Lizzy Fowler's No Attitudes Allowed 

No Attitudes Volleyball Tournaments and League

No Attitudes Allowed Beach Volleyball Tournaments were originally offered to Amateur Novice and Intermediate Players that have never earned a California Beach Volleyball Association rating (or a rating from some other high-level organization.)  

The tournaments take place at Main Beach, Santa Cruz on a Saturday, once a month, and include categories for coed doubles, women's doubles, men's doubles, and novice doubles.  Inexperienced players only in the novice division and 2 men are not allowed to play together in coed doubles or novice doubles.  

To register, contact Liz at  Send your partner and your first and last name, division and month of tournament to Liz and use paypal for payment,  

The fee is $70.00 per 2 person team and $110.00 for 4 person. 

March 23 coed doubles, 4 person coed (at least 2 women,) men's and womens   

April 20 coed novice, coed intermediate, men's and women's   

May 4 coed century- both partner's ages add to at least 100 years, coed doubles, men's and women  

June15 coed novice, coed intermediate, men, and women  

July 20 coed doubles, 4 person cied (at least 2 women) men and women 

August 3 coed novice, coed intermediate, women and men September 21 coed doubles, women and men (fall folly format) October 19 coed novice, coed intermediate, men, and women  November 2 coed doubles, coed 4 person (at least 2 women,) men and women 

Leagues are offered spring, summer, and fall for 6-7 weeks.  Coed league is offered summer 2024 and Women's is offered fall 2024. Leagues are offered Thursday evenings with a match (2 out of 3 games) at  5:30 pm, 6:30 pm or 7:30 pm (during summer.) Players are assigned a time and team each week.  Playoffs with final games at the end of the league.  To enroll, get a partner and contact Liz at  

Spring League finalists:
Gold Division: David Troner, Emily Choinski and Heather Blake, Brad Ward
Silver Division: John Parsons, Elisha Arnone and Scott Failor, Kim Mygatt



  • 1. Go hard, have fun doing it.
  • 2. It's a team effort.
  • 3. Respect the game, respect your opponents, respect your partner.
  • 4. No dumping on one or two, kicking the ball after losing a point, swearing, passing out dirty looks to your opponents and partner, playing the whole court on serve receive, serving continually to the weaker player, not slapping hands on side changes, thinking your opponents are throwing every ball they touch (even if they are), not congratulating opponents win or lose at the end of a match.
  • 5. Make friends with your opponents.
  • 6. Smile whenever the tournament director walks by your court.
  • 7. No current or previously CBVA rated players. Players should be of an intermediate-advanced skill level.
  • 8. Those with an "Attitude" at the tournament will be given 1 warning.  If poor attitude and behavior continues, player will be asked to leave and no further participation is allowed in any future No Attitudes.  No "trash talking" or continual arguing of calls. The spirit of this tournament is to go 110% but support one another including our opponents while we are doing it.
  • 9. Loose hand setting standards when attempting to set your partner; double-hit, mishandled, side setting okay. No "deep dish" or carried balls. If hand set is used to send ball over the net, it must be perfect with no spin and shoulders (front or back) facing direction of released ball.
  • 10. No open handed serve receive or first contact unless digging a hard-driven spike. 
  • 11. In coed, men should try to serve and hit to men; women are free to serve either opponent.  If not coed, stronger player serves and hits to stronger player.  
  • 12. "Dumping" on 1 or 2 is not appropriate strategy for this tournament.
  • 13. 5 minutes between games; no pepper on the courts. 
  • 14. Every team goes to playoffs. If you decide to leave early, let the tournament director know. First or second round losers in playoffs may have the opportunity to play in a third division called the "Tide Pool." Stay close to the tournament board during playoffs; it is your responsibility to hear your court assignment.
  • 15. Be sure to leave your area of the beach clean and recycle what you can.
  • 16.  One toss per serve attempt.  The endline cannot be moved during the serving motion.  
  • 17. Soft dink (open hand, finger tip) is not allowed.  Ball must cleanly hit or pop off the hand.  
  • Games are rally scoring.  
  • 18.  Block counts as a contact.  Second contact can be played by the blocker.
  • 19.  Double hit is okay on hard-driven spike (ball must be hit from above the height of the net at a high rate of speed with a downward trajectory.  

Rain Out/Cancellation Policy

An email message concerning the status of a tournament will be sent out by 7:00 AM the morning of the tournament should rain or other adverse weather conditions be in the forecast.

In the event of rain or some other event resulting in the cancellation of a tournament, prepaid entries will be given a credit toward a future tournament. Since we take only the first 50 teams to register, let us know well in advance which tournament you would like to apply your credit so a spot can be reserved.

