Frequently Asked Questions

Policies and Procedures

“NO SHOW” Policy


The problem a “no show” presents is two-fold.
First, we sometimes have teams / players on a wait list who really want to play, however do not get seeded into the tournament -- there was no available slot for them.

If the team dropping out informs the Tournament Director, a team on the waiting list can be invited to play. Second, issues the morning of the tournament are caused as pools have to be redrawn or combined.
In order to avoid having these problems, VBLI has created the following policy:

  1. Any team / players who is seeded into a tournament is considered committed to participating and is accountable for under this policy.
  2. If it becomes necessary to drop out of a tournament for any reason, the Tournament Director must be contacted via email and followed up by a phone call no later than 10:00AM on Monday before the tournament. (Note: No refund will be given as per our Refund and Exchange Policy).
  3. If a team / players fails to communicate by the 9:00 AM Monday deadline and is a “NO SHOW” on the day of the tournament, the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
    1. Unpaid teams / players will be assessed the team entry tournament fee which must be paid prior to your next tournament entry, no expections.




Inclement Weather Policy


A message concerning the status of a tournament will be on our office line (516-759-0955) by 7:00AM the morning of the tournament should extreme rain or other adverse weather conditions be in the forecast. In the event of extreme weather or some other situation resulting in the cancellation of a tournament, prepaid teams will be given a credit toward a future tournament.




Cancellation and Exchange Policy


Discounted Entries: Once registered for a tournament date, it can't be canceled or exchanged for another date. Non-Discounted Entries Changes:

  • If a player or team needs to change their registration 22 or more days of the event, we will role over the entry to another VBLI tounrmaent already on the schedule.
  • If a player or team cancels their registration within 21 days of the event there's no switching tournaments, no exceptions.
  • If a player or team is a no show, their funds are forfeit as per our "NO SHOW" policy.
  • If the event is canceled due to inclement weather please see our "Inclement Weather Policy".
  • If an event is canceled for any reason, we will either offer a full refund or roll over the team entry to any of our other events.
All refunds are made in the same manor in which they were received.




Zero Tolerance Policy


Our goal is to provide a competitive, fun, safe friendly atmosphere for all athletes.
Unfortunately, there are those individuals that don’t share this goal.
Therefore the below policy is for them:
Zero Tolerance Policy
By playing in any VBLI tournament you are agreeing to this policy as it stands without reservation expressed or implied. VBLI will NOT tolerate abusive negative, foul language or rude gestures towards teammates, other players, captains, officials or opponents. Players are expected to be supportive and respectful of their team, teammates, captain, coach and VBLI staff at all times, Any player that fails to comply with the above will be banned from all VBLI events, no exceptions.

Any player caught with illegal drugs during any VBLI event will be legally removed from the gym by the authorities and banned from all VBLI events no exceptions. Any player caught with alcohol during any VBLI indoor event will be banned from all VBLI events, no exceptions.




Late Player Policy


All players are required to be on-site, signed in and ready to play by the official posted start time.
If the player is not signed in their deemed late and a $10.00 late fee will be assessed to the individual player, no exceptions.
Any player jumping on a court without signing in will cause the team to immediately forfeit all games up until that point, include the current game.




Forfeiting


Teams that forfeit games for any reason other than failing to have enough qualified players to compete will be prohibited from playing in future tournaments. This applies to all players on the team roster, on the day of infraction.

Teams that forfeit their last match of day because they don’t have enough qualified players will forfeit playoffs.

Example: Forfeiting any match of a tournament because it has no bearing on play offs to rush the tournament along is prohibited.

Teams must complete all games as posted on the schedule, unless otherwise stated by the tournament director.

Exception: Semi Finals teams are the same as the last round of pool play. The tournament director may suggest a best of three Semi Finals matches instead of playing the last two regular pool games.




Lost Balls


We are not responsible for any balls that are lost or caught in the framework of the facility i.e. rafters, soffits, bleachers etc. Ball's in this condition are lost forever. If your ball is lost and is eventually retrieved, we will contact you as long as the name and phone number is on the ball. Any balls without a name and phone number on the ball will be donated to a local juniors Volleyball program.




Banned Players / Teams Policy


VBLI reserves the right to ban / suspend entire teams or players.


VBLI reserves the right to refuse any team or player from participating in any and all VBLI organized, sponsored or directly run tournaments, leagues, clinics and social events.

Banned / suspended teams or players are notified within ten working days of any violation of VBLI policies.


It's the captain’s responsibility to provide VBLI a complete roster no later than the Tuesday before the tournament to avoid playing short.

It's the teams responsibility to take whatever action needed to obtain a substitution when regarding a player ban.

Question: How long are bans for?

Answer: Bans are for life.

