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Volleyball Information 2019

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The Sands Volleyball Club is a place for active people to have fun.  In 1987 we opened with four volleyball courts and fifty-six teams.  We now have twenty-two lighted sand courts and over six hundred teams.  With twenty-two courts the Sands is able to offer volleyball leagues for all skill levels... beginners to high power.  You can play sixes, fours or doubles.  Teams are Men’s, Women’s or Co-Ed (Mixed).  At the Sands, Recreational Co-Ed Sixes is the most popular league.  You do not have to be good, just fun.  You can select Beginners or Intermediate Levels. For more serious players we offer power sixes, fours and doubles.

For all of our volleyball leagues scheduling is easy.  At the Sands you always play on the same day at the same time.  You even get to pick the day and time. You get to play when it is convenient for you. No need to have schedules tacked to the side of your refrigerator. 

 In addition to our volleyball courts and softball fields we have an air-conditioned club house, sunny patios, covered patio with fans and heat, shade arbors plus a Cabana with mini-bar (we like patios). The atmosphere is friendly and very casual.

Reminder: In beach volleyball a serve is not longer considered "a hard driven ball".  Therefore when you receive a serve your hands must be locked together or the set must be absolutely perfect (not impossible but extremely rare). If you are in  Recreational Leagues, don't worry about this rule.  If you are in other leagues: be patient, old habits are hard to break.  When an infraction occurs, call it and replay it.

Match Scoring:  All three games are now Rally Scoring (every serve is a point) to 25. You only have the court for an hour. At "time" the team ahead wins.

Seasoned Veterans Leagues (SV): No players under 28. Team's average age must be thirty-five. Upper division plays Thursday at 6:30 (equivalent to Power B or "clean playing" Intermediate. Recreational Division plays Wednesday at 6:30 (equivalent to Beginners). SV teams may cross pool with their more junior counterparts.

Sunday Double Header was very popular in 2018 (filled with waiting list). In 2018 you have more options: Co-Ed Sixes at 5:20 (Rec.), Co-Ed Sixes at 6:30 (Rec. or Power) and Co-Ed Fours (Rec or Power). Add $70.00 to the 6s team fee to play in a second time slot. Please write double-Header and times requested at the top of your registration form.

Schedule of 2019 Events

April    17        Wednesday                 DEADLINE FOR FIRST SESSION REGISTRATION

            28          Sunday                     THIRTY THIRD SEASON OPENER open at 2:00 free beer at 5:00

            29        Monday                      Member’s practice/pick-up 6:00 to 9:00. 

            30         Tuesday                     Member’s practice/pick-up 6:00 to 9:00

May   1        Wednesday                 Member’s practice/pick-up 6:00 to 9:00

            2          Thursday                   Member’s practice/pick-up 6:00 to 9:00

            5        Sunday                          Sunday Volleyball and Softball Leagues start

  6         Monday                       Monday Volleyball start

            7        Tuesday                        Tuesday Volleyball and Softball Leagues start

            8        Wednesday                   Wednesday Volleyball start

  9        Thursday                       Thursday Volleyball and Softball Leagues start

            12        Sunday                          Closed for Mother's Day

 26        Sunday                         Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

           27         Monday                       Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

June   8        Saturday                    Lose 2 & BBQ - Co-Ed Sixes Tournament and Social

 9        Sunday                     NEW Angel Open Charity Sixes Tournament

16        Sunday                       Father's Day  NO LEAGUES

July      3        Wednesday                  Closed for Independence Day  Holiday

4        Thursday                      Closed for Independence Day  Holiday

20       Saturday                       Iowa Games Adult fours and doubles (short court)

August24      Saturday             Maddy’s Classic Charity Tournament

 Sept.    1        Sunday                         Closed for Labor Day Holiday

              2        Monday                        Closed for Labor Day Holiday

 Additional information on tournaments, events and sign up sheets are on the right side of the schedule wall and on our web site (www.DesMoinesFun.com).

 Volleyball League Descriptions 

RECREATIONAL SIXES LEAGUE: Men and Women (Co-Ed), Non-Power Rules.  Three women and three men play at a time.  Teams can preference Beginning or Intermediate levels.  This is our most popular league.  Sundays at 5:20 or 6:30 ; for an additional $70 you can play twice.  (12 weeks), Mondays at 6:30 or 7:30 (12-weeks). Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays possible times are 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 (7 or 14 weeks). New Tuesday 8:30 has a discounted price.