Should you want to withdraw from a tournament, 72 hours are required to receive a credit for a future tournament.

Feel free to contact me at or 831 818-9248 if there are any questions or concerns.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the idea behind "No Attitudes Allowed" volleyball tournaments?

To focus on the positive aspects of competition in an enjoyable and supportive manner. Participants are encouraged to compete at 110%, encourage their opponents to do the same and to develop lasting friendships. Players exhibiting a "Bad Attitude" will not be allowed to participate in future tournaments after 2 warnings. By registering for a tournament you agree to what the Tournament Director deems appropriate behavior and attitude. These tournaments are all about supporting each other while enjoying healthy competition. Life-time friendships are often made here!

We would also like to make a difference in this world of suffering. Over $90,000 has been raised for charitable causes through our not-for-profit program. See our Mission Statement for more.

2. What is the format of the tournaments?

Teams will be grouped into 4-6 team pools whenever possible. Matches will be one game to 21 or 25 points (depending on number of teams in pools and division,) win by 2. 

Officiating is done by all members of each pool. Five minutes is allowed between games, with a point per minute penalty for not being ready to play at game time. There is no official lunch break and all teams are eligible for playoffs. Teams will play a minimum of 5 games during the tournament.

3. What is the skill level of the participants?

The great majority of participants are intermediate level players (with the exception of the "Novice" Division which is for inexperienced players). No current CBVA (California Beach Volleyball Association) rated players are permitted.  Exceptions are  rare and are made for “previously-rated” or “not currently-rated” CBVA players when they are paired with an inexperienced partner such as a family member or a player just starting out. Prior approval from the tournament director is required.

4. What are the divisions?

Typically, there are divisions for Coed, Novice (two adult men are not allowed to play together in the novice or coed division), and Men's doubles. Occasional tournaments also take place for women's doubles and coed 4-person.

5. What is the format of playoffs?

All teams advance to a playoff, either the championship bracket or the consolation bracket. Time permitting, first round, and sometimes second round, playoff losers in either bracket will move to a third informally organized bracket called the "Tide Pool". The purpose is to keep teams playing as long as possible.

6. How many tournaments a year are scheduled?

Tournaments are typically scheduled monthly from April to November.

7. What is the registration fee?

$55.00 for preregistered teams. If spots are available the day of the tournament the fee is $60. Some  proceeds are donated to local non-profits.

8. What is the refund policy?

In the event of rain or some other event resulting in the cancelation of a tournament, prepaid entries will be given a credit toward a future tournament. Since we only take the first 50 teams to register, let us know well in advance which tournament you would like to apply your credit so a spot can be reserved.

Should you want to withdraw from a tournament, 72 hours are required to receive a credit for a future tournament. Prepaid teams that do not show up for a tournament will have their entry fee donated to local organization.

9. How do teams register?

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis as a maximum of only 52 teams will be accepted. 

Email registrations only to  

Use pay pal or payment with check.

Checks can be mailed to:  Liz Fowler, 300 Capelli Dr., Felton, Ca. 95018

10. What is check-in time?

8:15-845 AM the day of the tournament. Do not be late! At 8:45 AM preregistrated spots not checked-in will be given to teams on the waiting list.

11. What about Directions and Parking?

Parking is metered and strictly enforced near the beach, free 10 minutes away on Washington Street. Nearby parking lots charge about $5-10 per day.

12. How long does the tournament last?

Teams play most of the day. Typically the elimination of teams starts about 2:00 pm. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of 5 games.

13. What are the prizes?

The winners of each division get T-shirts.

14. Is there a minimum age?

No, but legal guardians must sign the waiver for minors.

15. Can two women play in Coed, Men's and Novice divisions?

Two women are not allowed in Men's but are allowed in Novice and Coed.  

16. Can a coed team play in the men's division?

There might be an exception.

17. Can two men play together in the Novice Division?


18. If a team wins a tournament are they excluded from future play?

No, but after winning two tournaments a team is asked to split up and find different partners.

19. What is the makeup of teams for the 4-person tournament?

2 women and 2 men; 1 rated player allowed.

20. What about net height? 

The nets are set at Men's height (8') for Coed, Novice, and Men's Divisions, and at Women's height for Women's Divisions (7'4").

21. Are there restrooms nearby?

There are city-maintained restrooms and an outdoor shower near the volleyball courts.

22. What kind of eating establishments are nearby

Falafel, Mexican taquerias, Picnic Basket (sandwiches and salads,) Liquor Store and various types of restaurants are across the street from the beach.