One theme that we heard frequently from our annual survey responses this year and before is that the spread of talent across the divisions has become too broad---that players with ratings on the lower end of a division often struggle to compete against players at the higher end of the same division (or playing from a higher division), leading to frustration on the court.
This feeling was not isolated to any one division: in fact, this year's responses showed that the feeling was expressed across all divisions, from Rec to Power. It turns out that this feeling is supported by the data of how ratings are distributed throughout the league, so the Board considered a five-division proposal that would help re-calibrate the levels of play across all divisions.
Based on feedback from the survey, the league membership by-and-large expressed its support of the five-division proposal being considered by the Board. So, this season, a new, fifth division will be offered that we expect will help address this concern and lead to a more-consistent level of play in each division while still preserving, as much as possible, opportunities for social interaction. Please see the new rubric
for more detailed descriptions of each division.
How will this change affect me?
Under the modified structure, the Intermediate Division will continue to focus on a level of play consistent with C-level volleyball (simpler offense, less fast-paced, 4-2 rotation).
The Competitive Division will focus on a level of play consistent with a low-mid B level (simpler offense, fast-paced, 5-1/6-2 rotation).
The old Power Division will remain the Power Division and will focus on a level of play consistent with a high-B up to mid-BB level (complex offense, less fast-paced, 5-1 rotation).
The new division, called the Power Plus Division, will focus on a level of play consistent with a mid-BB to A level (complex offense, fast-paced, 5-1 rotation).
The Recreational Division will remain as it has been for those seeking recreational, unrated play.
The benefit of the new structure is that it will help focus and define more qualitatively the level of play expected in each division, which will make it easier for players to develop their skills and progress upward if they choose to do so. Based on the divisional changes across all rated levels, some players' current ratings will qualify them for automatic promotion to a higher division.
If you have played in the last two seasons, please check the new division rosters
, to see which division you qualify for. If you have not played in the past two seasons, you will need to attend a tryout for your preferred division.
You may challenge your rating once during one of three sessions available for each division.