If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact us by email at info+web@steelcityvolleyball.org or by phone at 412-506-3187.

How do I join?
Do I have to identify as LGBTQIA+ to be a part of this league?
How do games / matches run throughout the season?
How old do I have to be to play?
When and What are the volleyball seasons?
Where does the SCVL play volleyball each season?
How many divisions are there?
What kind of skills do I need to be a part of the league?
How much does it cost to play?
What equipment do I need?
What are my responsibilities, aside from playing?
What if I can’t commit to playing every Sunday?
What is SCVL’s cancellation policy during inclement weather conditions?
Is there a single-use, gender-neutral bathroom available at the Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball facility?

How do I join?

We have two official seasons that take place during the Winter & Fall. We do have summer pickup games in the summer where we setup nets in the grass near the Schenley Park Oval. Registration for the Fall season typically opens in August. Registration for the Winter season typically starts in January. We highly recommend joining our Facebook group, communications for upcoming seasons are posted there. You can connect with us on our Facebook Group.

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Do I have to identify as LGBTQIA+ to be a part of this league?

Our primary mission is to serve the LGBTQIA+ community, but we welcome our allies to join as well.

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How do games / matches run throughout the season?

Our typical schedule runs on Sundays from 4:00 – 9:00PM in the Fall, and 6:00 – 10:00PM in the Winter. Matches will run for 45 minutes with 15 minute warm-ups. Your team will typically play one match each week; however teams may play in two matches or no matches at all on a given week. Schedules are provided at the beginning of the season, and are summarized for the upcoming Sunday a few days ahead of time via our weekly email.

Regular season matches consist of 3 games to 25 (each game starting 4-4) with a cap at 27, or until time expires. Cannot end in tie – if time expires, next point wins. If time does not expire, must win by 2.

During playoffs, matches consist of best 2 out of 3 games. First two games to 25 (starting 0-0) cap at 27. Third game, if needed, to 15 (starting 0-0) with no cap. Must win by 2.

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How old do I have to be to play?

For insurance reasons, you must be at least 18 years old to play in the league.

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When and What are the volleyball seasons?

There are two seasons of official league play; Fall & Winter. During the summer there are unofficial pickup games.

The Fall season typically runs from September to December. The Winter season typically runs from January to April.

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Where does the SCVL play volleyball each season?

During our Fall and Winter Seasons we play on 5 indoor courts at the Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball, 1 Herron Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15202. During the summer we setup nets in the grass near the Schenley Park Oval.

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How many divisions are there?

We have 5 divisions of play:

  • Recreational Division (Beginner, unrated)
  • Intermediate Division focuses on a level of play consistent with C-level volleyball (simpler offense, less fast-paced, 4-2 rotation).
  • Competitive Division focuses on a level of play consistent with a low-mid B level (simpler offense, fast-paced, 5-1/6-2 rotation).
  • Power Division focuses on a level of play consistent with a high-B up to mid-BB level (complex offense, less fast-paced, 5-1 rotation).
  • Power Plus Division focuses on a level of play consistent with a mid-BB to A level (complex offense, fast-paced, 5-1 rotation).

The benefit of the new five-division 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.

If you are rated as a Power Plus player, you may – for an additional $20 – play in the Power Division.
If you are rated as a Power player, you may – for an additional $20 – play in the Competitive Division.
If you are rated as a Competitive player, you may – for an additional $20 – play in the Intermediate Division.
If you are rated as an Intermediate player, you may – for an additional $20 – play in the Recreational Division.

If you elect to play in two different divisions, we ask that you are mindful of the skill set for each particular division. When playing down, you should expect a level of expertise that is not your own.  We encourage you to exercise patience and understanding.  You will be serving as a mentor to help increase the skills and knowledge of the players in that division, and your attitude should reflect the capacity of that role.

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What kind of skills do I need to be a part of the league?

The league consists of players with various skill levels — from highly skilled “A” and “B” level players to players who have only played picnic volleyball.

The first three weeks of the Fall season are open play and skills clinics. If you are a novice, you will be given some basic training in bumping, setting, hitting, and serving during those first three weeks. You will also be taught the basic rules, principles, and strategies of volleyball.

The volleyball matches are refereed by league members following the US Volleyball Association rules. If you’ve never played volleyball “by the rules”, odds are you will be pleasantly surprised by how much fun the game can be.

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How much does it cost to play?

For players who participate in one division, the fee is $58 per person, per season. For players who wish to participate in two divisions, the fee is $78 per person, per season. We offer a discount student rate (with valid ID) of $38 for one division and $58 for two divisions.

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What equipment do I need?

You will need athletic attire. Street shoes are not permitted on the court, so please carry a pair of court shoes into the building and wear them after you are inside.

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What are my responsibilities, aside from playing?

When your team is not playing in a match, your team will periodically be required to provide two Referees, two Line Judges, and a Score Keeper.

The more experienced players usually take the Referee positions.

The Line Judges watch the court boundaries and the ball. They determine if the ball is “in” or “out” when the ball hits the floor near a court boundary. They also watch the server for foot faults during the serve.

The Score Keeper maintains an accurate score.

If you have never performed any of these tasks, don’t worry. Assistance will be provided. Your most important responsibilities are to have fun and enjoy the game.

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What if I can’t commit to playing every Sunday?

Part-time players are welcome. The cost remains the same as a full-time player. Please reference the league costs above for current rates.

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What is SCVL’s cancellation policy during inclement weather conditions?

SCVL’s decision to cancel matches will be made by 12:00PM on Sundays and a notice will be posted on the front page of our website, Facebook Group and on our Twitter (@scvlpgh) at that time. Please be sure to check the website for details.

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Is there a single-use, gender-neutral bathroom available at the Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball facility?

Yes.  There is a private single-use, gender neutral bathroom on the left hand side of the gym where you enter, just past the men’s restroom.

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The mission of the Steel City Volleyball League (SCVL) is to provide LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual, Asexual, other sexualities) people along with LGBTQIA+ allies an opportunity to learn, play, and grow in the organized sport of recreational and competitive volleyball. Our volleyball league is open to adults regardless of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, livelihood, culture, race, religion, or ethnicity; and without regard for volleyball ability, skill, or experience. We are an inclusive league valuing the respect and dignity of others and, expect the same from anyone who would like to join our league.