Tokyo Gaijins Volleyball Club

Tokyo Gaijins organizes regular volleyball pick-up sessions at Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall and/or Minato-ku Sports Center, two nice indoor courts located in the heart of Tokyo. There is a total of around 900 members/subscribers on our volleyball mailing list. About 75% of the members are foreigners and 25% are Japanese. There are more female than male players in this club. We play six on six under regular rules. An average of around 18-24 players participate on every sessions. Male/female, all nationalities and levels are welcome! Basically, we are playing for laughs, some good workout while meeting a lot of people, and making new friends.

We also organizes beach volleyball session/trip on nearby beaches during the summer!

Come play volleyball with us!

How to join

  • Fill-out the membership form.
  • Read the membership, rules and guidelines carefully.
  • Join the mailing list/s right after confirmation of your membership.
  • Check upcoming games.
  • The volleyball schedules are fixed. However, there's a small possibility that we may cancel, postpone or adjust the time due to unavoidable circumstances (e.g. natural calamity, availability of the person in-charge, etc.). Please make sure that you are subscribed to the volleyball mailing list so we can send you a notice in case we cancel or adjust the time of the session. You can also check the website for updates before coming.
  • No need to sign up (unless requested), it's first-come/first-served! All you need to do is show up, pay the fee to the person in-charge before the game on the court, play and have fun.
  • No need to let us know if you're joining the session. Again, it's first-come/first-served!

Rules and guidelines

Playing for fun and some exercise
  • We reserve the rights to decline you from joining the "Advance Level Only" session if your skill is below the level required so not to affect everyone and the dynamics of the game. Please make sure you understand this very important rule before joining the "Advance Level Only" session!
    *What is 'Advanced Level'? It means you're 'GOOD' at playing volleyball and don't make too many errors. Most importantly, you don't make the game slow for everyone.
  • The maximum no. of players allowed to play on each sessions are strictly implemented.
  • Kids are strictly prohibited.
  • Shoes that you use to walk outside are not allowed. Indoor sneakers only.
  • Smoking, eating and drinking alcoholic beverage are prohibited.
  • No fighting or use of abusive words towards other players, and unnacceptable behaviours.
  • The organizer and the person in-charge of the game reserves the right to cancel or reject your membership at anytime if you violate these guidelines.

Fee

Beach volleyball during the summer
  • The fee is 1,500yen/session/player and it is collected on the court by the person in-charge before the start of the session.
  • We don't charge any membership or cancellation fee but there's a very often case that the session will be overcrowded of players, resulting to limited amount of playing time, and we still charge you the same amount.
  • The amount collected goes to pay for the court rent, team registration, non-refundable venue bond of 450,000yen (club money), transportation allowance, services rendered by the organizer, the person in-charge of the game, the person that books the court, and other miscellaneous expenses.
  • Please be aware that we are PROVIDING SERVICE not doing business.
  • We know that paying 1,500yen/session is a bit expensive just to play volleyball, but this is the only way we can keep the club running.
  • We discourage you from playing with us if you have an issue paying the 1,500yen fee.

Playing time guidelines

  • Maximum of 21 players for 2 hours 45 mins 'all level' session.
  • Maximum of 18 players for 2 hours 'advanced level' session.
  • Maximum of 14 players for 1.5 hours 'advanced level' session.
  • Average time per game/set is around 12 to 15 minutes.
  • All games are running score
  • 5~7 players per team depending on the no. of people attending the session.
  • If 2 teams only - Game to 25.
  • If 3 teams - Game to 15 (Round robin).
    Game 1 - Team 1 vs Team 2
    Game 2 - Team 3 vs Winner Game 1
    Game 3 - Team 3 vs Loser Game 1
    *Note: Every team plays 2 games before the teams are changed
  • If 4 teams - Game to 15 (Round robin).
    Round 1
    Game 1 - Team 1 vs Team 2
    Game 2 - Team 3 vs Team 4

    Round 2
    Game 3 - Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2 (e.g Team 1 vs Team 3)
    Game 4 - Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
    (e.g Team 2 vs Team 4)
    Round 3
    Game 5 - Winner Game 1 vs Loser Game 2 (e.g Team 1 vs Team 4)
    Game 6 - Winner Game 2 vs Loser Game 1 (e.g Team 3 vs Team 2)

    *Note: Every team plays 3 games before the teams are changed

Upcoming games

Date Day Time LEVEL No. of players Venue
Oct 6 Fri 6:30pm-9:15 All level ok 21 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Oct 12 Thu 6:30pm-9:15 All level ok 21 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Oct 17 Tue 6:30pm-9:15 All level ok 21 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Oct 21 Sat 12:45pm-2:45 Advanced only 18 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Nov 5 Sun 1pm-4:45 All level ok 28 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Nov 7 Tue 6:30pm-9:15 All level ok 21 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Nov 14 Tue 6:30pm-9:15 All level ok 21 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Nov 18 Sat 5:15pm-7:15 Advanced only 18 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Nov 25 Sat 9am-12pm All level ok 21 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Dec 9 Sat 7:15pm-9:15 Advanced only 18 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Dec 12 Tue 6:30pm-9:15 All level ok 21 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Feb 3 Sun 9am-12pm All level ok 21 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Feb 10 Sat 5:15pm-7:15 Advanced only 18 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Feb 17 Sat 9am-12pm All level ok 21 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Feb 20 Tue 6:30pm-9:15 All level ok 21 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Feb 24 Sat 5:15pm-7:15 Advanced only 18 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Mar 1 Thu 6:30pm-9:15 All level ok 21 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Mar 10 Sat 12:45pm-2:45 Advanced only 18 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Mar 13 Tue 6:30pm-9:15 All level ok 21 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Mar 24 Sat 12:45pm-2:45 Advanced only 18 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Mar 30 Fri 6:30pm-9:15 All level ok 21 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
  • Take note that these schedules may change so please subscribe to the volleyball mailing list to get the official schedule by email, to be sent by the organizer.