volleyball battle on the bay

For more than 25 years, volleyball players have competed in this day long tournament that is so big, it is held both at McCann Field on Toledo Avenue near downtown Put-in-Bay and overflow on the high school softball field. Over 2,500 players compete in numerous divisions including Open, A, BB, B, C, “Rec”reational.

Quick Info

The rules are simple: Co-ed 6s grass; minimum of 2 women on the court; USAV outdoor rules apply; there will NOT be a girl hit rule. The event is sponsored by Lakeview Beach Volleyball. Hotel reservations should be made early for this large event by calling 888-742-7829 or 419-285-3101. For rental home or waterfront condo rentals call 216-898-9951.

Volleyball Pre-Registration

Pre-register your team online using the online form to the right. You may then choose to mail in a check to the address listed below, pay online or pay at the pre-check in party. No money will be taken on Saturday of play!

Tournament shirts will be given to teams registered AND paid on/prior to July 31st. If registering more than 6 people, it will be $10 per each additional shirt.

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Open, A, BB, B, C, “Rec”reational

Depending on the number of teams, all nets will be on McCann field unless there is a large amount of teams that register.

ALT field option: would be Open, A, & BB Divisions at the HS Softball Diamond and B, C, Rec will be at McCann Field

Field assignments are assigned to the best of our ability, however some BB divisions may be moved to McCann field due to division size. Please be understanding of this request if this happens.

Directors hold the rights to combine divisions, if needed.

Volleyball Cost

$210 per Team. No Refunds one week prior to event

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Co-ed 6s grass; Minimum of 2 women on the court; USAV outdoor rules apply; There will NOT be a girl hit rule.

We will be shooting for 5 and 4 Team pools, that way all teams will have a standard of 8 games during pool play. If you should get in a 4 team pool, you will get 6 games of longer scoring. We hope to avoid 6 team pools, if possible.

You may not sign up and play for multiple teams.

Tournament Directors reserve the right to make any necessary roster changes due to unforeseen circumstances.

A players must play in at least one pool play game and on the signed team roster in order to play in the playoffs for that team.

Costume Contest

There is a costume contest for all teams. Dress in a common theme and get as extreme as you would like. Throughout play, pictures will be taken and the best team costume will receive a prize!

Put-in-Bay Volleyball Rules

General Rules- USAV Rules apply unless otherwise stated

Contact with the net is a violation (except hair). This is for safety concerns.

With no centerline, that violation becomes an interference call and referee’s judgment.

Touch on the Block does not count as a hit: permitted 3 hits following the touch on the block.

There is a NO girl hit rule. Meaning: During a volley if there are multiple hits on a side, a woman doesn’t have to be one of those contacts.

No Hard Cleat Shoes or Golf Spikes. This is for safety concerns, and trying to gain an advantage. Competition can get very escalated and many people are bare-footed and you could cause serious injury should you accidentally step on a foot or ankle.


You may not sign up and play for multiple teams.

Tournament Directors reserve the right to make any necessary roster changes due to unforeseen circumstances.

A player must have played in at least one pool play game for the team and be on the signed roster prior to playoffs to be eligible to play in playoffs with that team.

Substitutions: If rotating players, the player rotating in must be at position; along with maintaining the 2 female mininum on the court.

Substitutions: Standard Subs are permitted as in USAV. Ex: front / back row players using same position, however the 2 female minimum must be maintained on the court.

Substitutions: Use of the Libero is permitted however the 2 female minimum must be maintained on the court.

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Put-in-Bay Volleyball FAQ

How many teams are you taking this year?

We determined that we can hold up to 160 teams comfortably. Because the Size of the Island Tournament, some divisions grow extremely large. Instead of an Upper or Lower or a new division. Our staff will set a size limit and divide large division into 2 or even 3 tourneys of the same Division. By doing this, we create more winners for prizes, but more importantly we keep the tournament manageable. This means a better service to you and less down or wait time. Also, some divisions may stay very small, if we deem them too small we may merge them with a division that is very close in skill. In this case of a merged Division, our staff will then make a decision if an Upper & Lower Playoff for the merged group is warranted. If so, then during playoffs for that division an Upper and Lower Division will be made by Records.

Where is the best place to stay at Put-in-Bay?

The Island Club Home Rentals has been the traditional host for this event because they offer about 70 houses ranging in size from 8 to 16 people. It is a very cost-effective option for large groups like ours. The new Put-in-Bay Waterfront Condos sleep from 10-12 people each and are close to the fields of play. These are the nicest lodgings on the island. There are also the cottages at Birds Nest Resort and hotel rooms down at the Commodore Resort. You can view all of them on the Put-in-Bay lodging page.

Putinbay Condos

Where on the Island will the tournament be held?

There are 2 locations that we run the tournament on. The property just before you get into town (on the left of the main road). And the Baseball Diamond by the High School.

Does everyone have to Check-In for Volleyball?

Yes, all members of your team must sign the waivers before participating in the Put-In-Bay Volleyball Tournament. To get your net assignement for Saturday, you will need to have at least one member present and the team paid for in full on Friday at the Pre-check in. The team waiver may be turned in Friday or Saturday, but ABSOLUTELY MUST be signed by all players and turned by Saturday morning before play begins!

Is there an open division?

Yes, we do have an open division.

Is everyone given a T-shirt for playing?

6 T-shirts are given to those teams who register AND pay by the deadline set. Rosters larger than 6 will need to pay $10 for each additional shirt. A limited number of shirts will be available to purchase.

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Will there be any Volleyball T-Shirts for Sale?

Due to the amount of shirts given for pre-registering, a limited amount of shirts will be available. Volleyball may sell their own tournament shirts, however that is their decision. There are always great sales at the Put-in-Bay stores downtown also.

How Do I Know We are registered?

Check the Website, we have a link to a page that lists all teams that have Registered. (Will be updated every few days prior to tourney) We WILL NOT BE calling teams if you are in the tournament, however, if your team is closed out for any reason, we will contact someone on your team ASAP. Registration is done online this year, either via the online form. Registration isn’t complete until payment is received. Payment can be made via PayPal, mailing a check or paying Friday before the tournament.

What is Volleyball Pre-Registration all about?

Your team may check in and sign waivers the night before the tournament and you will receive a fast pass for the next morning for net assignments. If your team is checked in FULL (all players signed the mass waiver), then you may avoid check-in the day of tournament. However, the team is not fully checked in until every last player signs the waiver spots. If you have someone that hasn’t signed a waiver, your team may not start until he/she does at check-in, in the morning

Can I play on more than one volleyball team during if there is an injury or a team is short players?

While we appreciate your helpfulness, once you have signed the liability form for a particular volleyball team, that is the only team you can play on for the entire day. You MAY NOT play for one team in pool play and then “help” a team in the playoffs because your team didn’t make it.

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