Warm-Ups

Warm-up periods will be scheduled with teams on the court separately. Each team will have the court for two (2) minutes of shared ball handling, followed by four (4) minutes each of individual team warm-up, including serving. The serving team will have the court for the first 4 minute warm-up period. The timed warmups will begin at the conclusion of the coin toss and captains’ meeting.  Teams may pass on their warm-up if they have just played (head coaches decision). 

Protest

PROTESTS, APPEALS, COMPLAINTS AND GENERAL POWERS A. TOURNAMENTS: Protests arising with respect to rules interpretation by officials during sanctioned competition will be decided by a Head Official or a Tournament Protest Committee composed of 3 certified officials (if available), appointed by the Tournament Director or Court Manager.

Tie Breaker Policy

DETERMINATION OF PLAYOFF TEAMS IN INDOOR TOURNAMENTS The following determination of playoff teams will be used in ALL regular season tournaments that have indicated that they WILL NOT use tie break matches. Gold/Silver format tournaments and when determining reseed matches in four team pools will always use this process.

A. IF TWO TEAMS ARE TIED for the tournament championship, or when reseeding four team pools to play extra/cross pool matches to meet the SRVA requirement that each team play at least eight sets per tournament, NO PLAYOFF SET IS NECESSARY. INSTEAD, determine the higher-seeded team by: 1. The result of the match between the two teams, first on sets won and lost. 2. If the two teams are still tied, use the point percentage process [see below] using the match between the two tied teams. The team with the highest point percentage has the highest finish in the pool. 3. If the two teams are still tied, the higher seed is determined by: a. Best set percentage record using total sets played, and if still tied b. Highest point percentage using total sets played. 4. If still tied, a coin toss will determine playoff positions.

5. IF THREE OR MORE TEAMS ARE TIED, use steps 3 and 4 above. The team with the highest set/point percentage has the highest finish in the pool, the team with the second highest set/point percentage is second in the pool, and so on. If after Step 3 two teams are tied, that tie will be broken by the head to head results between those teams. All teams proceed to the tournament championship based on their finish using steps 3 and 4 above. The following determination of playoff teams will ONLY be used in regular season tournaments that have indicated that they WILL use tie break matches. Teams qualifying for the playoffs, but tied for position only, shall not compete in a playoff set to determine position. Rather, each team’s position shall be determined by the priority system described below. However, no teams shall be eliminated from the playoffs based solely upon points or a point system, except for a tie between only two teams or the Gold/Silver format tournaments. If there are more teams tied for the playoffs than there are positions, the tied teams will compete in a minimum number of playoff sets so that no team will be eliminated from the playoff based on points. Updated 9/01/2021 16 B. Any one-set playoff necessary to determine which team will make the playoffs will be conducted in accordance with the current year USAV Rulebook. If no specific instructions are included in the rulebook, then a one-set playoff will be to 25 points, switch sides at 13, win by 2 with no cap.

C.IF TWO TEAMS ARE TIED for the tournament championship, or when re-seeding four team pools to play extra/cross pool matches to meet the SRVA requirement that each team play at least eight sets per tournament, NO PLAYOFF SET IS NECESSARY. INSTEAD, determine the higher-seeded team by: 1. The result of the match between the two teams, first on sets won and lost. 2. If the two teams are still tied, use the point percentage process [see below] using the match between the two tied teams. The team with the highest point percentage has the highest finish in the pool. 3. If the two teams are still tied, the higher seed is determined by: a. Best set percentage record using total sets played, and if still tied b. Highest point percentage using total sets played. 4. If still tied, a coin toss will determine playoff positions. If a two-way tie will eliminate a team from the highest level of play, and the pool play format was only two sets per match without a deciding set, this step will not be utilized and a one set playoff will be required to determine the finish of the teams.

5. IF THREE OR MORE TEAMS ARE TIED FOR THE SAME NUMBER OF PLAYOFF POSITIONS, for the tournament championship, use steps 3 and 4 above. The team with the highest set/point percentage has the highest finish in the pool, the team with the second highest set/point percentage is second in the pool, and so on. All teams proceed to the tournament championship based in their finish using steps 3 and 4 above. D. When THREE OR MORE TEAMS are tied for one playoff position for the tournament championship [Example: two teams advance to the playoffs for a tournament championship, and three or more teams are tied for the second position]: 1. If three teams are tied for one playoff position, the highest team seeding is determined by using the best set record using total sets played. Then if there is still a tie for the highest position, use the point percentage procedure using total sets played to rank the tied teams against each other. If still tied, two coin tosses will determine the bye, with the two teams listed lowest on the original pool sheet taking part in the first coin toss, and the winner of the first toss takes part in the second coin toss with the team listed highest on the original pool play sheet, and that second coin toss winner receives the bye. Then, two 25 point sets are required. The highest seeded team receives a bye, and plays the winner of a 25 point set between the other two teams to determine the team that advances to the playoffs for the tournament championship. 2. If four teams are tied for one playoff position, the team seeding is determined by using the best set record using total sets played. Then if any ties remain, use the point percentage procedure using total sets played to seed the remaining tied teams against each other. If still tied, three coin tosses will determine the ranking for the tiebreaker sets. The two teams listed as the lowest teams on the original pool sheet take part in the first coin toss and the loser of that toss is #4. Then the first toss winner takes part in the second coin toss with the team listed next highest on the original pool sheet and the loser of Updated 9/01/2021 17 that toss is #3. Then the winner of the second coin toss takes part in the third coin toss against the team listed as the highest team on the original pool sheet, and the winner of that coin toss is #1 and the loser is #2. Then, three 25 point sets are required. Team 1 plays team 4 in one 25 point set, and team 2 plays team 3 in one 25 point set. The two winners play one 25 point set to determine the team that advances to the playoffs for the tournament championship. Note: Officiating support teams are provided by the lowest seeded non-playing team for the first playoff match, then the loser of the previous playoff match for all subsequent playoff matches.

E. IF THREE, FOUR OR FIVE TEAMS are tied for two playoff positions: 1. Determine the seeding among the tied teams using the best set record using total sets played. The highest ranked team is awarded the first position in the playoffs for the tournament championship. 2. If any or all teams are still tied, use the point percentage procedure using total sets played. 3. If four or five teams were originally tied, and any are still tied after applying 1. and 2. above, a coin toss will determine the schedule below for the playoff positions for the tournament championship. a. When three teams were originally tied, the two remaining lower seeded teams play one 25 point set to determine which team receives the second playoff position for the tournament Championship. b. When four teams were originally tied, team 3 plays team 4, then team 2 plays the winner of the 3 vs 4 set, using single 25 point sets. The winner of this second set receives the second playoff position for the tournament championship. c. When five teams were originally tied, team 2 plays team 5, team 3 plays team 4, and the winners play each other, using single 25 point sets. The winner of this third set receives the second playoff position for the tournament championship. Note: Officiating support teams are provided by the lowest seeded non-playing team for the first playoff match, then the loser of the previous playoff match for all subsequent playoff matches