Ratings

Guidelines:
• For Pro, Open, and AAA tournaments, there must be at least SIX (6) teams with at least SIX (6) players having a AAA rating for players to earn a AAA rating. For AA tournaments, there must be at least SIX (6) teams with at least four (4) players having a AAA and four (4) players having a AA rating for players to earn a AAA rating. For A level tournaments, there must be at least SIX (6) teams with at least four (4) players having a AA rating and at least four (4) players having an A rating for players to earn a rating. See ratings chart below. *Pro division will grant top four (4) teams a AAA rating and double points if 8 teams and 8 AAA rated players. Tournaments that do not meet the total team requirement or fail to meet the rating requirement will be downgraded to one rating below the original listing (Example: AAA to AA). Ratings will then be earned at the adjusted listing. Placement in 4’s, 6’s, and Draw events do not affect a players rating.
• Players may play above their current rating. Players may play one division below their current rating only if playing with someone with a lower rating. (Example: An A player may play in any event. A AAA player may play in a AA event with a AA or A player, but can never play in an A event.) AAA is the highest rating a player may earn. *Players who are less than 60 days away from losing their AAA ranking may play in a AA event with another AAA player.
• Cash prizes will be awarded only in Pro, Open, and AAA divisions, using an ALL cash-in ALL cash-out structure. (Example: If $1000 is collected in entry fees, $1000 will be given out as cash prizes.) Prizes will be awarded in AA andA events and will have prizes equal to entry fees. The total number of teams entered will be divided by 4 and the tournament shall pay to that place. (Example: 24 teams divided by 4 equals 6, in this case the tournament would pay down to 6th place, or both 5th place teams.) Third place receives roughly half that of second place and second place receives roughly half that of first place.
• A players RATING is based on the calendar year and will last 365 days from the date earned. See chart below for earning a rating. A players rating will drop one level per year if not renewed. (Example: if Adam earns his AAA on 4/3/01 and fails to renew his AAA by 4/4/02 his rating will fall to AA.) *Pro division will grant top four (4) teams aAAA rating and double points if the 8 team/ 8 rated players requirement is fulfilled.
• A players RANKING is based on the calendar year (the last 365 days). Players earn points based on their finishes in beach doubles tournaments. The players Ranking will be used for the Top 20 on the website as well as a tie breaker for those teams with the same Seed #.
• A players SEEDING in a tournament is first based on the players rating(AAA, AA, ect.) and then on the players Seed #. Seed # is an average of a players best 4 finishes, 365. If a player does not have 4 tournaments logged in, 2 points will be added to the players best finish and used to fill in each event shy of 4. The seed # is used for all AAA players to allow for better seeded tournaments. Points will be used to break any ties. Ratings then points will still be used for AA and A players. A player that earns his or her AAA rating and has 2200 points will still be rated, ranked, and seeded higher than a AA player with 7800 points.

Ratings for Beach Volleyball Tournaments:

# of teams
24+
AAA
Event
16-23
AAA
Event
8-15
AAA
Event
16+
AA
Event
12-15
AA
Event
8-11
AA
Event
16+
A
Event
1st
AAA
AAA
AAA
AAA
AAA
AAA
AA
2nd
AAA
AAA
AAA
AA
AA
AA
A
3rd
AAA
AAA
AA
AA
AA
AA
A
4th
AAA
AA
AA
AA
AA
A
A
5th
AA
AA
AA
AA
A
A
A
7th
A
A
A
A
B

Ratings for Beach Volleyball Tournaments:

# of teams
12-15
A
Event
8-11
A
Event
16+
B
Event
12-15
B
Event
8-11
B
Event
1st
AA
AA
A
A
A
2nd
A
A
B
B
B
3rd
A
A
B
B
4th
A
A
B
5th
B

 

King/Queen of the Beach: M/W AA or A 2’s. Players register individually for either
M/W AA or M/W A. Four players in each pool, each round the top 2 players from each
pool advance to winner’s bracket. The other 2 players move to a contender’s bracket and
have a chance to battle back to the finals. Top players from each pool advance to the next
until 4 players are left, the player with most points will be crowned King/Queen!
King/Queen of the Beach: Coed AA or A 2’s. Players register individually for either the
Coed AA or Coed A. Four players in each pool, each round the top men’s player and top
women’s player from each pool advance to winner’s bracket. The other 2 players move to
a contender’s bracket and have a chance to battle back to the finals. Top men’s and
women’s players from each pool advance to the next round until 4 players are left, the
player with most points will be crowned King/Queen!
Prince/Princess of the Beach: B/G 18u, 16u, 14u, 12u 2’s. Players register individually.
Four players in each pool, each round the top 2 players from each pool advance to winners
bracket. The other 2 players move to a contender’s bracket and have a chance to battle back
to the finals. Top players from each pool advance to the next round until 4 players are left,
the player with most points will be crowned Prince/Princess!
Parent/Child and Coach/Player 4’s: 1 parent or coach and 3 juniors 18u, 16u, 14u, 12u 4’s.
Players register as a team. The format is pool-play, then a double elimination tournament bracket.
All teams break pool. Is there a better way to get new athletes playing the sport of beach
volleyball than to get taught by a parent or coach?
Parent/Child and Coach/Player 2’s: 1 parent or coach and 1 junior 18u, 16u, 14u, 12u 4’s.
Players register as a team. The format is pool-play, then a double elimination tournament bracket.
All teams break pool. Is there a better way to get new athletes playing the sport of beach
volleyball than to get taught by a parent or coach?
Levels:
Pro, Open, and AAA divisions- Any player may enter to play in these divisions. The average
player has been playing competitive beach volleyball for over 5 years, has indoor volleyball experience,
and practices often.
AA division- Any player may enter to play in this division. AAA rated players may play this division,
but not with another AAA rated player unless it’s a AA Qualifier, then two AAA players may play together.
 The average player has been playing competitive beach volleyball for over 2 years, has indoor volleyball
experience, and practices often.
A division- Any player may enter to play in this division except AAA. AA rated players may play,
but not with another AA player. The average player has been playing beach volleyball for over a year,
has indoor volleyball experience, and practices often.
BB division- Any player may enter to play in this division except AAA or AA. A rated players may play,
but not with another A player. The average player has been playing volleyball for less than 3 years and
has little or no indoor experience.
B division- Any player may enter to play in this division except AAA, AA, or A. BB rated players may play,
but not with another BB player. The average player has been playing volleyball for less than 2 years and
has little or no indoor experience.
College division- Players must be 18 to 21 years old to play the college division. The format is king/queen
of the beach so all players register individually and get to play with many teamates during the day.
Entry fee is reduced for the college division and players will have NPBVA Annual Membership waived.
All players in the college division are guaranteed 6 games.
Programs:
Build the Beach” program- NPBVA members can help build the sport of beach volleyball and be
rewarded! Bring two new athletes (non-NPBVA members) to any AA, A, or Novice doubles tournament
and you play for ½ price and so do they! Bring the same two athletes to other AA, A, or Novice doubles
tournaments for the rest of the year and you play those tournaments for ½ price while the new athletes
get the benefit of your beach volleyball tips!