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The JSVBA Rating and Ranking System is the State of the Art in Beach Volleyball Tournament Seeding!

We use your top 10 finishes out of the last 22 events that we have run to determine your seeding point total.

Note that it does not matter whether you play all, some, or none of the events your finishes are only counted if they are within the last 22 events that we have conducted.

By using only the top 10 finishes we eliminate the "bad day" or the time you do not play. It is important that you play about half of the time or your seeding will be under-calculated.


To achieve a rating it goes like this:

  • Finish 1st and you will be rated one level higher. (As long as there are more than 8 teams competing in the division)
  • Finish 2nd or 3rd and you will get rated at the level you are playing.
  • Finish 5th and you will get rated one level lower. (except for when you are already rated higher)
  • Finish Last in your Pool and you may request that we lower your rating. (Assuming that both you and your partner are rated at the level you just played!)

All ratings are dropped one level on April 1st every year. (April Fools Day, Of Course!)

Ratings are not given, you must earn them, on the sand!


The point system is fairly simple and straight forward. You are awarded points for participating and as you finish higher you get more points. There are factors for the different divisions and a factor for the number of teams in the division.

Got all that? Don't worry, the example will explain it better than any text can.

The Factors by division are:

  • B = 1
  • BB = 2
  • A = 4
  • AA = 8
  • Open/AAA/Pro = 32

The Factor for number of teams in the Division is easy to compute. It equals 100% + 1% for every team in the division.

Example: 16 teams = 1.16 or 116%


Factors for the finishes are:

  • 1st = 10
  • 2nd = 9
  • 3rd = 8
  • 5th = 5
  • 9th = 1
  • Every one lower than 9th = .5

So when all is said and done at the event, this is how you can figure how many points you should have gotten:

Example: Joe VB played BB and finished 3rd in a tournament with 20 teams in BB

We take 8 (finish factor) multiply by 2 (division factor) multiply by 1.2 (number of teams factor) and we come up with 19.20 points for the day.

If Joe had not made it out of pool he would have received 1/2 of the points for a ninth place finish. In this particular case he would have received 1.2 points for having participated.


Now, How does that relate to what you see when you look in the Ratings and Rankings Book to see how many points you have?

If Joe had played in 5 events out of the last 22 and finished with this same number of points each time (Highly Unlikely!) his seeding points in the book would show 96 and his rating would be BB.

If Joe had played in 12 events out of the last 22 and finished with this same number of points each time (Again, Highly Unlikely!) his seeding points in the book would show 192 and his rating would be BB.

Why only 192? Remember we only use the best 10, so 2 of those don't count.

So now you know why we use a Computer to do all of this stuff!


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