Welcome back NBVL Fans!
The wheels are back in motion, the 2022 season is almost ready to launch, with a few small changes. As our Calgary and Vancouver leagues now have an established base of players in each city, it’s time to move on to the next step of building this league into something bigger. Player signing will be added to this years team building process. News has spread to team Owners and athletes in the league about the new system, but hopefully this article, despite being lengthy, can help to give everyone a little more information on how things will work this year. This will be new for everybody, so there will be some learning to do on all sides, including from us at the NBVL, but here’s how things will work this pre-season.
This year teams will be able sign players that have previously played in the NBVL. In fact they will be required to have 2 male and 2 female athletes signed before the draft happens. New players and previous players who go unsigned will still have the opportunity to be selected to teams via the 2022 Draft, which puts the NBVL draft process a little more in line with processes used in the big name pro leagues. Player registration starts now, but only Franchise players (info below) can be confirmed before the signing period begins, which will be Monday, November 29th. This 2 week buffer is so that the NBVL can confirm all of this season’s teams before allowing any of them to set their rosters, in order to give all teams a proper chance to make offers. Offers can be made to registered athletes starting now, however, so it makes sense to get registered early and start discussions. REGISTER HERE
Players won’t be signing for huge sums of money (yet, but maybe in a few more seasons), but rather for a percentage of the prize money at the end of the year, and all teams will receive at least a little bit this season, from 1st to last. Since we’re working with percentages, that lends to a very natural salary cap of 100 percentage points that can be doled out amongst the players (including draftees). The minimum that can be offered to any individual athlete is 10%, and therefore thanks to math, on a team of 6 athletes the max contract anyone can receive is 50% only if the other 5 players have the minimum 10.
The first step in the signing process will be for the returning teams to name any Franchise players they might want to return to their team. Players can not be franchised on a different team than they played with in their previous season. The Franchise tag must be agreed upon by the team and the player, and carries a minimum of 25%. What this means is the team essentially locks that player in for the upcoming season, before other teams have the opportunity to sign them. This franchise tag must be assigned within 7 days of the athlete registering for the season, or else they become fair game for other teams to snap up. For the few teams that have Player/Owners, they must be named franchise players ONLY IF they were an all-star the previous season.
Any non-franchised athlete must wait a minimum of 7 days before signing with any team. Teams no longer have to stay within the realm of their previous rosters when signing athletes, though there is a small bonus incentive from the NBVL for players to stay with the same team. This means that both returning players and team Owners have the freedom to shop around a little bit, so those players who have a specific partner in mind will have a better chance of playing with them if they find a team that’s looking for a pair. A player is considered fair game for offers if they’ve been through the NBVL’s draft process at least once, even if they haven’t played a season yet. All-stars from the previous season will need to sign for a minimum amount.
Again, teams MUST sign 2 male and 2 female athletes before the deadline. They may have all 4 of their athletes signed right on the November 29 first signing date, or they may choose to wait until the signing deadline which will be January 9th at midnight, in order for everyone to prepare for the 2022 NBVL Draft on January 30th. For those athletes hoping to be signed this means you should try to register before January 2nd, remembering the minimum 7 day buffer.
The draft process will also look a little bit different this year. Since the draft will be only for new and unsigned players this year, those athletes will be given an extra opportunity to compete prior to the 2022 draft. On the Jan 29/30th weekend, the NBVL will host a pre-draft King/Queen of the beach (with prizes), available ONLY to new and unsigned athletes. This will be a good way for teams to see how their potential draft picks perform with different partners, but also it’s a way to guarantee that EVERYONE WHO REGISTERS FOR THE 2022 SEASON WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE this year. Players who get drafted will also be guaranteed a minimum number of matches in the 2022 season, and receive at least a 10% contract.
Once again, we are testing this process for this season, so there are likely to be a few bumps in the road, and some confusion in the process. Whether you’re a fan, player, owner, or staff, please be patient with the newness, we’ll try to be as communicative as possible and continue to work to build the league up better than ever before.