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ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION

  What is the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF)?

  What is USA Volleyball?

  Will gross revenue from the NCVF be used to support any sports other than volleyball?

 BEING PART OF THE NCVF

  Who are the people behind the NCVF?

  What are the benefits of being a part of the NCVF?

  How do I access NCVF benefits and become an NCVF Member?

  Does it cost money to be a member of the NCVF?

  How are these funds used?   

  Must I be a member of USA Volleyball in order to be part of the NCVF?

 NCVF VOLLEYBALL CONFERENCE INFORMATION  

  What are collegiate club volleyball conferences/leagues?

  Are leagues/conferences available for both men and women?

  Who operates the conferences?

 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT 

  Who has endorsed the NCVF National Collegiate Club Championship Tournament?

  Who will be administering the NCVF National Collegiate Club Championship Tournament?

  Do schools typically provide funding for club teams to participate in organized volleyball competitions, including a 
    national championship tournament? 

  Can my club sports or recreational sports department determine what events and tournaments my team participates
    in during the upcoming season?

 

 NCVF PLAYER AND TEAM ELIGIBILITY  

  Will the NCVF change player and team eligibility rules for 2010?

  What do I do if I have questions regarding the player or team eligibility rules?

  Can I appeal decisions regarding rule interpretations?  How?

 NCVF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT INFORMATION 

  Where is the 2010 NCVF National Collegiate Club Championship being held?

  How will my team register for the 2010 NCVF Collegiate Club National Championship Tournament? 

  When will there be a tournament packet available explaining all aspects of the 2010 NCVF National Collegiate Club
    Championship Tournament?

 
ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION
What is the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF)? This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

The NCVF is an organization formed to support and create quality, organized indoor (and coming soon, outdoor) playing opportunities for collegiate club volleyball players across the country.  It is made up of students, volleyball conference commissioners, player representatives, coaches, officials, trainers, recreation sports directors and many volunteers.  The organization devotes 100% of its resources and funding towards the support of collegiate club volleyball activities.  It has been organized informally for nearly two decades.

The NCVF is organized as a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit entity with an elected Board of Directors, Officers, a Student Advisory Council, a Commissioner and Representative Advisory Council and various committees and workgroups.

The NCVF's primary mission is to grow the game of volleyball for students that participate in club volleyball programs and to support affordable, accountable and quality training and playing opportunities for beginning through advanced club players.  This mission encompasses not only increasing numbers of teams and participants, but acknowledging the interests and needs of each participant while respecting the highest values of sport.  For example, developing NCVF Best Practices and Student Sportsmanship Standards will help encourage first-class presentation, game management, competitive administration and sportsmanship standards for tournament and match play.  The NCVF will continually evaluate levels of play to assess competitive balances within each classification of play, and make needed adjustments to accommodate appropriate growth and fair competition standards.  These efforts will be specific to the sport of volleyball, keeping the best interests of the students in mind.  

The NCVF recognizes that the majority of funding for most student club volleyball organizations and teams come directly out of the pockets of the students. Thus, consistent and transparent efforts will be made to keep expenses to a minimum while expanding assistance to students throughout the academic year.  At all times the NCVF will be receptive to the concerns of its constituents and strive to be fiscally accountable to all conference commissioners, representatives, participants, members and school administrators.

The NCVF has contracted with USA Volleyball to co-sponsor the 2010 NCVF Collegiate Club Volleyball Championship Tournament, and to support collegiate volleyball club athletes, coaches and administrators throughout the season.  USA Volleyball will provide a one-event membership for all players (not otherwise registered with USAV) that are admitted into the NCVF National Collegiate Club Championship Tournament.

What is USA Volleyball?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

As recognized by the United States Olympic Committee, USA Volleyball is the national governing body for the sport of volleyball in the United States.  It has regional operations that include independent volleyball organizations across the United States that sanction regional competitions for players of all ages and skill levels. 

 

USA Volleyball sponsors the US National Men’s and Women’s indoor and sand volleyball teams and the US Sitting team.  These teams all won medals at the Beijing Olympics last summer, helping to establish the USA and USA Volleyball as the undisputed world-wide leaders in the sport.

 

USA Volleyball supports a full range of training and playing activities. USA Volleyball membership (including the one event membership to NCVF teams playing in the NCVF National Collegiate Club Championship Tournament) provides secondary sports accident insurance as one of many benefits.  It has long sponsored and operated the US Open Championship Tournament, a world-class event that has drawn thousands of US and international players of all ages and abilities to compete under one roof.  USA Volleyball’s background and experience with planning and operating large tournaments and hotel venues is second to none.

 

For more information about our national governing body, go to www.usavolleyball.org

Will gross revenue from the NCVF be used to support any sports other than volleyball?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

No.

