Hard to believe that the Fall 2016 season is almost over!! It's been an honor to play with you all!

Playoff Schedule

During the next two weeks, we will be holding playoffs. The format has changed this year, but all teams will get to participate. Instead of spreading the brackets over a number of weeks, the divisional playoffs will be held all on one day. Recreational, Competitive, and Power Plus will play on 12/4, and Intermediate and Power will play on 12/11. Please see schedules under the "Download Documents" menu to the right for team seeds and play times. Since the brackets will be played to completion on one date, we hope that you will stick around and cheer your friends on to the finals and congratulate our season winners! In order to keep the matches free from run-away volleyballs or other distractions, courts will be kept empty when not in use. Please read the schedule carefully to ensure that your team is present for your matches and reffing duties!

Playoff Rules

General Structure of Playoffs - Single Elimination, Best 2 out of 3 sets
- Sets 1 & 2 played to 25 points, starting at zero (cap at 27)
- Set 3, if needed – played to 15 points, starting at zero (no cap, win by 2), coin toss for serve, switch sides at 8
-Matches end at the beginning of each hour unless there is a tie. In that instance, one more point is played to break the tie.

Playoff Substitution Rules

In the event that your team has fewer than (6) of its original players, you may request a substitute player by emailing the board. Please note which players for which you are requesting substitutes. You will be notified with a list of players to choose from. Once you have confirmed a replacement player, you must email the board back with who will be subbing on your team for the upcoming Sunday match. Up-refs will be notified each Sunday of teams that are using approved subs. All substitutions must be done this way, unlike the regular season when you can pick and choose from the Marketplace or in person.

Per policy, you must request a substitute list by 11:59 p.m. on the Saturday night prior to that Sunday's match. No requests will be honored after this time! Remember, you can only request subs to reach a max of (6) players if you have less than (6) of your original team. In the event you arrange for a sub and at least (6) of your original team shows up, the sub you arrange can NOT play for your team.

Please communicate with your team and plan ahead!
New Divisions
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.
Season Schedule
The Fall 2016 schedule will start with round robin play with your new team on September 11th, followed by regular matches running through November 20th. Playoffs will be held on December 4th and 11th. There will be NO PLAY on September 25th (Steel City Classic) or November 27th (Thanksgiving Weekend).
The Number Five
Another theme that was overwhelmingly supported by the survey respondents was the desire for both more court time and more social opportunities. A consideration that received very strong support was to increase Sunday court time to five hours, which the Board approved unanimously after the survey responses were read.

For the fall season, Sunday league hours will be from 4:00 - 9:00 pm. The extra hour during this Fall season will be included from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, to offer some scheduling flexibility when we might need time for an extra match, to provide a period of open play for cross-divisional social interaction, and even to enable us to schedule a Skillz Clinic that does not overlap scheduled matches.
Playing in Two Divisions
During the last two seasons, there were several requests by two-division players wanting to develop skills in secondary positions (e.g. a hitting-weighted player wanting to play in a lower division as a setter). The Board tried its best during team-building to accommodate these players and built teams around their secondary skills. While we think it was a worthwhile effort to help players develop additional volleyball skills, it became very challenging to administer fairly, and it unfairly prevented some players in the lower division from playing in their preferred positions.

So, the Board has concluded that we no longer can support this request. The Board will do our best to assign these two-division players to teams based on their higher-rated primary general position: Hitters will be assigned as Hitters, Setters will be assigned as Setters, and it will be assumed that Liberos will be used by their team primarily in the back row. These players will retain their higher-division rating for purposes of substitution. Two-division players who would like the chance to play in secondary positions should work that out with their teammates.

Simply put, we are going back to the way things were in prior seasons: restoring a team's flexibility to use all its players as it thinks best.

Please don't forget: mentorship is an important part of playing in a second division!
About Us

The Steel City Volleyball League (SCVL) offers a fun and friendly atmosphere for recreational and competitive volleyball among Pittsburgh's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight ally community.

We've Moved!

We were very sad to leave Greentree Sportsplex but as our league grows we needed room to expand. Our new address is listed below.

Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball Association
1 Herron Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
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Download Documents
SCVL Playoffs - Rec + Comp + Power Plus Fall 2016
SCVL Playoffs - Int + Pwr Fall 2016
SCVL - Fall Schedule (Updated)
SCVL - New Ratings Fall 2016
SCVL - Fall 2016 Division Rosters
SCVL - 5 Division Ratings Rubric
SCVL - Bylaws v1.4
SCVL - Code of Conduct
SCVL - Liability Waiver Release
SCVL - Game Rules
SCVL - Playing in Two Divisions
SCVL - Ratings Process
SCVL - Ref Guide

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