Format and Rosters

League Format

The ESSC offers multiple Beach Volleyball Formats:

 Format  Description
3's This format tends to see higher-skilled players and teams as there is a lot of court to cover. Participants see a lot of action and this format is a great choice for those looking for a workout in the sun!
4's This is the ESSC's most popular format and there are no positional rotation restrictions. Games are fast-paced and the players see a lot of action on the court.
6's The more the merrier! This format is the easiest transition for teams coming from hard-court Volleyball. Standard positional rotation rules apply. With more court coverage, this format is perfect for new players or beginners.
Indoor/Beach
Split - 6's
Offered only in the Spring Season, this format starts with 4 weeks of Indoor Volleyball, and concludes with 5 weeks of Beach Volleyball.
  • All Beach Volleyball Leagues are double opponent; teams will play two matches per night against different opponents.
  • All Beach Volleyball Leagues use an On-site Coordinator.
  • All Beach Volleyball Leagues are self-officiated.

Game Format

  • All court bookings are 1.5 to 2.25 hours in length.
  • Each match is a best of 3 games format.
    • The first two games are rally-point scoring to 25 points, the first team to 25 wins.
    • The third game is rally-point scoring to 15 points, the first team to 15 wins.
    • Ties are allowed in the regular season. If time runs out before the third game is played and both teams have each won a game, the match will be considered a tie. If teams are tied in the third game and time is called, the match will be considered a tie.

Season Length

  • All 8 Week Beach Volleyball Leagues use the following structure:
    • 7 weeks of regular season games (14 matches).*
    • 1 week of playoff games (2 total matches).
       
  • All 16 Week Beach Volleyball Leagues use the following structure:
    • 14 weeks of seeding / regular season games (28 matches).
      • Seeding round is dependent on the number of teams registered.
    • 2 weeks of playoff games (3 matches).
       
  • All 5 Week (Fall) Beach Volleyball Leagues use the following structure:
    • 8 matches (played over 3 total weeks).**
    • 1 week of playoff games (2 total matches).
       
  • In cases where rain-outs occur, games are made up via double-headers or season extensions (1-2 weeks).
  • Games are always played on the Monday of long weekends.

* Summer Sunday Leagues: Teams will have two three-match weeks scheduled. The 14 regular season matches will take place over 6 weeks.
** Fall Leagues: Teams will have two three-match weeks scheduled.

Playoffs

  • Playoff Format: Spring / Summer (8 Week)
    • All teams are guaranteed 2 playoff matches.
    • Only the Top 4 teams will compete for the League Championship.
       
  • Playoff Format: Spring / Summer (16 Week)
    • All teams are guaranteed 3 playoff matches.
    • The Top 8 teams will compete for the League Championship.
       
  • ​Playoff Format: Fall (5 Week)
    • All teams are guaranteed 2 playoff matches.
    • Only the Top 4 teams will compete for the League Championship.
       
  • League champs will receive t-shirts that can be picked up from the Season-end Party.
  • There are no ties in playoffs. 
    • ​​​A minimum of 5 total points must be played in any game for it to count.
    • If time is called, the team who has won the most games wins the match.
      • If both teams have won the same number of games:
        • ​​The team with the higher point differential wins the match.
        • If teams are tied in point-differential, one additional tie-breaker point must be played.

Rosters

 Format Ideal Roster Size
(F) = Female
Total # of Players
required on the court
Total # of Females
required on the court
3's 3 (1 F) 3
4's 5 (2 F) 4 1
6's and Split League 8 (3 F) 6 2
  • When registering a full team, there is no limit to the maximum number of players you can have on the roster.
  • Prior to the first game of the season, teams must have the total number of players required on the court (in the above chart) confirmed on the roster in MyESSC.
    • If the minimum amount of confirmed roster players is not met, the team will receive a loss for every game played until the requirement is met.
  • Prior to the first playoff game, teams must have all players who are playing in the playoff game(s) displayed as part of the confirmed roster in MyESSC.
    • If this requirement is not met, teams will receive an automatic loss and will not be eligible for the championship.
  • A team may bring in subs that are not listed on the roster. To learn more about the sub policies, click here.