Coaches & Officials

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

The tournament will have two parts; 3 mini-matches of pool play in the morning followed by a single-elimination championship bracket with up to 3 regular matches in the afternoon.

Pool Matches

-        24 competing teams divided into six pools of four teams.

-        Each pool is assigned a single court at one venue. Each venue will have two pools of four teams.

-        Mini-matches are two sets to 15 points.  Teams must win by 2 or reach 20 first to be declared the winner.

-        Pool games begin promptly after the preceding match is completed.  Posted Game times are approximate, all teams must be at the court 15 minutes prior the end of the preceding match. 

 

Bracket Matches

-        All teams will compete in one of 3 single-elimination brackets; Gold, Silver or Bronze

-        Each bracket will consist of 8 teams; which will be seeded based upon their pool performance

-        Bracket matches are best two out of three sets.  The first two sets are played to 25.  Teams must win by 2 or reach 30 points to be declared the winner.  If a third set is needed, the set is played to 15.  Teams must win by two or reach 20 points to be declared the winner.

-        Bracket games begin promptly after the preceding match is completed.  Posted Game times are approximate, all teams must be at the court 15 minutes prior the end of the preceding match. 


Playing pool play mini-matches in the morning and up to 3 full matches in the afternoon is in compliance with all known UIL rules regarding the number of matches played by a middle school team during a Saturday tournament.  (Source: http://www.uiltexas.org/files/athletics/manuals/VB_Manual13.pdf)

STEPS FOR DETERMINING TEAM FINISH IN POOLS:

1      The team winning the most individual mini-match *sets* [games] with in their pool is 1st place, winning the second most *set* [game] is second place and likewise for 3rd and 4th place.  Head-to-head mini-match outcomes is NOT a criteria; overall pool win-loss record is the criteria.

2      If one or more teams within a pool have the same number of *set* [game] wins, then the following tiebreakers will be applied to determine the pool team rankings:

a      If exactly two teams have won the same number of *sets* [games],

·       head-to-head competition will determine the tiebreaker.  The team which won both sets in the mini-match would be declared the tie breaking winner.

·       If each team won a single set [game] in the head-to-head mini-match (the teams split their mini-match), the team with fewer points scored against them in both sets [games] would be the tiebreaker winner.

·       If teams are still tied, point differential in *ALL THREE* pool mini-match competitions is used as tiebreaker.

b      If exactly three teams have won the same number of *sets* [games],

·       Head-to-Head competition will not be used in tie-breaking.

·       The team with fewer points scored against them in the *two* mini-matches [4 sets] against the tied teams would be the winner.

·       If teams are still tied, the point differential in *ALL THREE* pool mini-match competitions is used as tiebreaker.

c       If all four teams have won the same number of *sets* [games],

·       Head-to-Head competition will not be used in tie-breaking.

·       The team with fewer points scored against them in the *ALL THREE* mini-matches [6 sets] would be the winner.  The second fewest will be awarded second, the third fewest awarded third and remaining team is fourth.

·       If any teams are tied, in points scored against, the point differential in *ALL THREE* pool mini-match competitions is used as tiebreaker.

DETERMINING HOW TEAMS ARE SEEDED WITHIN BRACKETS:

First Place Pool Finishers

-   All teams finishing first in their pools will compete in the Gold Bracket played at Bellaire High School. 

Second Place Pool Finishers

-   The top two teams which finished second in their respective pools will be seeded 7th and 8th in the Gold Bracket. 

-   The remaining four second place finishers will be the top 4 seeds in the Silver Bracket.

Third Place Pool Finishers

-   The top four teams which finished third in their respective pools will be seeded in the Silver Bracket.

-   The remaining two teams which finished third in their respective pools will be seeded 1st and 2nd in the Bronze Bracket

Fourth Place Pool Finishers

-   All teams finishing fourth in their pools will compete in the Bronze Bracket played at Pershing Middle School

Grouping and Ranking Pool Finishers

-   Teams will be grouped based upon where they finished in their respective pools.

For example, all 6 teams which finished first in their pool will be grouped together as first place finishers.  Each of the 6 teams which finished second in their pool will be grouped together as second place finishers and so on.

-   Within each of the finishing groups, the teams will be ranked from 1 to 6 based upon the following rules

1.     fewest points scored against the team across *ALL THREE* pool mini-matches [6 sets].

2.     If any teams remain tied, the point differential of those teams combined for *ALL THREE* pool mini-match sets will be used to tiebreak.

3.     coin-flip administered by tournament director or the venue's site lead.

