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Re: Info volleyball division?



"pdelfosse" <pdelfosse@village.uunet.be> writes:
> I'm looking for the information about the different levels in the USA
> volleyball competition. Can you give me the names from the first
> division to the last one. (Ex. Belgium : Level 1 :Division1 ; Level 2
> :Division 2, ; level 3 :Division 3A, 3B, 3C; level 4: Promotion A,B,C,D;
> level 5 : Provinciale1, level 6: Provinciale2.)

Hmm.  This isn't as easy a question as you might think.  We, after
all, have so many different sanctioning bodies for volleyball here!

Under "club" adult-level competition sanctioned by USA Volleyball, the
levels are (highest to lowest) Open, AA (double-A), A, BB (double-B),
and B.  There are some age-specific divisions for adults such as
30-and-over, 35-and over, 70-and over, etc.  For more info, see
http://www.usavolleyball.org/adult/open_teams.htm

Junior Olympic competition sanctioned by USA Volleyball is by age
divisions.  18-years-of-age-and-under, 16-and under, 14-and-under,
etc.  For more information, see
http://www.usavolleyball.org/juniors/age_def.htm


US colleges/universities are divided into Division I, Division II, and
Division III, and their play is sanctioned by the NCAA (National
Collegiate Athletic Association).  Division I schools are the largest
universities, and are generally esteemed to be the strongest division.
That's not to say that a top D-III school counldn't beat a mediocre
Division-I team, however.  For more info on Division I, II and III
criteria, see http://www.ncaa.org/about/div_criteria.html



> Can you give me also the names of the types of players (in your country
> language)
> (ex. Spiker, setter......)

"Setter," "outside hitter," "middle hitter," "weak (i.e. right) side
hitter," "strong (i.e. left) side hitter," "defensive specialist," are
a few of the names for various positions.

This may be a personal obervation, but I've found the term "spiker" (a
synonym for "attacker" or "hitter") to be used only by recreational or
backyard-picnic level of players.  Similarly, the term "bump" (a
synonym for the forearm pass) is seldom used outside of these same
recreational circles (or grade school gym classes).


Best Regards,
--
                  Todd H.   tdh@vbref.org
USAV Regional Referee, Great Lakes Region, Palatine, IL
Todd's Volleyball Referee Page http://www.io.com/~tdh/vball/
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