Play within the Vancouver City Limits Next Registration will be for the Fall 2020 Season - Opens August 1, 2020 -
We believe in LISTENING to the needs of volleyball players and teams and fulfilling on those needs to the best of our ability given the means we have to work with so that our teams feel heard, respected and have a sense of being included in the decisions, updates and offerings this league makes.
We offer convenience, flexibility and a variety of skill levels that are the best fit for the players' skill sets that fit inside their busy lives. We reward loyalty; support comaraderie and encourage sportsmanship. We welcome teams from all recreational skill levels to come play with us whether they are a group of friends or a corporate team.
We offer co-ed leagues with a focus on a competitive balance amongst our various levels of play for players and teams who may not be blessed with an elite level of talent or skills but who love this sport and want to play it with their friends and/or colleagues as often as their busy schedules will allow. We also offer a balance in male/female on court ratios thereby making us a 'truly co-ed' league. Players find that with 'True Coed' that there's not quite as much 'edginess' that you more often find with '4 men & 2 women' leagues and it gives women more of a chance to play more offense in a coed situation.
We offer 3 distinct seasons. Fall, Winter & Spring. Fall & Winter are offered together or you can sign up for each individually while the Spring is treated as a completely separate season. The Fall & Winter season are 10 weeks long each and have a 3-week playoff. All prices include GST in the listed price so that what you see is the price you pay - nothing more. And if you bring another team in with you, you will receive $50 cash back per season - applicable to the Fall & Winter seasons between September and mid-April. All they have to do when they register is share the name or the team that referred them! The Spring League goes from mid-April and to mid-June.
We regularly monitor and evaluate the skill levels of our teams (based on game results) and will shift teams to more 'competitively-appropriate' divisions within the same night that they choose to play within the Fall & Winter seasons. The Spring league does see more of a mix of skill levels and divisions are usually at a level between Intermediate and Intermediate-Plus.
This FUN league is a simple, indoor volleyball league that starts their Fall season between mid-September to mid-December. The Winter season starts in early January and goes to mid-April and Spring season starts in mid-April (immediately after the Winter season playoffs are completed) to the end of June. Locations of the games are at various school gymnasiums within the boundaries of the City of Vancouver and consist of a balance of gyms located west of Granville, east of Fraser and between Granville & Fraser.
By keeping all the games within the city, it reduces travel time and focuses on the most important part of the game...PLAYING! And another perk, because we play in smaller, more intimate gyms, play never has to be interrupted on account of a "BALL" call because there's a stray ball on the court. There are ever stoppages in play once a ball is served during a match!
We know how difficult it can be to get around at rush hour and how inconvenient it can be to play games in Burnaby, Richmond or Surrey if you live in Vancouver or even if you live in those communities but work in Vancouver, it's just easier to stay in the city rather than fighting rush hour to get to a volleyball game!
FOCUS ON PLAY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
We don't have many meetings (one every few years) although there IS an introduction night for new teams! There aren't a lot of complicated rules but do rely heavily on email communications and communication via this website between our team captains and the league. We focus on the basics, we:
make our schedules,
have teams come and play for 90 to 120 minutes the same night every week (except holidays),
teams set-up and/or tear down the nets and then go home after completion!
...There's virtually no waiting around for your turn to play if you come right at the scheduled game time which means there's no wasted time. We're not fancy! We just do the logistics and you do the playing and score reporting!
All NEW volleyball teams are encouraged to play in our 'Intermediate Plus' or 'Intermediate' divisions to start. Returning teams are moved into the same division they finished last season in when carried forward (as long as there are enough teams to sustain that division).
START OF SEASON
In the Fall, you can pay for the Fall & Winter Seasons together if you wish. New Teams can register between August 1st to the second full week of September. There are playoff tournaments (modified single knockout) where everyone participates (note despite single-knockout, all teams still get 3 playoff games to play).
