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League Rules 2014-2015

Our league's priority is providing professionally run events with help from high level certified USAV officials for all the league tournaments. NWVCL will do its best to provide playing opportunities for all women's collegiate club teams throughout the Northeast region.

» League Membership and Divisions: The league will continue with two division format. Red division and Blue division. Placement of teams will be based on their level of play and travel history. Teams in the Red Division are expected to travel more and compete for a spot in D1 or D1 AA level at the NCVF Club National Championships. Teams may be moved up or down prior to each season based on their performance from the previous season. A team can make a request to move to a different division each season. This request must be submitted to the commissioner by no later than September 1st. For the complete listing of league teams, please go to "Members" section on this website.
» League dues: League dues will be $325 per team. The dues must be received by October 11 (Sat), 2014. If a school has "A" and "B" teams, they must pay $325 for each team ($650 total). The league will not make exception for any team in regards to its deadline. It is the responsibility of each team to ensure that checks are sent (and received by the league office) on time. If your school check is going to be late then you will have to send in a personal check to put on hold until your official school check arrives.
» Hosting tournaments: Teams interested in hosting league tournaments should contact the commissioner as soon as possible. The regular season will go from the last weekend of October through the last weekend of March. Selection will be made based on location, past history as a host, dates, etc.
» Registration for tournaments: Individual tournament fee will be $140 per team per tournament. Non-league teams will pay $160 per team per tournament. Registrations for individual league tournaments are first come first serve. The deadline for a tournament will be 14 days prior to the actual tournament date. League members will have priority over non-league teams. Division members will have priority over other division teams and non-league teams. For example, Red Division teams will have priority over Blue Division teams when registering for a Red Division tournament. "Open" tournaments are for either Red or Blue division teams. Non league teams will be accepted only if spaces are available after the deadline has passed.
» Last Minute Tournament Cancellations: If a team drops out from a tournament on the week of the tournament (7 days or less), they will forfeit their entire registration fee and be penalized neg. 100 points. In addition they will lose priority status when registering for subsequent league events. A team that has two last minute cancellations (7 days or less) in a season will become ineligible for the league championship that season. A team must give an e-mail notification to withdraw from a tournament at least 10 days prior to the tournament date in order to receive a full refund/credit.
» League Championships: Each division will crown its own Champions at the end of season League Championships. You must play at least three (two of which must be in Spring and within your division) league tournaments in order to be considered for the league championship. Points System will be used to determine top 10 teams from each Division (Red and Blue). More you play, more points you will earn.

Point Average System will be used to determine the seeding for the championships. Championship format will be similar to that of Club Nationals (seeded pool play and challenge rounds followed by modified single elimination). Hosting school for the league championship will receive an automatic entry into the championship.

When possible, NWVCL league championships and annual meetings will be held in a central location. Non-league teams are not allowed to participate in the league championships.
» Results and Nationals: All league tournament results will be sent to the national ranking committee by the league Commissioner. Any other matches and non-league tournament results should also be forwarded to Jung if you wish them to be considered for national rankings.

All league teams are eligible for Club National Championships as NWVCL is a recognized NVCF club league.
» Individual Tournament: 4 or 5 team pool play followed by single elimination playoff. Playoff matches will be best of three whenever time permits. They may be reduced to one set to 25 when necessary.
» Playing Rules: All playing rules will be same as USAV. We will closely follow the NCVF Club National playing rules.
» Eligibility Rules: The league eligibility rule will be same as that of NCVF. A participant must be an enrolled student with a minimum of 3/4 full-time enrollment as an undergraduate or minimum of six hours as a graduate student at a NCVF recognized 2-year or 4-year degree-granting college or university throughout the current NCVF Competitive Season.

Two ex-varsity players allowed per team each season.
Ex-Varsity = Anyone who was on the varsity roster (regardless of their playing time).
No current varsity player can participate in the league play this season (2014-2015): anyone who plays or practices with varsity team during fall 2014.

Six Consecutive Year Rule: Each player is allowed the maximum of six consecutive years to play collegiate club volleyball. The clock for each player starts the first year she registered/played with a collegiate club/varsity team. For 2014-2015 season, any ex-varsity player who played in fall 2008 season or prior can NOT play club volleyball.
» Uniform Rules: Very Important - "Required" beginning Sept.1, 2014:
The Libero and/or her teammates shall wear a solid colored uniform top.
The Libero shall wear a uniform top that is immediately recognized from all angles as being in clear contrast to and distinct from the other members of the team.

Uniform Numbers must be clearly visible and centered (both horizontally and vertically) on the player's chest and upper back. The number must be a minimum of 4" in height on the check and 6" in height in the back. It is recommended that numbers be minimum of 6" (front) and 8" (back) in height. The player's jerseys must be numbered in a permanent manner from 1 to 99. Duplicate numbers are not allowed.

The color and brightness of the numbers must contrast with the color and brightness of the jerseys. Each jersey must use the same color and number height for all players except the libero. The Libero shall wear a uniform top that is immediately recognized from all angles as being in clear contrast to and distinct from the other members of the team. Color combinations such as purple/black, dark green/black, navy/black, white/light yellow or navy/dark maroon are not distinctive enough to comply with the rules.

Regarding the solid colored top:
(a). The solid color uniform top shall clearly contrast from the predominant color(s) of the teammates’ uniform top. Predominant color(s) is the color(s) appearing on approximately half of the uniform.
(b). Sleeves shall be the same color as the body of the uniform top.
(c). Piping/trim not exceeding 1 inch in total at its widest point may be placed along the seams and may be a different color(s) than the uniform top.
(d). Lettering and collars may be different color(s) than the uniform top.
(e). Numbers shall be a contrasting color to the uniform top and meet all other specifications in USAV
» NWVCL Officers: Commissioner: Jung Park
Assistant Commissioner/Webmaster: Vu Hoang

In registering as a participant in and in consideration of being permitted by the NWVCL to participate in the league tournaments and championships. All participants (players, coaches and any other team members) voluntarily agree to assume all risks in and incidental to participation in these events. Moreover, all participants release the NWVCL, its officers, employees, agents, and their successors from all claims of personal injury or damages whatsoever, (whether such damage be known or unknown), including attorney’s fees in any matter arising out of or resulting from or in connection with their participation in the events organized by the NWVCL.

All participants acknowledge to have full knowledge of the risks involved in playing volleyball, and declare to be physically fit and sufficiently informed to participate. Each participant is personally responsible for all risks of injury of damage to person or property in any way out of her/his participation in this activity should she/he chooses to transport herself to the activity venue or choose to extend her stay at the conclusion of her competition(s). In particular, I specifically release the NWVCL from any claim that may arise as a result of her/his remaining at the tournament site after the event is terminated for the day. Each participant is personally responsible for all risks of injury of damage to person or property in any way arising out of her/his participation in any NWVCL events.

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