Evaluation Policy Overview

You do not need a rating to play in the LSVA's Recreational Division. 

All new players who wish to play in the Competitive, Advanced, or Power divisions shall be given a Preliminary Rating by any member of the Skills & Development Committee. Preliminary Ratings are Competitive, Advanced, or Power. Preliminary Ratings are not permanent; they may be changed at any time by the Skills & Development Committee. Players must have either a Preliminary Rating or a Numerical Rating to register for an Indoor League Season. Numerical Ratings are given at Evaluation Clinics and permanently overrule Preliminary Ratings; division placement per Numerical Ratings are as follows:

Numerical Ratings are on a 12-point scale with rounding to the second decimal

    0-4.49 = Recreational Division

    4.5-7.49 = Competitive Division

    7.5-10.49 = Advanced Division

    10.5-12.00 = Power Division


      Evaluation Process

      Players may only attend an Advanced/Power clinic if they have a Preliminary Rating of Advanced or Power or they have a current Numerical Rating of 7.4 or above. If a player scores above a 7.5 in a Recreational/Competitive clinic, they must then attend an Advanced/Power clinic. If a player scores 7.5 or above in a Recreational/Competitive clinic and does not attend an Advanced/Power clinic, they will retain their Numerical Rating but their Division placement will not change.

      Players wishing to rate to our Competitive Division will be rated on passing, defense, highest score of setting, hitting, or blocking, team play, and a potential serving bonus divided by four.

      Players being evaluated to play in the Advanced or Power Divisions will need to designate a position to be rated to. Rated areas for each Position Designation will differ as follows:

      • Outsides: passing, defense, hitting or blocking, team play, serve bonus; no setting
      • Middles: blocking, hitting, team play, defense, serve bonusno passing or setting
      • Liberos: Passing, defense, out-of-system setting (bump/back-row), team play, serve bonus; no blocking or hitting
      • Setter: Setting, passing or blocking, team play, defense, serve bonus; no hitting

      New Evaluations

      To play in LSVA's Competitive, Advanced, or Power Divisions, Members of LSVA are required to obtain a Numerical Rating by attending an Evaluation Clinic. At an Evaluation Clinic, members will be evaluated by the Skills and Development Committee and assigned a numerical rating. A member's rating will determine which division the member will play in. The Evaluation Guidelines are the same for new and current members.

      Re-Evaluations

      At any time, current members may request to be evaluated and receive a new rating by registering and attending an Evaluation Clinic. Members may only attend an Advanced/Power Evaluation Clinic if they are grandfathered in or have a Preliminary Rating in the Advanced or Power divisions, or if their rating is 7.4 or above [amended 11/11/2019]. While a member's rating may change immediately during an open play season, no member's rating may change during a Spring or Fall league season. 

      • Current LSVA members not already in the Power division who are uprated in NAGVA to BB or higher will keep their current LSVA rating but will be allowed to play in Power Division for the upcoming or remaining Open Play season. They will be required to attend an Evaluation Clinic before the subsequent League Play season [amended 9/23/2019].

      Mandatory Evaluations

      At the end of every league season, the Skills and Development Committee will solicit that season's captains for information on players who the captains feel are not playing at level for their division. The Committee will examine every member produced by the captains on an individual basis and will determine if that member will be required to attend an Evaluation Clinic. The Committee will make their decision based on several factors that include, but are not limited to, the last time that member was evaluated, the member's draft performance, and possibly observation of the member by the Committee during open play. Members that are selected for evaluation will not be allowed to register for league seasons until they have completed an evaluation.


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