 

BEING PART OF THE NCVF

Who are the people behind the NCVF?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

Each of the organizers of the NCVF has been involved with club volleyball for over a decade.  Each have played or coached club volleyball and are now engaged in professional careers ranging from law and business, to finance, accounting, sports administration, teaching, marketing and IT.  They have over 100 years of combined volleyball experience in organizing teams, coaching teams, operating club conferences, organizing and running large tournaments, managing charitable organizations and working with students and school administrators.  Collectively, they have volunteered mentorship and support for thousands of devoted young men and women both on and off the volleyball court. /Pages/BOD.aspx

What are the benefits of being a part of the NCVF?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

·         The NCVF will strive to offer its expertise to support quality volleyball training and playing opportunities for collegiate club players of all levels and skills.  It will strive to expand opportunities for both the traditional indoor game as well as the explosion of interest in beach volleyball. 

·          In cooperation with USA Volleyball, the NCVF will conduct the 2010 NCVF National Championship Collegiate Club Championship Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.  Gary Colberg, the Director of Competition for this event (28th year) as well as Jose Jones, the Assistant Tournament Director and Scheduler (20th year) and Ric Washburn, the Director of Officials (10th year) are the same individuals who have operated this event for over two decades.  The event will utilize the full resources of USA Volleyball and is the only national championship tournament endorsed by all men’s collegiate club volleyball leagues/conferences and women’s club team representatives.

·         A collegiate sand tournament tour-season is being planned beginning as early as the 2012 summer months of June - August, culminating with an NCVF National Collegiate Club Sand Doubles Championship Tournament during the month of September in Southern California.  Other formats of the outdoor game such as Triples and 4-person will be given consideration should student interest dictate. 

·         Additional significant NCVF benefits include:

1.             Availability of a electronic mailing lists to help communicate and organize independent competitions such as match play, tournaments and coaching clinics;

2.             The NCVF National Poll will continue to be conducted and publicized throughout the season of competitive play for Men’s Division I and II and Women’s Division I;

3.             A national platform for results and other breaking news will remain in place by the NCVF for the 2010 season;

4.             The NCVF will continue to conduct its annual business meeting for commissioners and representatives from throughout the country and remain open to any NCVF member wishing to attend;

5.             A national NCVF Registration System will be available for all NCVF teams to register.  This allows the NCVF to access team rosters, and eligibility data for all tournaments, including the National Championship;

6.             A Student Advisory Board is being assembled to assist in promoting the NCVF's primary mission and to provide an active voice for students who participate in club volleyball activities;

7.             Best Practices are being developed for all those who operate NCVF recognized tournaments and conferences; Best Practices will help assure quality event management and help establish standards that are adaptable to student operated events.  NCVF members who adopt these practices for their events will be identified as NCVF Recognized Events.

8.             Seamless player and team eligibility rules will be published for season long and national championship play.  These rules will be utilized by all NCVF teams and leagues and will not deviate from region to region or from event to event.  Rule changes will be announced well in advance of the competitive season. 

9.             A NCVF Hardship Procedure will be administered by the NCVF Compliance Committee and permit those aggrieved by eligibility or other appealable decisions to have a timely and respectful process to air their concerns and achieve resolution. 

10.         NCVF Member teams will receive reduced entry into the NCVF National Championship Tournament and other NCVF sponsored activities and events.

How do I access NCVF benefits and become an NCVF Member?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

The NCVF will have an online Team Registration system this fall.  Each team must register online in order to fully participate in season-long benefits and receive reduced fee entry to various NCVF recognized events.  

Does it cost money to be a member of the NCVF?   This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM 

 

Each team pays a yearly $50.00 registration fee to become an NCVF member. 

How are these funds used?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

Funds are used to defray the costs of providing benefits throughout the season.   Most NCVF conferences for both men and women will be including this fee as part of its annual conference dues structure, eliminating the need for teams to make a separate payment.   Conferences will then be responsible to forward yearly team fees on to the NCVF.  Independent teams (including the majority of women’s teams) and teams who do not have the $50 payment included in their league dues will be responsible to make payment on line when registering on the NCVF web site. 

 

Approximately half the funds collected will be used to pay for the creation and operation of the interactive web based team registration system that will benefit all registered teams, regardless of whether the team participates in the NCVF National Collegiate Club Tournament.   The other half of the funds will be used to pay for the NCVF’s year-long operating and benefit costs.    The NCVF yearly budget and a report detailing all yearly revenue and expenses will be available to all NCVF members and their respective school administrators. 

 

All registration fees collected by the NCVF will ONLY be used to support collegiate club volleyball.  The $50.00 registration fee amount was voted upon and approved by over 20 men’s and women’s club commissioners and player representatives at the June 2009 NCVF Annual Meeting (Chicago).  

Must I be a member of USA Volleyball in order to be part of the NCVF?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

No.  However, many club teams throughout the country are enjoying the benefits of joining USA Volleyball regional organizations (http://volleyball.teamusa.org/content/index/420) and competing in adult competitions.

 

All teams registering to compete in the NCVF National Collegiate Club Championship Tournament will receive a one-event USA Volleyball membership.  This benefit will be included in the team registration fee.   

