Skill Level Descriptions

Below are the Skill Level Descriptions for Volleyball, Soccer, and Tennis.


Youth leagues and tournaments are primarily organized by Gender and Grade or Age Groups and sometimes Skill Levels defined below.

Family, Adult and Corporate/Group leagues and tournaments are organized by Gender and Skill Level and sometimes Age (i.e. 40 & over).

A  –  Very Competitive.  “A” players are aggressive with very good court awareness and know all the skills extremely well but cannot always execute the super-high level plays extremely effectively all the time.   For family leagues, any men playing at this level, must either spike without jumping or if jumping, must leave sand at least 10 feet from the net.

BB –  Intermediate.   “BB” players know the volleyball skills good enough to bump, set and spike consistently to enable the team to hit 3 hits in succession and know where to be on the court at all times when plays are developing.  A majority of the players know where to  be on the sand court and can sustain many rallies.  One or more players can spike the ball with light to moderate power and players are not afraid to receive a harder driven ball (though may not be able to  consistently return such ball).

B –  lower Intermediate.  “B” players know the basics of volleyball including how to bump, set (a little), and spike, but make mistakes often and have a lot of practice yet to go to be able to do these skills consistently.  None of the players can spike the ball consistently or with much power.  B Players want to play by the rules of the game and keep progressing up the skill levels.

Recreational.   “Recreational” player is either a beginner unfamiliar with the basics of volleyball so happy if the ball just goes over the net or is familiar with the basics of volleyball but likes to play with limited rules.  The four main rules emphasized at this level is (1) no hand setting a serve (hands must be touching or your two hands must be in a fist); (2) no open hand dinks at the net (must use your knuckle, fist or hit it); (3) No touching of the net; and  (4) no carrying or lifting the ball


Youth leagues and tournaments are primarily organized by Gender and Grade or Age Groups.

Adult and Corporate/Group leagues and tournaments are organized by Gender and Skill Level and sometimes Age (i.e. 40 & over).


Currently, we base our adult tennis divisions on the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) categories. Player levels are based on a scale from 1.0 to 7.0.   We further group these into following 3 categories:

Beginner (<= 2.5):  This player is just starting to play tennis or has limited experience and still working primarily on getting the ball into play.  Needs on-court experience.  Learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.

Intermediate (3.0 to 4.0):  Fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth or power. Most common doubles formation is one-up and one-back.  Has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. Starting to exhibit more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage and is developing teamwork.  Has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. Occasionally forces errors when serving and teamwork is evident. Rallies may be lost due to impatience.

Advanced (4.5+):  Starting to master the use of power and handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots and is beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. Can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. Tends to overhit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play.  Has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or exceptional consistency around which a game may be structured. Can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys and overhead smashes and has good depth on most second serves.  Has developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon. Can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and hit dependable shots in a stress situation.