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FAQ

How much does the league cost? / When does the next season start? / How do I get involved?

E-mail us your mailing address (snail mail, please) at info@bigcityvolleyball.com. Approximately one month before each new season, we’ll send you all the info you need.

Where are the gyms?

All of Big City’s gyms are on the upper east and upper west sides of Manhattan. All teams rotate through all the gyms during the course of the season.

Can I join as an individual?

Of course. Each season, 100-200 individuals join the league. We help them form into teams with other people at their own skill level.

What’s this “skill level” thing about – it sounds scary!

The league has 7 different skill levels, from absolute beginner to extremely advanced. Before each new season begins, we bring every new team in for a preseason Ranking Scrimmage, where we determine which level is best for them. If you’re an individual player who ends up on a newly formed team, your team will have a Ranking Scrimmage too.

How many people on a team? Is it coed?

Six people play at one time (though the league allows teams to play with as few as four to cut down on forfeits). It’s a coed league, so when 6 are on the court, at least 2 must be women. (With four people on the court, at least one must be a woman.) We recommend that teams have 6-10 people on their roster (though you’re allowed to have up to 15).

Is there an age limit?

Yes—you must be between 21 and 99 to play in the league.

When does the season start? / How many seasons a year do you have?

Much like the planet earth, we have four seasons a year. They begin in mid-January, mid-April, mid-July, and early October, and last about two and a half months each. The entry deadline for each season is about three weeks prior to the start of that season.

How many matches are there in a season?

Spiking by any of the three front row players is legal. Spiking from out of the back row is only legal if the attacking player takes off from behind the ten-foot line. If a back row player contacts a ball while within the 10-ft. area, it must be below the height of the net. In gyms where there is no 10-foot line, the ref will designate one.

How many times a week do we play?

Each team plays once a week—the same night every week—except for one or two weeks when they might have 2 matches in the same week (usually because of a holiday, or a school closing, etc.).

When and what time are the games?

Games are played on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Typical start times are 6:30, 7:40 and 8:50. Each team gets an even number of each start time.

Do you have referees?

Indeed. Our refs are acknowledged to be the best in the city.