play with. Typically, only recreational type of clubs will do that – that is their way to keep you obligated to their club.

CVC does not register players.

When is the beach season?

Beach volleyball is a spring team sport at the collegiate level. Most Junior Beach Tournaments start in February and run through August, however, with the growth of the sport over the last few years, more and more tournaments and opportunities to play beach volleyball are quickly turning beach volleyball into a year-round sport.

Does your club assist with College Recruiting?

Some clubs offer a separate service or work with a third party to offer college-recruiting assistance, however, be very aware of the scope of service provided. College recruiting assistance should help parents navigate the process by knowing what to expect and how to communicate with coaches. The most important point is: only good players are recruited. So the focus should be on finding the best training possible. A mediocre player with great college recruiting help most likely will not get recruited. While a good player with mediocre recruiting help most likely will get to play in college.

CVC works with College Recruiting Pro.

What is the beach attire?

Regular Junior Tournaments, female athletes can wear shorts, bikinis, briefs, t-shirts or club gear. However, bikinis are not allowed at Collegiate Tournaments, so girls typically wear shorts/briefs and t-shirts while representing their institution.

Are the players obligated to wear club uniforms in tournaments?

CVC athletes are not obligated to wear uniforms, unless representing the club at a club level tournament.

Are the coaches available to coach during tournaments?

Most Junior Tournaments prohibit coaching from the sidelines, and CVC strongly encourages athletes to learn how to play the game and think for themselves. Our coaches may or may not be present at tournaments – at their own discretion.

Can my child play multiple tournament series? Which tournaments are better?

Athletes should play in as many tournaments possible, independently of the affiliation. CVC encourages athletes to register with all four major entities (USA Volleyball, AVP, AAU and CBVA) and compete as often as possible.

How many colleges field beach volleyball teams?

There are over 60 NCAA DI colleges currently. Moreover, if you include DII and DIII, there are about 1,000 student-athletes participating in beach volleyball in college. About half the colleges offer beach scholarships.

Is the beach scoring different from indoor?

Junior Tournaments typically has one set to 21 during pool play and match play during bracket. A match consists of best of three sets while the first two sets to 21 points and a 15 point third set if needed; all sets are rally scoring. Players switch sides of the court every seven points in the first two sets and every five points in the third set. College uses the match play for their tournaments and duels.