TG Volleyball Club

Tokyo Gaijins or 'TG' organizes pick-up volleyball sessions regularly on weekends and weeknights!

We play 6-on-6 indoor volleyball games at conveniently located gyms in central Tokyo.

About 70% of our members are foreigners and 30% are (mostly English speaking) Japanese.

An average of around 21-24 players participate on each sessions.

We also organizes beach volleyball session/trip on nearby beaches during the warm season.

Come play volleyball with us!

How to join

  • Fill-out the membership form.
  • Read the membership, rules and guidelines carefully.
  • Join the volleyball mailing list and Meetup group right after the confirmation of your membership.
  • Upcoming games will be sent by email and posted on Meetup.
  • There's a possibility that we may cancel, postpone or adjust the time or change the venue of the upcoming games due to unavoidable circumstances (e.g. natural calamity, availability of the person in-charge, etc.).
  • Please make sure that you are subscribed to the mailing list and Meetup to get the game cancellation notification.
  • Reservation for a session will NOT guarantee you a spot. It's first-come/first-served on the day. Check the email and Meetup for more details.
  • Making a reservation for a session will be very helpful for you as it gives you an idea on how many players to expect and Meetup will also send you reminder of the session/s you signed up for.

Rules and guidelines

  • Most of our games are for ALL LEVEL PLAYERS but no complete beginners please.
  • We sometimes organize ADVANCED LEVEL PLAYERS ONLY sessions.
  • You MUST be 'GOOD' and don't make too many errors if you wish to join the 'Advanced Level Only Sessions'. You should know 'Attack' and 'Defense' positioning. Most importantly, you have to be consistent with your 'Serve' and 'Receive'.
  • 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!
  • The maximum no. of players allowed to play on each sessions are strictly implemented.
  • Kids below 18 years of age are prohibited. Sorry :(
  • Indoor sports shoes is a MUST! Any footwear that you use/wear to walk outside are not allowed on the court.
  • Smoking, eating and drinking alcoholic beverage inside the gym premises are prohibited.
  • No fighting or use of abusive words and unnacceptable behaviours towards other players and the organizers.
  • The organizer and the person in-charge of the game reserves the rights to ban you at anytime if you violate these guidelines.

Fee

  • 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.
  • No need to pay anything at the gym reception.
  • The amount collected goes to pay for the court rent (between 8,700yen-14,000yen), non-refundable venue bond of about 400,000yen (club money), good quality volleyballs (12), transportation allowance, meals and drinks allowance, time and work rendered by the organizer, the person in-charge of the game, the person that books the court (the most time consuming part), and other miscellaneous expenses.
  • THIS IS NOT A BUSINESS! THIS IS PROVIDING GOOD SERVICE SO YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO SMACKS VOLLEYBALLS REGULARLY!
  • We discourage you from joining if you have any issue with the game fee.
  • We understand that paying 1,500yen/session is expensive just to play volleyball but this is the only way we can keep the club running and motivate the individuals involve in running the sessions and booking the courts.

Playing time guidelines

  • Everyone is alloted the same amount of playing time (in theory).
  • Maximum of 21 players for a 2 hour 'Advanced Level' session.
  • Maximum of 24 players for a 3 hour 'All Level' session.
  • Maximum of 30 players for a 3.5 hour 'All Level' session.
  • Average time per game is around 10-15 minutes depending on the rally.
  • All games are running score (no dues).
  • 6 players per team plus 1 or 2 subs depending on the no. of people attending the session.
  • If 2 teams only - Game to 25
  • If 3 teams - Game to 18 or 21 (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 (out of 3) before the teams are changed
  • If 4 teams - Game to 18 or 21 (Round robin)
  • Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6
    Team 1 Team 3 Winner Game 1 Loser Game 1 Winner Game 3 Loser Game 3
    vs vs vs vs vs vs
    Team 2 Team 4 Winner Game 2 Loser Game 2 Winner Game 4 Loser Game 4
  • *Note: Every team plays 3 games (out of 6) before the teams are changed
  • If 5 teams - Game to 15 (Round robin)
  • Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Game 8 Game 9 Game 10
    Team 1 Team 3 Team 5 Team 2 Team 4 Team 3 Team 5 Team 1 Team 3 Team 4
    vs vs vs vs vs vs vs vs vs vs
    Team 2 Team 4 Team 1 Team 3 Team 5 Team 1 Team 2 Team 4 Team 5 Team 2
  • *Note: Every team plays 4 games (out of 10) before the teams are changed