Adult Team Eligibility Rules

Teams may register initially in any playing division desired.

Involuntary Movement of Teams to a Higher Division

1. Prior to March 1st of the current season, any team that is awarded 12 tournament points or wins two tournaments in Old Dominion Region sanctioned competition (with at least six teams of that level participating) shall be required to play in one playing division higher than the division in which the points were awarded.

2. At any time during the current season, any team that competes in tournaments in a playing division higher than the division in which that team is registered, and is awarded at least 5 tournament points in that higher division, shall be required to compete in the higher division for the remainder of the current season.

3. Any team subject to the action in paragraph 1 or 2 above shall not be eligible for competition in the lower division. Any applications for entry with fees for tournaments in the lower division shall be returned to the team representative. That team shall be placed at the top of the priority list for entry into the next available tournament in the higher division.

4. Any team subject to the action in paragraph 1 above shall have a guaranteed entry into the Region Championship tournament in the division in which the points were awarded. If the team earns five or more points in the higher division and are subject to the action in paragraph 2 above or they qualify to participate in the Region Championship in the higher division, the team shall not be eligible to play in the Region Championship in the lower division.

5. Notification in writing of the involuntary movement of any team by the action described in paragraph 1 or 2 above shall be made by the Tournament Coordinator of the division from which the team is being moved to the following:

a. The team representative of the team involved.
b. The Tournament Coordinator of the division to which the team is being moved.
c. The Chairman of the Tournament Coordinating Committee.
d. The Chairman of the Ethics/Eligibility Committee.
e. The Tournament Directors of any tournaments for which the affected team has been accepted for entry in the division from which the team is being moved.

6. The team that wins the tournament points championship in each playing division must register in the next higher division in the next playing season if at least four of the players from the championship roster return in the next playing season. Similarly, the first team from each playing division that is involuntarily moved to a higher division must register in the higher division in the next playing season if at least four of the players from the previous season roster return. The team may appeal to the Ethics/Eligibility Committee Chairman to waive the effect of this requirement if there are extenuating circumstances (e.g., loss of key personnel).

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.
One tournament point shall be awarded to any team entering a tournament in a higher level division than the division in which they are registered. This point shall apply to the team’s standing only in their registered division.

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.

Individual Player Eligibility Rules

Voluntary Movement of Players within a Club Organization

Players registered on teams that are associated with a club organization and who are competing in A, BB or B divisions may participate with another team from the same club that is competing in a higher level division. They may do this a maximum of two times during the period December 1 through the end of the Regional Championships. These players may compete for both teams during any single weekend or holiday in conjunction with a weekend provided the participation is in different competitions. If a player participates with a club team in a higher level division for a third time in Old Dominion Region sanctioned events, the player must compete in the higher level division for the remainder of the season. Furthermore, the player will be identified with the team on which he plays on the third occasion at the higher level. A team playing in a higher level division does not result in instances of “playing up” for the individual players on that team.
There shall be no limit on the number of times a player may participate with a team of a higher level division when competing in events outside the Old Dominion Region.

A player may not participate with a team competing in a lower division level than the one with which the player is registered. With the exception of AA team players in a club organization [see below], a player may not participate with another team competing in the same division as the team with which the player is registered.

A player registered with a team that is not a part of a club organization may not participate in competition with any other regular team.

A player registered with a AA division team in a club organization may participate in competition with any AA division team in that club and may participate for more than one of those teams during any single weekend or holiday in conjunction with a weekend so long as the participation is in different competitions. The regular season ends just prior to the Regional Championship for the AA division. Prior to the end of the season, clubs must submit to the Region Registrar any changes to the existing rosters for any of the AA division teams associated with that club and must indicate the AA division team with which each player will participate in the Regional Championships.

Voluntary movement of players within a club organization to division A, BB, or B teams is ordinarily limited to the period December 1 through the end of the regular season.

To participate in the Regional Championships, a player must have registered on the team by March 15, or have voluntarily moved to a higher division within 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.