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Uniform requirements for USAV events


Saturday, 11 and 18 November 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00PM

Soccer Stop LLC
9505 Berger Road
Columbia, Maryland 21046

Sunday, 19 November 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Maryland Juniors Sports Center
8221 Preston Court # F
Jessup, Maryland 20794

Sunday, 26 November 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Virginia Volleyball Center
45685 Oakbrook Court
Sterling, Virginia  20166


The one-day membership was very successful and we will continue offer that program this season. It is a one-day membership for $20 that allows someone to play in one tournament during the season. This person can register up until morning check-in. The team rep must write the player’s name on the roster with their membership #. The player must show the team rep the official membership using their phone or the player must be able to print a copy of the membership receipt and turn it in at check-in with the team roster. Barb Cline, Registrar will verify all rosters during the season for validity. Remember a player can upgrade to a full membership at any time by logging into Webpoint and paying the balance of $30.


  • This type of membership is good for ONE day ONLY.
  • This is not available as a collegiate full season membership; however, after playing, a collegiate player can update to full membership by providing verification of fulltime student status.
  • When players register for this membership, they must enter the date of the tournament.
  • In order to play at Regionals or Nationals, the player must upgrade to full membership status.
  • This membership is not counted as one of the six players needed to register a team.


Overall, the 2017 Men’s and Women’s AA/A self-ref Pilot Program was successful!  There will be some needed changes to ensure a smoother 2018 season.  Referees and scorers will not be required to be certified HOWEVER; it is important that all members familiarize themselves with the rules. Please review clinics when they are available.

Based on member feedback and in order to make certain we get off to a great season, we will need to make the following changes:

  • Matching uniforms are optional, BUT numbers are required. You can tape it on or write it on with a marker, having a number will make scoring easier.
  • Libero’s MUST wear a jersey that is immediately recognized as being distinct from the other members of the team. The Libero is the ONLY player that can play without a number, but the jersey must be clear in contrast or distinct from other players.
  • The R1, R2, and score flipper will continue to be responsible for catching illegal use of Libero (i.e. rotating to the front row, serving illegally).
  • UPDATE! We’ll use the official score sheet and it must be completed entirely, which is why it is important that players completing the score sheets must review the clinic to ensure they have an understanding of how to properly complete it.
  • The Tournament Director will appoint two other individuals (one from each court) to serve on the protest committee in order to resolve issues using the Handbook and DCR. Hosts will be required to provide either hard copies or a laptop or tablet. Researching rules on phones will not be allowed.
  • All teams will be agreeing to this when signing the team registration form. This signature also holds your team to act with courtesy and consideration toward all work teams and each other.

There are no plans to make changes to WBB/B. 


The Registrar will be accepting team registrations for the new season starting on October 4. You will find the official 2018 form on all of the adult webpages and the registrar will also have it. You will not be allowed to use a form from a past season. This one will include signature confirmation that your team will abide by all CHRVA and USAV rules at tournaments where there are no uniformed referees. This is very important.

In order to register your team you will need the following:

  • Six or more players who have renewed membership or newly joined, have all paid in full, and provided any required documentation.
  • If your team was registered in 2017, you do not have to provide more than the players’ full names UNLESS they:
  • Have moved
  • Changed their names
  • Are new to your team
  • You will need help from the registrar if a player is coming from another region; is attached to a Junior team; or needs to change a name or address in Webpoint

You cannot play in a tournament without a team #. Once you have met the above criteria with the registrar, she will assign you your team number.

Video - 2016/2017 Rules Information


CHRVA Adult Program announces "Player Looking for a Team, Team Looking for Player(s)" site on Facebook

Go to:

Click on Join
Post the following info:
Player Looking for a Team: Gender, Position, Experience, Level willing to play, Willingness to go to Adult Nationals in Orlando
Team Looking for Players: Gender and Level of Team, Open positions, Practices if applicable, Location of team if applicable, Team planning to go to Nationals if applicable

What Is a Conglomerate Team?

A conglomerate team is basically an adult age team. The National Office recognizes teams that start at 40+ and on up in increments of five years. What does that mean? If you will turn 40 sometime during 2018, you are eligible to play on a 40+ team, as are all players older than that. But, if you are 40, you are not eligible to play on a 45+, 50+, and so on.

