We’ve made some significant changes to how ratings work this year. Read on to learn more!
Getting a new rating
We have done away with the need to schedule an appointment for an evaluation. Instead, simply send an email about yourself or another player outlining what rating you think the player should be and why to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a panel of about 20 raters who regularly attend Sunday play. Each week, these raters will discuss everyone who is identified as potentially needing an adjustment (either via email or an in-person recommendation).
At the end of each month, we’ll reach out to players whose ratings have changed, and let them know. For unrated players, their ratings will take effect as soon as they are processed.
Points and letter conversions
We are still using our 120-point system. These points are used to help compare players within a session to each other. For example, a player who has just moved up from C to B might be a 50, while a more seasoned B player could be a 65. These points are occasionally used to help balance teams for leagues and tournaments, however, for Sunday play only the range that a player’s rating falls into matters.
The following points are required for each session:
- AA: 90+
- A: 70+
- B: 50+
- C: 30+
- D: 0+
This session is recreational. D session is a good fit for players who have just started playing volleyball, and haven’t received any formal training.
All are welcome.
C session is a competive session, and some general volleyball knowledge is required to be a good fit in this session. Players in this session typically don’t have any formal training, but are fairly athletic, being able to move quickly to the ball. Players should also have some experience in rotational systems (such as 5-1 or 6-2), and ideally not need direction from teammates about where to be on the court. A typical C player can execute most skills (hitting, blocking, setting, passing, digging, and serving), but the results may be error-prone.
As with C session, B session is competitive. Players are expected to be comfortable in rotational systems, and not need direction from teammates. B players typically don’t have extensive formal training, but may have attended some clinics or received some coaching in the past. A typical B player should be able to execute all volleyball skills (hitting, blocking, setting, passing, digging, and serving) with some consistency. They may have some skills that are stronger than others as they begin to specialize. In the skills relevant to their position, B players should be fairly consistent and make only occasional errors.
A session is also competitive. Players are expected to be fluent in rotational systems, and always know their place on the court. A players have typically have received some coaching and been playing for years. Many will have college club experience. These players are generally specialized into one or two positions. A players are effective when executing the skills related to their specialty. For example, an A hitter will likely get a kill off a good set, but should only rarely hit out or into the net. The game at this level is significantly faster and more aggressive than at B session.
AA is competitive. This level is the highest we offer at CBVA. Players are fluent in rotations, as well as mechanics. These players are skilled at reading the other team and adjusting accordingly. Most players in this session have college varsity experience, and have been coached for many years.
Getting in touch
Chi Yin Li and Pete Biencourt are the current chairs of the Ratings Committee. You can reach us over email at email@example.com, or if you would prefer, you can talk to us in person.