CALIFORNIA BEACH VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION
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Frequently Asked Questions

You must have a partner to register for a tournament; you and your partner must be active CBVA members to play in a tournament. Either you or your partner can register the team (only one player needs to complete registration, not both).

CBVA membership costs $25, must be renewed each year, and is valid until December 31st of that year.

Select the tournament(s) you are interested in on the Schedule, then continue to create your team (you may need to log in first), confirm, and pay to complete registration. 

You will be able to see all your upcoming tournaments in the My Schedule section of Player Profile.

If it's more than 24 hours in advance just email us at info@cbva.com and the credit card you used for registration will be credited the full amount. 

If it is less than 24 hours in advance you should also call the tournament director so they can free up your spot and place another player in the pool.


Refund Policy

For all tournaments, except at Santa Cruz & Monterey: To cancel your registration in this tournament, you must call or e-mail the the CBVA Office & the Tournament Director by 12NOON the day before the event, in order to receive a refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations or NO SHOWS the day of the tournament if the TD is not informed. Refunds for cancellations AFTER 12NOON, the day before the tournament will be at the discretion of the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will inform the CBVA Office of all refunds at the end of the tournament. The CBVA Office will not issue any refunds without the approval of the Tournament Director. 

For tournaments at Santa Cruz & Monterey: To cancel your registration in this tournament, you must call or e-mail the the CBVA Office & the Tournament Director at least 72 HOURS before the event, in order to receive a refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations or NO SHOWS the day of the tournament if the TD is not informed. Refunds for cancellations AFTER 72 HOURS OUT will be at the discretion of the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will inform the CBVA Office of all refunds at the end of the tournament. The CBVA Office will not issue any refunds without the approval of the Tournament Director. 

It's best to arrive between 8-8:15 so you have time to park and get settled before you check in at 8:30.  Play begins at 9:00 unless specified otherwise. 

If you're not sure, don't hesitate to reach out to the CBVA office or your Tournament Director.

Yes, but they must be of the level of play of the tournament.

We have several Divisions which correspond to different skill levels: 


  • Open or AAA: This is the highest level of play
  • AA: Very strong experienced beach players
  • A: Have developed some strong skills
  • B: Intermediate
  • Unrated: New to the beach game

If you are an Unrated player play the level you think you belong in. You'll quickly learn if you were right and can adjust accordingly next time.
If you have earned a rating, you may play at or above your rating but may not play below your earned rating (even in a coed). 

In other words, a tournament division indicates the highest level of player allowed in the tournament. For example, a AAA-division tournament can have players who are AAA-rated or below; a B-division tournament can have players who are B-rated or below.

Your rating holds for the season you earn it and the following year.  On Jan 1st if the rating is not re-earned it will drop down one rating each January.

Membership lasts Jan 1st to Dec 31st, no matter when it is bought that year. 

We have two types of AAA tournaments.  One is listed as AAA, the other is listed as Open. Open charges an additional fee that goes into the prize pool.  That is the only difference in the two.  Some players like having a prize pool, some don't, so we try to offer some of both.


We encourage our Junior players to play in adult tournaments and earn ratings.  It does not preclude them from playing Junior tournaments in the future.

To guarantee a playing spot and avoid a $5.00 registration surcharge, sign up online before 5:00pm the day preceding the tournament. 
Online registration will not be accepted after 5:00 pm the day prior to tournament. 

No, even if they are as good as the men it can affect things in unpredicted ways.

If you aren't able to find a solution in our FAQs, we would be happy to help.

You can reach out to us at the office at info@cbva.com or leave us a message at 310-457-8451 and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Log in to the Player Profile section and click My Schedule. You'll be able to see everything you are signed up for, tournament info, and team info.


Go to the Represent page (⬅️ click the link!) or go to the Juniors menu or Member Info menu and click Represent. Then click the tab for the type of Org you are looking for (Beach, Beach Club, Indoor Club, High School). When you find your Organization, click details, find your name, and check out all the points you've earned for them! 

We are introducing three new divisions to Juniors for 2017: 14U Rec, 12U Rec, and 10U.

14U / 12U vs. 14U Rec / 12U Rec: The 'Rec' divisions are for our young players who are newer to the game and would like the opportunity to learn and play in a less competitive environment than the non-Rec divisions. A Rec division will only be offered when there are enough teams to support it as a division separate from the non-Rec division. Rec divisions only award participations points regardless of finish

10U: The 10U division will be made up of 'Mixed' teams - meaning teams may be made up of 2 Girls, 2 Boys, or 1 Girls & 1 Boys - all in one division. This division also only awards participation points, regardless of finish. 

Women play on a 7'4'' net, and Men on a 8' net.   Net height varies for Juniors as they age up. 


10U & 12U: 7' (2.13m)

Women; Girls 14U, 16U, 18U; Boys 14U: 7'4'' (2.24m)

Men; Boys 16U, 18U: 8' (2.43 m)