Divisions


WHICH DIVISION IS THE BEST FIT FOR ME?

If you are NAGVA or USAV rated, or know where you’d fit in their rating system
: follow the guidelines below.


Recreation - new to volleyball, unrated or still learning how to play volleyball
Intermediate - C-level/rating, simpler offense,  slow-paced game.
Competitive - Low-mid B-level/rating, simpler offense, paced game
Power- High B or BB-level/rating, complex offense, some fast-paced game
Power Plus- Mid-BB or higher level/rating, complex offense, fast-paced game


QUALITATIVE DESCRIPTION OF PLAYERS AT EACH LEVEL

Recreational
Player Skills
Recreational players do not need any prior experience with the game. All beginner skill levels are welcome!


Intermediate Player Skills (USAV C Level)
Serving: Underhand serve consistently in the court, easily received by the opponent.  Overhand serve goes over the net, inconsistently in play, easily received by opponent.
Passing:  “Easy” balls are usually kept in play.  Some passes are targeted to the setter’s location.  Hard driven balls are rarely kept in play, and almost never directed to the setter.  The pass often is not precise or controlled, and sometimes is an overpass.
Hitting:  Hits the ball in most of the time on weaker attacks but sometimes contacts the net.  Does not always jump to attack a good set because of timing issues.  Attack rarely results in a point, is seldomly aggressive and often lands out of the court. The hitter struggles with hitting form and timing and cannot adjust to sets.   Hitting pace is slower, making the attack predictable.  (Distinction between this level and next one up is control, form, predictability and ability to adjust)
Setting:  Generally moves to the ball, sometimes lifts/doubles on overhead sets.  Often bump-sets the ball to avoid doubling on a bad pass.  Placement of the set is predictable, but very rarely precise, and usually is high.  Struggles to react to mis-passes in most situations.  The ball is never set with the opponents' defense in mind.  The set is easily read by more-advanced opponents.  Struggles when handling a reasonable bad pass.  Unable to control balls passed tight to the net, usually resulting in a loss of rally.  Functions effectively in a simpler, slower-paced game.  (Distinction between this level and next one up is form/technique, control of the game, ability to react and adjust, and control of the ball)
Blocking/Front Row Defense:  Struggles to anticipate the opponent's offense.  Does not always attempt to block when appropriate.   Blocking action is not controlled (many times comes under or touches the net).  Blocking form is not proper.  Does not demonstrate a consistent skill at taking away court space from the opponent's hitter.  Rarely anticipates a tip or deflection and does not move to cover these plays.
Knowledge & Pursuit:  Demonstrates knowledge of 4-2 rotation in a slower-paced game with simpler offensive and defensive strategies.  Sometimes out-of-position or needs help with court positioning.  Starting to understand where to position for defense.  Has a basic understanding of aggressive offense.  Often slow to react to a faster-paced play.  Intensity may be somewhat diminished by the end of the match.


Competitive Player Skills (USAV Low-Mid B Levels)
Serving: Overhand serve goes over the net, consistently in play, generally easily received by the opponent.
Passing:  Most passes are to setter.  Easy balls kept in play consistently.  Hard balls kept in play, sometimes passed to the setter.  The ball is occasionally overpassed/mis-passed.
Hitting:  Hits the ball in on weaker attacks and usually avoids contacting the net, but has less control of the ball for more-aggressive attacks, with the ball being out with some frequency.  Ball sometimes is hit into the net.  Against a weaker team, attacks may result in a point.  The hitter struggles to adjust to sets or may lack timing.  Demonstrates an ability to execute simple attacks (4/5, 32) with ease but lacks knowledge or ease of more-complex attacks.  The attack hit is somewhat predictable.  (Distinction between this level and next one up is control, form and ability to adjust to sets)
Setting:  Occasionally doubles/lifts, and usually sets a hittable ball from a reasonable pass while setting from the right or middle.  Usually moves to the ball.  Occasionally bump-sets the ball to avoid doubling on a bad pass.  Placement of the set is not always precise, and usually is high.  Often does not react/adjust quickly to mis-passes, but makes sound, strategic decisions in a slower-paced game.  Many times, the ball is not set with the opponents' defense in mind.  The set is easily read by more-advanced opponents.  Struggles to set a hittable ball from a reasonable bad pass.  Struggles to control balls passed tight to the net.  Functions effectively with some strategic control in a simpler, faster-paced game.  (Distinction between this level and next one up is form/technique, control of the game, ability to react and adjust, and control of the ball)
Blocking/Front Row Defense:  Most of the time, reads the opponent's simpler offense and puts up a block when necessary, but may not react correctly to or attempt to block a more-unusual attack strategy.  Blocking action is less controlled (sometimes comes under or touches the net).  Blocking form may not be proper, but still may be effective.  Does not demonstrate a consistent skill at taking away court space from the opponent's hitter.  Sometimes drops off the net to cover tips and deflections.
Knowledge & Pursuit: Demonstrates knowledge of 5-1/6-2 rotations in a fast-paced game with simpler offensive and defensive strategies.  Often in correct position, but occasionally may need to be coached by higher-skilled players.  Sometimes slow to react to a faster-paced play.  Intensity usually consistent by the end of the match.


