These explanations only serve as a guideline for players when they go to participate in a tournament.
Open - Former Collegiate Players/Pros, Highly competitive. Compete for a cash prize.
AA – Highly competitive players. Collegiate players/pros. Playing to win, but they do not compete for a cash prize.
A – Competitive players with good command of skills and understand the rules and structure of the game.
BB - Recreational players with a good command of skills. They understand the rules but are not necessarily playing to win.
B – Recreational players with an intermediate level of consistency. They understand most of the rules of the game. Are playing to have fun.
Men's - Only open to male participants (unless tournament director gives the okay for a female to play)
Women's - Only female participants can play in this divisions Coed - Males and Females can play, but no more than 50% of the active participants can be males at any one time. (exception Coed 3's). A FEMALE must touch the ball at least once, if two or more contacts occur on one side of the net. If only one contact occurs, it can be made by either a MALE or a FEMALE. A team can be made up of entirely female players if the tournament director allows it.
Reverse Coed - Same rules apply in regards to gender stipulations as in COED, but males are not allowed to contact the ball and hit it at a downward trajectory in front of the Three Meter line. A MALE must touch the ball at least once if two or more contacts occur on one side of the net. If only one contact occurs, it can be made by either a MALE or a FEMALE
Mixed Divisions (Juniors Only) - May be teams of boys, girls, coed juniors teams only up to the U14 Division
These explanations serve as a basic rule on how teams must be formed for different divisions
6's - Six players with teams as deep as you want. You must have at least FIVE players in order to participate.
4's - Four person teams, and there is no "back row". All Players can hit from the front row. Must have at least THREE players to be eligible to play a game.
3's - Three player teams, and there is no "back row". All players can hit from the front row. Must have at least three players in the rotation at all times to participate.
2's - Two player teams, and there is no "backrow". All players can hit from the front row. Must have at least two players in rotation at all times to participate.
FOR LEAGUE - Teams can be made of more than two players, but no substitutions during games will be allowed unless there is an injury. If an injury occurs you can sub, but the injured player cannot sub back into the game. Players can sub after a set is finished.
Different Governing Bodies have different Age Definitions for Junior Athletes. To see these Age Definitions Please Click the Following Links.
p1440 Age Definitions