Question: How do I know if one of my players is "Banned"?

Answer: The player in question already knows.

Question: How long are suspensions for?

Answer: Suspensions are for six months.





General Questions

About VBLI


Opening its doors in early 2005 VBLI made a promise to the online volleyball community to provide accurate, up-to-date volleyball information with no advertising, in a clear and easy-to-follow format free of charge.
During the creation of VBLI.COM its founder Glenn Yankow realized that although there are thousands of players in New York the locations and options for players were just too expensive or limited. Therefore, Volleyball In The Park was conceived in 2006 and since then VBLI has grown to include grass, beach and indoor tournaments.
We have been successfully coordinating such tournaments for the past twelve years fund raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for college volleyball programs in and around the tristate area.




Prizes


Prizes are awarded to the first place teams in each division.
Prizes are only given to players that qualify and play in the finals.
Players must be present to receive a prize from the selection on the "Prize Table".
Prizes will not be held or exchanged for future or previous events.




Are There Changing Areas At The Event?


Yes, all locations are selected for their accessibility and amenities.
All event sites have rest rooms and some even have shower facilities.




What Time Does The First Game Start?


What Time Does The First Game Start?
For Indoor tournaments, this information is posted on each and every event page.
For Outdoor tournaments the start time is always 9:00AM




What Time Does Sign-In Begin?


Indoors

  • Actual check in time depends on the event start time, however check in is always 30 minutes prior to the event start time.
  • Please see individual tournament details page for more information.
Outdoors
  • Sign-in starts at 8:00AM and runs until 9:00AM on the day of the event.




Will There Be Food Services?


We always suggest you bring something. However, there's always food services near each event site for people to purchase.




What Time Is The Tournament Over?


Generally and unless otherwise noted, events are over by 5PM




Serving and Service Clarification


Indoor

  • The server shall contact the ball with one hand or any part of the arm after clearly tossing or releasing the ball and before the ball touches the ground.


Outdoors

  • First Ball: No open hand receive of service is allowed.

  • A legal serve must pass between and not over or outside of the net poles (poles are the antennas).

  • No kick serves allowed.





Outdoor Questions

Outdoor Level, Clarification


Anyone can play in CASH pools. Anyone registering for B or BB maybe moved up, if

1) Tournament Director believes that the team should be moved up.

or

2) If team has won an lower level outdoor tournament.
All divisions to be divided into pools of 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 teams, we reserve the right to move teams between levels based on combination of players on the team.




Are Open Hand Receptions Allowed?


On serve receive no, all other receptions -- YES. *This applies to Beach and Grass tournaments only.




Who Can Hit at The Net?


  • For Co-ed Fours anyone can hit.
  • For Co-ed Doubles either player can hit
  • For Rev Co-ed Doubles the female player is the only one that can hit.
    The male must hit at the ten foot line.




It's My First VBLI Tournament


Here are some helpfull tips:

  • Playoffs could run until it gets dark so plan accordingly.
  • All players must sign the waiver at the time of check-in.
  • Bring your own ball if you don’t want to share.
  • Although we provide ice cold water bottled water all day, you will want to bring food and snacks.

You May Also Want To Bring:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • A Hat
  • Change of clothes if needed.
  • Chair(s)
  • Blanket(s)
  • Umbrellas or Tents to shield you from the hot sun.




Ball Handling


Tips or Dinks: No

Open hand receives: Yes




What Is Co-ed and Gender Neutral Four's Defined?


Co-ed Fours

  • One rostered female player, playing on your team must be on the court during play.
  • You can have the following team configurations: 3 Male and 1 Female or 2 Male and 2 Female or 3 Female and 1 Male.
Gender Neutral Four's
  • A team can consist of any combination of Male or Female players.
  • There can be only Males and or only Female players.
  • Teams do not need to consist of mixed genders.




How Many Rostered Players Are Allowed On A Doubles Team?


There can be only TWO (2) rostered players on any single doubles team?




Tournament Fee's


General Divisions - A / BB / B

  • $30/ Per Player for Doubles Teams
  • $30/ Per Player Fours Teams.
  • $35/ Per Fee Agent.
If a team pays the Tuesday before or the day of the tournament, there is an addiional $5 per-player. Cash Prize Divisions - AA / OPEN
  • $40/ Per Player for Doubles Teams.
If a team pays the Tuesday before or the day of the tournament there is an addiional $10. per-player charge.
* All discounts must be used when paying online and can not be used to pay on game day.




