NL Power League

Northern Lights Power League Information

2023 Power League Dates: January 14, 15 | February 4, 5 | March 4, 12, 25, 26 | April 22, 23

12's Cup Dates: April 22-23


Arrival Time: Ensure you are in the building 30 minutes prior to your first match and court-side 15 minutes prior to the start of your match.



  • $30 per standard match (best 2 sets of 3), $43 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.

Official's Uniform: See our General Uniform Guidelines.

Coin Toss:

  • One team representative from each team and the R1 will conduct a coin toss in a socially distanced manner.

  • Assign 'heads' to one side and 'tails' to the other when performing the coin toss. The winner of the coin toss will choose serve or receive.

  • If a 3rd set is necessary, the floor captains will meet with the R1 at center court for a coin toss, the winner will choose serve or receive.


  • Standard 2-4-4 warm-up where Team A will have the first 4 minutes and Team B will have the last 4 minutes.

  • Teams are not allowed to ball handle, pepper, etc. while the other team has exclusive use of the court.

Match Format - Northern Lights Power League Weekends:

  • Each match is best 2 out of 3 sets, the first two sets will be played to 25 points, win by 2, no cap.

  • If the match is split 1-1, play a full third set to 15 points, win by 2, no cap, no clock.

  • If the match is 2-0, see RULES FOR NON-DECIDING THIRD SETS below

  • Teams will NOT be asked to switch sides at any time during the match.


  • If the match has been decided in two sets (i.e. Team A wins 2-0) AND there are 10 minutes or more remaining before the next scheduled match time, a non-deciding third set WILL be played:

      • Signal from the ref stand to the scoreboard operator how many minutes to put on the clock so that it runs out on the hour OR the 1⁄2 hour (the next scheduled match time).

      • There is no lineup. There is no coin flip. There is no side change. The Serving team is the team that served in set 1.

      • The officiating crew still officiates. The running score is kept, but no scoresheet. Score of third set is NOT entered into results.

      • Set is played until time runs out or 15 points. Then immediately start the 10 minute warmup for next match.

  • Example 1: Team A wins the 8:00AM match 2-0. The next match is scheduled for 9:00AM and the current time is 8:48AM. The R1 asks the scoreboard operator to set the clock for 12 minutes and the non-deciding 3rd set starts immediately. The set will end when the timer runs out OR a team reaches 15 points.

  • Example 2: The 9:00AM match ran long, finishing at 10:12AM. The 10:00AM match teams warm up and play, Team A wins the match 2-0 and the time is 10:58AM. Match is over, no 3rd set is played. Immediately start the 10 minute warmup for the 11:00AM match.

  • Example 3: The 11:00AM match finishes early with Team A winning 2-0 it is 11:30AM. The R1 asks the scoreboard operator to set the clock for 30 minutes and the non-deciding 3rd set to 15 starts immediately. Team A wins the 3rd set and the time is 11:45AM. The match is over. Immediately start the 10 minute warmup for the 12:00PM match.

Match Format for 12's Cup Tournament Weekend (March 26-27):

  • For the 12's Cup Tournament, the match format is best 2 sets out of 3, only play the 3rd set, if needed.

  • The Rules for Non-Deciding Third Sets format used in the NL Power League DO NOT APPLY to the 12's Cup Weekend.

Officiating Crew:

  • R1s will be assigned by MVOA

  • Teams will provide the remaining crew members (Adult R2, Line Judges, Score table staff).


  • Select and measure a game ball from the cart of warm-up balls on your 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 caught/thrown balls, and net violations should be called.

COVID-19 Information:

  • 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, and/or league/building guidelines regarding face coverings.

  • When entering, please be sure to identify yourself as an official to those taking admission and they will check your name off the pass list.

  • There is a room marked and available for officials in the playing facility area. Social distancing & mask wearing are required when using this room since 6 ft of social distancing is not able to be maintained. Please keep it tidy during the day and clean-up at the end of play.

  • Concessions will be sold. Outside food will be allowed for officials, but please be discreet when bringing in and consuming outside food in the building. Water fountains will be turned off, but bottle fillers remain on.

  • 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 10 days and/or are actively showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Playing Location & Parking Instructions

Midwest Volleyball Warehouse

14050 Judicial Rd, Burnsville, MN 55337

Facility & Parking Information

Power League Policies & Procedures

Officials Uniforms

Special Rules for 12s

Team Schedules:

  • Team Schedules can be found at

  • Click the appropriate link in the Events This Week section:

    • Northern Lights PL Date 1 = Jan 15-16

    • Northern Lights PL Date 2 = Feb 5-6

    • Northern Lights PL Date 3 = Mar 5-6

    • Northern Lights PL Date 4 = Mar 19-20

    • Northern Lights PL Date 5 = Apr 23-24

    • Northern Lights 12's Cup = Mar 26-27

  • CLICK THE BOX that says "12 & Under Power League" or "14 & Under Power League" under the blue buttons to see the Pools


Officials that apply to work this event can check for acceptance of their application by reviewing the placeholder assignments in Arbiter.

Actual court assignments are sent via email the week of the event. 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.