Rules and Format

The tournament rules will be national high school federation. The format for this tournament will be pool play on Friday evening, and Qualifying Round and Bracket Play on Saturday. Each match will be rally scoring to 25, best two sets out of three. Set three, if necessary, will be to 25 points. There will be no caps.

Special Note: On Saturday at Faith Lutheran, the matches during pool play will be best three sets out of five, with set five, if necessary, to 15 points.

FRIDAY

All teams will participate in pool play at their designated locations. At the conclusion of pool play, all teams will play in a Qualifying Round on Saturday morning.

  • 1st place teams will play at Durango
  • 2nd place teams will play at Coronado
  • 3rd place teams will play at Palo Verde
  • 4th place teams will play at Faith Lutheran

SATURDAY

At Durango: The winners of the Championship Qualifying Rounds will play in the Championship Division Bracket, while the losers will compete in the Silver Division Bracket.

At Coronado: The winners of the Bronze Qualifying Rounds will play in the Bronze Division Bracket, while the losers will compete in the Competition Division Bracket.

At Palo Verde: The winners of the Classic Qualifying Rounds will play in the Classic Division Bracket, while the losers will compete in the Contender Division Bracket.

At Faith Lutheran: Three teams will compete in a best-of-five pool. The pool winner is the Challenger Division Champion, while the runner-up in the pool is the Character Division Champion.

AWARDS

Team trophies are awarded to winners of the Silver, Bronze, Competition, Classic, Contender, Challenger, Character, and to the winner, runner-up, and third-place teams in the Championship Division. Awards will be given to 16 All-Tournament team members, which include the Most Valuable Player.

Withdrawls

If a team must withdraw from the tournament on Saturday, that team’s last opponent will advance.

TRAINING SERVICES

A certified trainer will be at all sites throughout the tournament.

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Teams will not have any officiating duties throughout the tournament: however, this may unexpectedly change because of COVID. We hope it does not.

MATCH TIMES

Matches will not begin before the scheduled time. Matches may begin prior to the scheduled time on Friday only if both coaches agree to do so.

VOLLEYBALLS

On each of the four courts at all sites, there will be one cart with 20 balls. If this is sufficient for your team, then you do not have to bring volleyballs.

WARM-UP PROCEDURES

Ten minutes between matches, each team will have five minutes for hitting and serving.

TIE BREAKING PROCEDURES

Two Teams with Identical Match Records: Use head to head results.

Three Teams with Identical Match Records:

  • In a pool with one team advancing to the Championship Round and a three-way tie in match record for 1st (in a 4-team pool, all teams are 2-1 in match record).

    SEEDING TIE BREAKER SETS

    The seeds for teams tied in match record involved in the tie breaker sets are determined by: Set Percentage – The total number of sets played in the pool (sets won divided by total sets played). The team with the highest set percentage is seeded first.

    If teams are still tied: Point Percentage – Each team’s total points scored divided by the total points scored by the team’s opponents in that pool. The team with the highest point percentage is seeded first.

    If teams are still tied: Coin toss

    PLAYING TIE BREAKER SETS

    All three teams will participate in tie breaker sets.

    Set 1: The #2 seed will play the #3 seed, and the #1 seed will officiate. The loser of Set 1 will be third place in the pool.

    Set 2: The winner of Set 1 will play the #1 seed, and the loser of Set 1 will officiate. The winner of Set 2 will be first in the pool and the loser will be second.

    Each set is to 25 points.

    If, for any reason, one of the tied teams is unavailable for the resolution of the tie at the time the court official is ready to proceed, that team will automatically become the third place team, and the other two teams will play one tie breaker set.

  • In a pool with a three-way tie in match record for 2nd place (in a 4-team pool, all teams are 1-2 in match record).

    SEEDING TIE BREAKER SETS

    The seeds for teams tied in match record involved in the tie breaker sets are determined by: Set Percentage – The total number of sets played in the pool (sets won divided by total sets played). The team with the highest set percentage is seeded second.

    If teams are still tied: Point Percentage – Each team’s total points scored divided by the total points scored by the team’s opponents in that pool. The team with the highest point percentage is seeded second.

    If teams are still tied: Coin toss

    PLAYING TIE BREAKER SETS

    All three teams will participate in tie breaker sets.

    Set 1: The #3 seed will play the #4 seed. The loser of Set 1 will be fourth place in the pool.

    Set 2: The winner of Set 1 will play the #2 seed. The winner of Set 2 will be second in the pool and the loser will be third.

    Each set is to 25 points.

    If, for any reason, one of the tied teams is unavailable for the resolution of the tie at the time the court official is ready to proceed, that team will automatically become the fourth place team and the other two teams will play one tie breaker set.

PROTESTS

If a protest is made, it must be made under the following guidelines:

  1. Before the next ball is served
  2. Only the coach or floor captain can protest
  3. Judgment calls cannot be protested

Protest issues will be handled in the following sequence:

  1. Referee on the stand
  2. Head Official(s) for Friday
    • Earl Varquez at Durango
    • Heather Pickett at Coronado
    • Sam Samana at Palo Verde
    • Brian Brokenbough at Faith Lutheran
  3. Head Official(s) for Saturday
    • Earl Varquez at Durango
    • Diana Johnson at Coronado
    • Rich Skalla at Palo Verde
    • SNOA at Faith Lutheran
  4. Tournament Committee