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.
Changes to the 2013-14 Competitive Division
The format of the competitive division is changing, along with rules around substitutions, drop-ins, roster freeze, ghost penalties, and default penalties. In essence, the TSVL Executive has decided to split the competitive season into two seasons, similar to the recreational division. The Executive had a reflective debate about the new format, keeping in mind our commitment to providing a competitive division that is both competitive and challenging, and yet inclusive, safe, fun, and social. The result of that discussion was the decision to split the competitive division into two seasons.
Summary of changes:
Registration will take place online on August 26, 2013, at which time you will be allowed to register as a team for the fall season. Registration for the Winter season will happen in early January. Priority will be given to those teams registering in the winter with an unchanged roster. Registration for the fall and winter will continue to have the registration priorities that existed last year for competitive registration.
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:
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.
Rosters will be frozen for the 2 weeks of “ranking”, as well as 4 weeks of regular play. No deletions to any roster will be allowed until after the 4th week of regular season play. Any additions cannot change the original registration priority seed.
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  times during the season but can sub/drop-in for multiple teams throughout the season. Teams can utilize a maximum of two  substitute/drop-in players per night, and up to five  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.
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.