About the Levels of Gotham’s Division Play
At Gotham, we have 10 divisions selected during the Fall and Spring seasons and 2 divisions during the Summer Season, so that everyone at all skill levels can play. Here is how our league is set up:
Fall (September to December) and Spring (February to May) Seasons:
- Division 1 – Plays Thursday evenings – Advanced Level of Play (NAGVA Level BB or Higher)
- Division 2 – Plays Thursday evenings – Advanced Level of Play (Mostly NAGVA Level BB, some B)
- Division 3 – Plays Wednesday evenings – High Intermediate Level of Play (NAGVA Level B, some BB)
- Division 4 – Plays Wednesday evenings – Intermediate Level of Play (NAGVA Level B)
- Division 5 – Plays Saturday 1:00 – 4:00pm – Intermediate Level of Play (NAGVA Level B)
- Division 6 – Plays Saturday 1:00 – 4:00pm – Low Intermediate Level of Play (Some NAGVA Level B)
- Division 7 – Plays Saturday 4:00 – 8:00pm – Low Intermediate Level of Play
- Division 8 – Plays Saturday 4:00 – 8:00pm – Advanced Beginner Level of Play
- Division 9 – Plays Saturday 1:00 – 4:00pm – Novice Level of Play (Good for beginners)
- Division 10 – Plays Saturday 4:00 – 8:00pm – Novice Level of Play (Good for beginners)
- PowerPlay – Plays Sundays 2:00-5:00pm – Novice Level of Play Including Instruction (Good for those totally new to Gotham and volleyball)
Knowledge of 6-2 and 5-1 Systems: In Divisions 1 through 6, your teammates will probably expect that you have knowledge of the 6-2 and 5-1 offense systems. For Divisions 7 and 8, your teammates will probably expect that you know the difference between different roles on the court (hitter, setter, etc.). In Division 9, 10 and PowerPlay, your teammates will only expect that you’re new and ready to have fun playing volleyball!
Summer Season (June to August):
- Division A – Plays Monday 7:00 – 11:00 PM – Advanced Beginner/Low Intermediate Level of Play
- Division B – Plays Monday 7:00 – 11:00 PM – Beginner/Advanced Beginner Level of Play
Help! I’m new to Gotham! What level should I try out for?
Here are our suggestions on where you will fit in best, generally:
If you are New to the Game: Divisions 9 and 10 (info below) are the divisions that take most new members who have little to no volleyball experience. Sometimes, those new to the game are selected for Division 8 and rarely, but occasionally, for Division 7. We strongly encourage those new to the game not to try out for any division more advanced than Division 7. You may consider Division 7 and/or 8 depending on your comfort level, and encourage you to try out for BOTH Divisions 9 and 10. At the Division 10 tryouts, you can also ask to play in our PowerPlay program.
If you are NAGVA or USAV rated, or know where you’d fit in their rating system: follow the guidelines above. NAGVA rates everyone as at least Level B player. If you are a B-rated player, but have just done NAGVA for fun in the past and are not really competitive in B-level tournaments, you should start out trying for Division 6 or lower.
If you have previous volleyball experience playing at a college level (NCAA and NCVF): you should try out for Division 1 and 2. This applies to competitive inter-collegiate volleyball. This does not include college intramural competition, where the levels vary widely.
If you have played very competitive intramural volleyball or high levels of other adult amateur leagues: You should consider Division 4 or above, depending on the level of competition in your other volleyball experience. For example, if you play in other local adult recreational leagues and play in a Men or Women’s Only Level 1 or 2, you will fit somewhere in Divisions 1 through 3. If you play in Men/Women’s 3 or 4, you will fit in Divisions 3 through 5.
If you have played intramural volleyball or middle to low co-ed levels in other local adult amateur or recreational leagues: You should consider Divisions 5 through 10. If you played at lower levels in other leagues, or just for fun intramural volleyball, you should try out for Division 7 or lower. If you played at intermediate levels, you should consider Divisions 5 through 7.
These are not hard and fast rules, just guidelines. Feel free to try out for whatever divisions you are comfortable with, with one exception, only try out for Division 5 or above if you have previous volleyball experience and know what you are doing. The 6-2 system is used for tryouts for Division 5 and above. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].
When in doubt, try out for as many divisions that you feel comfortable playing in. The more you try out for, the more you are likely to get selected for a team!