HOA Volleyball Powerleague presented by Active Ankle

12 & Under 13 & Under 14 & Under 15 & Under 16 & Under 17 & Under 18 & Under

Rules, Format, and Policies

The HOA Powerleague has been developed to provide a challenging means of encouraging in-region competition among elite teams that would ordinarily not see one another on the court very often, if at all. Top-level teams by necessity must seek out the best competitive opportunities, in order to develop and maintain maximum levels of performance. This quite often, necessitates travel to outlying regions where many high quality events have been developed. This can be costly as well as time-consuming and though we are not going to eliminate or discourage travel needs, the Powerleague will provide much of the same competitive opportunities for many of the teams in the HOA region without the need for such time-consuming travel. Noteworthy to those aspiring to compete in the coming seasons ’Junior National Volleyball Championships, the HOA Powerleagues are the first event of the year that are used to determine who receives the available region bids.

The Powerleague will be made available to Gold-level girls teams in the 12 thru 18 and under divisions.  Powerleague I with 11 teams is offered in all age groups, a second division (Powerleague II), with 9 teams is offered in the age divisions 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17. Teams who qualify for either of the Powerleagues will be required to participate or lose their full entry fee. Teams who register for other tournaments on the Powerleague playing dates for their division, prior to completion of the Powerleague qualifiers, are automatically disqualified from playing in the Powerleague and lose their full entry fee.

The general play format for the Powerleague will involve three play dates, one for the qualifying tournament (QT) and two actual league play dates.  The Qualifying Tournament will be an all day event. Subsequent Powerleague rounds will also involve two full days of competition.  Each Powerleague will consist of single round robin competition, played over 2 days.

Fees for 2015 Power League

Qualifying Tournament (Full Day) $ 250.00
including cost of officials (R-1)
Two (2) League Playdates (Powerleague 1) $ 250.00
including cost of officials (R-1)
Two (2) League Playdates (Powerleague 2) $ 200.00
including cost of officials (R-1)

Note that the total amount for the Powerleague ($ 500) is due at registration for the qualifying tournament.  Teams that do not qualify for the Powerleague will receive a refund of $ 250 after the Qualifying Tournament. Teams qualifying for Powerleague 2 will receive a refund of $ 50

Registration

For the age groups 14 thru 17, the number of teams that can play in the Powerleague Qualifier is limited to 40.  Teams with a top 20 finish in the previous year final rankings are guaranteed entry if they register by the deadline (a club can claim a spot in the 14’s division if they had a team in the top 20 in the 13’s division in the previous year). All other teams will be accepted on a first come first serve base for the qualifying tournament until the tournament is filled.

For the age groups 12, and 18, the number of teams that can play in the Powerleague Qualifier is limited to 25. For the 13’s division the maximum number of teams is 35. Teams with a top 15 finish in the previous year final rankings are guaranteed entry if they register by the deadline (a club can claim a spot in the 18’s division if they had a team in the top 12 in the 17’s division in the previous year). All other teams will be accepted on a first come first serve base for the qualifying tournament until the tournament is filled.

To sign up for the Powerleague Qualifier, teams need to go online and enter. Then print out the registration form and mail that to the HOA office with the full ($500) fee. Teams will not be approved into the event until they are approved for competition. Deadline for registration is December 10.

Seeding Procedure

The Qualifying Tournament will be seeded based on last season’s results/rankings, where possible. Keep in mind that for an 18 & under team registering for the Powerleague Qualifier Tournament, the HOA seeding committee will look at the ‘same’ team’s prior season in 17& Under results/rankings. Teams from new clubs or teams who had no equivalent in the same club in the previous year, are seeded at the bottom.

The top eleven finishers in each age division of the qualifying tournament will participate in the actual Powerleague 1.  The order of finish in the QT will determine where each team is seeded in the Powerleague.  Teams 12 thru 20 from the QT will play in the Powerleague 2 (for the age division this is offered).

Playing Formats

The qualifying tournament will be standard pool play followed by single-elimination bracket play, designed to narrow down the field to 11 teams.

In Powerleague 1: each team will play 5 matches on each playing date, with the exception of the 11th seeded team (6 & 4 matches). All matches will be best two out of three sets.  All sets, except the third, will be to 25 points.  The third, if needed, will be to 15 points.

In Powerleague 2, each team will play 4 matches on each playing date, with the exception of the 9th seeded team (3 & 5 matches). All matches will be best two out of three sets.  All sets, except the third, will be to 25 points.  The third, if needed, will be to 15 points.

Officiating

One certified adult referee will be provided for all matches. When teams are not playing, they may be assigned to help officiate matches.

Winners

The winner of the Powerleague will be the team that wins the most matches.  In case of a two-way tie, the result of the match between the tied teams will be used to determine the winner.

