Matches and rules

Great, greater, greatest

An event that never stops expanding with a growing participation from Europe, Russia, North and South America, Australia, China and Japan. If you have never been to the Beach Volley Marathon® don’t miss this new edition that promises to be memorable for the sheer amount of novelties and for the thrill of being the protagonist of a new challenge: reaching the record number of 30.000 participants!

Who is the tournament for?

The tournament is open for teams at any level divided in the 2×2, 3×3 and 4×4 categories:

  • 2×2 Females: 2 women in court + 1 possible reserve / Match days: Friday and Saturday
  • 2×2 Male: 2 men in court + 1 possible reserve / Match days: Friday and Saturday
  • 2×2 Mixed: 1 man and 1 woman in court + 1 possible reserve / Match day: Sunday
  • 3×3 Female: 3 women in court + 2 possible reserves / Match days: Saturday and Sunday
  • 3×3 Male: 3 men in court + 2 possible reserves / Match days: Saturday and Sunday
  • 4×4 Mixed: 2 men and 2 women in court + 2 possible reserves / Match days: Saturday and Sunday

The athletes competing for a team cannot be part of any other team in the same category, but they can be part of different teams in different categories. 

Participation in the Beach Volley Marathon® entails the acceptance of the “General Rules”.

If you’re looking for a team to play in or you can’t find a player to complete your team, you can post your request in the Facebook group “Cerco squadra e giocatore BeachVolleyMarathon” (“Looking for a team and athlete BeachVolleyMarathon”).

You can download the “BeachVolleyMarathonApp” to check the schedule of the matches, the match scores, the general ranking, the court locations, the ‘looking for a team/athlete’ section, the tournament rules, and to access a lot of other interesting content.

To participate in the tournament as an athlete you must have a fitness medical certificate for non competitive sports (certificate of good health issued by your GP/family doctor) or, alternatively, a fitness medical certificate for competitive sports – which must be valid at the time of the dates of the event. During registration, all medical certificates of all team members must be uploaded online. An exception to the above will be made for all athletes, members of a recognized sports promotion body or of a national sports federation, who will have a fitness medical certificate for sports valid for the 2021-2022 season. These athletes, at registration, will state the body/federation they are members of and declare that their fitness medical certificate for sports is valid at the time of the event. Note: during the event a doctor will be at the disposal of the participants who will want to be visited to get their fitness medical certificate for sports. It will be possible to get a payment doctor’s appointment (without booking) in the dedicated medical area near the central arena in the following days:

  • thursday from 6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
  • friday from 7.45 a.m. to 9.00 p.m
  • saturday and Sunday from 7.45 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.

Team formation is decided by entering the names of the athletes at registration. Any changes to the team formation and the athletes’ list (e.g.: replacing/adding new athletes, variation in the required data and uploading of medical certificates) can always be made following these steps:

  • after registration by sending an email to the organizing office with your request (bvm@radunisportivi.it);
  • asking for the change at check-in.

An athlete can also be added during the qualifying matches with a formal request to the Director of the tournament who, after verifying the regularity of the request, will update the team formation, provided that the new athlete has not already played matches in the same game category. One athlete only can be added to the 2×2 F/M/Mixed categories and up to two athletes for the 3×3 M/F and 4×4 Mixed categories, without surpassing the limit of the possible reserves, considering that no changes are allowed. Attention: if the players in the court are not the same of the team formation, the team will be immediately expelled from the tournament. The expelled team will have no refund rights or any awarding of money prize.

The 2×2 M/F matches will take place on Friday and Saturday and will include a qualifying round (on Friday) and a final round (on Saturday) following a competition scoreboard with 32 teams with double elimination matches: after the first defeat the team will move to the losing scoreboard and will be eliminated after two defeats. The matches on Friday and Saturday will be played as a single set to 21 points, with a maximum of 23 points; the final matches only (1st -2nd and 3rd -4th places) will be played using the two out of three sets, to 21 points, with a maximum of 23 points and any third set will be played to 15 points with a difference of two points, without a score limit. In May, the best 64 teams of the qualifying round for both categories will access to the final round of Saturday, divided in two separate scoreboards: Gold (1st-32nd) and Silver (33rd64th). In September, the best 32 teams of the qualifying round for both categories will access the final on Saturday.

The 2×2 Mixed category matches are played on Sunday only, with a qualifying round (up to a maximum of 128 teams divided in four competition scoreboards with 32 teams) following the double elimination method: after the first defeat the team will move to the losing scoreboard; after two defeats the team will be eliminated. The first and second team from the qualifying round of each scoreboard will access the finals, provided a possible repechage, up to a total of 8 teams. The final rounds are played with single elimination matches. All matches (including the final matches) are played as a single set to 21 points with a maximum of 23.

The matches of the 3×3 M/F and 4×4 Mixed categories will take place on Saturday and Sunday and will include a qualifying round (on Saturday) in rounds of five teams. At the end of the qualifying round, for each category, a provisional ranking will be written based on the point difference gained by each team. With the same point difference, the best positions are assigned on the basis of the registration date, and in case of another tie with a drawing. The final round (on Sunday) will follow the above mentioned classification with single elimination matches up to the final. On Saturday and Sunday the matches are played in a single set to 21 points with a limit of 23; the final matches only (1st-2nd place) are played in a single set to 21 points with a difference of two points without a score limit. For the 3×3 M / F and 4×4 Mixed categories, the best ranked 768 teams in the qualifying round will access the final round, divided in four different scoreboards: Platinum (1st -192nd); Gold (193rd -384th); Silver (385th -576th); Bronze (577th -768th). In the event that a scoreboard of the final round will have less than 32 teams, those teams will be included in the scoreboard that precedes it, for example: Bronze Scoreboard with 30 registered teams will be included in the Silver Scoreboard. Note: please remember that for the 3×3 M/F and the 4×4 Mixed categories the final match for the 3rd and 4th place will not be played: the two losing semi-finalist teams will both be placed third and will be awarded the bronze medal and equal prize money.

