Week of January 15: Enrollment materials are posted and an email sent to all of last spring’s coaches.
Mid-January through February: Communities looking to enter teams in this League should conduct their local enrollment process if they haven’t done so already.
March 2: Registration deadline for all teams wishing to play in, or host in, the WIVL.
March 12 through March 16: Lock in March 31 hosting locations.
March 19: Lock in hosting dates for meets on April 7 and beyond.
March 26: Detailed meet schedule will be posted on the website for all teams playing on March 31.
March 30: "Skeletal" meet schedules will be posted on the website for April 7, 14, 21 and 28 and May 5 and 12 meets (i.e., at this time, we’ll post who plays where and how many matches, but not the exact opponent and time of each match).
April 2: The detailed meet schedules will be posted on the website for April 7. This process will be repeated weekly throughout the season every Sunday by 11:00 p.m. for the next Saturday’s meets.
The Enrollment Form to participate in the Spring 2018 season of the WIVL must be submitted by March 2, 2018. The instructions on the form are self-explanatory. However, if you have questions, please call Tracie Tilton at 715-749-9048 or, if you can’t reach her, call Terri Green at 715-386-4317.
Wisconsin Independent Volleyball League Season
If you are a coach or team contact who plans to enter one or more teams into the Spring 2018 Wisconsin Independent Volleyball League ("WIVL"), please read this posting thoroughly. This backgrounder, along with the referenced Enrollment Form and Rules, will answer virtually every question you will likely have about how to enter a team and how the League functions.
Spring 2018 Enrollment Form
The Enrollment Form to participate in the Spring 2018 season of the WIVL must be submitted by March 6, 2018. The instructions on the form are self-explanatory. However, if you have questions, please call Tracie Tilton at 715-749-9048 or, if you can’t reach her, call Terri Green at 715-386-4317.
2018 Spring Rules
WIVL 2018 League Rules can be viewed on our website at gnbl.org, by clicking on the "Volleyball League" tab at the top of the page and then "Rules & Forms" tab. These rules cover not only match rules, but also how the League is organized, the League’s fee structure and meet management. Because these rules are quite detailed and self-explanatory, we don’t spend a great deal of time in this post discussing their content. It is imperative that all coaches looking to enter one or more teams in the League read and understand these rules. While we will consider changes in these rules for the 2018 Spring season, any changes at this point must reflect a majority view of League participants. If you have suggested rule changes, or you have questions about the rules, please contact Tracie Tilton at 715-749-9048 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Terri Green at 715-386-4317 (email@example.com).
Length of Season
We will organize meets on eight consecutive Saturdays: March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May12 and May 19 (season ending League Championship Tournament).
On the enrollment form, you can opt to have your team play three, four, five or more matches per day.
See Paragraph B-3 of the League Rules for an example of how flexible scheduling works with thirteen teams playing on three surfaces, where five teams play three matches each, three teams play four matches each, four teams play five matches each and one team plays seven matches.
A schedule of meet participants will be posted and updated as changes occur. By Monday, March 26, 2018, a detailed meet schedule will be posted on the website for all teams playing on Saturday, March 31. By Friday, March 30, "skeletal" meet schedules will be posted on the website for the April 7, 14, 21 and 28, May 5 and 12 meets (this means by March 30 we’ll post who plays where and how many matches on these remaining six dates, but not the exact opponent and time of each match). After Monday, April 2, the detailed meet schedule will be posted every Sunday on the website for the next Saturday’s meets, showing each meet match-up, court assignments and start times. This process will be repeated every Sunday by 11:00 p.m. for the next Saturday’s meets.
This flexible scheduling approach is used in the WIVL rather than having concrete, set schedules from the beginning of the season. This helps teams deal with the changing availability of their players during the spring season and keeps penalties for dropping out of meets to a minimum.
The Spring 2018 League will have a separate playing division for each of three grades: 6, 7 and 8. There will also be a combined 4th/5th grade division, in which we’ll schedule play between 5th grade teams, 4th grade teams and combined 4th/5th grade teams.
