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2020-2021 SEASON INFO & PLANNING

TENTATIVE PL SCHEDULE

LAST UPDATE - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2020 - 10:02 AM

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Remember:  This information is tentative and subject to change with or without notice.

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TRYOUTS

16s & 18s tryouts may legally begin on December 5th.  12s & 14s tryouts may legally begin on December 12th.

As of 12/2, these dates remain in place and have not changed.

Remember - tryouts are not "required" under CEVA policy.  Clubs may not sign a player to a Letter of Commitment (LOC) or any sort of financial agreement, nor may clubs accept dues from families, prior to the legal start of tryouts (i.e. 12/5 and 12/12).

However, clubs may still have players commit to their clubs, and sign Letters of Commitment, on the aforementioned tryout dates without conducting an in-person tryout.  Assuming these dates remain the same - we encourage club directors to think about what they can do virtually starting on 12/5 and 12/12.  If clubs already know of players they wish to have in their club, those players may still sign a LOC on their designated tryout date without being physically present at a tryout.

CEVA will lift the moratorium on camps, clinics, leagues, and private lessons in the week leading up to tryouts for this season only.  The policy surrounding open gyms remains unchanged – they are permissible but only with no club representatives present. 


OREGON & WASHINGTON GUIDANCE

Both Oregon and Washington have put out guidance recently outlining new restrictions on businesses, social gatherings, and sporting events.

State of Washington:  Guidelines announced by Governor Inslee on 11/15 indicate that all in-person, indoor sporting activities are prohibited, and this prohibition would last through December 14th.  Outdoor and virtual activities would still be allowed (and still can be sanctioned through USAV & CEVA).  The guidelines further state that gyms are closed for indoor operations.   The full guidelines can be found here.   Additional guidance can be found here.

State of Oregon:  Based on the new data announced on 12/1, 25 Oregon counties fall into the "Extreme Risk" category.  It is our current interpretation and understanding that indoor sports and recreation, including volleyball training, games, practices, tryouts, camps, clinics, etc are not permitted under the guidelines in place beginning on 12/3.  USAV sanctioning and insurance would not be in place for these activities in "Extreme Risk" counties.

Oregon-based clubs in counties deemed anything other than "Extreme Risk" should contact their county health authorities to determine what activities are permitted under the new guidelines.  CEVA's current interpretation is that other counties may be able to conduct limited-capacity indoor activities, based on the county's risk status.

Read more on the following pages:

Governor's Website
OHA Website & Data Dashboards
Oregon County-By-County Metrics

If new information or guidance becomes available, we will update this page appropriately.

Virtual activities are still allowed and can be sanctioned through USAV & CEVA.  It is our interpretation (currently) that outdoor activities could still also be allowed.

Please don't hesitate to contact the CEVA office by e-mail (region@cevaregion.org or cody@cevaregion.org) and we will be happy to discuss these new guidelines with you, our interpretations of them, and the next steps for you as a club.


CLUB ACTIVATION

Clubs may activate at any time.  However, after Thursday, December 3rd at 5:00 PM, clubs who have not activated for the 2020-2021 season will be moved to the bottom of our online club directories.  Activation is required for clubs to be granted certificates of insurance for the upcoming season or to request event sanctioning.  Activation is also required for registration in any CEVA-owned events.

Clubs wishing to register teams in 16s/18s Power League, which begins in January, must be fully activated by December 3rd at 5:00 PM.


POWER LEAGUE - BASIC OUTLINE & CONTINGENCIES

We are planning for the 16s and 18s division to play a split season.  The first half of the season will be from January 3rd through February 21st.  The second half of the season will commence on May 22-23 and will run through early June. 

We are planning for the 12s and 14s to begin play on February 28th.  Their season will run through at least the end of the high school season. 

As of now, we are planning on playing Power League primarily on Sundays due to facility availability and conflicts.  We will expand to Saturdays later in the season.

CEVA does have multiple contingency dates built into our current schedule.  These dates would be later in the season (i.e. April & May) and would be used to reschedule tournaments from early in the year if necessary. 


SCHOLARSHIPS

As of now, we anticipate opening scholarship applications on Monday, December 7th at 9:00 AM via our website.  This will include applications to the CEVA Memorial Scholarship Fund and the CEVA #VolleyTheChange Scholarship Fund.  Please visit our dedicated Scholarships page for more information.

We anticipate scholarship applications to be very competitive this year and that need will outpace the funds we have available.


POWER LEAGUE - REGISTRATION & COST

Power League registration for 16s & 18s will begin on Monday, December 7th at 9:00 AM via a form on the CEVA website.  The deadline to register will be Monday, December 21st at 5:00 PM. 

We continue to evaluate implementation of a mechanism that would allow teams to join Power League in mid-year.  This is not as easy as simply "plugging them into" Power League - they must be placed appropriately so they have the most beneficial experience.  More information will be posted here when we have it.

For the 16s and 18s, the cost per team in Power League will be $600.00.  We have not yet determined a cost for the 12s and 14s, however our goal is to not raise prices compared to last year.

