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2019/20 Volleyball Ireland Championships & Mixed Recreational Tournament

Competition Formats & Fixtures

  • The JUNIOR MEN’S COMPETITION has 5 teams all teams are in one pool. The pool matches will consist of 2 x 13 min timed sets league positions are determined as per Competition Rules. Each team will play each other once to complete the pool stage.  The top 3 teams will progress to the semi-finals, with 4th & 5th place to play each other in a knock out match to complete the semi-final fixture. The knock-out match and the semi-finals will be a double, 2 timed set, in the event of a 2-2 draw, the points difference in that match will decide who progresses to the final. The pool stage will take place on Saturday and will conclude on Sunday. All pool matches consist of timed sets.

  • The intermediate men’s competition has 7 teams including Ireland U20 Men’s, these teams will be split into two pools.  Each team will play each other once to complete their relevant pools. Ireland U20 Men’s results will not be counted and they will be eliminated from the competition on Saturday. For the remaining 6 teams, the top team from each will progress to the semi-finals with the 2nd place pool team playing the 3rd place pool team from the opposite pool to complete the semi-final fixture. The pool stage will take place on Saturday and will conclude on Sunday. All matches before the semi-finals stage consist of timed sets. 

 

  • The junior women’s competition has 8 teams and the teams will be split into two pools.  Each team in the pool of 3 will play each other twice to complete their pool, the pool of 4 will play each other once to complete their pool. The top team from Pool A will receive will progress to the semi-finals with the 2nd place pool team playing the 3rd place pool team along with 1st place pool team playing the 4th place pool team from the opposite pool to complete the semi-final fixture. The pool stage will take place on Saturday and will conclude on Sunday. All matches before the semi-finals stage consist of timed sets. 

 

  • The intermediate women’s competition has 7 teams including Ireland U19 Women’s, these teams will be split into two pools.  Each team will play each other once to complete their relevant pools. Ireland U19 Women’s results will not be counted and they will be eliminated from the competition on Saturday. For the remaining 6 teams, the top team from each will progress to the semi-finals with the 2nd place pool team playing the 3rd place pool team from the opposite pool to complete the semi-final fixture. The pool stage will take place on Saturday and will conclude on Sunday. All matches before the semi-finals stage consist of timed sets. 

 

  • For the mixed recreational tournament, we have 24 teams taking part so we will operate 8 pools of 3 teams.  The top team in each pool advance to the quarter-finals whilst the bottom 2 teams play in the shield competition.  

The fixtures for the Championships are the below document which also contains more details on the format.  Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with the fixtures ahead of the weekend.  Please forward to your coaches and team reps so that they can familiarise themselves with the fixtures.   
The hall is accessible 30 minutes before the start of the first match each day.

Time-keeping & officiating
A reminder that teams are expected to be there on time to participate in their first match, the sets are timed and will take place at the scheduled times.  Teams arriving late may be subject to penalty point deductions.  Teams may also be down to officiate a match before playing in their first fixture and must be on time to do so; failure to provide officials will result in penalty point deductions.  Designated team referees may also have to referee matches where your teams are not down as match officials, further details will be provided by the tournament desk.  A new requirement this year, your club nominated referees must bring their official Volleyball Ireland Referee top and wear this while officiating.

Pre-match registration at the Tournament Desk
A tournament desk (up on the balcony in Gormanston) will be in operation for the duration of the weekend.  The coach or team rep must register your team at the desk before your first match.  You will require your registration cards for the players, coaches and referees to do so.  In the absence of registration cards, players must bring valid photographic ID.  Please ensure that you have the registration cards/ID present on both days.  We will be running sample checks throughout the weekend.  Guidelines will be provided to your nominated referees (if you have nominated referees). 

Refreshments & First Aid
In Gormanston, hot food will be available to purchase in the shop on the 1st floor of the sports hall for the duration of the tournament.  There are also vending machines for tea/coffee, confectionery and beverages. 
We would advise teams to allow time to order your food as we predict the shop will be busy.
First aid will also be provided in both venues.
 
Schedule
Saturday 29th February – Gormanston College, Meath
Gormanston College location details
·       Championships (pool matches) – 09:30 to 13.30
·       Mixed Recreational Tournament– begins at 13:45 and the final is scheduled for 19:30.
Sunday 1st March – Gormanston College, Meath
Gormanston College location details
·       Championships (conclusion of pool matches) – 10:00 to 12:00.
·       Knock-out matches – begin at 12:00 and the final is scheduled for 15:00
Matches will be timed so there is no flexibility for late start times. We have tried to give travelling teams outside of Dublin and Kildare a later start time on Saturday.  Specific guidelines regarding formats, timing (matches will be timed), etc. are within the below document.
The hall is accessible 30 minutes before the start of the first match each day. 
Please note that teams must register at the tournament desk on Saturday before your first match so please allow sufficient time for this process to take place.   

Finals reminder

A reminder that the finals for all 4 Championships competitions: Intermediate Women, Intermediate Men, Junior Women, Junior Men – will take place on Sunday 1st March.
We are looking for any volunteers willing to help out at the tournament desk over the course of the weekend, even for a few hours.  So if you have any players (injured or otherwise), non-playing club members, friends or family members who would like to get involved at any stage over the weekend, please contact us.  Prior volleyball or tournament knowledge is not required! 
Please note that every effort has been made to make a rather complex system fair to everyone.  Our aim is to have a fun and competitive weekend for all players in all competitions and we have tried to address the comments at the Workshop with regard to sufficient playing time.  If there are any errors or omissions, please bring them to our attention and we will do our best to sort any issue out.
If you have any questions or queries during the weekend, please have your team rep come speak to the tournament desk.  Please bear in mind that the desk may be busy at times and we may not be able to answer your query straightaway.  Information regarding tiebreak formulas (if required) will be available at the tournament desk. 
Finally, on behalf of Volleyball Ireland & the Competitions Commission, I would like to wish all teams the best of luck for the weekend. 

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