A beach volleyball league is an organization made up of a governing administration and composed of different beach volleyball teams. At the professional level each beach volleyball team has two members and two teams compete against each other in a match. At the recreational level leagues can determine how many players each team can have (more players makes it easier, less running). Leagues can vary in how many teams are competing within the league, the level of competition, and the gender of the league. Leagues can be solely for either men's teams, women's teams, or mixed both men and women. For higher levels of competition athletes compete in professional leagues, with lower levels of competition participating in recreational leagues.
The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) is the longest running and most popular beach volleyball league in the United States. It is based in Newport, California and has been in operation since 1983. The association uses a three tier development system with the bottom tier focused on youth development, the middle tier focuses on developing semi-professional athletes, and the highest tier is the tour for the professionals. The AVP allows two players per team in competitions consisting of mens and womens divisions. It has featured star Olympic athletes Misty May-Treanor and teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings who were gold medalists in 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics. For the men the 2017 MVP Phil Dalhausset is a star in his own name. The only level of competition higher than the AVP offers is in the Summer Olympic Games within international play.