In an effort to reduce confusion about which division vs. which position people play, we will be renaming the 2 middle divisions. The Setter Division will now be called the Intermediate Division, and the Spiker Division will be called the Competitive Division. The Recreational and Power divisions will remain named as is. We realize this adjustment will take time, so on this year's registration form, we will have both the old and new names listed together.
If you are new to the league and don’t know much about how we do things, here is a brief description of what to expect during the first two weeks for tryouts.
The SCVL offers four levels of play: Recreational, Intermediate (formerly Setter), Competitive (formerly Spiker) and Power. We would like you to select the division where you would like to be placed and join us at the Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball Association
for that tryout session. During the sessions, basic skills will be observed and pick-up games will be played in order to assess your skill level and determine if you should be placed in that division or assigned to another division. If you want to play in the Recreational Division you do not need to attend the tryouts. If you are NEW to the league (haven't played in either the Fall 2015 or Winter 2015 season) and you want to play in Intermediate (formerly Setter), Competitive (formerly Spiker), or Power, or you want to CHALLENGE your rating, you MUST participate in try-outs. Also, please note that this season we have changed the tryout format to be more skill focused and somewhat lengthier, thus we will only be able to accommodate one tryout per player per season.
The substitution policy used in the fall playoff season will continue to be implemented for this season. In the event that your team has fewer than (6) of its original players, you may request a substitute player by emailing the board. You will be notified by Keith, who will send you a list of players to choose from. Once you have found a replacement player, you must email Keith 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 6 p.m. on the Saturday night prior to that Sunday's match. This the "24 hour" rule. 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 be sure to check the schedule for your team's reffing duties. There is one occasion where a team is asked to ref a different division. Each reffing team needs to provide at least four people as officials (Up-ref, down-ref, line judges and scorekeeper).
With the newfound court space at PEVA (Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball Association), please remember that when you serve you will no longer be allowed to step on or over the back line until after the ball is contacted. Also, if a ball touches one of the court divider nets, it is out of play.
As in past seasons, reffing teams need to record the score from each set in the Score Binder. Captains for each team should review the scores at the end of the match to ensure they are recorded and correct.
Also, please remember the league substitution policy:
- Teams may use substitutions only to reach a full complement of 6 players.
- Teams that are missing their 7th player are not permitted to find a substitute to replace that 7th player. (If a team uses a libero, typewriting is permitted in such a case.)
- The substitute player must be rated in a division equal to or lower than the absent player (e.g. A setter level player cannot substitute for an absent player rated for the recreational division).
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