Competitive League

The DCPVL Competitive League is comprised of two divisions: Advanced and Intermediate. Each team has eight players drafted by team captains at the start of each season. New players and players wishing to change divisions must attend a skills assessment at the beginning of each season.

We also offer Open Play for beginners who want to build up their skills, or players seeking a more social environment, or simply because personal/work schedules don’t allow a weekly time commitment.


Standings

Updated Sep 15, 2017

Schedule

Click HERE for the schedule of Season 6 League matches. [updated Sep 19, 2017]

  • Skills Assessment – Thu, Aug 17
    • Must attend if you are
      • a new player who did not play in the Competitive League in previous DCPVL seasons, OR
      • a returning player from last season who wants to change divisions
    • Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center (CUA)
    • You will be asked to sign up for one of these sessions.
      • Early
        • Checkin – 7:00pm
        • Assessment – 7:15-8:45pm
      • Late
        • Checkin – 8:45pm
        • Assessment – 9:00-10:30pm
  • Draft – Sat, Aug 19
    • Only Board Members and team captains will be present
    • Drafting rules are included in the DCPVL Policies, Rules & Procedures Manual, which can be found in the Documents section.
  • Team Announcement Party (TAP) – Mon, Aug 21
    • Nellie’s Sports Bar: 900 U St NW, Washington, DC (upstairs)
    • Players find out their team, and meet their teammates
  • Referee Clinics
    • At least TWO players from each team must attend BOTH sessions
    • Classroom session (theory) – Tue, Aug 22
      • 1250 H St NW, Washington, DC
      • To view the presentation, click HERE.
    • Practical session & Team Practice – Thu, Aug 24
      • Teams sitting off apply the theory learned as they ref playing teams during Team Practice
      • Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center (CUA)
      • Click HERE for the Team Practice schedule [Rev. 2, updated Aug 24]
  • League Matches
    • 1-hour time slots (5 min to warm-up, 50 min. to play 3 sets, 5 min to clear the court)
    • Due to CUA’s facility limitations, most of season will take place at CUA, and then wrap up at Thomson Elementary
    • Matches start at 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm, and 10:00pm
    • Thu, Aug 31: First night of League play (double-headers) at CUA
    • Thu, Oct 12: Last night of double-headers at CUA
    • Thu, Oct 19: First night of single matches at Thomson
    • Thu, Oct 26: Last night of single matches at Thomson
    • Thu, Nov 2: Playoffs (Quarter-Finals) at Thomson
    • Thu, Nov 9: Playoffs (Semi-Finals and Finals) at Thomson

Registration

The registration fee has gone up a bit this season ($90) to cover the cost of two venues, BUT we’ve packed in twice the number regular season matches! Each night at CUA will be double-headers for all teams (assuming an even number of teams), and then we’ll finish off the last couple weeks of at Thomson, followed by playoffs. That’s 16 matches in total, plus 2 weeks of playoffs!

  • Registration for our Fall 2017 season is reopened now until Sun, Sep 17, for the Supplemental Draft.
  • You must answer all the questions and accept the electronic waiver to be fully registered. Here are detailed instructions:
    • Registration
      • 1) Click this Registration link.
      • 2) Click the REGISTER button at the top.
      • 3) Select FREE AGENT.
      • 4) Log into your DCPVL LeagueApps account.
        • If you do not have an account, you will need to create one to register.
      • 5) Answer all the questions in the “Player Information” section.
      • 6) Check the Waiver checkbox.
      • 7) Click the REGISTER button.
    • Supplemental Draft / Waitlist
      • After the 3rd week of the season, there will be a Supplemental Draft, if players drop out for any reason.
      • Wed, Sep 20: The Supplemental Draft will be conducted during Open Play at Thomson Elementary (see Locations section).
      • Players who are not selected in the initial Draft will have the option of being on a waitlist for the Supplemental Draft, OR being issued a full refund.
      • For those on the waitlist:
        • If you have never played in our League, we recommend that you attend one of our Open Play sessions on Wednesdays, so that people can see you in action. This will increase the likelihood of you getting drafted.
        • Following the Supplemental Draft, you will be notified if you are drafted.
          • If you registered during the regular period AND you are selected during the Supplemental Draft, you will be issued a partial refund for the weeks missed.
          • If you registered during the regular period AND you are NOT selected during the Supplemental Draft, you will be issued a full refund.
          • If you joined the waitlist after registration closed AND you are selected during the Supplemental Draft, you will be required to make your payment promptly, before you can start playing in the League the next day (Week 4).

Location

  • Aug 31 to Oct 12
    • Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center (Catholic University of America) 
      • 600 Taylor St NE, Washington, DC [MAP]
    • Nearest Metro: 13 minute walk from Brookland-CUA station (red line)
    • Parking: parking lot next to the center is free
  • Oct 19 to Nov 9
    • Thomson Elementary School
      • 1200 L St NW, Washington, DC [MAP]
        (entrance is on L, between 12th and 13th)
    • Nearest Metro: a few blocks from
      • McPherson Sq station (orange/blue/silver lines)
      • Mt Vernon Sq station (green/yellow lines)
      • Metro Center station (red/orange/blue/silver lines)
    • Parking: street parking starting at 6:30pm

Divisions

  • Advanced Division
    • Intended for competitive players with advanced volleyball skills and the ability to play rotations (5-1, 6-2, etc.)
    • Roughly corresponds to a high BB, A or AA rating in NAGVA.
    • As a benchmark, a player should possess most of the following (dependent on position played):
      • SERVING: Consistent serve capable of disrupting opponent’s offense.
      • PASSING: Consistent pass directly to the setter. Frequent digs.
      • SETTING: Consistent sets to middle, outside and back sets, even when having to take multiple steps.
      • BLOCKING: Consistent 2-person block against advanced hit.
      • ATTACKING: Consistent offense (tip/dink or high-velocity hit), frequently resulting in a kill. Ability to adjust to any set.
      • COURT POSITION: In the proper position for defense/offense all the time. Can run advanced plays.
  • Intermediate Division
    • Intended for competitive players with intermediate volleyball skills and the ability to play rotations (5-1, 6-2, etc.)
    • Roughly corresponds to a B or low BB rating in NAGVA.
    • As a benchmark, a player should possess most of the following (dependent on position played)
      • SERVING: Consistent serve.
      • PASSING: Consistent pass against low velocity balls. Occasional digs.
      • SETTING: Consistent sets to middle and outside, given a front zone pass.
      • BLOCKING: Consistent 1-person block in their zone against intermediate hit.
      • ATTACKING: Consistent offense (tip/dink or medium-velocity hit), occasionally resulting in a kill.
      • COURT POSITION: In the proper position for defense/offense most of the time.