 

NCVF VOLLEYBALL CONFERENCE INFORMATION  

What are collegiate club volleyball conferences/leagues?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

Collegiate club volleyball conferences/leagues provide a full range of year-long competition and support for college club volleyball teams.  There are a number of established collegiate club leagues/conferences that have been formed covering most areas of the country.  Most conferences/leagues operate in a round-robin format with teams playing different schools within designated geographic areas.  In addition to season-long competition, most conferences also have a championship tournament and provide individual player awards.  Conference play for NCVF recognized conferences/leagues will incorporate NCVF Best Practices.  The results of conference play are used for rankings and seeding into the NCVF Collegiate Club National Championship Tournament. See /Pages/conferences.aspx  

Are leagues/conferences available for both men and women?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

Yes.  Most conferences/ leagues provide organized opportunities for men’s club teams but there are a growing number of conferences/ leagues devoted for women’s play as well.  Although the majority of women’s club teams do not participate in league play, there are organized women’s tournaments offered throughout the country on nearly every weekend of the school year.  In addition, there are a number of “seeding” tournaments that will be used when seeding the NCVF National Collegiate Club Championship Tournament.  

Who operates the conferencesThis page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

Most conferences have been organized and are operated by volunteer commissioners who devote countless hours each year so that students can enjoy organized, quality and competitive playing opportunities.  As these opportunities have grown, so too has the amount of work and resources needed to meet expanding student interests.  Each year, commissioners reacquaint themselves with a new group of student leaders who are eager for their teams to enter competition and enjoy a fully competitive training and playing season.  A growing number of club conference commissioners and player representatives are former club volleyball players who are now giving back to the sport by volunteering with the NCVF.  

 

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT  

Who has endorsed the NCVF National Collegiate Club Championship Tournament?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

/documents/JointPressRelease.pdf

/Pages/TeamEndorsements_View.aspx  

Who will be administering the NCVF National Collegiate Club Championship Tournament?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

Gary Colberg will be in his 28th season as the one and only Director of Competition for the national championship.  He founded the tournament and has been its tournament director every year.  Mr. Colberg is on the NCVF Board and has exclusively endorsed the NCVF National Collegiate Club Championship Tournament.

 

José Jones will be in his 20th season as the Assistant Tournament Director and Scheduler for the competitionDuring his tenure, we’ve seen tremendous growth and flexibility and an efficiently run tournament.  José has exclusively endorsed the NCVF National Collegiate Club Championship Tournament.

 

Ric Washburn will be in his 10th year as the Director of Officials.  He will organize the full cadre of over 110 officials who will be providing officiating services once again for the Louisville event.

 

Anne Pufahl will continue on in her role as the women’s liaison (14th year) for all women’s aspects of the tournament including the women’s rankings and seeding for the tournament, rule interpretations, women’s organizational meetings, and ensuring that all women’s teams have a contact to voice any concerns.  She has chaired the women’s division ranking committee for the past 12 years and has taken the lead organizing and growing the women’s division.  

Do schools typically provide funding for club teams to participate in organized volleyball competitions, including a national championship tournament?   This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

No.  Most club teams are responsible to raise the vast majority of funds necessary to support their year-long club activities, including attendance at a national championship tournament.  Most sport club directors have always allowed their clubs to pick the National championship that best meets the competitive and financial needs.  We don’t foresee a change in policy.  

Can my club sports or recreational sports department determine what events and tournaments my team participates in during the upcoming season?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

Most club teams are not required to obtain pre-approval by school administrators in order to select club volleyball events, particularly since most clubs are self-sponsored.   The NCVF sees no reason why that practice will change.  That said, the NCVF encourages club teams to communicate with their club advisors and share information so that clubs can make knowledgeable choices that are consistent with their purposes. 

 

NCVF PLAYER AND TEAM ELIGIBILITY  

Will the NCVF change player and team eligibility rules for 2010?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

No.  However based upon feedback from the NCVF Advisory Council and Student Advisory Council, clarification will be made to rules where ambiguities have been identified.  The player and team eligibility rules and all clarifications will be published on the NCVF website in the coming weeks.  

What do I do if I have questions regarding the player or team eligibility rules?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

Contact the NCVF Compliance Committee with any questions you may have – ncvfcompliance@ncvfvolleyball.org 

Can I appeal decisions regarding rule interpretations?  How?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

Yes.   There is an appeal process that will be published on the NCVF website in the near future.  

 

NCVF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT INFORMATION  

Where is the 2012 NCVF National Collegiate Club Championship being held?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

/Pages/nationals.aspx        

How will my team register for the 2012 NCVF Collegiate Club National Championship Tournament?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

Registration information for the event will be posted on the NCVF website in the fall.  It is anticipated that Member entry fees for the 2012 event will be approximately the same as in previous years.  However, unlike previous years, the entry fee will include a one event membership with USA Volleyball that extends Secondary Sports Accident Insurance benefits to all registered team players participating in the event.  

When will there be a tournament packet available explaining all aspects of the 2012 NCVF National Collegiate Club Championship Tournament?  This page was last modified on Friday, April 27, 2012 1:44:05 AM

 

There will be a complete tournament packet published to communicate all aspects of the tournament available on the NCVF website in December.  Although we will be providing periodic updates via the website as information becomes available.  

 
 
 

   Additional questions and answers will be added to the NCVF FAQ as they are received.