Frequently Asked Questions
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- Q: How do I register my team for an Invado league, clinic, or tournament?
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.
- Q: If I don't have a team, can I still sign up for an Invado league, tournament, or clinic?
- A: OF COURSE!!! Each session, Invado averages about 5-6 teams made up, entirely, of individual registrants, or players who sign up by themselves or with a friend or two. We always do our best to match you up with other like-skilled players, too, so it's not as though you'll be bored or feel like you're with a team that you don't feel comfortable with.
- Q: I've registered and sent out my payment - NOW WHAT?
- A: After we receive your registration fee through your preferred mode of payment, you'll receive a confirmation email stating the league you are in and the start date. It will also ask you to reply ASAP with the following vital information:
a) Team Captains -
Captains will be requested to email in the team name, as well as all of their roster players' full names and email addresses (e-waivers will be emailed out to all players). You may also be asked to specify your team's level of play, based on specific definitions/guidleines we include in the email.
b) Individual Registrants -
You will be asked to send us more information about your level of play (recreational, intermediate, competitive) based on the handy definitions we outline for you in the confirmation. This is the information we use to formulate balanced, and well-matched teams made up of individuals or to help us fill out rosters in need of players.
- Q: If I want to sign up with a friend or two, can we play on the same team?
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?!
- Q: How do Invado's 'floating tiered leagues' work?
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.
- Q: What is an E-waiver and do I need to submit one?
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.
- Q: How long is each session for an Invado league?
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).
- Q: How many games will we play each night in a league and what's the format?
In an indoor league, teams usually play 4 sets (games) per night during the regular season and games are always timed. 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 3-4 matches per night (due to time and sunlight restrictions) with the same format (as above) for the regular season.
- Q: Do all teams qualify for league playoffs?
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!).
- Q: Can I sign up in-person, if I don't want to register online or over the phone?
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.
- Q: How old do you have to be to play in most Invado 'adult' leagues?
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.
- Q: How does Invado's points system work?
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. Once the leagues hit the second or third week (depending on the number of tiers), Invado starts tiering the results, which means that the following formulas kick in :
> On top of the standard 2pts./win and 1pt./loss, teams will receive the following, where applicable:
- An additional 2 points for each game played in Tier 1 (win or loss)
- An additional 1 point for each game played in Tier 2 (win or loss)
- No additional points are added for games played in Tier 3 (if applicable)