2021 Indoor Play Options




Here are the currently available options for CBVA indoor:

Fall 2021 Open League

We’re excited to announce that we will be able to host 3 upcoming open play sessions in Cambridge! In lieu of our full 3 courts at the usual times, we are still looking forward to hosting sessions locally and seeing everyone.

When: Sundays, 10/24, 10/31, and 11/21, 5-8PM

Where: MIT’s Zesiger Center, 120 Vassar St Cambridge, MA (see below for parking and court location details)

How much: $15/pp

How to register: Register online via TeamArrange (use code “CBVA”) up to 48 hours in advance of each session

Format: Open play, with expected knowledge of 5-1 or 6-2.

Cap: 36 players on 2 courts

Masks are required at all times for participants and everyone must attest that they have been vaccinated and agree to the facility’s COVID policy on the following spreadsheet. Signups are located on TeamArrange and will close the Friday before each session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own balls as our supply is dwindling.

Parking: Metered spots are located all along Vassar St and on Mass Ave nearby. The facility is a ~15 minute walk from Central Square/Red Line and close to 1,CT2 bus stops on Mass Ave and Vassar St.

Directions to Court: Entrance is through Rockwell Cage, just off of Vassar St (desk worker should have your names via the signup spreadsheet, otherwise attest you are there for Community Volleyball). Continue down the main hall past the basketball courts and locker rooms until you reach a water fountain. Walk through the doorway on your immediate right and around the corner to your left, back toward the basketball court bleachers. There will be a door on your right leading down a long hallway. Continue past the fencing room and locker room to the end and the volleyball courts will be on the second floor.


Need a ride? Check out the carpooling coordination spreadsheet or ask around in the CBVA Facebook Group!



COVID-19 Play Modifications

  • Masks are required at all times. Disposable masks will be included for players if needed.
  • Format is 6 v 6 on a men’s height net on a regular indoor court
  • COVID waivers are required for all players, including substitutes
  • Refunds are not guaranteed in the event of season cancellation due to changing COVID-related restrictions and guidelines

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