Length of Matches
See Section B-6 of the rules. We will follow the same match length used in previous years:
When hosting, a community needs a minimum of two playing surfaces for a full day for one grade (first match starting between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m., last match starting sometime between 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., depending on attendance at that meet). A community can also host a meet for one grade on three playing surfaces on the same Saturday. If a host has three, four or more playing surfaces, it can host meets for multiple grades on the same date.
Fees / Hosting Credits / Penalties for Dropping a Meet
For the Spring 2018 season, teams will be charged $26 per match to play and the host will receive a hosting credit of $15 per team per match.
Teams dropping a meet less than six (6) days in advance of a given meet, after their attendance was confirmed by phone call or e-mail from the League, will face the penalties spelled out in Rule C-5.
League Championship Tournament
On Saturday, May 19, the League will hold a separate League Championship Tournament (LCT) in each division for 8th, 7th, 6th and 5th/4th grade teams, provided that centrally-located communities with adequate playing surfaces agree to host on that date. Each of the LCTs will be hosted by a different community or group of communities. A team must play in at least two meets prior to May 12 to be eligible to participate in the LCT. If more teams at a given grade level sign-up to play in the LCT than court capacity allows, we will: 1) give preferential treatment to teams playing in at least three other meets (rather than just two as noted above) and 2) if after that action, we still have too many teams, preferential treatment will be given to those teams with the best match and game records as of the completion of the May 12 meets.
At the LCT, each team will play between five and six matches. Teams will be seeded based on their season’s record. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st through 5th place finishers in each grade, as well as to the Consolation Champions (there will be no Consolation Championship's if there are less than 16 teams in a given LCT field). Medallions will be awarded to individuals on those teams that win a trophy. Players on teams that fail to win a trophy will not receive individual awards. The cost to play in the LCT will again be $160. The slightly higher cost of the LCT relative to regular meets accounts for the increased number of matches each team will be playing (five to six matches per team times $26 per match), the cost of the awards and added staff time to organize a large event. Hosts of the LCT will be allowed to charge $6 per adult and $2 per student (versus $4 adult/$2 child during the regular season) to also help cover the added cost of hosting a larger event of this nature.
Rosters and Liability Waivers / Concussion Agreements
All teams must submit the following information at least one week before the first meet your team will play:
The documents can be completed online or the paper documents for your entire team can be returned to us by one of these methods:
All Liability Waivers/Concussion Agreements you send us for each player are kept in the League’s office – not circulated to meet hosts – please do not turn them in to anyone at the host community. If you have questions, please contact Heidi, who is handling roster, Liability Waiver/Concussion Agreements, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage you to keep a signed copy of the Liability Waiver/Concussion Agreement for each player in your equipment bag and carry it to all your meets -- if you ever have a player injured at a game where neither parent nor legal guardian is present, this document gives EMT and hospital professionals the authority to perform services in non-life threatening situations.
Please note Section C-4 of the League Rules. Each team must provide one of the two line judges for each match. Coaches: It’s your responsibility to make sure that a person associated with your team gets into position at least two minutes before a match is scheduled to start so that the official doesn’t need to take the time to remind you of this obligation. Hosts: If a given team fails to provide a line judge, do not proceed with the match until that team meets its obligation. If a team refuses, the match will be forfeited by the team refusing to comply with this rule for purposes of League Standings, but played for "fun" so that the players are not disadvantaged. Such refusal should be reported to the League because it may effect that team’s ability to participate in future meets, including the League Championship Tournament. While parents and older siblings are the logical people who most often are asked to act as line judge, players are acceptable if necessary. For example, if a team has eight players on it, rather than sitting out a game in a specific match, one player can line judge -- coaches can have three different players each line judge one game in a three game match, which allows each player to play in the other two games. If all else fails, the team’s coach needs to line judge rather than shirk this responsibility.
League Standings will be posted weekly and are calculated as follows: