Coaches Group:

Required Off-Season Conference Call: 10am Thursday, August 29, 2019
Required Preseason Conference Call: 10am Monday, January 13, 2020
All-Conference Nominations Due: 12pm Monday, April 6, 2020

Required All-Conference Nominations Conference Call: 10am Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Required All-Conference Voting Conference Call: 10am Thursday, April 9, 2020

Committee Chairperson: Ryan Booher, King
Director of Athletics Liaison: Jeff Eisen, Mount Olive

2020 Regular-Season and Championship Information

Final Date of Conference Regular-Season Play: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
(Per AD Policy: All conference games - including any rescheduled games - must be completed by the Saturday prior to that sport's conference championship.) 

Conference Championship Dates: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

                                                              Friday, April 17, 2020

                                                              Saturday, April 18, 2020

Location of Conference Championship: Quarterfinals at higher seeds; Semifinals and Final at highest overall remaining seed (one locale for Final Four)

Quarterfinals: 4:00pm or 6:30pm (Host Discretion) Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Awards Luncheon: 1:00pm Friday, April 17, 2020

Semifinals: 5:00pm & 7:30pm Friday, April 17, 2020
Final: 6:30pm Saturday, April 18, 2020

All game officials’ cost for men & women will be provided by host (non-traveling).

Note: In “Final Four” championships being hosted by the top seed, the top seed has the opportunity to select their game time. Because the school is hosting a championship on the basis of earning the highest seed, that school can select which of the established semifinal game times they prefer. The conference office will reach out to the potential highest seeds early, at least by the beginning of the conference championship, to establish the schedule. The host should help provide meeting space/rooms to accommodate resting, studying, and down-time for visiting tournament teams. The “Final Four” host school should supply reasonable accommodations for officials (e.g., hotel expenses) from the current championships sport budget (10/6/16).

MVB 2020 Approved Schedule (10/4/18)
: Schedules can be changed with AD approval from both institutions.

Method: Regular-season double round-robin matches (the two regular-season, non-tournament matches against each opponent) will count toward tournament seeding. Conference matches must be completed the Saturday prior to the conference tourney (with quarterfinals starting Tuesday). Line judges determined by an independent assigner are required during conference matches. It is preferred that a single assigner be used for primary officials and line judges (2/13). 

Tournament Format: Eight-team (starting in 2015) single elimination championship. Quarterfinal matches are played at the highest seed with the Final Four (semifinals and final) being played at the one site of the highest remaining seed as the host for remaining games. In conference championships where the host institution is the top seed, they are allowed to determine when they will play (first or second) in the semifinal matches (2/3/15). In the event of a shortened tournament, the highest seeded team remaining in the tournament becomes the conference champion and receives the automatic NCAA bid. When the winning team is not eligible for automatic qualification, the runner-up team receives the automatic qualification.

Seeding: Teams will be seeded according to regular-season finish. Ties will be broken in the following manner:

1) Head-to-head results during the regular season;

2) Head-to-head sets won;

3) Record against opponents not involved in the tie working down from #1;

4) Set win/loss percent in conference;

5) Point differential between or among tied teams;

6) Total conference point differential;

7) Random selection by Commissioner (note that in a multi-member tie requiring random selection, the random selection is for the highest seed among the tied teams and then returning to the start of the tie breaking procedure for the remaining teams).

*In the situation of three or more teams tying: After determining the highest-seeded team, the tie-breaking procedure reverts back to the start of the tie-breaking procedure to seed the next team. This process continues until all tied teams have been seeded.

Multiple Sport PoliciesLink to League Multiple Sport Policy 

Media Policy Regarding Officials: Link to Media Policy

Delay of Game Policy: Link to Delayed Game Policy

Line-Up Submission Policy: Link to Line-Up Submission Policy

Rules & Techniques: Link to CC Rules & Techniques Document 

Match Protocol: Link to MVB Match Pregame Protocol (2016 Update)

Visiting Team Expectations: Link to Visiting Team Expectations

Referee Evaluation Form: Link to MVB Referee Eval Form (Please e-mail to Mike O' Conner within one week of the match.  Thank you!)

Admissions Policy: In any sport in which there is an admissions charge, member students with a valid ID shall be admitted free (except rented facilities off campus) (8/11/04).

Ejection Policy: When a player or team party member is ejected, both the team's coach and (if a conference opponent) the opposing coach are to notify their director of athletics upon completion of the contest. The director of athletics will immediately notify the conference office and subsequently complete and submit to the conference office the Ejection Report Form. The conference office will notify each member president immediately when notified of an ejection.

A coach ejected for an "unsporting act" will be cautioned by the institution’s director of athletics or immediate supervisor in a form provided by the conference. Copies of cautions and suspensions will be provided to the institution’s President, FAR, the Supervisor of Officials and the Commissioner. A second ejection in the same year will, minimally, carry a next-match suspension. A third ejection in the same year will, minimally, carry a next two-match suspension. End-of-year suspensions will be carried forward to the next year. Ejected coaches must leave the sight of the playing floor when ejected. If the ejected coach does not comply in a timely manner, the match is forfeited. 

