Manly courts guidelines

NBVA Court Rules

Guidelines for use of Manly Beach Volleyball Courts

  • These courts are provided free of charge for the general public.
  • If there is an empty court, you may just go on and play.
  • Once all courts are full, if you wish to play you either need to wait for a court to become empty, or else challenge a court.

To challenge a court

  • Look at the games on all courts to see which is closest to your standard of play
  • A challenge is laid by putting a stick (twig, shoe, bottle – something that stands up) by the net post on that court (usually the post closest to the wall).  If there are other sticks there, yours will go at the back of the line.
  • General format is one set of “point per rally” to 21 points changing ends every 7 points.  Winner stays on and the next team with a stick in the line will play the winners of the previous game.
  • If you get less than 12 points in a rally point game, the court you are playing on may be too strong for you and you should consider looking for another court to play.

Consider other users

  • These courts are here for everyone – from beginners to professional athletes. 
  • If there is a free court and teams are playing/training on other courts, they do not have to accept a challenge. If there is no free court the teams playing/training need to accept challenges. They have 20 minutes to wrap up there game/training before taking on the challenge. 
  • However once all courts become full, all courts should be ready to accept challenges.  For the enjoyment of everyone, please make sure you are challenging a court that is an appropriate level.
  • Players with training schedules are encouraged to use the courts at less busy times where possible.


Notes: You cannot challenge at two courts at the same time.  You also cannot challenge on one court and play on another court in the meantime. As per council guidelines no one is allowed to set up a portable net on Manly Beach. Lastly if the winning team decides to step of the court the next two teams that have a thong in line can get on.

Local tournaments are organised once a month through the summer.

NBVA League
Social Leagues (pairs and 4s) are organised through the summer on Saturday afternoons.  Contact These tournaments take preference over public usage on the courts they require.

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