-   The group rankings will determine the seeds into the championship brackets based upon the rules outlined above under “Determining How Teams Reach Brackets.”

Finding out where your team lands in a bracket

-   Live brackets will be posted on BellaireVolleyball.NET

-   Each venue will post brackets and pools schedules.

-   Each coach will receive a personalized email which includes links to their team’s pool which will indicate which bracket they will play.

Admissions and Venue Information

Admission will be charged at all venues.  Paid admission grants access to all three venues throughout the day.  All paid admissions receive a wristband to be worn for admittance to all venues.

-        Adults ($5.00)

-        Students ($1 for ages 6-18).

-        Children 5 and under are admitted for free

Court Officials / referees, coaches and their uniformed team members are granted free admission.

Venues

-        Bellaire High School Gyms (5100 Maple St, Bellaire, TX  77401)

Pools: E & F

Bracket: Gold Bracket matches

-        Pin Oak Middle School Gym (4601 Glenmont St, Bellaire, TX 77401)

Pools: C & D

Bracket: Bronze Bracket matches

-        Pershing Middle School Gyms (3838 Bluebonnet Blvd, Houston, TX 77025)

Pools: A & B

Bracket: Bronze Bracket matches


PLEASE NOTE:          Most teams will need to travel from their morning venue to a different venue in the afternoon.  All teams must provide their own transportation between playing sites.


Expected Schedule

Venues open at 7:30 am - no earlier.

This should still allow time for stretching before the official warm-up period just prior to the matches that begin promptly at 8:00 am. Each mini-match in pool play is expected to complete in less than 45 minutes.  Afternoon brackets are scheduled for exactly 1 hour.  All teams must be at the court 15 minutes prior the end of the preceding match. 

Official Warm-Up Time

-        both mini-matches and full matches

-        3 minutes hitting for each team

-        plus 2 minutes of combined/shared team serving.

-        Warm up begins immediately at the completion of the prior match.

Time constraints provide for the aggressive schedule to achieve a full day of volleyball with as little wasted time as possible.  

Awards

Each team playing in one of the three bracket championship matches will receive a plaque.

All-Tournament Team will be chosen with selected individuals being photographed with their award medal.

After the championship finals in each of the Gold, Silver and Bronze divisions, team pictures will be taken.  If you make it to the finals, please stick around for your award picture after your last match.

Team photos and candid action shots will be taken throughout both the morning and afternoon matches. Please make sure that you find our photographer and ask to have a team picture taken. All teams playing in the 8:45 am pool play should gather earlier (around 8:00 am?) to arrange for their team pictures before playing their first match.

Rules and Summary

NFHS Volleyball Rules will apply to all matches with the following additions and clarifications:

  1. No outside food or drinks (including coffee) will be allowed in the facilities at any venue. Players, coaches, and parents found violating this rule will be asked to remove the items from the gym area and may be asked to leave the facilities.  This tournament is a fund-raising activity and we ask that you please utilize our concessions for your food and drink needs. Team members are allowed to bring in their own water and sports drinks but all ice chests/coolers and team tables must remain outside of our venue facilities.
  1. There is not a designated trainer for this tournament. Each school’s coaches are responsible for attending to their player’s injuries.
  1. Officials:  First and Second Referees (R1 and R2) plus Scorekeepers (3) will be provided. We make every effort to supply two Line Judges as well but, if necessary, each team may be asked to provide one Line Judge for each match.
  1. Timing:  Warm-up time will consist of 3 minutes hitting for each team followed by 2 minutes of combined/shared team serving. The time between each set (game) in all matches will be 2 minutes.
  1. Scoring:  All pool play mini-matches are 2 sets to 15 (capped at 20) and all crossover or bracket matches are best two-out-of-three sets to 25 (capped at 30) with the third set (if needed) to 15 (capped at 20).
  1. Forfeiture:  Teams not having six players when called to the end line at the beginning of a game will forfeit the first set after one minute. The team will forfeit the next game and match if they do not have six players within ten minutes after forfeiting the first game.
    Time has been allowed for the changing of gyms at the end of morning pool play, and the venue Site Directors will notify the next site if matches run longer than anticipated.
  1. Protests:  Only rule interpretations can be protested, not judgment calls made by the officials. A protest must be filed at the time of the infraction and settled before the set continues. A committee of the First Referee and the two non-playing coaches from the pool will resolve the protest. The three members of the committee will vote to deny or uphold the protest; their decision is final.

2013 Bellaire Volleyball Middle School Tournament Contacts

Tournament Website: BellaireVolleyball.com.