Week of January 14: 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 1: Registration deadline for all teams wishing to play in, or host in, the WIVL.
March 11 through March 15: Lock in March 30 hosting locations.
March 18: Lock in hosting dates for meets on April 6 and beyond.
March 25: Detailed meet schedule will be posted on the website for all teams playing on March 30.
March 29: "Skeletal" meet schedules will be posted on the website for April 6, 13, 20 and 27 and May 4 and 11 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 1: The detailed meet schedules will be posted on the website for April 6. 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 2019 season of the WIVL must be submitted by March 1, 2019.
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 2019 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 2019 Enrollment Form
The Enrollment Form to participate in the Spring 2019 season of the WIVL must be submitted by March 1, 2019. 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.
2019 Spring Rules
WIVL 2019 League Rules can be viewed on this website, by clicking on the "Volleyball League" tab at the top of the page and then "2019 Rules" 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 2019 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 (email@example.com) or Terri Green at 715-386-4317 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Length of Season
We will organize meets on eight consecutive Saturdays: March 30, April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, May11 and May 18 (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.
If you choose to play four matches a day, these will likely be scheduled over five to six time slots, with some back-to-back matches and some one time-slot breaks between matches.
If you choose to play five matches a day, in most cases you’re looking at a full day commitment (e.g., 8:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.), with five matches over a six, seven or eight time-slot day. The length of your day, however, will depend on how many courts are being used by the host team that day, how many other teams are in attendance and how many other grades are being hosted on that day by the host team.
If your team wants to play more than five matches per day, you aren’t likely to have any longer day than those teams playing five matches, but you will play more back-to-back matches.
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 25, 2018, a detailed meet schedule will be posted on the website for all teams playing on Saturday, March 30. By Friday, March 29, "skeletal" meet schedules will be posted on the website for the April 6, 13, 20 and 27, May 4 and 11 meets (this means by March 29 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 1, the detailed meet schedule will be posted every Sunday night 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 2019 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:
4th/5th and 6th Grade: 50 minutes apart – anticipated 40-45-minute match with a 5-10-minute warm-up for the next match.
7th and 8th Grade: 55 minutes apart – anticipated 45-50-minute match with a 5-10-minute warm-up for the next match.
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 2019 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 18, 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 11 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 11 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:
Rosters can be returned to the league by scanning and emailing to email@example.com, or faxing to 715-688-2452, or mailing to GNBL, P O Box 506, Hudson, WI 54016.
Liability Waivers/Concussion Agreements must be submitted each school year for each player and each coach – we must have a newly submitted form each season. We strongly urge you to take this process seriously. The Liability Waiver/ Concussion Agreement provides legal protection to you as a coach, your school and your referees, not just those parties organizing the League.
Failure to comply with these rules by not returning completed rosters or having parents/guardians complete Liability Waivers/ Concussion Agreements online, could result in loss of meets this year or exclusion next season.
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:
The Wisconsin Independent Volleyball League's website can be found at gnbl.org, then click on the "Volleyball League" tab located on the top of the page. These items are on the website for the Spring 2019 season:
Rules: League rules are posted for all coaches, parents and players to access. Rules for the Spring 2019 season are already posted.
Consent for Medical Treatment and Voluntary Release, Acknowledgement and Acceptance of Risks and Indemnity Agreement/Concussion Law Agreement: These are drafted to help protect the League, the coaches and the municipality/school hosting each game. Parents/guardians and coaches can fill this form out directly online.
Schedules: Meet and LCT schedules will be posted and updated continuously as changes occur. See the "Timeline" section below for timing of postings.
Scores: Host teams are required to submit scores within 48 hours of the completion of each meet. Scores will be posted on the website and standings updated on a weekly basis. First scores for the Spring 2019 season will be posted on or about April 1. Score results for all previous seasons are archived on the website and can be accessed at gnbl.org. Click on "Volleyball League," located on the top of the page, then "Archives."
Timeline Going Forward
What follows is a timeline we will follow leading up to the beginning of League play this spring:
Questions and Comments
If you have questions about enrollment packet information or copies of certain documents, please contact Tracie Tilton at 715-749-9048 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Terri Green at 715-386-4317 or email email@example.com.