California Volleyball Association (SCVA) is a non-profit
organization affiliated with USA Volleyball - the national
governing body for amateur volleyball. The primary objective
of the SCVA is to furnish an opportunity for volleyball
players to participate in an organized schedule of tournament
SCVA offers four different programs in which a team or an individual
may participate: Men, Women, Coed and Junior. Each of these programs
has its own Program Coordinator who formulates schedules, procures
tournament sites, arranges for officials and communicates information
to the team representatives.
The season of organized play for Adults is held
from October through May, culminating with the USA National Championships
(in May) or the Mixed Six National Volleyball Championships (in
July/August). For all programs, tournaments are held on the weekends
either on Saturday or Sunday. The season is generally divided into
two distinct parts: friendship and sanctioned. The friendship season,
from October through January, is the "team forming" period.
During the sanctioned season (February through May) teams and individuals
must be registered with the national office (for insurance purposes),
appropriate uniforms are required and, once sanctioned with one
team, a player is not allowed to change teams for remainder of
the season. Tournaments are held in facilities throughout the Los
Angeles/Orange County areas. Formats of each tournament may vary,
but generally a round robin format is used to insure teams the
most playing time in the tournament.
The season of organized play for Junior Girls is
held from January through June, culminating with the USA Junior
National Girls Championships or the Volleyball Festival in June/July.
The season of play for Junior Boys is November
through mid-February and June (the break from February to June
is for high school age boys). The boy's season also ends with the
USA Junior National Boys Championships in July. During the season,
all teams and individuals must be registered with the national
office (for insurance purposes), appropriate uniforms are required,
and after the deadline players are not allowed to change teams
for the remainder of the season. Tournaments are generally held
in facilities throughout the Los Angeles, Orange County, or Riverside
areas, however there are tournaments held in Santa Barbara and
San Diego. Formats of each tournament are usually pool play to
insure teams the most playing time in the tournament. At the majority
of tournaments, referees are furnished along with awards.
The participants involved in SCVA usually have had previous experience
with volleyball at a club, high school, or collegiate level. Different
divisions within each program allow the Program Coordinator to
equalize the draw, allowing teams of equal strength to compete
against one another.