Rules and Regulations
Every participating member in the Power League must have an AAU membership. This includes coaches, assistants, chaperones, and athletes.
The AAU Volleyball Handbook and Regulations will be followed by all participants.
After the first seeding tournament, teams will be seeded according to a point system for each tournament. The first place team will take the most points alloted and the last place team will take the least points.
If a team will miss a Power Elite or regular Power League tournament for any reason, that team will still retain the points and rankings earned from their previous tournament(s), however a higher ranking will likely be awarded to teams who finished in a similar position and participate in more recent events.
Power League AAU and USA Championships: The top finishing team of the highest division from each age group from 12-18 will receive a bid toward a National Tournament.*
Registration for each Power League tournament MUST be completed (registered AND paid) at least FOUR weeks in advance of each scheduled tournament date. No refunds will be given to teams that drop out of a Power League tournament after that deadline. The Power Elite Tournament registrations must be paid by November 30 except for the wild card teams which earn a bid in the January qualifying tournaments must pay by January 30.
Team Rosters are limited to 15 total players. Roster changes at subsequent tournaments may only be changed up to 50%.
PROCEDURES FOR BREAKING POOL PLAY RESULTS TIES
At the conclusion of a pool, the pool finish positions of the teams are determined by their pool match records.
If there is a tie in match record among 2 or more teams in the pool, tie(s) will be resolved using the USAV GJNC
National Tie Break Rules procedures as follows:
Even in 3 team pools where all 3 sets are required to be played, match record - not set record - will determine
a team’s finish in the pool.
TWO-WAY TIES: 2 teams tied in match record
There will be no tie breaker sets.
The higher finishing team will be the team that won the pool play match between the 2 tied teams (head-to-head).
This is the procedure for all two-way ties; the tied teams have already determined the better team through head-to-head competition.
THREE-WAY TIES: Where no team can advance to the Gold Division/Bracket
There will be no tie breaker sets. Ties among teams will be resolved as follows:
If 3 or more teams are tied in match record, the ties are broken by applying the following steps, in order, without repeating any step. Head-to-Head results will not be used at any time in breaking a three-way tie:
1. Determine each team’s set percentage (divide each team’s total sets won in the pool by the total sets played).
The team with the highest set percentage is first.
2. If some or all of the teams have the same set percentage, then determine the point percentage of the teams that are still tied (divide each team’s total points scored by the total points scored by all the team’s opponents in that pool).
3. Of the teams still tied, the team with the highest point percentage has the next highest finish in the pool (finishes either first or second, depending on the outcome of the set percentage).
4. If two or more teams are still tied: Coin toss.
If no team is eliminated from an opportunity to advance to Gold there will be no tie-breaking sets. In three-way ties, ties will be broken, without repetition, in this order:
1. Pool match record.
2. Head-to-head results. (Pool larger than 4 teams.)
3. Set percentage (sets won divided by total sets played).
4. Point percentage (each team’s total points scored divided by the total points scored by the team’s opponents in that pool).
5. Coin toss.
THREE-WAY TIES: Where 1 or more teams may advance to the Gold Division/Bracket
There are several scenarios in which three-way ties can occur by teams with the same match record. The resolution for each tie breaker scenario depends on both the number of teams that can advance to Gold from the pool, AND which pool finish position is at stake for the tied teams. Playoff tie breaker(s) will be played when more than two teams are tied with the same match record in pool play.
SEEDING TIE BREAKER SETS
The seeds for teams tied in match record involved in the tie breaker sets are determined by:
1. 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 highest.
If the teams are still tied:
2. 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 the teams are still tied:
3. Coin toss.
PLAYING TIE BREAKER SETS
Scenario One – 1 Team Advances
All tied 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 in position #3 of the tied teams and will officiate the next tie breaker set.
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 in position #1 of the tied teams and the loser will be in position #2.
If, for any reason at the start of the second warmup period, 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 third of the tied teams and the other two teams will play one tie breaker set. “Unavailable” is defined for a team playing in the tie-breaker set as having a legal roster to begin a match. For a team assigned to officiate a tie-breaker set, a team must have every required position covered.
Scenario Two – 2 Teams Advance
The #1 seed does not have a playoff set. The #1 seed finishes in position #1 of the tied teams.
The #2 seed will play the #3 seed and the #1 seed will officiate. The winner will be in position #2 of the tied teams and the loser of this set will be in position #3 of the tied teams.
If, for any reason at the start of the second warmup period, 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 be ranked third of the tied teams. The remaining teams will finish first and second in the pool based on the tie breaker seeding process. No other penalty will be applied and no tie breaker set is played. “Unavailable” is defined for a team playing in the tie-breaker set as having a legal roster to begin a match. For a team assigned to officiate a tie-breaker set, a team must have every required position covered.
Scenario Three – Ties Involving More Than 3 Teams
Within a pool, should a tie occur involving more than 3 teams, the process for breaking that tie should be coordinated by the Site Director in coordination with the Tournament Director.
FORMAT FOR TIE BREAKER SETS
Tie break sets are played to 25 points with one team winning by two points, no cap. Teams will switch sides at 13 points.
PENALTIES FOR MISSED TIE BREAKER SETS
It is the responsibility of a team’s coach to know if there is a potential tie in pool play finish and to have his/her team available courtside for tie breaker sets as soon as the last match of the pool is finished. Play of tie breaker sets will not be delayed in order to locate a team or provide time for a team to return to the court. In a three-way tie, where one or more teams is not at courtside at the finish of the last match of the pool, the teams remaining will play for position, if necessary.
The team(s) that left will finish lower than the team(s) that remained.
The position of the team(s) that left will be determined following the tie break procedure as it pertains to the
pool and advancing positions available.
There are no other penalties for a team that is not present for tie breaking sets