Welcome to the Northern California High School Beach Volleyball League

Update September 6, 2022: We intend to continue with the NorCal High School Beach Volleyball Club League for the 2022-2023 season.  As always, we will model our season on the NCAA season with roughly the same schedule of late-February through April with a target of NorCal Final in early May at Santa Cruz Main Beach.  Full schedule to be published later this fall.

Update May 10, 2022: The 2022 Season has concluded officially on May 8th at Santa Cruz Main Beach with a great turnout and the girls getting lots of touches. The Final results are here. We will continue with our NorCal Beach Volleyball High School League next year and until we see a full transition to CIF, as we want to continue our mission to grow the sport and get the girls out for as much play as possible. Until Fall where we plan to hold some pre-season events, all the best!

Update February 27, 2022: The 2022 Season is up and running including a great event hosted by Half Moon Bay High School yesterday with a great turn out. Season match scores can be submitted here and Season results can be viewed here. Keep up the momentum and look for more updates in the coming weeks on the path to NorCal Finals on May 8th in Santa Cruz.

Update January 21, 2022: The 2022 Seasons are approaching (clarifying “seasons” in that NorCal High School Club Season will be running concurrently with CIF Season). We remain focused on two guiding objectives 1) get the girls as many touches as possible and 2) support the growth of the sport. For this reason, we see the need to continue the Club League to support programs who are not yet equipped to pay coaches, pay referees and commit to fielding 3-5 teams regularly (CIF requirement). We do not see the Club League as competitive with CIF, rather to be complimentary and we are actively working to ensure no conflicts. Below are high-level overview of the two seasons and a list of teams can be found here which identifies participation in each.

NorCal Club League: The formal season begins on February 14th and runs through May 1st with our NorCal Finals held at Santa Cruz Main Beach on May 8th. Requirements to participate in the Finals will be that your Club must play at least 2 other Club Teams in season to record/post match scores and files 3 pairs (minimum 2 pairs) at the Finals. More details to come on the Finals as the date approaches. There are no fees to participate in the Club League other than a nominal charge per team for the finals to support the cost of court rentals and awards. We currently have 4 events scheduled with more to come. Check back here or contact Barry Peters for more information.

CIF: The formal season begins February 12th and commences on April 16th and there are no playoffs planned for CIF in 2022. CIF requirements are that your school should have 5 pairs with a minimum of 3 pairs to participate in contests, CIF season details can be found here. Notre Dame Belmont is one of the schools committed to CIF and currently has 3 events schedule, one of which is outside of the season – details are here. Note that CIF guidelines prohibit CIF schools and players from participating in Club events during the season, so there will be no interplay between CIF and Club teams during the season.

Update December 17, 2021: We have announced our 2022 Season dates and will run the season beginning on Monday, February 14th through Sunday May 1 with NorCal Beach High School Club finals being held at Santa Cruz Main Beach on Sunday May 8th from 9am to 3pm to crown the 2022 season NorCal High School Club champion. The NorCal Beach High School Club League will be sharing more information in January and help coordinate play for Club School teams.

Notes about this season: Please note that we are actively working with California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) to coordinate our League as not to interfere with their season, noting that we remain unclear on the outlook for CIF in the Northern Region for the 2022 season. It is the intention of our NorCal Beach High School League to operate in parallel offering schools who are not yet structured to hire coaching staff and commit to 3-5 teams regularly to participate in our League. It is our fun intention to work to assist school in the migration from our League to CIF, when the sport is firmly established within the school, though we do not want to subside until CIF is more settled with the sport.’ Below is our proposal to the CIF for this season to section, noting that by CIF regulation teams will not be able to compete across the categories during the season:

CIF-committed schools: These are the a few High Schools who believe they can field enough girls (minimum of 3-5 pairs regularly), pay coaches and potentially even secure courts.  These schools are mostly in Santa Cruz including Harbor, Soquel, Santa Cruz and potentially a few more.  Notre Dame Belmont (NDB) is the one Peninsula known to be committed to CIF play this year.  NorCal Beach High School League will work to connect these schools with one another to advance the CIF efforts, as well as encourage as any other schools who feel they can field 3-5 teams regularly to participate.  NDB has courts and Santa Cruz teams have easy access to beach courts. Complete information on CIF Beach Volleybal can be found here.
NorCal Club League schools: These are schools in two categories: 1) schools who cannot field 3-5 teams consistently and do not have paid coaches, though want to help grow the sport and work to field CIF teams in the coming years in cluing schools like Mills, Branson, Berkeley, Del Oro, Hillsdale, Los Gatos, and others 2) schools who can field 3+ teams consistently, though feel that the competition will be larger by playing in the NorCal League this year as they feel there will be more diversity in schools.  This group includes schools like Half Moon Bay, Redwood, Pleasant Valley, Cardinal Newman and others.
Our plan is to focus on helping to grow the NorCal League schools efforts as they ramp toward CIF in the coming year(s).  We absolutely do NOT want to interfere with CIF, in fact we are looking to grow it.

Go here for a list of schools and identification of which category they fit.