Teams ARE welcome to join the league for the first full 2 seasons when they register (or re-register, in the case of returning teams) between August and early September. Teams can also join one season at a time. The registrations for the Spring League is not combined with any other season and registrations are done separately in March. Playoffs are included for each season.
Games are either to 25 points or 21 points depending on the length of time you have for a match and teams must win by 2 or else it's the first team to 27 (or 25 in the shorter games). Matches are the best-of-5-games.
We play almost all the standard FIVBrules and have a simple set of additional rules that you can access right off this website. The rules can be found on the 'Rules' page (see link on the left side of this page) or you can download a pdf version of the most up-to-date version here.
LEVELS OF SKILL
There are 5 levels of play that range from the most competitive to the most social where skills and technique are not overly important.
The league may decide to move teams up or down a division in the middle and at the end of each season to better balance the level of competition but only within the same night of the week. The current skill levels offered are: Advanced, Intermediate Plus, Intermediate & Rec (short for Recreational).
Currently we offer the following divisions(we prefer if new teams who are considering joining the most competitive division right away, actually start in the 'Intermediate Plus' division for the start of the season...if your team does well in Intermediate Plus after the first 5 weeks of the season, we will move you into 'Advanced' during the reseeding process that occurs at the 5-week mark!):
Monday Intermediate Women's '6's'Nights
Tuesday 'Intermediate Plus' - East
Tuesday 'Intermediate Plus' - West
Tuesday 'Intermediate' - East
Tuesday 'Intermediate' - West
Wednesday 'Intermediate Plus'- East
Wednesday 'Intermediate Plus'- West
Wednesday 'Intermediate' - East
Wednesday 'Intermediate' - West
Thursday 'Intermediate Plus' - East
Thursday 'Intermediate Plus' - West
Thursday 'Intermediate' - East
Thursday 'Intermediate' - West
Friday 'King & Queen of the Hill' Competition (All Mens & Coed)
For a more detailed description of the levels of play, please click here to read more...
SINGLE PLAYER EVALUATIONS
At certain times of the year, we offer opportunities for players who'd like to play more volleyball a chance to be evaluated to see if they would be a good fit for one of our Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 'Random Player Group' Coed teams. We also have Evaluations for Women who are interested at participating in our Monday Women's Mixed 6s Intermediate+ group. These "MIXED" coed teams are usually designed to play in either the 'Intermediate' or 'Intermediate Plus' division depending on the evaluated level of the team but occasionally Rec and Advanced-level teams are also created.
If players are NOT recommended to join any of these groups, they are encouraged to join one of our Monday clinic series to develop their volleyball skills if it is determined that the player could use more skill 'tuning'. If a player is deemed too strong for our league's general level of play, we may encourage that player to join a league that would be better suited for his/her skills for their benefit and enjoyment.
There are fees to sign up for the clinics, specialty nights and Mixed Teams and the prices for these will be posted in the Pricing pages of the website found under the 'News' menu. Players on teams who play in the 'Rec' divisions who don't have a game on their regularly scheduled night may be able to have a free clinic night arranged for them if a coach can be secured.
As mentioned earlier, our Co-ed leagues play a "True" Coed game where there are 3 men and 3 women on the court. 4-&-2 ratios are NOT allowed. As mentiioned earlier, we also offer Women's Intermediate 6's on Mondays.
The age of our players can vary anywhere from 19 or older and the key emphasis is on fair competition, in a social, recreational environment. We are also a league that encourages sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct at all times especially since games are self-officiated.
The final day for registering for the Winter session is Tuesday September 10th, 2020. Coed play will also begin on the week starting on September 15th, 2020 while the Monday Intermediate Women's Group will begin play on Monday, September 21st, 2020. Registration into the Women's Group will only be done through the Women's Evaluation Nights (times and dates still to be announced.).
Our latest 'KEY Registration Info' page list full details on how to register and has links to other support pages that include a video that shows you how to register if you need some extra help.