No Attitudes Allowed Volleyball Tournaments Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
(Updated 2015)

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Items to bring to a tournament and driving directions (compiled by John Crawbuck)

Tournament Participants: If you are going to be late for a tournament or can't make it at the last moment call Liz at 831-818-9248.

1. What is the idea behind "No Attitudes Allowed" volleyball tournaments?
To focus on the positive aspects of competition in an enjoyable and supportive manner. Participants are encouraged to compete at 110%, encourage their opponents to do the same and to develop lasting friendships. Players exhibiting a "Bad Attitude" will be issued a refund and further participation will not be allowed. By registering for a tournament you agree to what the Tournament Director deems appropriate behavior and attitude. These tournaments are all about supporting each other while enjoying healthy competition. Life-time friendships are often made here!

We would also like to make a difference in this world of suffering. Over $70,000 has been raised for charitable causes through our not-for-profit program. See our Mission Statement for more.

2. What is the format of the tournaments?
Teams will be grouped into 4 team pools whenever possible. Matches will be one game to 25 points, win by 2. When one team reaches a score of 24 the scoring switches from rally to side-out for both teams. Side changes take place every combination of 7 points (7 serves when scoring becomes side-out). Officiating is done by all members of each pool. Five minutes is allowed between games, with a point per minute penalty for not being ready to play at game time. There is no official lunch break and all teams are eligible for playoffs. Teams will play a minimum of 5 matches during the tournament.

3. What is the skill level of the participants?
The great majority of participants are intermediate/advanced level players (with the exception of the "Novice" Division which is for inexperienced players). No current CBVA (California Beach Volleyball Association) rated players are permitted. Some exceptions are made for “previously-rated” or “not currently-rated” CBVA players when they are paired with an inexperienced partner such as a family member or a player just starting out. Prior approval from the tournament director is required.

4. What are the divisions?
Typically, there are divisions for Coed, Novice (two adult men are not allowed to play together in the novice division), and Men's doubles. Occasional tournaments also take place for reverse coed and women's doubles and coed 4-person.

Group photo from tournament
Photo by Pete Burnight

5. What is the format of playoffs?
All teams advance to a playoff, either the championship bracket or the consolation bracket. Time permitting, first round, and sometimes second round, playoff losers in either bracket will move to a third informally organized bracket called the "Tide Pool". The purpose is to keep teams playing as long as possible.

6. How many tournaments a year are scheduled?
Tournaments are typically scheduled monthly from March to November. October may have an additional tournament scheduled for Maui. See current schedule here.

7. What is the registration fee?
$45 for preregistered teams. If spots are available the day of the tournament the fee is $50. All proceeds are donated to local non-profits. Canned good donations are no longer necessary.

8. What is the refund policy?
In the event of rain or some other event resulting in the cancelation of a tournament, prepaid entries will be given a credit toward a future tournament. Since we only take the first 52 teams to register, let us know well in advance which tournament you would like to apply your credit so a spot can be reserved.

Should you want to withdraw from a tournament, 72 hours are required to receive a credit for a future tournament. Prepaid teams that do not show up for a tournament will have their entry fee donated to the Santa Cruz SPCA.

9. How do teams register?
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis as a maximum of only 52 teams will be accepted. Checks can be mailed to:
Liz Fowler, 300 Capelli Dr., Felton, Ca. 95018
or done online at
(click here for the current schedule and to register. No call-in, word-of-mouth or email registrations accepted.)

10. What is check-in time?
8:30 AM the day of the tournament. Do not be late! At 8:45 AM preregistrated spots not checked-in will be given to teams on the waiting list.

11. What about Directions and Parking?
Parking is metered and strictly enforced near the beach, free 10 minutes away on Washington Street. Nearby parking lots charge about $10 per day. Click for directions to the tournaments.

12. How long does the tournament last?
Teams play most of the day. Typically the elimination of teams starts about 3:00 pm. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of 5 matches.

13. What are the prizes?
The winners of each division get T-shirts.

14. Is there a minimum age?
No, but legal guardians must sign the waiver for minors.

15. Can two women play in Coed, Men's and Novice divisions?
Two women are not allowed in Coed and Men's but are allowed in Novice (along as their skill level is "Novice").

16. Can a coed team play in the men's division?

17. Can two men play together in the Novice Division?

18. If a team wins a tournament are they excluded from future play?
No, but after winning two tournaments a team is asked to split up and find different partners.

19. What is the makeup of teams for the 4-person tournament?
2 women and 2 men; 1 rated player allowed.

20. What specific rules are used in these tournaments.
Click here.

21. What about net height?
The nets are set at Men's height (8') for Coed and Men's Divisions, at Women's height for Novice and Women's Divisions (7'4").

22. Are there restrooms nearby?
There are city-maintained restrooms and an outdoor shower near the volleyball courts.

23. What kind of eating establishments are nearby
Falafel, Mexican taquerias, a Deli, Liquor Store and various types of restaurants are across the street from the beach.

24. What if it rains?
Click for the Rainout/Cancellation policy

25. What is the weather forecast for Santa Cruz?
Click here for the latest forecast

indoor action
Photo by John Bandhauer

Capitola Indoor Tournaments Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where do the tournaments take place?
They are held at the New Brighton Middle School in Capitola. Click for travel directions.

2. What time do the tournaments start?
The gym is open at 8:30 am for warm ups, captain's meeting takes place at 9:00 am, and play starts at 9:20 am.

3. What time does the tournament end?
All teams go to a single elimination playoff that begin at approximately 3:00 pm. The finals are completed by 6:00 pm.

4. How many Capitola tournaments take place each year?
Typically, three. Go here for schedule. The September and January tournaments feature reverse/traditonal coed with playoffs using tradtional rules; the April tournament features traditonal/reverse coed with playoffs using reverse rules.

5. What are the rules for "traditional" and "reverse" coed?
Click here

6. What is the cost?
$95 per team with a nonperishable item of food for donation to a community food bank required of each player participating in the tournament. Food donations should be dropped off to the tournament director the morning of the tournament.

7. How many teams are accepted?

8. How do teams register?
Via email or phone. Go here for contact information.

9. How many women and men are required on each team?
Each team will consist of 3 women and 3 men.

10. Are there divisions?
No, but some tournaments may split the stronger teams into an upper bracket and weaker teams into a lower bracket when playoffs begin.

11. What are the prizes?
Generally, 6 t-shirts for the winners (extra shirts can be purchased for $10 each.)

12. Is there an age minimum?
Players must be a minimum of 18.

13. What is the scoring format?
Generally, pool play is one capped rally-scoring game to 25, playoffs are rally score to 25, no cap.

14. How many matches will a team play?
Six matches in pool play and at least one in playoffs.