2019/2020 HVA Grand Prix entries now open –
Hampshire Volleyball Association are now accepting entries in the 2019-2020 HVA Grand Prix Series. As in previous seasons, we are running both a men’s and a ladies competition, with all matches being held at The Bay House School in Gosport. Below you will find information on the format, the cost and changes to the entry conditions from last year.
The League Handbook
As the GP series continues to mature, we want to increase the professionalism of how we run the leagues. As a consequence, we now have a Handbook, which you can find here. This should lay out the regulations we use to run the league, and the rules that the teams should adhere to. (If you’ve ever read the 116 page NVL handbook then don’t worry, this one is only 7 pages long!)
As usual, we run the GP Series as a league, and aim for all teams playing each other at least once. If we find there are too many teams for that then we may run separate leagues and combine the top and bottom teams in a second phase. We may also be able to run some sort of finals day. As ever, our aim is to maximise the amount of volleyball everyone gets to play.
We have booked the following initial dates at The Bay House School, working around the majority of the competition dates that Volleyball England have published so far. Once teams are entered, we will work with you to arrange the fixtures to suit everyone as best we can. We have not yet assigned dates to the man’s and ladies’ series, but the preliminary list is as follows:
- Sunday 29th September 2019
- Sunday 27th October 2019
- Sunday 10th November 2019
- Sunday 24th November 2019
- Sunday 1st December 2019
- Sunday 12th January 2020
- Sunday 26th January 2020
- Sunday 2nd February 2020
- Sunday 16th February 2020
- Sunday 8th March 2020
- Sunday 29th March 2020
- Sunday 26th April 2020
- Sunday 17th May 2020
We won’t know the exact costs until we know how many teams are entered into each league, but we aim for a cost of about £20 per match and with around 10 matches per season, so our stance is that clubs should budget for around £200.
League Entry and Entry Deadline
!IMPORTANT! This season, we are introducing a goodwill deposit of £40 per team. This must be paid before the entry deadline or a team is not considered as entered! To enter the league, please send an email to email@example.com with the following information:
- Your team name
- The team representative
- The team/club treasurer
- The team’s designated referee
We will then send details on how to pay the goodwill deposit.
The deadline for entry is SUNDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2019.
Designated Referee Requirement
Those teams that entered last year will know that we introduced the requirement for teams to have a designated referee. This is still in place, and should be someone with at least Grade 4 refereeing qualification (see section 2.2 in the handbook).
To support this stance, HVA will refund the entry fee on a grade 4 refereeing course for one person per team that is entered into the Grand Prix series this season. You can find courses at http://www.volleyballengland.org/courses and courses of interest are:
- Bournemouth on 15th September
- Cobham on 21st September
- Brighton 23rd September