State League Season Update

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After the recent Victorian State Government announcement that the Metropolitan Melbourne Lockdown 6.0 will extend until 11:59pm on Thursday 2 September 2021 the Volleyball Victoria Board of Directors have held a series of meetings to discuss the current predicament and confirm that Volleyball Victoria is committed to concluding the 2021 State League season if the opportunity is afforded pending Covid-19 restrictions.

Volleyball Victoria have previously determined to waive the final instalment of State League fees for the 2021 season. We advise all players to contact their clubs directly regarding any personal circumstances.  

It is the intent of Volleyball to conclude the season with a one weekend final series format, with the prospect of the ability to finalise the year by an extension into September beyond the initial Grand Final date of 28 August 2021. Unfortunately, there are circumstances that are beyond Volleyball Victoria’s control including when restrictions will ease and the manner and timing of the easing.

We understand and acknowledge that this provides uncertainty to clubs, players, and volunteers and therefore a plan has been developed by the Board to provide a clear timeline moving forward.

The Volleyball Victoria Board of Directors have provided the directive to, subject to Government restrictions, conclude the 2021 State League season as follows:

  • Volleyball Victoria confirm the Home and Away season has concluded and the current ladder positions are such for the purpose of the final’s series.
  • With a potential small window of opportunity, Volleyball Victoria have determined a finals six finals format, in a pool division schedule.
  • Teams will be allocated in the following sequence
  • Pool A in each division 1, 6, 4 and Pool B 2, 5 and 3
  • Each Pool will play two qualifying games
  • The winner / leader of each pool after the two lead up finals game will play off in their division Grand Final
  • Teams will be allocated championship points for each qualifying match as per By-Law 9.1.
  • Volleyball Victoria shall establish and keep updated a ladder for each pool division with teams ranked on the ladder in accordance with the total of each team’s championship points at any given time.
  • As per By-Law 10.2.1 if there is a tie between two or more teams after the qualifying matches the higher ranked team will be determined in the following order:
    • If there is a tie between two or more teams the greater set percentage between teams of equal championship points will determine the higher ranked team.
    • If there is still a tie between two or more teams, the greater point percentage between teams of equal set percentages will determine the higher ranked team.
    • If there is still a tie between two or more teams, the higher seeded team before finals will determine the higher ranked team.

Tabled below is a more detailed analysis of the Finals Series format and some key dates.

  • PREMIER AND RESERVES
    • Ladders updated with draws so all teams in each division finish on the same number of matches played
    • Top 6 teams qualify for finals
      • Pool A will be 1st, 4th, and 6th
      • Pool B will be 2nd, 3rd, and 5th
      • Each team in each pool plays each other once
      • Top team from each pool qualifies for the Grand Final

 

  • JUNIORS
    • No update to current ladders
    • Top 4 teams qualify for finals
      • Semi Finals will be 1st vs. 4th and 2nd vs. 3rd
      • Winner of each Semi Final plays in the Grand Final

CRITICAL DATES

After assessing the status of the 2021 State League season, and the current Covid-19 environment, and the numerous options considered the Volleyball Victoria Board of Directors have determined the following timeline and criteria for the 2021 State League Finals:

  • FRIDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2021:
    • From Friday 10 September 2021 onwards, the restrictions must allow all clubs the opportunity to train on court in preparation for the Finals Series weekend or the 2021 State League finals will be cancelled.
  • FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2021:
    • If restrictions do not allow for the State League finals to begin on Friday 17 September 2021 the 2021 State League finals will be cancelled.

SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS AND PROTOCOLS

  • FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2021:
    • Pending restrictions, the following will be played in the afternoon/evening:
      • PREMIER
        • Pool A:
          • 1st vs. 6th
        • Pool B:
          • 2nd vs. 5th
  • SATURDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2021:
    • Pending restrictions, the following will be played:
      • PREMIER
        • Pool A:
          • 4th vs. 6th
          • 1st vs. 4th
        • Pool B:
          • 3rd vs. 5th
          • 1st vs. 3rd
      • RESERVES
        • Pool A:
          • 1st vs. 6th
          • 1st vs. 4th
          • 4th vs. 6th
        • Pool B:
          • 2nd vs. 5th
          • 2nd vs. 3rd
          • 3rd vs. 5th
      • JUNIORS
        • Semi-Finals:
          • 1st vs. 4th
          • 2nd vs. 3rd
        • Grand Final:
          • Winner of Semi-Finals
  • SUNDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2021:
    • Pending restrictions, the following will be played:
      • PREMIER & RESERVES
        • Grand Finals:
          • Top of Pool A vs. Top of Pool B

Again, we reiterate that due to the evolving nature of Covid-19, we will continue to closely monitor the advice from the Victorian State Government and relevant authorities. Unfortunately, there may be circumstances that are beyond Volleyball Victoria’s control in terms of our intention to conclude the season however the Board of Directors is totally committed to conclude the season subject to Government legislation.

The board of Volleyball Victoria have provided the clear plan and timelines so the 2021 State League season can be concluded should the opportunity arise.

As on court preparation is critical, should restrictions prevent the return to stadium use by 10/09/21 or restrictions inhibit the commencement of indoor sport beyond the date of 17/18/19 September 2021, the 2021 season will unfortunately conclude, and no premiership awarded.

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