We have three options for you to get in on any Invado league, tournament, or clinic.
a) You can sign up online by selecting the appropriate league from the 'Leagues' drop-down menu (above)
b) You can sign up over the phone (with your credit card handy), by calling 1-877-9-INVADO
c) You can even pay via email money transfer if you have a bank acount with Internet banking capabilities! Email transfers are free, fast, and easy to do.
Of course you can! As long as you let us know at the time of registration (or in response to you Registration Confirmation email), we will place you with the people you want to play with. Volleyball's all about having fun with friends and car-pooling - why would we deny you of that?!
We're always worried about making sure the leagues are safe, fair, and fun for everyone. That's why we use the records from each week to create the schedules for the week that follows. In other words, if your team does really well (goes undefetaed, let's say) - you'll move up a tier to play stronger competition. If you have rough night, then you move down. This approach and system makes each of our (usually) three tiers evenly matched and hotly contested, whether the players on the court are pros or beginners.
Yes! All players will be emailed a copy of the E-Waiver and all they need to do is reply appropriately ('I agree') to the conditions laid out therein to be eligible for league play. If you do not receive an E-Waiver (perhaps it went to your spam folder or we had the incorrect email address), you can still initial a copy of the waiver at the Check-In table on the first night of the league, prior to your first game.
The standard length for an Invado league is, generally, 10 weeks of play (10 game days). There are some exceptions to this and prices are always adjusted to reflect those exceptions (pro-rated rates).
In an indoor league, teams usually play 4-6 timed sets per night (depending on the league) during the regular season. No ties are allowed, so if the whistle blows and the score is squared up, you'll need to serve out the final, deciding point! It keeps the night moving and allows each tier to show up, play their games, and get back home or wherever they need to be! It also helps us schedule the night so teams are almost NEVER SITTING OFF!
For beach leagues, teams play at 4-5 matches per night with the same format (as above) for the regular season.
As for the playoffs, they're never timed, follow a best 2 of 3 format, and ALL TEAMS ADVANCE! Invado playoffs are always tiered (whenever possible), so the games are evenly-matched and result in lots of winners and - of course - PRIZES!
Yep - all teams make the playoffs in Invado leagues. And, of course, the playoffs are tiered, so all teams have a fair shot at the loot (prizes awarded for the winners of each tier!).
Usually, Invado staff are on-hand at various league playoff nights and Open Houses. Watch the 'News and Events' section of our site (on the homepage, as well) for announcements regarding Registration Nights at Open Houses/playoff nights.
Effective April 2011 - Players must be at least 16 years of age to play in any Invado league (with signed parental/guardian consent) in Invado leagues. The reason why this works so well is that we match players based on ability level, rather than age (although we always try our best to keep players of a similar age together, if registering as individuals). We also keep in mind the fact that younger players need to be around Invado league players known and trusted by Invado staff.
Because Invado has tiered leagues, our points have to reflect the varying levels of competition that a given team would face from week to week. That is, 'all wins and losses are not equal.' For example, a team that has a 2-2 record in Tier 1 should not be tied with a team that has a similar record in Tier 3. So, how does the formula work and why might your team have more wins than a team that's sitting higher than you in the standings? Well - here's the answer...
Want an example? Let's suppose we have 4 teams (Teams A, B, C, & D) that all have a 2-2 record after the first night, but they all played in different tiers (Tier 1-4). They shouldn't be tied in the standings or in the same tier the next week, should they? So, in this scenario, here are the points that would be earned:
Team A (Tier 1) - 18 Points (4 points for 2 wins, 2 points for 2 losses, and 12 points for 4 games played in Tier 1)
Team B (Tier 2) - 14 points (4 points for 2 wins, 2 points for 2 losses, and 8 points for 4 games played in Tier 2)
Team C (Tier 3) - 10 points (4 points for 2 wins, 2 points for 2 losses, and 4 points for 4 games played in Tier 3)
Team D (Tier 4) - 6 points (4 points for 2 wins, 2 points for 2 losses, and 0 points for 4 games played in Tier 4)
Seems like the numbers get pretty big pretty fast, eh? But all that matters is that the standings stay 'true' and that results take into account how tough the match-ups are from week-to-week. Some people think we over-think this stuff and our answer is....darn right! If we didn't, matches wouldn't be much fun for anyone and that's why people call us 'the volleyballogists!'
Yes - just let us know your friend's name (or names) at the time of registration and we'll be sure to place you, together, on the same team!