Beach Leagues

We are monitoring the coronavirus situation and are still hopeful that beach leagues will proceed this summer. As the health of our members is our foremost priority, we will follow the recommendations of the WHO, Health Canada and the Alberta government. We will update this webpage as the situation evolves.

Currently we plan to open registration for returning teams in mid-April, pending COVID-19 restrictions. We will contact team captains by email to provide the link for registration.

Leagues run for a minimum of 12 weeks ending no later than August 30th, and run between 6:00PM and 10:00PM on weekdays.  Check the Game Status for Rain Out conditions after 5:00PM on Mon-Thurs game day. Garneau leagues will only be cancelled in the event of lightning in the near area or in the event of extreme weather conditions. All prices listed on the website do not include GST.

Full Season Leagues Starts Cost
Monday Women’s Competitive Beach 2’s Mon, May 11th
6PM – 10PM
$350 per team
(includes 2 league shirts and 2 Garneau Player Cards)
Tuesday Men’s Competitive Beach 2’s Tues, May 12th
6PM – 10PM
$350 per team
(includes 2 league shirts and 2 Garneau Player Cards)
Wednesday Coed 2’s Wed, May 13th
6PM – 10PM
$350 per team
(includes 2 league shirts and 2 Garneau Player Cards)
Thursday Coed Reverse 2’s Thurs, May 14th
6PM – 10PM
$350 per team
(includes 2 league shirts and 2 Garneau Player Cards)


Game Format

Each week teams switch between playing from 6:00PM – 8:00PM and 8:00PM – 10:00PM. In the 2 hr time-slot teams will play 2 matches against 2 teams. Each match is 2 sets to 21 (capped at 21). All matches are capped at 40 minutes in length. Matches are expected to start on time. In tiered play the winning team will move up and the losing team will move down. All leagues have a capacity of 18 teams (3 teams per tier).


It is the teams responsibility to find a replacement if a player is unable to play. If a team does not have enough players to play 5 minutes after game time they will forfeit the first set; if a team does not have enough players 15 minutes after game time they will forfeit the whole game. After 5 matches forfeit you will be removed from the league without reimbursement (please note that missing 5 matches is the equivalent of missing 2.5 nights of league). Subs must have played in a minimum of 2 nights for the same team in order to qualify for playoffs. Players in the same league are allowed to sub for the same tier or a higher tier but may not sub for a team in a lower tier (ie: if I play in Tier 2 I may sub for a team in Tier 1 or 2 but not Tiers 3 or lower).  

Determining the Winning Team
(Tie Breakers)

*New for 2020 season:

In the tiered play, the winner is determined by:

  1. The team with the most matches won.
  2. The team with the most sets won.
  3. The team with the most points.

If all three teams have the same number of matches won at the end of the night then the point differential is between all three teams. 

If two teams finished their match with a tied score, for example:  16-21 21-16  then the teams will play an additional point.  The score would then be recorded on the sheet as  17-21  21-16 OR 16-21 21-17 depending on which team won.



All leagues follow the latest FIVB rules. All teams are expected to know the official rules and abide by them. The rules outlined below are the only changes Garneau will abide by for the 2020 season – they also highlight some key FIVB rules. Any rule discrepancies or questions will be the final decision of the Beach Pro.

  • The first contact over the net cannot be a set.
  • If a player sets a ball over the net, the player’s body must be square to the direction of the set. Side sets are not allowed.
  • Open hand tips (ball redirection with your fingers/thumb) is not allowed.
  • No player shall touch the net with any part of their body.
  • For all rules above if a foul occurs, a play is stopped and a point awarded to the opposing team.
  • A touch on the block counts as a touch, but the player who contacted the ball on the block may sequentially play the ball again.


Coed Reverse 2’s Rules

  • Coed teams must consist of 1 female and 1 male.
  • Men can only attack the ball above the height of the net from behind a 3-meter attack line and are not allowed to block.
  • Between the 3-meter attack line and the net men can attack only if the ball is hit under the height of the net (attack must have an upward trajectory before it drops).
  • Women can hit from anywhere, jump serving and blocking is permitted.
  • Men are not permitted to jump serve. A re-serve can be requested in the event of a jump serve.

Players Cards

Garneau Player Cards are given to players who are registered in a Garneau League. League players are not able to reserve courts, they are only allowed to play on courts if they are not booked. Teams are only entitled to 2 players cards – additional players or subs will have to pay for a full membership or pay the $5 drop-in fee each time they use the courts.

League members can purchase a full membership for an extra $75. The added benefit is that full members are able to reserve courts at no charge (up to 14 days in advance for 1 hr/day). So in a case where a group of league players play regularly, you only need one person to have a membership to reserve a court.

Interested in Beach Volleyball at Garneau?

Are you looking for a partner for one of our leagues? Are you too busy to commit to a full season but still want to play beach volleyball at Garneau?
Connect with us on Facebook or email!