Volleyball Policy: The official game ball sponsor is Molten as contracted and to be used (by conference member vote) for all conference play. The home team shall provide practice balls for the visiting team. USA Volleyball rules will be used (per NCAA), including the International Pursuit rule. All conference matches are best three-out-of-five sets. Sets one (1) through four (4) will be to 25. If a fifth set is necessary, it will be to 15; teams will switch sides at eight (8). The substitution rule for all games will follow NCAA DI guidelines with six (6) substitutions with one (1) re-entry and two (2) players per position (9/13/11).  Conference members will not provide game tapes or verbal scouting reports to non-conference opponents (8/28/08). Statistics must be kept congruent to NCAA guidelines. All institutions will provide in-game play-by-play statistics (5/21/13).

Film Exchange Policy

  • Per coaches vote with AD approval, all schools are required to use Hudl/VolleyMetrics for their exchange provider (three-year contract for 2017-19). Each school will be billed per their individual agreements (with or without cameras included) by Hudl/VolleyMetrics.
  • Home teams are responsible for uploading the matches (and scoresheets).
  • All uploads must include sound.
  • Tapes, CDs, game files, verbal scouting reports, etc. may not be shared with out-of-conference opponents.
  • Elevated end-line views or corner views should be used for filming.

Hudl/VolleyMetrics Current Rules for MVB Open Exchange (coaches should combine/edit with above to incorporate for current season).

  • Video and scoresheets need to be uploaded by 11:59pm the day the match is played.
  • Matches versus international teams are to be uploaded.
  • Matches versus club or professional teams are NOT to be uploaded.
  • Only matches from the competition season are required to be uploaded to the Hudl/VolleyMetrics server.
  • As soon as a team plays, they are unable to access any video on opponents until video and scoresheets for all of their matches are uploaded to the Hudl/VolleyMetrics server (this doesn't apply to teams on the road). 

All-Conference Team: Each team through their SID may nominate players for All-Conference consideration including Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Freshman, and Coach of the Year nominees. All nominations must be received by the Service Bureau Director prior to the stated deadline. First, second and third teams will be selected [top three (3) vote getters at each of the seven (7) positions, including setter and libero]. Each team will vote for players in rank order and may not vote for their own players. All-Conference information will only be voted upon using conference statistics to be included in the All-Conference nomination information.

The Volleyball All-Conference Team will be selected by nomination and ballot via email submission to the conference office. Sport coaches will submit nominations to the conference office, a conference call will be held to verify nominees, and then coaches will vote by email. Ballots are required to be completed within 24 hours of the conference call. 

Nominations will be categorized as "positon players" (five per team), "liberos" (one per team), and "setters" (one per team) as each All-Conference Team will be seven total representatives. Athletes can ONLY be nominated in ONE of the three categories (e.g., a coach can nominate a setter in the position player category at their discretion but cannot nominate in both categories).

Offensive Player of the Year: Each conference member will vote for three players, excluding their own, in rank order. Ballots will be sent to and received from SIDs and the winner will be named Offensive Player of the Year. Ties will be broken by the greatest number of 1) first place votes, 2) second place votes, 3) third place votes.

Note: The Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year CANNOT be nominated for or win both awards.

Defensive Player of the Year: Each conference member will vote for three players, excluding their own, in rank order. Ballots will be sent to and received from SIDs and the winner will be named Defensive Player of the Year. Ties will be broken by the greatest number of 1) first place votes, 2) second place votes, 3) third place votes.

Note: The Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year CANNOT be nominated for or win both awards.

Coach of the Year: The top vote-getter of conference members using the same procedure and time frame as Player of the Year.

Freshman of the Year: The top freshman vote-getter of conference members using the same procedure and time frame as Player of the Year.

  • A student-athlete should qualify only if this is the first collegiate institution attended.
  • It is the student-athlete’s first year of competition (academic sophomores/redshirt freshmen are eligible as long as they took a redshirt year at the same member institution). 
  • Any transfer exception is not applicable (e.g., a student-athlete who transfers from an institution but did not play a sport is still not eligible for award).
  • Nominators have the responsibility to make sure all qualifications are met. 

Player of the Week: SIDs and coaches may nominate a candidate for player of the week. The player of the week will then be released each week as existing Conference Carolinas policies and forms pertaining to women's volleyball player of the week will be followed.

All-Tournament: Coaches will select the All-Tournament Team as follows:

First place - MVP plus two All-Tournament

Second place - Two All-Tournament

Third and fourth place - One All-Tournament each

Student-Athlete Pledge of Sportsmanship Form (Reminder to be signed by each student-athlete during preseason and filed in each institution’s athletics department.)

NCAA Volleyball Statisticians' Manual: The NCAA now puts out a yearly Volleyball Statisticians' Manual, which has an in-depth explanation of all stats. Conference statistics will be kept and published weekly in both individual and team categories. The following statistics need to be kept: Hitting percentage, Assists, Kills, Aces, Blocks and Digs. Other categories are optional. Questions about statistical guidelines should be answered by a member SID or referred to the Conference Chairperson.