Cash Prize Divisions - Prize Money Payout


  • Prize money is based on a minimum number of teams in the division.
  • All cash division teams must be paid in full by 5:00PM the Friday before the tournament.
  • Unpaid teams will be bumped from the event without notice.
  • Prize payout is done in the form of a check written to each player on the team.
  • Players must have a social security number as winnings are declarable income.
  • Any player who does not have a social security number will have 30% deducted from prize money sent to the IRS as required by law.
  • Player can then file with the IRS and receive balance / refund if no taxes are due.





Indoor Questions

2020/21 VBLI Competition Regulations


We use the official domestic competition regulations presented by USA Volleyball for all levels of volleyball in the United States for the 2020/21 season including the following:

  • Any player signing in after 9:00AM or the official published start time will be deemed LATE and charged a $5.00 late charge, no exceptions.

  • Under rule, interfere with play, ball is dead. Any part of a player completely over the center line is a bad ball.

  • Net is a net.

  • Libero's in any format CAN serve for one player.

  • After first ball of the day is served all rosters are locked, no changes, no exception.

  • Whistles are required for both up and down referees.

  • All work teams must supply up and down refs, two line referees and scorekeeper.

  • Both up and down refs are required to use whistles for all calls.

  • Co-ed Six's: (min. 2 females on court at all times; teams may start/play with only 1 female but will forfeit 3 points/game).

  • Co-ed Six's: Teams that use a Female libero must have three qualified rostered female players at the event.

  • There must be at least two rostered females on the court at all times and no more than four male players on the court at all times.

  • A or AA tournaments only: Team playing with one female player ghost position losing a point every time the ghost comes around for service.

  • Absolutely no "AA" players are not allowed to play in B or BB level tournaments.

  • All games are played using rally scoring.

  • Warm-ups are five minutes between rounds no more or less.

  • The use of any electronic devices while refereeing is prohibited, anyone caught using a electronic device while referring will be removed from the gym and not invited to play to future VBLI tournaments.

  • During regular pool play all 4 team pools will play two (2) games to 25, cap 27

  • During regular pool play all 5 team pools will play two (2) games to 25, cap 27.

  • Seating is based on and in the following and in the same order: Total wins, head to head, head to head points, over all tournament point differential.

  • Semifinals are single elimination, (1) game to 25, no cap.

  • Finals are best of three games. First and second games are to 25 points, third game to 15 points, no cap.

Click Here For Volleyball Domestic Competition Regulations




How Many Male And Female Players Are Needed For Co-ed Events?


Co-ed 4’s: 4 players require a minimum of 1 female player on the court at all times.
Co-ed 6’s: 6 players require a minimum of 2 female player on the court at all times.




How Many Players Can I Have On An Indoor Six's Roster?


You can have up to twelve players on a team.

However, your entry fee only covers seven.
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Each additional player over seven on a team is required to pay an additional $25.00/per player at the event.




Indoor Game Day Review


  • Any player signing in after 9AM or the official published start time, is deemed LATE and will charged a $10 late fee, no exceptions.
  • If a player jumps on the court without signing in all your games will be forfeit, no exceptions.
  • After first ball of the day is served all rosters are locked, no changes, no exception.
  • Whistles are required for both up and down referees.
  • All work teams must supply up and down refs, two line referees and scorekeeper.
  • Both up and down refs are required to use whistles for all calls.
  • Co-ed 6-player teams (min. 2 females on court at all times; teams may start/play with only 1 female but will forfeit 3 points/game).
  • A or AA tournaments only: Team playing with one female player ghost position losing a point every time the ghost comes around for service.
  • Absolutely no "AA" players are not allowed to play in B or BB level tournaments.
  • All games are played using rally scoring.
  • After the start of round three, no late player will be allowed to sign in or play.
  • Warm-ups are five minutes between rounds no more or less.
  • The use of any electronic devices while refereeing is prohibited, anyone caught using an electronic device while referring will be removed from the gym and not invited to play to future VBLI tournaments.
  • During regular pool play all 3 team pools will play four (4) games to 25 (Starting at 4), cap 27.
  • During regular pool play all 4 team pools will play two (2) games to 25 (Starting at 4), cap 27 or During regular pool play all 4 team pools will play three (3) games to 21, cap 23 - Tournament Directors Discretion.
  • During regular pool play all 5 team pools will play two (2) games to 25 (Starting at 4), cap 27 or During regular pool play all 5 team pools will play two (2) games to 21, cap 23 - Tournament Directors Discretion.
  • Seating is based on and in the following and in the same order: Total wins, head to head, head to head points, over all tournament point differential.
  • Semifinals are single elimination, (1) game to 25 (Starting at 4), no cap.
  • Finals are best of three games. First and second games are to 25 (Starting at 4), third game to 15 points, no cap.
  • Losing teams in playoffs must work next playoff match, no exceptions.
  • Prizes are awarded to the first place team in each division.
  • Prizes are only given to players that qualify and play in the finals.
  • Players must be present to receive a prize from the selection on the "Prize Table".
  • Prizes will not be held or exchanged for future or previous events.




