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Toronto Spartan Volleyball League

Competitive Division

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The competitive division in the TSVL plays every Tuesday evening and focuses on creating a safe and fun environment for individuals to play a more competitive level of volleyball.  Teams are formed by players themselves and submitted to the league, with the majority of roster administration being the responsibility of the team, not the league.  The competitive division consists of a series of graduated pools of 4 teams.  Every week a team plays a round robin series of games against the other three teams in its pool.  At the end of the night, the team with the best record moves up a pool, and the team with the worst record moves down a pool.  This insures that, while the skill level across the competitive division is quite varied, that games are usually between teams of a similar skill level. Each team is allowed to carry a roster of 6 to 10 players.

 

Winter 2016 Registration

Team Registration is CLOSED – If you need to be added to a team please email John at comp@tsvl.org

 

On January 12th, 2016 starting at 7 p.m. at Riverdale Collegiate, the TSVL will hold its recruitment night for those who are interested in playing in the Competitive Division and have not yet found a team. Players will participate in a series of drills and/or play games to demonstrate their skill. Captains from teams that are registered for the Winter competitive season and who are looking to add players to their roster will attend to see the players interested in being recruited. Please note that the TSVL does not make any guarantees that players will be recruited to a team.

 

The first night of league play will be January 19th, 2016.

 

For more information, assistance finding a team or inquiries please contact John: comp@tsvl.org

 

Changes for the 2015-2016 Season

 

The format of the competitive division will continue operating with the changes made in 2013-2014 including rules around substitutions, drop-ins, roster freeze, ghost penalties, default penalties, and split seasons.  For the 2015-2016 season the Toronto Spartan Volleyball League will continue to follow the rules set out by FIVB, which have been updated for the 2015-2016 season.  Of particular importance is an update to the rules regarding net touches, Rule 11.3.1: Contact with the net by a player between the antennae, during the action of playing the ball, is a fault.  The action of playing the ball includes (among others) take-off, hit (or attempt) and landing.

 

Summary of Comp Division Operations:

  • Each competitive season will begin with 1 draft night to allow new players to be picked up by registered teams
  • There will be 2 weeks of play where points accumulated in these weeks will not count toward your overall standings, to allow teams to adjust their initial seeding;.
  • There will be at least 9 weeks of regular play (barring any cancellations of permits that would be out of our control).
  • There will be 1 week of playoffs for each season.
  • Regular play format and point accumulation continues unchanged.
  • Playoff format will be finalized in the coming weeks.

 

Priority Ranking

 

Competitive team priority ranks are listed below. In the event that we cannot accommodate all registered teams, teams will be given spots in the league based on these rankings. A final number of teams will be announced shortly, once all gym permits have been finalized. For reference, the competitive division over the past three years has consisted of 36, 32 and 36 teams, respectively. The priority ranking is divided into 4 groups:

  • RANK 1: A team consisting of at least 5 players from the previous 2015 Fall TSVL competitive division team;
  • RANK 2: A team consisting of at least 5 returning members from the 2015 TSVL season. A returning member is an individual that was registered in either the competitive or recreational division of TSVL during the 2015 Fall and/or Winter season.
  • RANK 3: A team with fewer than 5 returning members (but at least 1 returning member) from the 2015 TSVL Fall and/or Winter season; and
  • RANK 4: Any team that registers or completes registration after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 that has no returning TSVL member from the 2015 Fall and/or Winter TSVL season.

Within each priority group, teams are ranked on a first come, first served basis. A TEAM REGISTERING ONLINE IS ONLY ASSIGNED A PRIORITY RANK AFTER THEIR 6th TEAM MEMBER IS REGISTERED, WITH THE TEAM'S TIME STAMP MATCHING THE TIME OF THE 6th MEMBER'S REGISTRATION. IF A SUBSEQUENT TEAM MEMBER'S REGISTRATION ALTERS THE TEAM'S PRIORITY RANKING, A NEW RANK WILL BE ISSUED WITH THE TIME STAMP OF THIS SUBSEQUENT MEMBER'S REGISTRATION.

 

Roster Freeze:

 

Rosters will be frozen for the 2 weeks of “ranking”, as well as 2 weeks of regular play. No deletions to any roster will be allowed until after the 4th week of the season. Any additions cannot change the original registration priority seed.

Players added to any roster within the three weeks before playoffs will be able to play regular season games but uneligible to play in the playoffs. 

 

Substitute and Drop-in Players:

 

There are some substantial changes to the way the substitutions and drop-ins will operate this year. Substitute players and drop-in players will be considered the same thing and the terms will be interchangeable. These players will not be considered TSVL members. Players not on a roster can request to be placed on the sub list; maintained by the Competitive Division Coordinator. The list is considered a resource for the division and not a necessity. Therefore, a player can sub-in or drop-in but does not need to be on the sub-list.

All subs/drop-ins cannot already be on a roster and each week must sign a waiver to be able to play. A player can only sub/drop-in for a team two [2] times during the season but can sub/drop-in for multiple teams throughout the season. Teams can utilize a maximum of two [2] substitute/drop-in players per night, and up to five [5] substitute/drop-in players per season. Substitutions/drop-ins need to be approved via email by the Competitive Division Coordinator no later than 4pm on the day of play.

 

Substitute players are not allowed to be used during the playoffs.

 

Drop-in Fees

 

In addition to a waiver, all sub/drop-in players must pay a $10 fee for each week they play. No refunds will be provided for the sub/drop-in fee, if for example a sub/drop-in player later registers as a TSVL member, as these are one of the ways for covering the rising cost of gym permits. However, there will be a new reduced registration fee ($20 less membership fee), for all players that register on or after the 4th week of regular play.

 

Ghost and Default Penalties

 

The Ghost rule continues as usual with one change: teams playing with a ghost player will only lose serve and not a point when the ghost player rotates into the serving position. Also, with respect to matches defaulted, currently, teams that default receive 0 points for the match they defaulted. Now, teams that default will gain points as if they lost the match (i.e. 1 point). The team that defaulted will still lose a defaulted set by a score of 21-0.