This list of rankings is not meant to be a bible, or even totally complete. We have tried to give you a basic idea of what different rankings are available, and there associated skills.

Specialty Areas (6)
Proficiency Level (7-8)
This player has a complete skill set and is earning an income playing professional beach volleyball. Casey Patterson, Phil Dalhausser, Sean Rosenthal, Jake Gibb, Jennifer Kessy, April Ross and Kerri Walsh are among the best players on the Pro Tour today.

"Open" Or "AAA"
Specialty Areas (5-6)
Proficiency Level (5-7)
Those whose skills exceed even that of the "AA" players. The AAA player typically has had intensive training for national tournament competition at the collegiate and semi-professional levels and has obtained a regional and/or national ranking.

Specialty Areas (4-6)
Proficiency Level (5-6)
Any Player who consistently displays the advanced ability in most specialty areas along with top caliber development and execution of skills and who does not meet the criteria for any lower rating. This player has developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon. This player can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and hits dependable shots in a stress situation.

Specialty Areas (3-5)
Proficiency Level (4-6)
Any player who consistently displays advanced ability in either offensive skills (spiking, serving, setting) or defensive skills (passing, digging, blocking) to compete as a specialist and has sufficient ability to execute the dynamics of power volleyball. Also, Player does not meet the guidelines for any higher rating. This player has begun to master the use of power and shots and is beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and is beginning to vary game plan according to opponents.

Specialty Areas (2-4)
Proficiency Level (3-4)
This player has achieved improved ball control, dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage, and is developing defensive strategy.

Specialty Areas (1-2)
Proficiency Level (2-3)
Any experienced player who does not meet the guidelines for any of the other ratings. B players are quickly learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. This player may also sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.

"C" Or "Novice"
Specialty Areas (0-1)
Proficiency Level (0-2)
Inexperienced or new players. This player has little or no experience with playing volleyball. He/she is still working primarily on getting the ball into play and needs on-court experience. This player has obvious weaknesses in controlling the ball.

Specialty Areas:

Proficiency Levels:
1 – no skill
2 – low skill
3 – low to moderate skill
4 – moderate skill
5 – moderate to advanced skill
6 – advanced skill
7 – advanced to expert skill
8 – expert skill

Specialty areas are the different areas that a player can obtain proficiency in. The level of proficiency dictates how well the player has mastered these areas.