Playoff Schedule

The team seeds and play times for Week One (Intermediate and Power Divisions) and Week Two (Recreational, Competitive and Power-Plus Divisions).  Since the brackets for each division 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!

SCVL Playoffs Week 1 – 4/22/2018 (PDF)
SCVL Playoffs Week 2 – 4/29/2018 (PDF)

Please Note: Matches are listed by your team numbers so you can easily see what time you play.

Playoff Rules

  • General Structure of Playoffs—Single Elimination, Best 2 out of 3 sets
  • Subs for playoffs must be pre-approved by the Board (see sub policy below).
  • Warm-up for each match starts promptly at the bottom of each hour (HH:30) or the conclusion of the previous match, whichever is later.
  • Play starts no later than HH:40 but can begin earlier if both teams agree. (Teams are entitled to a minimum five-minute warm-up)
  • Matches will follow the regular-season scoring format:
    • Sets 1 & 2 played to 25 points, starting at 4 (win by 2, cap at 27)
      • Two time outs per team per set
    • Set 3 (if needed)—played to 25 points, starting at 4 (no cap, win by 2)
      • New coin toss for serve
      • Switch sides at 15 points
      • No timeouts permitted
  • Matches end promptly at the bottom of each hour (HH:30) unless there is a tie.
    • If the referee has called for serve before time expires, the rally will be played; if the referee has *not* called for serve before time expires, the game ends immediately without a serve.
    • There is no such thing as ‘Last Serve,’ and officials *never* should call ‘Last Serve.’ ‘Last serve’ has occurred when time expires prior to the up-ref calling for serve (see prior bullet).
    • In the event of a tie when time expires, one more point is played to break the tie.
  • Please keep in mind that the up-ref sets the pace of the game. To ensure that all sets can be played out reasonably, do your best to keep the games moving without unnecessary delays.
  • Reffing teams must be ready to start immediately after the prior match, and prior matches’ teams need to vacate the court promptly for the next match to start on time.

Playoff Substitution Policy

In the event that your team has fewer than six (6) of its original players, you may request substitute player(s) by emailing us at  Please let us know which player(s) will be missing, and you will be provided a list of substitute players to choose from for each missing player.

Once you have found replacement player(s), you must email back with your selection(s) for sub(s).  Up-refs will be notified each Sunday of teams that are using approved subs.  All subs must be pre-designated in this way during playoffs unlike in the regular season, when you can choose subs from the Marketplace.

Remember, you can only request subs to reach a max of 6 players, and only if you have fewer than 6 members of your original team.

If an approved sub can no longer continue to play with your team owing to their own team’s win in the playoffs, you may replace the sub with an alternate sub from the same list.  Please see a Board member if such a change becomes necessary.

In the event that you arrange for sub(s) and some of your original team members show up, you must use your original team members before you can use any subs to fill your team to a total of 6 players.

SCVL Annual Banquet!

When: Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 1:00pm-4:00pm
Where: 5801 Video Lounge and Bar (5801 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232)
What: Anyone who played in the Fall 2017 or Winter 2018 seasons is welcome to attend for free.

This banquet is also open to all former SCVL members as well as friends & family of SCVL members for $10.00 to cover food costs.  Children under 12 years old may attend for free.  At this end-of-season event we will be making announcements about any major changes to our league structure or bylaws, electing Board members, recognizing the winning Championship teams from both the Fall and Winter Seasons, giving out a few surprise awards to some very special players, and enjoying delicious food and drinks.  This year we will be continuing our Dessert Contest tradition.  If you have a favorite dish we will enter it into our contest!  There will be prizes and this is completely optional.

We hope to see you there!  Please complete the form HERE to RSVP.  If, for some reason, your ability to attend changes, please let us know.  Due to food order reservations we request that you RSVP to the annual banquet by Tuesday, May 1st, 2018.


SCVL Board Member Nominations!

When: April 17, 2018 – April 23, 2018
What: SCVL Board Members have a wide range of responsibilities and behind-the-scenes tasks that requires year-round communication and dedication in order to help the league run smoothly.  Please review the presentation regarding Board Member duties and responsibilities HERE.

If you are interested in running as a Board Member or if you would like to nominate a current league member, please complete the form HERE.  The deadline for all nominations is Monday, April 23, 2018.


Slippery Rock Volleyball Camp Award Applications

The SCVL would like to offer an opportunity to provide two current SCVL players free registration to the Slippery Rock University volleyball camp this summer.  The Slippery Rock adult co-ed volleyball camp will take place on Friday, June 15, 2018 through Sunday, June 17, 2018.  This camp is for adults, age 21-72 who will stay in the resident hall and attend *all three* days of the camp.  This award covers the resident camp registration for one player which is $225.00 and includes housing in the residence hall suites, 6 meals and a t-shirt.  Please only apply for this award if you are able to dedicate your time to attend the entire three-day camp.  If you would like to apply, please complete this form which also requires a personal essay submission.  Please note that if you currently play (or will be playing) in an official collegiate volleyball program, you can not receive this award.  DEADLINE to apply is Sunday, April 22, 2018.


SCVL Board

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.