Fellow Net Presences,
During my recent bout of DTFS (downstate tournament fizzle
syndrome), I've learned of an ominous restriction for USAV-registered
USA Volleyball Official 1995 Guide
Operating Code of the United States Volleyball Association (p.49-69)
Article X -- Player and Team Eligibility (p.59)
D. Eligibility Requirements for USAV-Sanctioned Competitions. (p.61)
3. Non-Sanctioned Competition. (p.61)
"USA Volleyball-registered players and teams competing in
non-sanctioned open competition may __jeopardize their
B. Definitions. (p.59-60)
a. Open Competition.
"That between teams of dissimilar organizations; e.g.
between a collegiate team and a YMCA team. It may involve
several such organizations ..."
In other words, play a friendship tournament against Podunk Community
College and you could get disqualified from USAV ...
How strictly is this rule enforced? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?
What do you guys think of it? (How many of you were even aware of it?)
Technically, it seems that friendship tournament sponsors aren't even
supposed to advertise their tournaments to USAV teams, since they're not
"eligible" to play.
IMHO, this rule is unnecessarily restricting. It's reasonable for USAV
to exclude non-members from sanctioned events, but I wouldn't want USAV
to exclude its members from non-sanctioned events. If players want to
play, they should be able to play. Do you think that the USAV confers
such an overwhelming advantage for its members that they should have the
right to restrict our playing opportunities? If a college gives a
scholarship to a player, or a pro team pays somebody big bucks to play,
then it would be reasonable to make the player adhere to certain
restrictions. (USAV's medical insurance coverage is nice, but if we're
willing to forego it, we should have that option -- it goes without
saying that if we get injured in a non-sanctioned event, we won't go
crying to USAV.)
Hypothetical case: a team that currently plays USAV wishes to join a new
collegiate club conference to support the growth of collegiate men's vb.
This conference imposes a mandatory home-home conference schedule, but
makes no further demands. Said team would also like to continue playing
in USAV-sanctioned events during the same season. The conference has no
problems with its member teams joining USAV and playing in USAV events
(or even in other conferences!), but USAV, by item X.D.3, would not
approve of the dual membership. Is this really in the best interests of
amateur volleyball? It's hard enough to get collegiate club teams to
register with USAV; force them to choose between their intrastate
rivalries and USAV and they'd be that much less willing to join.
Can somebody explain the significance of this rule, and why it's in the
books? Thanks in advance ...