Adult Team Eligibility Rules

Teams may register initially in any playing division desired.

Involuntary Movement of Teams to a Higher Division
The Adult Coordinator reserves the right to move teams to a higher division.

Voluntary Movement of Teams to a Higher Division
Any team may participate in sanctioned competition in a higher level division than the level in which registered. Acceptance into competition in the higher level division is dependent on space availability. Teams registered in the higher level division shall have priority for entry into tournaments at that level.

There is no limit on the number of times that any team may participate in competition in a higher level division.

Participation of an entire team in higher-level competition shall not be counted as an instance of “playing up” for any individual in a Club organization.

Eligibility Sanctions

(See USA Volleyball Participant Code of Conduct regarding major violations.) 

If the offense for which the sanction is issued is the failure of an individual to fulfill requirements of registration or certification, or the commission of misconduct by an individual, only that individual shall be sanctioned.

If the offense for which the sanction is issued is the failure of a club or a team to fulfill requirements of registration or certification, or to fulfill work team responsibilities, or the commission of misconduct by a club or a team, the entire club or team, as appropriate, shall be sanctioned.

Sanction suspensions will be imposed from the date the violation is discovered or the date the individual or team last played, whichever is later.

Maximum sanctions to be imposed for eligibility or registration violations are the following:

First offense: 30-day suspension from participation in sanctioned events.

Second offense: 60-day suspension from participation in sanctioned events.

Third offense: 90-day suspension from participation in sanctioned events.

NOTE:
If the time of suspension is not completed during any one regular season, the time of suspension remaining shall carry over to the next regular season.

Responsibility for Eligibility Sanctions
All eligibility matters relating to the registration of clubs, teams or individuals, or eligibility matters regarding eligibility to participate in future events or requests or suggestions of disciplinary action for clubs, teams or individuals, shall be the responsibility of the Ethics/Eligibility Committee. The Ethics/Eligibility Committee for any such matter shall be composed of the Ethics/Eligibility Committee Chairman, the Tournament Coordinating Committee Chairman, and the Tournament Coordinator for the appropriate division involved. Recommendations of the Ethics/Eligibility Committee shall be final unless an appeal is requested by the procedure described below.

All eligibility matters relating to scorer requirements shall be the responsibility of the Ethics/Eligibility Committee. For any such matter, the committee shall consist of the Ethics/Eligibility Committee Chairman, Scorer Chair and the Tournament Coordinator of the appropriate playing division. Recommendations of the Ethics/Eligibility Committee shall be final unless an appeal is requested by the procedure described below.

All eligibility matters relating to referee requirements (including work team requirements) shall be the responsibility of the Ethics/Eligibility Committee. For any such matter, the Ethics/Eligibility Committee shall consist of the Ethics/Eligibility Committee Chairman, Referee Chair and the Tournament Coordinator of the appropriate playing division. Recommendations of the Ethics/Eligibility Committee shall be final unless an appeal is requested by the procedure described below.

Appeals of Eligibility Sanctions
Pursuant to Article XI (paragraph 11.06) of the By-Laws of USA Volleyball, an appeal of any sanction imposed may be submitted to the President acting on behalf of the Executive Committee. The individual appealing must notify the Executive Committee, in writing, of the request for a hearing not later than 30 days after the receipt of the Notice of Eligibility Sanction. The request must be filed by certified mail, return receipt requested. Failure to file the request in this manner will result in forfeiture of the right to appeal. At the request of the individual filing the appeal, the hearing may be accomplished by telephone conference call between the individual and the Executive Committee. If a telephone hearing form of appeal is desired, it must be specifically requested. Any further appeal of the decision of the Executive Committee will be considered pursuant to Article XI (paragraph 11.07) of the By-Laws of USA Volleyball.