How Does A Scramble Tournament Work?


Players sign up as an individual (FREE AGENTS) and are placed on a team with experienced and new players based on their position and VBLI rating. All participants will receive a numbered T-shirt and a full day of play for $35/person.

All players must have an active VBLI membership, this can be done online and or at any VBLI tournament. If you don't have a VBLI rating, you can get one on the day of the Scramble.

The format of a Scramble tournament is similar to a traditional tournament with a 9:00AM start time, pool play and playoffs.

Everyone must show up by 8:30 a.m. to register, pick up jerseys etc.





Registration and Membership

What Level Player Are You?


Recreational
A "Recreational" player is a Beginner. A Recreational player should know the basics of volleyball, and played some volleyball before, but he/she is just beginning to bump, set, and spike. A Recreational player should not RSVP to an event which includes "BB" or "A" level or Advanced players.

B
A "B" player is still in the early learning stages of the game but knows the skills. A "B" player knows how to bump, set (a little), and spike. But a "B" player has a lot of practice yet to go to be able to do these skills consistently. A "B" player makes mistakes often.

BB
A "BB" player knows where to be on the court at all times when plays are developing. He/she knows where to be when the opponent is hitting. A "BB" player knows the footwork of and how to approach hitting effectively. A "BB" player knows how to run a 5-1, a 6-2, and needlessly, a 4-2.
A
An "A" player is somewhere between "BB" and "AA". They know all the skills extremely well but cannot always execute the super-high level plays extremely effectively all the time. "A" players can run combination plays in a basic way if passes are good. That includes slides, tandems, x's, crosses, and back-row hitting.
AA
An "AA" player is able to dig an USAV Division I Player's attack hit or able to once in a while put a ball down as a hitter against an Division I Team. An adult AA team of players would be able to beat a college Division I team of their same sex at least some of the time. Note: At no time can a AA player play in a B or BB level tournament.
OPEN
An "OPEN" player typically has had intensive training for national tournament competition at the semi-professional level.




How Do I Register Online?


To register for any event, you just need to click on the Registration link and follow the prompts.




When Is The Latest I Can Pay For An Event?


Payment must be submitted during registration.
If a wait list starts, unpaid teams are bumped without notice for paid teams.




How To Reset Your Account Password?


To reset your account password: click here




Loyalty Rewards


  • Registration and payment must be done via on our online system.
  • Indoor Events:
    • Captains will receive $25.00 in Loyalty Rewards applied to your account.
    • Non cash indoor tournaments:
      • For each additional player the captain adds and that accepts the waiver:
      • An additional $5.00 Loyalty Reward, up to the $25.00.
      • All roster updates must be provided, no later than the Tuesday before the tournament.
  • Outdoor Events:
    • Non cash outdoor tournaments:
      • For each additional player the captain adds and that accepts the waiver:
      • An additional $10.00 Loyalty Reward, up to the $20.00 for doubles or up to$40.00 for fours team entries.
      • All roster updates must be provided, no later than the Tuesday before the tournament.
  • Captains can change players at any time.
  • Loyalty Rewards must be redeemed within 21 day of the event in which it was issued.
  • Loyalty Rewards can used for any future tournament already on the schedule.
  • Loyalty Rewards can be used for a single non cash tournament.
  • Loyalty Rewards can't be combined with other discounts or offers.
  • Loyalty Rewards can't be used for cash or charity tournaments.
  • Loyalty Rewards can't be transferred or redeemed at event or for other services.




Membership Questions


Membership

  • All players are required to have an active membership when on attending any VBLI event.

  • Players can register online at any time.

  • Players not able to register online can obtain or renew their membership at the event.

Obtaining Your Membership

  • If your membership has not yet expired, however you want to renew, we will append your remaining time on your original membership to the renewed one.

Membership Expiration

  • Memberships expire one year (12 months) from registration.

  • If you don't know when your membership expires, because you lost your temporary ID card or confirmation email, we recommend that you not wait until Game Day and obtain and new one immediately.

  • It is up to the player to maintain your membership in good standing and know your expiration date.

Infractions

  • Players caught playing with an expired or no membership will be removed from a facility as their not active members and not eligible to play.

Proof of Membership

  • If you registered at the event, you will receive a temporary ID card.

  • If you register online you will recieve an PayPal email with a transaction number.
    The transaction number is your proof of membership.

  • Players that don't have their proof of VBLI Member (temporary ID card or PayPal Receipt) at the event will be required to purchase a new one.

  • Lost or stolen temporary ID cards will not be replaced.





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