As of now, Power League registration for 12s & 14s will begin on Monday, January 25th at 9:00 AM via a form on the CEVA website.  The deadline to register will be Monday, February 8th at 5:00 PM. 

At this time, CEVA believes that enough court space will be available to accommodate all teams who wish to register for Power League.  While unforeseen circumstances may occur (i.e. facilities shutting down), as of now we are comfortable with our facility space.


FORMS & WAIVERS

Age waivers, boy on girls’ team waivers (“BOGT waivers”), and club coversheets will also be available beginning Monday, December 7th at 9:00 AM on the CEVA website. 

Age waivers and BOGT waivers will have a rolling deadline through the season, in recognition of differing start times for clubs.  In order for a waiver to be considered for a weekend tournament, the waiver will be due in the CEVA office no later than 5:00 PM on Wednesday prior to the weekend the player wishes to participate. 


POWER LEAGUE - GEOGRAPHY, TIERS & SCHEDULING

The tentative plan is to split Power League into two "tiers" of play.  The top tier - called Power League 1 - will have a finite capacity and will be designed for higher-level teams (generally those teams who would be in the Platinum, Gold, or Silver Divisions).  This tier of PL would operate independently of the other "tiers" and would always play in the same place (ideally, this will be in Portland).

The second tier of Power League - called Power League 2 - will be split into "Area Leagues."  We anticipate having at least a "Northern" and "Southern" area league.  We are working on also creating a Central Oregon league and a SW Washington area league, depending on facility availability.  The goal with these leagues is to keep teams more localized so travel demands in the midst of a pandemic are reduced. 

Clubs will sign up for their desired PL tier in advance during their registration process.  If more teams sign up for Power League 1 than capacity allows, the Junior Girls Committee would be tasked with determining who gets into that tier initially.  The tentative plan is to have a mechanism in place whereby the highest-rated team from each PL2 "Area League" would move up to the top Power League tier. 

As of now, we have no Power League play scheduled over MLK weekend or Presidents Day weekend.  We do not anticipate that changing.


TOURNAMENT FORMATTING

Power League will be played in wave formats this year.  This means that, as of now, we are planning on each team playing 3 matches in a 4-team pool (most likely) then being done for the day.  There will be no "crossovers" after pool play. 

In case of odd numbers in Power League, the CEVA office will format tournaments so each team is guaranteed as many playable sets as possible.

Go to wave formatting, with no crossovers, has several logistical advantages.  This includes spending less time in an enclosed environment.  It also means CEVA has more access to facilities in case we need flexibility and increases our per-court capacity. 


SPECTATORS

The most desirable outcome for events this year is to run them with spectators in attendance.  We know how important it is for families to be able to watch their athletes participate.  However, at this time, we are planning for events to be run without spectators at least at the start of the season.  This is due to current guidelines in place pertaining to large gatherings. 

When considering the maximum number of people allowed in a facility, we must consider not only players and coaches, but spectators, tournament staff (like officials), and facility staff.  To allow for the maximum number of teams to be in a venue (and to therefore maximize opportunities afforded to players), we may be forced to make difficult decisions about personnel and guests.  At CEVA, we believe it is our primary mission to provide opportunities for players to play, not necessarily for spectators to watch. 

We will be working with each individual facility, as well as local health authorities, to determine what we can and cannot allow.  We anticipate this policy to be in place through, at a minimum, January and February.

CEVA has announced a partnership with BallerTV that will bring live-streaming services to both Presidents Day and Regionals.  We are working to potentially expand that partnership to Power League, however there are numerous logistics involved in that expansion.  Read more about the partnership here.


PLATINUM

CEVA and PSR have made the mutual decision to cancel Platinum League for the 16s and 18s in the 2020-2021 season.


OTHER TOURNAMENT REGISTRATIONS

CEVA intends to run 2-3 friendship tournaments for 12s & 14s teams in January and/or February.  Those tournaments, assuming they materialize, will be open for registration beginning at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, December 16th via AES.  Tournaments will remain open until filled.

CEVA also intends to run a Presidents Day Tournament at Bob Keefer Center in Springfield for 14s and 16s.  Registration for this event, assuming it is able to happen, will open on Monday, December 14th at 9:00 AM via AES.  Capacities will be either 24 or 32 teams tentatively, and entry fee will be $500 per team.  The tournament will remain open until it fills.


AES ROSTERS & REGISTRATION

CEVA-run tournaments (i.e. Power League, Presidents Day, CEVA-owned Friendship Tournaments, etc) will be moving to the use of AES rosters to minimize touch points and shared contact.  As of now, we plan on having a roster deadline of 48 hours prior to each event – meaning rosters must be uploaded into AES 48 hours prior to the start of the tournament.

CEVA uses AES to register teams for a number of our events.  It is the responsibility of the club director to know their AES user names and passwords and to understand the process by which teams are registered and accepted into these tournaments.


REGIONALS

As of now, we are planning to host Regionals on June 11-13, 2021 at the Portland Expo Center.  This will be a one-weekend, three-day event.  Format has not been determined at this time and we are currently working to determine if all age groups would play on each of the three days.