RECREATIONAL FOURS - CO-ED LEAGUE:  Recreational, B and A are available Tuesdays at 8:30. Levels A and B levels are available Sundays at 7:40. Sunday double headers are available with 6s at 6:30 and 4s at 7:40. Open hand dinks are not allowed in this league.

POWER SIXES LEAGUE (formerly Low-Power):  Men and Women (Co-Ed). Six play at a time (3+3).  USA Volleyball Sand Rules.  Players in this league should have good skill levels and have a through knowledge of the rules.  Teams should be able to run plays and switch out setters.  Please indicate your level: A or B (A being the highest).  Available: Sundays (6:30), Tuesdays (7:30), Wednesdays (6:30, 7:30 & 8:30) and Thursdays (6:30 & 8:30). Seasoned Veterans play Thursday at 6:30.

WOMEN’S FOURS LEAGUE:  Two levels of play (A is highest).  A plays Mondays at 8:30.  B plays Monday at 8:30 or Tuesdays at 6:30.  Monday is one twelve week session.  Open hand dinks are not allowed in this league.

MEN’S FOURS LEAGUE:  Two levels of play (A is highest).  Both A and B leagues play Mondays at 8:30 or possibly 7:30.    Monday is one twelve week session.  Open hand dinks are not allowed in this league.

CO-ED FOURS LEAGUE:  Four play at a time (2+2).  No Co-Ed hitting rule.  Three levels of play.  Levels A and B play Sundays at 7:40 (12-week session).  Sunday double headers are available with 6s at 6:30 and 4s at 7:40 at a reduced price. Recreational, B and A are available Tuesdays at 8:30- (7 or 14 weeks).   Open hand dinks are not allowed in this league.

WOMEN’S DOUBLES LEAGUE:  Association of Volleyball Professional Rules (AVP).  League is available Mondays for 12 weeks.  Doubles will not conflict with Fours.  Pool play first six weeks; level play second six weeks.  Be sure to circle your wins.

MEN’S DOUBLES LEAGUE:  Divisions A and B.  AVP Rules are used. League is available Mondays for 12 weeks.  Doubles should not conflict with Fours. Be sure to circle your wins.

All Members must be 21 years of age.  No exceptions.  Teams with an illegal member will forfeit all fees.

Volleyball League Fees 2019


seven weeks

fourteen weeks










sixes team fee



$367.00 Tues. @ 8:30


$292.00 @ 5:20

$323.00 @ 6:30

$335.00 @ 7:30

$305.00 @ 6:30

fours team fee






doubles team fee







Sunday Double Addition Cost




 *If you are playing on more than one team {softball or volleyball} in the same session, you pay the membership fee only once.  Be sure to check the box by your name, on the registration you pay with, to get credit for paying your membership fee.

**Available Tuesdays only.

***Play Co-Ed Sixes at 6:30 and Fours at 7:40


Payment: Checks are preferred (your check is held until we know you have a spot) or cash. We do not accept debit or credit cards for league fees. At the bar we accept cash, checks that can be made for over the amount so you have cash or you can use your debit card to get cash from the "portable cash machine". There is a $2.00 service fee for getting $20, $40 or $60, so don't just get $20.00. Cash does not expire and always gets used eventually.

Don’t wait for the deadline… get your spot early!

 All money is due with your registration form.  MAIL EARLY OR DROP OFF.  Teams are scheduled in the order they are received.  Every year teams show up on the last day “needing” a 7:30 time slot.  If you need a specific day or time, please turn in your registration early.  Avoid having to tell your team mates that the day or time you wanted filled last week. 

SCHEDULES WILL BE POSTED AT THE SEASON OPENER ON APRIL 28th.  TEAM's DAY AND TIME WILL BE POSTED ON DesMoinesFun.com by MAY 1st.  We are not calling captains this year. Please note that every year somebody has a problem (usually with their level) so pools may change. Always check to board for assignments the first couple of weeks.  We want people to be happy!