2019 YOUTH League Rules
The balls used for the league will be Molten Volley–Lite for the Youth League.
Please do not bring outside volleyballs to the warehouse – they are not needed. 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.
Please note that no one other than players, coaches, officials and the parents who are keeping the score should be on any of the courts.
Please make sure that all siblings and small children are under a parent’s supervision. We have had trouble in the past with siblings who either cause trouble (lock doors, unroll toilet paper in the bathroom), get lost (causing us to shut down the tournament until they are found), or just get in the way by playing in hallways or on the mezzanine.
All children who are not playing volleyball should be with their parents and carefully supervised.
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.
$7.00 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.
Mizuno Northern Lights players from the 2019 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 check 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:
8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm
4 team brackets will be played on adjacent courts. Courts 7 & 8 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.
For 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.
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.
This weekend’s results will be entered and a new schedule for the next series will be up on the Wednesday before the event.
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