NL Power League
Northern Lights Power League Information
2021 Power League Dates: Jan 16-17, February 20-21, March 6-7, March 27-28
12's Cup: March 20-21
NL Challenge: April 10-11 | NL April Freebie: April 24-25 | NL May Freebie: May 22-23
Arrival Time: Ensure you are in the building 30-40 minutes prior to your first match and court-side 10 minutes prior to the start of your match.
YOU ARE PROFESSIONALS: WE EXPECT THAT YOU WILL BE ON TIME AND
CONDUCT YOURSELVES IN A PLEASANT MANNER TO ALL MATCH PARTICIPANTS!
$27 per standard match (best 2 sets of 3), $40.50 for a mandatory 3 sets to 25 match. You will be paid directly by Northern Lights - NOT Metro
At your first Northern Lights assignment, you will need to fill out an independent contractor agreement for Northern Lights because they are paying you. Contracts will be given to you by the site director.
In order to accept an assignment for the Northern Lights Power League, you will be required to review & submit a signed copy of the Northern Lights liability waiver to the site director.
Prior to your first assignment, you will need to review the information posted on the Northern Lights COVID-19 Plan page.
Official's Uniform: See our General Uniform Guidelines.
Coin Toss: There will be NO coin tosses for ANY set. Warm-up and serve order is determined by the Team Schedules.
Before you arrive on court, ensure you have the following link ready to go on your phone
Open a web browser and go to https://results.tm2sign.com
Click the appropriate link in the Events This Week section:
Northern Lights PL Date 1 = Jan 16-17
Northern Lights PL Date 2 = Feb 20-21
Northern Lights PL Date 3 = Mar 6-7
Northern Lights 12's Cup = Mar 20-21
Northern Lights PL Date 5 = Mar 27-28
CLICK THE BOX that says "12 & Under Power League" or "14 & Under Power League" under the blue buttons to see the Pools
Verify the page you selected is for the correct date (listed in the blue header)
Find your Court # and wave start time and click that row (i.e. Pool 4) to view the pool schedule for your court
Scroll down to the "Matches" section to see all of the Team A & Team B team names for the matches played on your court.
Team A will warm-up first at the start of the wave.
Team A will serve first for all matches to start set 1 & set 3.
Team B will warm-up second at the start of the wave.
Team B will serve first for all matches to start set 2.
Warm-up: Standard 2-4-4 warm-up where Team A will have the first 4 minutes and Team B will have the last 4 minutes. Timed warm-ups will only occur at the start of the wave. Teams are not allowed to ball handle, pepper, etc. while the other team has exclusive use of the court.
Match Format for 12's Cup Tournament Weekend (March 20-21):
For the 12's Cup Tournament, the match format is best 2 sets out of 3, only play the 3rd set, if needed. The Match format for the NL Power League below DOES NOT APPLY to the 12's Cup Weekend.
Match Format - Northern Lights Power League Weekends:
Up to 3 waves on a court. Each wave consists of 3 matches.
Each match is best 2 out of 3 sets, the first two sets will be played to 25 points, win by 2, no cap. The third set of a match will be to 15 points, win by 2, no cap. Teams will NOT be asked to switch sides at any time during the match.
Wave/Match Timing Procedures (Wave 1 times are listed below as an example)
Clocks will be controlled by the site director and are not to be set or adjusted by the officials. In other words, maintain 6 feet of social distance between yourselves and the scoreboard controllers at all times and adhere to the schedule timing set by the site director. Do NOT solicit coaches to start early.
Match 1 (8:00): The first match in a wave will not start earlier than the scheduled wave start time (i.e. 8:00). Warm-ups are mandatory and must start 10 minutes prior to the match start time (start warm-ups at 7:50). Play the match until there is a winner. If the match winner has been decided in two sets, start a third set to 15 points and play until 10 minutes before the listed start time for Match 2 (play until 8:50).
