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Region Championships Information
Last Updated 4/20/2015

* * * PLEASE READ BEFORE YOUR REGION CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT * * *

Region Championships tournaments are here. The format is very different than our regular power tournaments. The tournament will last most of the day instead of just half day. Lots of information follows. Please read it!!

Clubs that have a balance due to the Arizona Region will not have their teams entered into the Region Championships tournament. Payment of any balance due must be received before Noon on the Monday prior to the tournament. Once the tournament is posted on the website - the teams will not be placed into the tournament. The tournament will be posted by 1 pm the Monday before the specific tournament.

Parents: There is no lunch break built into the tournament. Please bring food with you or send someone for food. Neither the coach nor the players should leave the site for food. Do not stop for lunch when moving to another site for bracket play. The bracket play will start when teams have arrived to start the tournament. Sites are in contact with each other to know when play has ended at each site. Penalties for being late to ref assignments or match play will be enforced. Several sites have snack bars open for business if food can't be brought with you.

PLEASE DO NOT TAKE ANY FOOD OR DRINKS INTO ANY GYM. ALL COOLERS ARE TO BE LEFT OUTSIDE. NO EXCEPTIONS ARE ALLOWED AT ANY GYM. ONLY WATER IN CLOSED CONTAINERS FOR PLAYERS AND COACHES IS ALLOWED IN THE GYMS.

NO COOKING OR HEATING OF ANY KIND IS ALLOWED AT ANY OF OUR SITES AS WELL.

NO ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED ON THE CAMPUSES OF ANY OF OUR SITES - NOT EVEN ON A SATURDAY OR SUNDAY FOR ADULTS ONLY. THE SCHOOLS ARE ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND DRUG FREE ZONES 24/7 - THIS IS A STATE LAW.

PLEASE CLEAN UP YOUR TEAM CAMP AREA. PLEASE BAG YOUR TRASH AND TAKE IT WITH YOU. DO NOT LEAVE WRAPPERS AND FOOD BEHIND. THIS IS ALSO A GOOD WAY TO MAKE SURE NO OTHER PERSONAL ITEMS ARE LEFT BEHIND.

Coaches: Come to check in with a CURRENT WebPoint roster (no handwritten rosters, no team lists) your picture ID and medical release forms for each player on your team. This shoud be a "no brainer" by now but we are still receiving rosters dated in January and coaches saying "we haven't had to do this before". The roster submitted should be current and signed by the coach. Any player on the roster that is not there should be crossed off. Any player or coach not listed on the roster is not eligible to participate.

Division Play -

The seeding is based on the finish of the last power tournament. There was no movement up or down after the last tournament. Teams stayed in the order of finish for seeding of the Region Championships. The teams are then snake seeded through divisions into groups of 6 teams and then into 3 team pools. The divisions are all different numbers of teams. The divisions were broken out as follows:

18/17 Open - All 18 Open teams will be snake seeded into the 18 Open Division - for 2014 we may be asking 18 Championship teams to participate in the 18 Open Region Championships to fill out the draw. All 17 Open teams will be snake seeded into the 17 Open Division - for 2014 we may be asking 17 Championship teams to participate in the 17 Open Region Championships to fill out the draw. The number of teams being asked to play Open Division will be posted on the Gold Division bracket of 18 and 17Championship only.

16 Open - All 16 Open teams will be snake seeded into the 16 Open Division - for 2014, we may be asking 16 Championship team to participate in 16 Open Region Championships to fill out the draw. The number of teams being asked to play Open Division will be posted on the Gold Division bracket of 16 Championship only.

18/17 Championship - All 18's teams in the Championship Division will be snake seeded into the 18 Championship Division. All 17's teams in Championship Division will be snake seeded into the 17 Championship Division.

16 Championship - All 48 16's teams in the Championship Division will be snake seeded into the 16 Championship Division.

16 Club - The top 36 teams in 16 Club will be snake seeded into the 16 Club Division; The next 36 teams teams will be snake seeded into the 16A Division, the remaining teams will be snake seeded into the 16AA Division.

14 Championship - All 36 "14 Championship" teams team will be snake seeded into the 14 Championship Division;

14 Club - The top 36 teams in 14 Club will be snaked seeded into the 14 Club Division; The next 36 teams in 14 Club will be snake seeded into the 14A Division; the next 36 teams in 14 Club will be snake seeded into the 14AA Division. The next 24 teams in 14 Club teams will be snake seeded into the 14AAA Division. The remaining twenty 14 Club teams will be seeded into the 14AAAA Division.

12 Club - The top 36 teams in 12 Club will be snake seeded into 12 Club Division; The next 36 teams will be snake seeded into the 12A Division. The remaining 12 Club teams will be snake seeded into the 12AA Division.

Format - Please see specific division tournament pages for exact regional formats.

