2017 Fall League Rules
The balls used for the league will be Molten Soft Touch for the Middle School League, and Molten Volley – Lite for the Youth League.
There are no outside volleyballs needed in the warehouse. We will provide 12 warm up balls on each court for you to warm up with.
When warm-ups are done, all volleyballs must be placed back in the carts and the carts put in between the team benches. No players who are not playing, or their siblings, friends, etc… may use the volleyballs.
There are no uniform requirements for the Mizuno Northern Lights Fall League. Players are encouraged to wear shirts that match, with the exception of the libero, if a libero is going to be used. Jerseys do not need to have numbers.
$3.00 admission per person.
All bags must be taken upstairs and put on a rack. Any team that has bags on the lower level, or on the upper level, not racked will be required to stop play and move their bags.
All food must be consumed upstairs. If you spill, please pick up after yourselves.
NO COFFEE on the courts. This includes coaches AND parents running the score sheets.
Since teams will be playing two, back to back matches, there will not be any concession stand open. Teams will be allowed to bring in outside food and beverage as long as they throw away all garbage throughout the day.
Mizuno Northern Lights players from the 2017 season will officiate all matches for the league. They will be on the stand as the up Official. There will be no down Officials or line judges. Up Officials will make all the calls for the match
Parent responsibility – Each team will need to send a parent rep to the scorer’s table for each match. There will be a very simple score sheet for one parent to mark off each point that is scored in each game and a blank to put the final score in at the end of the game. The other parent will run the electronic scoreboard and make sure that the score is correct.
Coaches: Please the monitors to verify the match has been entered correctly before you leave. The brackets will update within 2 minutes of your score being entered. If it is not updated, or the results are wrong, please find the supervisor immediately.
Start time for matches
Teams will play 2 matches in succession. Start times for the first match will be:
7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, or 7:30pm
4 team brackets will be played on adjacent courts. Courts 1 & 2 will be paired up for example.
The second match will start 5 minutes after both matches for each bracket’s first round have ended. This may be before the top of the hour.
Warm ups for your first match will be at least 10 minutes. Your first match will not start earlier than the start time scheduled. Warm ups will work more like high school than club. Your first match, the team on top of the bracket match will have the net for 4 minutes, and the bottom team may warm up with a ball off the court. The second 4 minutes, the net will belong to the bottom team in the bracket, and the top team may ball handle off the court. The last two minutes will be shared serving time.
Your second match, the two courts will use one clock. If the odd court finishes first, they will set their clock for 5 minutes, if the even court finishes first, they will set their clock for 5 minutes. As soon as the other match ends the clock will start. The first two minutes will be for the team that stayed (winner on the odd court, loser on the even court). The second two minutes will be for the team that had to move courts. The last minute is for shared serving.
Generally speaking, all rules in this league have been decided on with one goal in mind. We are trying to get these young women opportunities to touch the ball and feel successful in their attempts. With rare exception, we have not had anyone abuse the leniency of our rules to gain an unfair advantage and we hope that trend continues and we don’t need to make changes.
These are not USAV, or MSHSL rules, but rather rules to encourage rallies in each point.
Points per set, number of sets
We will play 3 sets automatically. The first two sets will be played to 25 points where you have to win by 2 points. The third set will be played to 15 points and again you must win by 2 points. The teams will not switch at 8 points in the third set.
Substitutions will be unlimited and not monitored. Teams can run like a regular high school team, where certain players sub in for one another, there is a libero, etc… Teams can also sub on the fly, any player for any other player.
Players are encouraged to serve from behind the service line, or at minimum from a step into the court. If the server is not strong enough to serve from there, they are allowed to step in farther. If they are successful with their first serve, players must step back the next time they serve.
In the youth league, players will be allowed to serve a maximum of three times per rotations. If, after three serves, their team retains the serve for a 4th opportunity, the serving team will rotate, and the next server will serve.
Players are allowed to toss the ball as many times as necessary for a great service opportunity. This means that players are encouraged to serve their first or second toss. But if they have two bad tosses, we do not need them to hit that second bad toss. If they toss the ball, and make no attempt to play the ball, but it contacts their body, this will not be considered a fault, but a bad toss.
Ball Handling & Net / Center-line Violations
Officials have been instructed to be liberal with ball handling calls. Some calls will be made, but we are encouraging players to try and set the ball, so most doubles and lifts will not be called. Gross ball handling errors should still be called, and will be.
Net violations will be a safety call. If a player enters the other teams playing area, a fault will be called. If not, play on. This does not mean we should be training our athletes to hit the net, but does mean they should play until they hear a whistle.
With 104 teams in the league, we are constantly receiving requests to move teams from their assigned pool and to make special exceptions for teams. The league has gotten too big to accommodate these requests and as a result, we will no longer be able to adjust the master pool schedule. Where your team falls, is where they fall.
The first week of the league (9/16) teams will be split and snake seeded. In the middle school league, there are three divisions of 16 teams. In the youth league there is are three divisions. There are 16 teams in the top two divisions and 12 teams in the third. Within the division teams are snake seeded.
In a 16 team division the top 4 seeds are the (1) seed in their respective brackets 1-4. The 5-8 seeds are the (2) seed in their brackets in reverse order so in bracket 1, the 1st seed is the #1 seed overall and the 2nd seed is the #8 seed overall. In bracket 4, the 1st seed is the #4 seed overall and the 2nd seed is #5 overall.
Teams after this date will be reseeded by:
2. Finish in bracket
3. Game %
4. Point %
This will rank all teams across divisions and give us new seeds for teams 1-48 in the middle school, and 1-44 in the youth league.
After 9/30 and 10/14 the teams that win their bracket (2-0) and the teams that finish 4th (0-2) will move up and down so the team that wins bracket 3 will replace the team that lost bracket 2 etc… The teams that finished second and third will be the #2 and #3 seed respectively.
After 9/23 and 10/7 all teams will move to a different bracket. Teams that win their first match and finish either first or second will move up to the next bracket, in finish order and replace the teams that finished third and fourth in the bracket above them.
This weekend’s results will be entered and a new schedule for next week will be up by Tuesday at the latest.
You can check the master pool schedule for future match times.