Beach Volleyball

Leagues Played May - August

Be Active & Get Social!

We've got the most fun Beach Volleyball leagues in Chicago.

Our Beach Volleyball Leagues - 2 Options to Choose From!

Simply Social Leagues: Our standard, super fun 6 vs 6 coed social league that anyone can join.

Singles Leagues: All players are single and ready to mingle! Played 6 vs 6, half guys half girls.

Sign Up A Full Team, Join With Friends or By Yourself

Full teams join all the time, plus we create free agent teams in each coed league that include other players around the same age. These teams aren’t made until all spots are filled, so sign up and request to play with friends while there’s space! Then you’re guaranteed to play together. Or join solo! That’s common too.

The lowest team fees for the best overall league experience

As an independently run and locally focused league organization, we’re proud to offer the cheapest team prices in Chicago while still providing the best overall league experience! Our full team fees are $200-$350 less for a season than other leagues out there. Free agent players save $25-$40 too!

We pride ourselves in running the most organized & SOCIAL leagues that you’ll ever play in. And we’re the ONLY leagues where after games ALL teams walk to the same nearby bar for post-game parties and exclusive specials!

First-time groups of 3+ also get an additional hook up!

Email teams@s3leagues.com to save your team spot with a small deposit or register your group at reduced fees.

What People Are Saying

  • 5 star review  Been playing S3 summer and fall softball for ~7 years now and every one has been great. The league is super organized and management is very accessible and prompt at answering questions, helping out, etc. Unlike other leagues, S3 is a perfect mix of competitive and fun -- 99% of people who play S3 are good people and the league feels more like a family than some giant faceless softball corporation.

    thumb Quinn Myers
    10/29/2020
  • 5 star review  Highly recommend! Not knowing anyone in Chicago when I first moved, this was the best way to meet people. I joined a random kickball team in 2016 and today those people are still some of my best friends!

    thumb Sophia Kassam
    9/18/2020
  • 5 star review  S3 is a great league! It is inexpensive, and Ben has been more than accommodating and flexible in helping with getting my teams signed up every year. Solid competition, and you can't beat the bar deals--no other league I've played in offers them!

    thumb MaryClaire Cieply
    8/12/2020
  • 5 star review  I have been playing in S3 Leagues for a few years. A number of different sports during different times of the year. Always a fun way to stay active with sports and meet new people. They also do a tubing float trip a couple times during the summer and that is a blast! If you’re new to the city, enjoy playing sports, and want to meet new people who share that interest, definitely give S3 Leagues a chance!!

    thumb Mark Elg
    7/08/2020
  • 5 star review  Joining S3, Simply Sport and Social, has been a great way to grow my community in Chicago.I've been in Chicago for 4 years and have played sports my whole life, but found most other sports leagues here to be more exclusionary. I would rarely hang out with my teammates outside of games and rarely found other events hosted by those leagues to be very fun.When I found S3, I signed up because the times and locations were convenient to my schedule. The BIG difference between S3 and other leagues is the people. I quickly developed friendships with my teammates and competitors and have since gone on to develop great relationships with these people. Where as other leagues could often feel exclusionary S3 feels inclusive. I still have a great time with playing the sports (volleyball, kickball) with some nights being very competitive. At the end of the night we all go to the bars to hang out having a great time laughing about the games. Also I have done many of the other activities such as float trips in the summer which are fun and relaxing.Ben the organizer of S3 is very organized and friendly which just adds to the experience.

    thumb Cash DeWitt
    3/08/2020

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How We Play Beach Volleyball

@ North Avenue Beach

Some more about how we get our beach volley on!

Basic Rules

  • Each team consists of no more than 6 players on the court at one time (maximum of 3 males). A team may play with a minimum of 3 players, but in this situation must have at least 1 of each gender.
  • Matches consist of 2 games to 21 (cap at 23) and a third game to 15 (cap at 17). Teams must win by 2.
  • Teams will have 50 minutes to play 1 match (3 games). All 3 games will be played each night and count toward your record for the season.
  • All games will play using Rally Scoring Rules. This means that your team scores on every point won whether or not you were serving.
  • Games will be self-reffed. Players will make their own in/out/etc calls during the game. Please be honest. This is just a fun league!