Update November 1, 2021: We are planning to hold our pre-season pairs event in Montara Beach on Sunday, December 28th beginning at 9am with check-in at 8:30am.  Al schools are welcome and one or more teams from each school can participate.  This is a pairs event where all pairs represent their respective schools, though not a duals format.  Go here to see the list of schools who are participating; to sign up, contact barry@peterscellars.com for details.   More details to follow this month on CIF and CCS outlook for the 2021-2022 season.

Update September 20, 2021: We’re looking forward to a great and full 2022 spring season with details to follow on this site.  We will be announcing pre-season events soon, so click here to be added to the email notification list about upcoming events.

Update May 3, 2021: Thanks to ALL of the players, coaches, managers and parents for a great close to the 2021 NorCal season at Ocean Beach with the NorCal Finals on May 2nd.  It was a difficult season, though many folks worked hard to make it happen with eight schools battling the conditions and their opponents while full of smiles.

Congratulations to Half Moon Bay for taking the top of the podium in 1st, Pleasant Valley at 2nd along with Aragon at 3rd; full results here.  State Finals will be held at Dockweiler Beach on June 5th and Half Moon Bay will be representing Northern California as the NorCal Champions.

We look forward to a tremendous season for 2022 and will be circulating more information to prepare this fall for the pre-season and spring of next year.  Will see you on the sand!

Update March 1, 2021: We are planning to open the 2021 season effective April 1 with League Play, so all schools are free to schedule matches to count toward League record beginning in April.  We are finalizing the plans with Santa Cruz Main Beach, where we intend to fold the NorCal finals with a tentative date of mid-May (date to be confirmed).  The State finals are slated for late May with more details to come, which will be posted here.

Additionally, we are planing a multi-school event at Ocean Beach San Francisco on Saturday April 17th.  Current schools include: Aragon, Central Catholic, Half Moon Bay, Pleasant Valley and Redwood.  Please contact Barry Peters, if you would like more information or to participate.

Update February 7, 2021: We are actively exploring opportunities to get the 2021 season in play, given the restrictions that we have in place.  below are a few bits of news.

1. Gino Grajeda, commissioner of the IBVL, AAU Beach and the California Commissioner for the Southern Section and the State for High School Beach volleyball called me last week to let me know that the Southern Section is planning for a reduced season starting on April 1st with the State Finals slated for the last weekend of May.  Of course, this is the current plan and subject to change.  Gino said if they have to slip the schedule they may condense to an April 15th start date with the late May Finals.

2. We will look to follow the same schedule as SoCal as best we can, noting that one of our biggest challenge right now is venues to play along with potential support from schools.  We are watching the restrictions and will keep you posted later this month on any outlook.  Please contact us if you have teams that you believe you can potentially field in the April-May timeline, as we have a couple schools that have expressed interest and optimistic commitment to the season.  We never know the future, though we’d love to be prepped and ready to go if we get the high sign!

3. Lastly, some relatively big news for the sport.  Steve Sell, Athletic Director at Aragon High School and Central Coast Section Vice President,  reported to me today on Friday the CIF voted 140 to 0 (unanimously!) in favor of beach volleyball an official CIF Sport.  This should have no material impact on our League in the short term and we will work on plans in the coming years to transition accordingly, though a huge win for validation of the sports.  More to come on this as it develops for the 2021-2022 season.

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Update July 31, 2020: Due to COVID-19, the 2020 season was halted in March of 2020.  We are actively reviewing the opportunity to restart the League as early as October 2020 with the focus on safely getting girls back out on the sand.  Of course, this planning is very fluid, though we have full support from our AAU partners and the Southern California High School Leagues which are planning the same.  We expect to provide regular (likely twice monthly) updates as October approaches.  Below is a list of Schools which have express preliminary interest. Please contact NorCalBeachVolleyball@peterscellars.com if you would like to receive updates.

Fall 2020 Prospects with interest to play: Acalanes, Aragon, Bishop O’Dowd, Carondelet, Central Catholic, Half Moon Bay, Hillsdale, Menlo School, Mount Madona, Mountain View, Napa, Pleasant Valley, Redwood, Saint Joseph Notre Dame.

Useful links below:

Important link for all things High School Beach Volleyball where you will find links to the list of schools with contact information for each.

Last Complete Season (2019)

Congratulations to all of the teams who participated in the 2019 season!  Top finishes were:

1st place: Branson (3rd year in a row)
2nd place: Redwood (2nd year in a row)
3rd place: Notre Dame Belmont
4th place: Sacred Heart Cathedral

Branson and Redwood will be representing Northern California on Saturday, May 11th in Santa Monica in the California State Finals.

The 2019 Norcal Finals on May 5th, click here to see full brackets and results.

We look forward to seeing you all next season.  More to come on the 2020 season starting in November 2019. Click here to ensure you are kept informed on our 2020 season.

Welcome! This site provides details on the Northern California High School Beach Volleyball League formed in 2017.  We recently completed our 3rd year with our season commencing in February 2019 through May 2019 where the top two Northern California schools will represent Northern California in the State Finals in Southern California.

Below you will find information and some resources for the league.  For information on starting a team, click here.  Please note that the Northern California High School Beach Volleyball League is not affiliated with the CIF; we are an organization that is focused on getting girls to play the sport, leveraging a School Club format.

We had over 50 High Schools participate in the 2019 season, click here to see the list.

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