  • 2×2 M/F categories: Friday (qualifying round) from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.; Saturday (final round) from 8.30 a.m. and with final matches starting at 3.30 p.m.
  • 2×2 Mixed category: Sunday (one day only) from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., with final matches starting at 3.30 p.m.
  • 3×3 M/F and 4×4 Mixed categories: Saturday (qualifying round) from 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.; Sunday (final round) from 8.30 a.m. and with final matches starting at 5.00 p.m.

Note: the schedule of the final matches may be subject to variation.

Participating athletes will act as referees according to the tournament schedule available in the dedicated section of the “BeachVolleyMarathonApp”. The final matches will be refereed by federal referees. All matches must be played in accordance with fair play values, athletes must accept the referee’s decisions and be respectful of all the other participants and referees; otherwise, the Director of the Tournament can decide, at his own discretion, to exclude the participant from the tournament without refund obligation.

The participants refereeing the matches will have to fill in match reports. The final score of the match must be clearly legible and must be signed by both teams in acceptance. In case of non-authentication, the final result of the match will still be considered valid and hence registered. Note: Those match reports that do not allow a clear assignation of the result due to incomplete, false or illegible data will not be taken into consideration.

For the 3×3 M/F and 4×4 Mixed categories, teams must verify the accuracy of the final results of their matches displayed in the dedicated section of the BeachVolleyMarathonApp. The results of the morning matches (8.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.) have to be checked before 2.00 p.m.; the results of the afternoon matches (1.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.) before 7.00 p.m. After those times no correction request of the results will be accepted.

In the qualifying rounds of the 3×3 M/F and 4×4 Mixed categories, the results of the matches ended by default will be assigned to the losing team with a score of 0 points made and 21 points taken. The score will determine the point difference of the provisional ranking. However, no points will be assigned and counted to teams winning the match by default.

The rankings for the 3×3 M/F and 4×4 Mixed categories, at the end of the qualifying rounds, will be available from 9.00 p.m. on Saturday, in the dedicated section of the “BeachVolleyMarathonApp”, where it will also be possible to consult the schedule of the matches and the refereeing assigned for the final round of all categories.

Teams that should not show up, show up more than 5 minutes late of the scheduled time on the match report, or should be missing a team member will be declared defeated by default with a score of 0-21. As an exception to the above mentioned rule, teams with one or more athletes playing a match in a different category at the same time of the beginning of the match, will be granted a 40-minute delayfrom the scheduled time on the match report. Beyond that time (40 minutes) the team will be asked by the Director of the Tournament to choose which match they will play in and, therefore, which match they will lose by default. Giving up a match will not entail an obligation of refund to the team by the organization of event. Note: to make the organization of concurrent matches easier, in the final rounds of the 3x3M/F and 4×4 Mixed categories, the teams are kindly invited to let the Director of the Tournament know of any concurrent matches in due time.

For the final rounds and for all the other matches played in the central arena, athletes must wear the official Beach Volley Marathon® tank top (handed at the time of the check-in in Bibione). Should any team not comply, they will lose the match by default and will not be awarded any prize money.

The event will take place in any weather condition. Obviously, in case of particularly adverse weather conditions (or other external events) the Director of the Tournament can decide to suspend the matches once, or more than once, and to resume them when the external conditions will allow it. The match will resume with the same score it had at the time of the suspension.

For the 2×2 categories:

  • in the event of a permanent suspension of the qualification round matches, the placements of the teams still in the game, that have not been assigned yet, will be decided according to the registration date or, in case of a tie, with a drawing. In the event of not being able to play all the qualifying round matches, the ranking will be decided according to the registration date or, in case of a tie, with a drawing;
  • In the event of a permanent suspension of the final round matches, for each related scoreboard, the prize money, except for the part that may have already been awarded, will be equally divided among the remaining teams, still in the game at the time of the suspension, except when the amount of the award to be assigned to each team will be less than 50.00 euros per team.

For the 3×3 and the 4×4 categories:

  • In the event of a permanent suspension of the qualifying round matches, the provisional rankings will be decided according to the results of each team at the time of the suspension. The teams, that may have not played any match, will be assigned by default a point difference equal to the average of the points calculated on the matches played in their category; in case of an equal point difference, the ranking position will be decided according to the registration date or, in case of a tie, with a drawing. In the event of a permanent suspension of the qualifying round matches, the prize money for each category will be equally divided among the scoreboards, according to the percentages applied to the different positions in the ranking.
  • In the event of a permanent suspension of the the final round matches, for each related scoreboard, the prize money, except for the part that may have already been awarded, will be equally divided among the remaining teams, still in the game at the time of the suspension, except when the amount of the award to be assigned to each team will be less than 50.00 euros per team.

Competition schedule

Competition schedules can be checked the week previous to the beginning of the event. In any case we recommend downloading the free “BeachVolleyMarathonApp”. In the app you will be able, among other things, to verify the correct inclusion of your team.

Rankings

Competition schedules can be checked the week previous to the beginning of the event. In any case we recommend downloading the free “BeachVolleyMarathonApp”. The rankings of the final rounds will be available in the days after the tournament. The rankings of the qualifying rounds will be available on the free “BeachVolleyMarathonApp”. The rankings of the final rounds will be available in the days after the tournament. In the “BeachVolleyMarathonApp”, among other things, you will be able to look for your team, its score, its placement, the matches played and to be played, the number of the assigned court, etc.-

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