Beginning of Games

To start the game, teams will send a representative to the net to do rock, paper, scissors to pick sides. Best 2 out of 3. Winner of this gets to pick sides. The team that loses this can either elect to serve or allow the other team to serve.

Gameplay Rules

1. Players must rotate clockwise in the order that they are on the court as each new service is begun on your side. Before the ball is served, you must be set up in this order. Once the ball has been served, you may reposition yourselves around your side in any order that you’d like.
2. Players must rotate in and out of the game at a specific spot chosen by the team. For example, some teams rotate in and out at server so at every rotation of the team the person rotating to server goes out and the new player comes in. Other teams do this at a position in the front row. Whatever you like, but you can’t keep taking people in and out all over the place.
3. A legal serve is one that crosses the net and is either touched by an opposing player or lands within the opposing team’s area of the court within the boundary lines. A serve that makes contact with the net and carries over to the opponent’s side of the net is a live serve and must be returned.
4. The serve may not be blocked or spiked, but setting the serve is legal as long as the ball is not caught or carried.

5. A defensive block does not count as one of the allowable contacts. A player may reach over the net to block a ball if: a. Any portion of the ball breaks the plane of the net or b. After the offense has come in contact with the ball on the third attempt.

6. The ball must be cleanly hit when spiking with an open hand. Guiding, carrying or lifting is illegal. A carry or lift is any use of an open hand(s) while making contact with the ball that is not in a firm manner.

7. Out of bounds is the area outside the rope line laid down around the court. Balls that land on the rope line are in bounds.

8. The ball can contact any number of body parts down to, and including the foot.

All games will be self-reffed

If there are any discrepancies between the two teams that need to be addressed, our on-site staff will be available. Our staff will provide constant reminders with regards to this process. To coordinate and run the league, our staff will be available at all times to help the league run as smoothly as possible. If you have questions regarding schedules, policies, rule interpretations, etc. please email us and ask.

Game Play & Playoffs

If there is a tie in records going into the playoffs, strength of schedule with games won will be used to determine seedings.
For playoffs in all of our leagues, teams are placed into multiple divisions based on regular season records where there is a winner of each division. Because these are super social rec leagues and many teams were made at random, some teams end up not as good at winning game as they are at just having fun and consuming lots of drinks at the bar after playing. This method creates a more balanced playoffs system in a league where players and teams can range from professionals to those not quitting their day jobs. It allows similarly skilled teams to play each other in the end while still giving a first round benefit to those teams with a higher ranking, and makes it so that any team can get one of the champion prizes!

Full Team

If you do not meet the minimum team requirements (3 players total), the first game will be forfeited 10 minutes after start time. Entire Match will be forfeited at 20 minutes after start time. Subbing is allowed in between points. All subs must be made in a consistent manner throughout a game (players coming in and out at one spot on the court). Traditional subbing rules will not be followed, as long as the team does not gain an unfair advantage from a type of substitution.

Forfeits

Teams may use fill-in players during the season to field a full team, but only bring subs if you need them for a full team so those that paid to play don’t lose out on playing time. Also, subs are only allowed in playoffs if you email to get it approved in advance in certain situations.
If your team forfeits a match during the season, the following rules apply:

First Offense: 10-0 loss of game and warning issued.

Second Offense: 10-0 loss of second game and S3 reserves the right to remove team from the league or playoffs with no refund for games not played.

Third Offense: Automatic removal from the league with no refund for games not played.

The reason for the harshness of this is because we want all teams to be able to play. If your team is a no-show, then the other team also doesn’t get to play, and that’s not cool. So just get subs or at least let us know if you’re not going to make it!

If you know in advance that your team will be forfeiting a match, you are required to email us at teams@s3leagues.com so we can let your opponent know that you won’t be showing up.

Sportsmanship

The idea of this league is to have fun. We hope that all participants keep that in mind when becoming involved. Although the games may become intense, you still can be competitive while maintaining good sportsmanship. With this said, any behavior deemed unacceptable by staff may result in suspension and/or ejection from a game or the league. S3 reserves the right to remove a player from a game or a league if they are considered to be bringing down the quality of the league.