Why play on a conglomerate team? Some players only do so at Nationals. Others want to play more often so will be on a regular divisional team and an age team. You can also play on two conglomerate teams if you qualify for both ages groups. If you do that, you cannot play on a divisional team, as a player can be on no more than two teams. CHRVA recognizes what the National Office does, and also includes 30+ and 35+. Age teams can play in any tournament, but generally chooses a division.

Borrowing Players

If a team is playing up a level (i.e. BB team playing in an A tournament), the BB team may borrow ONE A player. In this case that player will be treated as if he or she is from another club so the team must follow all rules associated with borrowing from outside the club. (Applies to Adults only)

Team Movement

The Adult Program has finalized the Team Movement process. This season the process for team movement will be handled by the Tournament Committee. The Tournament Committee is made up of players from each division.

It is the objective of CHRVA to create and manage divisions such that sufficient tournament opportunities exist in each division.  CHRVA will attempt to balance the number of teams within each division so long as doing so does not place a team in a division that would create a clear imbalance.  CHRVA also reserves the right to move teams when it is in the best interest of the Region, its teams, and players to improve competition within divisions or to redress obvious imbalances in team performances. 

Team-Requested Voluntary Movement A club or team representative may request that his or her team be voluntarily moved to a higher/lower or older/younger division than the one in which it is registered. The request must be made in writing to the Adult Program Director stating the facts, reasons, and circumstances in favor of the movement. The Adult Program Director will review the request and notify the Registrar, the appropriate Division Coordinators, and the team representative of the decision in writing, not later than seven days after receipt of the request.

3.3.3.     CHRVA Movement Division Coordinators and/or the Adult Program Director will be responsible for identifying teams for movement. The criteria for identifying such teams includes, but is not limited to: (1) prior season performance; (2) match wins and losses (and percentages); (3) set wins and losses (and percentages); (4) points for and against (and average margin of victory or loss); (5) the points awarded for competition; and (6) team rosters. These criteria may include an evaluation within a specific division and/or the division for which the team is being considered. Once teams have been identified for movement, the Adult Program Director will forward the recommendation to the Tournament Committee.   Tournament Committee will determine if the criteria used to  identify teams for movements was appropriate to justify their movements.  In other words, the Tournament Committee must show how the teams recommended for movement compare against other similarly-situated teams (or all teams) against the competitive field.

Please refer to the handbook for additional changes.


All Adult Regionals will be held on Saturday, 14 April 2018 at Discovery Sports Center in Boyds, Maryland*

*Any team may play in Regionals, but in order to receive any reimbursement toward the National Championships, your team must play in 30% of the tournaments scheduled on Advanced Event Systems (AES) during the regular season. If a tournament is canceled before being posted on AES, it does not count toward the 30%. However, if it is canceled due to lack of teams, it will count for the teams that registered and against those that chose not to play.

Information for National Championships

In January, click here to be connected to information on the the 2018 Adult Nationals.


The US Adult Open Championships will be held in Dallas, Texas 
25-30 MAY 2018 

Check the link in January for information on hotels and entry.
*In order to receive reimbursement toward Nationals, your team must play in at least 30% of the tournaments posted on AES. (See the rule to the left under Regionals). You must also send a copy of your entry to the Commissioner by her deadline. It will be posted once it is announced.

CHRVA Handbook

Adult Program Director

Monica Peele

Women's Division Coordinator

Joan Ryan
7114 Strathmore St
Falls Church, VA 22042


Men's Division Coordinator

Natashia Johnson


Safety, Well-Being of USAV Members Top Priority

USA Volleyball and our Regional Volleyball Associations have always believed the safety and well-being of its members is a top priority. We will continue to explore every measure under our control to protect all members on and off the court and implement a zero tolerance policy for any conduct or behavior violations. On July 27, ESPN’s Outside the Lines revisited the important issue of safety in youth sports – and volleyball in particular. Their coverage was a bold reminder that the time is now for ALL sport organizations to institute, strengthen, enforce and diligently monitor policies concerning reporting misconduct, inappropriate behavior and cases of abuse. Protecting the youth and the athletes must be a priority to us all. USA Volleyball will continue to find ways to ensure that those who violate the principles of fair play and USOC SafeSport will have no place within our organization.