The winner of each age division of Powerleague 1 will be offered a National Club Division bid to the Girls Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships (JOVC’s).

A team which has been formally offered a bid for JOVC’s must either accept or decline such offer on or before 12:00 Noon of the first Monday following the conclusion of the last round of the Powerleague.  Notice to accept or decline must be made in writing, signed by the subject team’s coach or club director, and delivered to the HOA office by the above-prescribed deadline.  If such notice is not received in the prescribed form and by the above-referenced deadline, the bid will be offered to the next finisher.  If such occurs, the next finisher will have 24 hours to either decline or accept the bid.

A team that accepts a JNVC bid thru the Powerleague is required to prepare and submit all appropriate forms and fees that may be required by the JNVC registration process.  It is highly recommended that each team make itself aware in a timely manner, of all requirements.  Any team allowing a bid to ‘drop’ and be lost for use by an HOA team, will be subject to sanctions, including but not limited to, being denied entry into the following season’s HOA Powerleague and/or the HOA Region Bid Tournament.  It is imperative that a team that has accepted a bid for JNVC’s, notifies the HOA office immediately if unable to attend.  This increases the likelihood that another HOA team can attend. Teams who have received a National bid through their Powerleague finish cannot participate in the Heart of America Regional Championships as they cannot improve the level of their bid through that event.

Ties

The tie-breaking procedure for the Qualifying Tournament Ties will be broken on pool competition results.  No tie-breaking sets will be played! In 5 team pools teams may be eliminated from playoffs based on points.

Tie breaking for 2015 for Powerleague 1 only: When after the completion of the 2 Powerleague rounds teams are tied in match record:

2 way tie:  Head to head match result will determine tie-break (no play-off set)

3 or 4 way tie affecting top 4 ranking: First look at head to head match result.  If still tied, then 2 or 3 play off sets will be necessary.  These tie-breakers will be played at the end of the second playing date. Teams that are not available for these matches will forfeit their match.

Procedure for tie-breaking matches:

*           3-Way tie: The 3 tied teams will be seeded for the tie-breaking matches by head to head set differential (sets won minus sets lost) and if still tied by head to head point differential (points won minus points).  The first tie breaking set will be played between the two teams with the lowest seed, officiated by the team with the highest seed.  The winner of this match will be playing against the highest seed, officiated by the losing team of the first tie-breaking match.  All tie-breaking matches will be one set to 15 points.

*           4-Way tie: The 4 tied teams will be seeded for the tie-breaking matches by head to head set differential (sets won minus sets lost) and if still tied by head to head point differential (points won minus points).  The first tie breaking set will be played between the number 1 and the number 4 seed, officiated by the team with the 3rd seed.  Then the 2nd and 3rd seed will play each other, officiated by the loser of the 1 versus 4 match. The two winners will play each other after that, officiated by the loser of the 2 versus 3 match.  All tie-breaking matches will be one set to 15 points. If there are enough officials and courts available, the first two sets can be played simultaneously.

No tie-breaking matches will be played for tie’s that do not affect the top 4 in the final Powerleague standing or affect Powerleague 2.  Junior National Championships bids will not trickle down lower than to fourth place teams in Powerleague 1.

Rosters

The Powerleague is one event, played over 2 playing dates. Teams will sign off their roster before play starts on the first playing date. No player can be added to the roster after that moment. No player can play on either playing date who is not on that original roster (no player can be added for the 2nd playing date if they are not on the roster). Players can be added to the roster after the Powerleague qualifier.

No individual can play for more than one team in any of the divisions of the Powerleague Qualifiers. No player can play for more than one team in any of the Powerleague divisions. A player can play for a different team in the Powerleague Qualifier than in the actual Powerleague.

Inclement Weather Procedures

In the highly unlikely case one of the Powerleague playing dates will be cancelled due to inclement weather, the following procedures will be followed:

Qualifying tournament gets cancelled: Highest ranked 11 or 20 teams from the previous years final rankings will be selected. Teams who have changed to a different club as a whole cannot claim a spot. It will given to the established clubs. New clubs cannot claim a spot.

1st Playing date gets cancelled: A one-day tournament format will be used on the 2nd playing day to determine the winner

2nd Playing date gets cancelled: Powerleague will be considered incomplete and all bids will default to regional championships.

Extraneous

  • If a team misses a round or day of play, that team will be listed as losing all sets and matches in the Powerleague (both playing dates).  Wins will be recorded to the appropriate teams’ records.
  • Under extenuating circumstances, the HOA Regional Commissioner or designated agent (ie…Site Director) may modify set or match formats.  However, every reasonable effort will be made to follow the event’s intended play format.
  • Teams can only claim preferred seating/guaranteed registration when competing for the same club under the same club name as in the previous season.