Open Play (Indoor)

*** The 2019-2020 Season has been cancelled due to COVID-19. ***

Saturday Open Play: Teams are formed by Court Managers from the pool of attendees (36-54 players max per session depending on programming). All games are played on a men’s net (7′ 11⅝”).

Sunday Open Play: Teams are organized in the same manner with the difference of each session grouping individuals by skill level, 54 max players per session. Players are limited to playing specific session based on rating.

Each session last 2 hours. Sign-up cut-off time is 20 minutes before the session start time! Sessions cap at 54 players and are run on a first come, first serve basis. Players are allowed to sign up for multiple sessions, but those who have not yet played or were closed out of a prior session get priority in signing up over others who have already played that day.

Transit Options

  • Walk from Red Line Harvard or Central Square
  • #1 Bus via Mass Avenue @ Trowbridge Street
  • #47 Bus via Magazine Street @ Green Street
  • #64, #70, #70A Buses via Western Avenue @ Putnam Avenue
  • Street Parking Metered on Saturdays, not enforced on Sundays

Map with entrance to CBVA indoor play

Saturday | Open Play

King School 101 Kinnaird St, Cambridge MA

Cost: $5 (members) | $10 (guests)

Session 1: Arrive by 11:10 AM*

Session 2: Arrive by 1:10 PM*

Session 3: Arrive by 3:10 PM*

Sunday | By Skill Level

King School 101 Kinnaird St, Cambridge MA

Cost: $5 (members) | $10 (guests)

AA / A Session: Arrive by 12:10 PM

B Session: Arrive by 2:10 PM

C Session: Arrive by 4:10 PM

D Session: Arrive by 6:10 PM

*Always check the calendar page for the latest announcements or cancellations.

Rules & Expectations

** For more information on player ratings, check out the Ratings page **

SATURDAY | Open Play

Rating: No Minimum

This session losely adheres to USAV rules, including doubles, carry, lifts, line faults etc. Working knowledge of 5-1 and 6-2 formations is useful (but not necessary). Players unfamiliar with 5-1 and 6-2 formations are expected to listen and learn how to play in formation.


Rating: 90 or Higher / Yankee B- or Higher

This level is the highest we offer at CBVA. Players are fluent in rotations, as well as mechanics. These players are skilled at reading the other team and adjusting accordingly. Most players in this session have college varsity experience, and have been coached for many years.


Rating: 70 or Higher / Yankee C+ or Higher

A session is highly competitive. Players are expected to be fluent in rotational systems and always know their place on the court. A players are generally specialized into one or two positions. A players are effective when executing the skills related to their specialty. For example, an A hitter will likely get a kill off a good set and should only rarely hit out or into the net. The game at this level is significantly faster and more aggressive than in a B session. Players can run plays on good passes and can read the other team on out-of-system plays.


Rating: 50 or Higher

B session is competitive. Players are expected to be fluent in rotational systems and not need any direction from teammates. A typical B player should be able to execute all volleyball skills (hitting, blocking, setting, passing, digging, and serving) with some consistency. They may have some skills that are stronger than others as they begin to specialize. In the skills relevant to their position, B players should be fairly consistent and make only occasional errors. Players at this level should be able to run plays with good passes and can typically get a kill on an open net.


Rating: 30 or Higher / Yankee C- or Higher

C session is a competitive session and general volleyball knowledge is required to be a good fit. Players in this session typically don’t have any formal training but are fairly athletic and are able to move quickly to the ball and react to plays as they unfold. Players understand rotational systems (5-1 or 6-2), and do not need direction from teammates about where to be on the court. A typical C player can execute most skills (hitting, blocking, setting, passing, digging, and serving), but the results may be error-prone on occasion.


Rating: No Minimum

This session is recreational. D session is a good fit for players who have just started playing volleyball, and haven’t received any formal training.
All are welcome.

Court Managing

In order to run indoor play efficiently, we require our general membership to support us by volunteering to court manage. This entails signing in players, collecting payments, forming teams, and resolving any play and logistical issues that arise for their respective sessions. In addition, if you court manage a session, your session fee will be waived for that session. If you’re interested in court managing or have any related questions, please fill in the form below or speak with our indoor play co-chairs.

For those new to court managing:  Court Managing Quick Guide

For trained court managers: Court Managing Sign Up Form

Equipment Rental

CBVA will be offering uniforms and ball rental to assist league members with traveling tournaments. Equipment is expected to be returned by the following weekend.

Equipment Rental Request

Contact the Indoor Committee