Power Player skills (USAV High B-Low BB Levels)
Serving: Overhand serve goes over the net with lower trajectory, consistently in play, often difficult for opponent to receive.  May jump serve with lesser force but still with control.  More-forceful jump serves just as often go out as remain in play.
Passing: Passes easy balls to setter with ease and control.  Hard balls sometimes passed to the setter.  The ball is occasionally overpassed/mis-passed.
Hitting: Mostly hits the ball in and avoids contacting the net.  Attack generally is aggressive and often results in a point, although the ball may be out with some frequency.  The hitter adjusts to sets and executes timing naturally.  Demonstrates an ability to execute simpler attacks (4/5, 31/32) with ease but may be more inconsistent with complex attacks (including shoot, back 1/2, slide, tandem, back-row attacks, etc.).  The attack hit sometimes is unpredictable.  (Distinction between this level and next one up is pace and ease of more-complex attacks, and control of the aggressively-attacked ball)
Setting:  Infrequently lifts/doubles and usually sets the ball to the intended target.  Communicates with hitters.  Does not react/adjust quickly in fast-paced play, but makes sound, complex decisions in a slower-paced game.  Ball often is set strategically based on reading the opponents' front-row and back-row defense---potentially using a second ball over in a (sometimes-unsuccessful) attempt to gain points.  Understands, but sometimes fails to execute, complex offenses and is read by the opponents more easily.  Usually sets a hittable ball from a reasonable bad pass.  Skills include back setting and some ease of handling balls passed tight to the net.  Functions effectively with strong, strategic control over a slower-paced, complex game but struggles with a faster pace.  (Distinction between this level and next one up is the pace at which decisions, reactions and strategy is made and the ability to execute the most complex of offenses)
Blocking/Front Row Defense: Most of the time, reads the opponent's complex offense and puts up a block when necessary.  Blocking action is controlled (not coming under the net), with open hands.  Takes away the correct part of the court.  Drops off the net routinely to cover tips and deflections.  (Distinction between this level and next one up is fluidity and ease of consistent execution in a fast-paced game)
Knowledge & Pursuit:  Understands and executes complex offensive and defensive strategies using a slower-paced, 5-1 rotation.  Generally in correct position by reading other team's offense.  Fills defensive gaps.  Moves to pursue the ball.  Intensity is mostly consistent by the end of the match.  Capable of independent play and of offering constructive guidance to other players as needed.  Generally quick to react in faster-paced play.


Power Plus Player Skills (USAV Mid BB-A Levels)
Serving: Overhand serve goes over the net with consistent lower trajectory, consistently in play, often difficult for opponent to receive.  Jump serve may be common, but is controlled and served with force.  Ball often is served strategically based on reading the opponents' court.
Passing: Passes easy balls to setter with ease and control, between zones 2 and 3.  Hard balls mostly kept in play and often passed to the setter.  Very few overpasses.
Hitting:  Consistently hits the ball in and avoids contacting the net.  Attack is aggressive and often results in a point.  The ball often is attacked strategically by reading the opponents' court space and front-row defense.  The hitter adjusts to sets and executes timing naturally.  Demonstrates an ability to execute attacks from among a multitude of simple and complex plays (including 4/5, shoot, 31, 32, back 1/2, slide, tandem, back-row attacks, etc.).  The attack hit often is unpredictable.  (Distinction between this level and next one down is pace and ease of more-complex attacks, and control of the aggressively-attacked ball)
Setting:  Rarely lifts/doubles and consistently sets a tempo’d ball to the intended target.  Communicates effectively with hitters.  Quick decisions and reactions are made, and ball is set strategically based on reading the opponents' front-row and back-row defense---potentially using a second ball over to score points.  Executes complex offenses, is difficult to read by the opponents.  Sets hittable balls from reasonable bad passes.  Skills include back setting and ease of handling balls passed tight to the net, and may include jump sets.  Demonstrates strong, strategic control over a fast-paced game.
Blocking/Front Row Defense:  Reads the opponent's complex offense and puts up a block when necessary.  Blocking action is controlled (not coming under the net), with open and pressed hands.  Takes away the correct part of the court.  Drops off the net routinely to cover tips and deflections. (Distinction between this level and next one down is fluidity and ease of consistent execution in a fast-paced game)
Knowledge & Pursuit:  Understands and executes complex offensive and defensive strategies using a fast-paced, 5-1 rotation.  Consistently in correct position and reads other team's offense.  Fills defensive gaps.  Moves to pursue the ball.  Intensity is maintained by the end of the match.  Capable of independent play and offering constructive guidance to other players as needed.  Routinely reacts quickly to faster-paced play.

 




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