Match 2 (9:00): The second match in a wave may start when the two scheduled teams are ready. No timed warm-ups. If the match winner has been decided in two sets, start a third set to 15 points and end play 55 minutes after the Match 2 start time (play until 9:55).
BREAK: 20 minutes (NO TIMED WARM-UPS)
Match 3 (10:30): The third match in a wave will start no later than the scheduled start time (i.e. 10:30). No timed warm-ups. Play the match until there is a winner. If the match winner has been decided in two sets, start a third set to 15 points and end play 55 minutes after the Match 3 start time (play until 11:25).
Below is a reference for all wave/match timings:
Only R1s will be used. No R2s or LJs.
A team representative will keep score on a simple score-sheet and update the visual scoreboard.
OFFICIALS SHOULD WRITE THEIR NAME LEGIBLY ON EACH SCORE SHEET SO NORTHERN LIGHTS CAN VERIFY PAYROLL.
Select and measure a game ball from the cart of warm-up balls on your court.
Substitutions will occur normally with the R1 signaling and authorizing the sub to enter the court.
Rule Set & Modifications
USAV rules apply.
In Midwest Volleyball Warehouse, the divider curtains between courts and the beam supporting those curtains are out of bounds. The remainder of the ceiling is in bounds per USAV rules.
Normal adjacent court rules apply. Players may not enter the blue part of the court next to them before, during or after playing the ball.
Special Rules for 12U Power League Matches
Net will be approximately 7'
A serving line will be placed on the court 7 meters from the net. Players may not cross that line when serving
Volley-Lite balls will be used
If a team scores 3 points in a row with the same server, then that team shall retain possession of the ball, but they must rotate and have a new server
Officials are asked by the league to be very, very lenient on their calls for the 12U league. Only obvious throws, lifts, and net violations should be called.
Officials accepting assignments should be flexible and understanding of changes due to unforeseen circumstances caused by the pandemic.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death.
By visiting Midwest Volleyball Warehouse and participating in a Northern Lights event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Adhere to current CDC & MDH guidelines regarding face coverings. Officials must wear a properly fitted mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times and use a hand-held whistle. If a malfunction occurs with a hand-held whistle, a regular whistle may be used as long as it is completely covered underneath a mask to reduce the potential of droplets.
Masks shall be worn at all times and in all areas of the building by everyone (players, coaches, referees, management, everyone). Masks worn by officials must completely cover their mouth & nose at ALL times, no exceptions.
When entering, please be sure to identify yourself as an official to those taking admission. Officials will be temperature checked and answer COVID questions upon entering the building.
Social distancing must be adhered to wherever possible.
Frequent use of hand sanitizer is asked of everyone present.
Officials are not expected to monitor the physical distancing of others. Each person is responsible to provide space between themselves and others. Coaches should provide direction to their athletes regarding social distancing and other safety protocols. If there is an issue of concern with either social distancing or mask wearing compliance, bring it to the attention of the court monitors/site director.
Water fountains will be turned off; bottle fillers remain on.
There is a room marked and available for officials in the playing facility area. Social distancing & mask wearing are required when using this room and throughout the facility. Please keep it tidy during the day and clean-up at the end of play.
Concessions will not be sold. Outside food will be allowed for officials. Please be discreet when bringing in and consuming outside food in the building.
Northern Lights asks that any individual (player, coach, official, etc.) not attend Power League if they have experienced a positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days and/or are actively showing symptoms of COVID-19. They ask the same if there has been a known exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 and/or is actively showing symptoms.
Any other precautions as noted in the full COVID-19 plan linked in the prior section. These rules may change as the guidelines by the state/governor change during the season.
Officials that apply to work this event can check the status of assignment by referring to your individual schedule link that takes you to your personalized Google Sheet. If you need the link to your personalized sheet again, please contact Debbie.
Daily court assignments are sent via email. Please confirm with a reply indicating you are "Good to Go" after reviewing your schedule.
Debbie is the primary assignor for the Northern Lights Power League, please contact her first for any questions/issues.
If your schedule changes while onsite, please contact Robyn with your updated match count by the next morning.