The teams are snake seeded into 3 teams pools via 6 team divisions. The 3 team pools will play. After pool play is complete there will be one cross pool match for each level of finish - the #1 teams from the two three team pools will cross pool, the #2 teams will cross pool and the #3 teams will cross pool. The cross pool match will determine which division bracket the team will be placed in. Most teams will move to another site for their bracket play. For the most part, the brackets will be 6 or 4 team single elimination brackets with consolation games for place.

Snake Seeding

Snake seeding is a means to distribute an equivalent seed value to each pool or division. The teams are seeded into 6 groups of 6 teams which are then broken into 3 team pools for play. An example of snake seeding for teams 1 - 36 is this:

Division A Division B Division C Division D Division E Division F
1 2 3 4 5 6
12 11 10 9 8 7
13 14 15 16 17 18
24 23 22 21 20 19
25 26 27 28 29 30
36 35 34 33 32 31

Each division has a seed value of 111. The Divisions are then broken into 3 team pools for pool play and cross pool play:

Pool A1 Pool A2 Pool B1 Pool B2 Pool C1 Pool C2 Pool D1 Pool D2 Pool E1 Pool E2 Pool F1 Pool F2
1 12 2 11 3 10 4 9 5 8 6 7
24 13 23 14 22 15 21 16 20 17 19 18
25 36 26 35 27 34 28 33 29 32 30 31

The teams will play a 3 team pool. The teams that finish 1st in their pool will cross pool with the team that finished 1st in the corresponding pool - A1#1 will play A2#1, A1#2 will play A2#2, A1#3 will play A2#3, etc. The finish of each cross pool match will determine which 6 team bracket the team will then play. The winner of the 1 v 1 cross pool match will be placed in the Championship or Gold Division. The loser of the 1 v 1 cross pool match will be placed in the Silver Division. The winner of the 2 v 2 match will be placed in the Bronze Division, the loser of the 2 v 2 match will be placed in the Flight 1 Division. The winner of the 3 v 3 cross pool match will be placed in the Flight 2 Division, the loser of the 3 v 3 cross pool match will be placed in the Flight 3 Divsion. Everyone will play out their respective division for place in the final standings. Many teams will have to change sites to play their bracket - please go directly to your site. The brackets will start as soon as all the teams are present. If your team is late, penalty points may be assessed.

If a division of teams ends with a group of 4 teams the teams will be placed in 2 pools of 2 teams. The teams will play each other in their pool and the resulting cross pool will take place to decide places 1 - 4 in that pool.

Tie Break Procedure -

If teams are tied with the same match record. The first consideration is games. If the games won/lost are different, the tie will be broken. If just two teams are tied in matches AND games, the winner in their head to head match will be the determining factor. If there is a tie in matches AND games with all three teams in the pool there will be a playoff for finish. The teams will flip a coin to determine which team will ref the other two teams in one game to 25. The winner will then play the ref team one game to 25, the loser will ref the game.

Region Championship t-shirts will be for sale at all sites. The cost is $18 per shirt payable in cash, check (to Arizona Region) or credit card. Find your Team Name. They are all there - all 560 of them!!! The proceeds of our t-shirt sales benefits our High Performance program - helping to offset the cost to those participating. Please consider purchasing a shirt or making a donation to support our HP Program.

Medals and Champion t-shirts will be given to the winner in the Gold Divisions only. Runner up in the Gold Division will receive medals. All other Division champions will receive a Champion Certificate for winning the division.

Good Luck to all and have fun in the process!

Parents Please Read

The Arizona Region of USA Volleyball values sportsmanship and the enjoyment of the game of volleyball. We ask your help in those pursuits by maintaining a positive outlook throughout your experiences with us.

With the above in mind, we also ask for your help in fostering an enjoyable environment for all by refraining from using negative commentary directed toward the opposing teams, the site directors and the officiating crews. The complete officiating crew includes the head officials, line judges, scorekeepers and the scoreboard flippers. Negative comments might include, yelling, "Point, Point, Point" or "That was a LIFT", etc. It will be a much more positive educational opportunity for them if they are permitted to work without the "help" of someone other than another crew member or site hosting staff. The official score is that which is on the score sheet - not the flip score board.

This notice is intended as a friendly reminder that negative comments or behavior will not be tolerated and that we all are examples to each other. However, if negative behavior presents itself we will ask the individual(s) to remove themselves from our gyms. In addition, parents and other spectators must remain in the spectator areas only. Any parents or spectators that come onto the playing surface or approach the score table may also be asked to leave the arena. This is for the protection of our athletes, coaches, and officials and violations of these policies will not be tolerated. It is the COACH'S responsibility to question the official about events of the match, not the PARENT'S.

The Penalty Point Sanction Policy will be in effect at our Region Championships tournaments. Spectator behavior may cause a team to loose points to an opponent.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.