NBVL Vancouver leading off for 2023

The KWVC Season Ender has ended, The SMG has come and gone, and the last Sandblaster has blasted off. The 2022 summer jam packed with local beach volleyball has officially come to a close in Western Canada. After a couple of years filled with tentative schedules, and the notable absence of bigger events like the Vancouver Open, it was a great relief to be able to welcome back a full season of competition across all of the various platforms. All of the organizers, associations, facilities, and volunteers put their best feet forward to get people on the sand, and the appreciation was shown with record turnouts week in and week out.

Photo from KWVC Season Ender

The 2022 season may be done, but for those of you who are still itching with beach volley fever, let the NBVL be the first to give the update on what to look forward to in our 2023 seasons. Registration for the next Vancouver season is just around the corner.

First order of business: We’re bringing the NBVL Vancouver season back to the winter. Spring season was fun, and while we liked some of the new additions to the league, the spring schedule had it’s challenges. From a cold and rainy beginning, to an end of schedule packed side by side with newly added SMG’s. We’ve decided the winter time fits best for what our league can offer to the already well established Vancouver beach volleyball community. So for those of you keeping track of the next Vancouver season, here are the dates you need to know for the 2023 season. It will be here before you know it, so set your calendars:

October 1st, 2022: Registration Opens
October 8th, 2022: Player Signing Opens
November 27th, 2022: Player Signing Closes
November 30th, 2022: Player Registration Closes
December 3rd, 2022: NBVL Vancouver KOB/QOB/Combine
December 3rd, 2022: NBVL Vancouver Draft for new and unsigned players
January 13th, 2023: 2023 Season Begins

All eyes will be on Vancouver to start 2023 and just like last year, we’ll be using a player signing process and the KOB/QOB Combine format, which are all detailed here. One addition for Vancouver’s 2023 season is that there is a new face in the front office: Vancouver’s new League Director Jordan McConkey. Jordan stepped in last season as a court manager, and for 2023 he will be taking on the lead role. He has a history with team Canada men’s indoor volleyball, and currently works as a financial advisor. Most of all he’s passionate about growing the game of volleyball in Canada, and building the NBVL.

Vancouver will take center stage during the Winter, but will be followed in the late Spring/early Summer by Calgary, and we are looking to move ahead with seasons in 2 other cities to be announced in future posts, so stay tuned. Each league will then culminate in an NBVL Finals between all 4 City Champions.

Since our inaugural NBVL season in 2019, the NBVL has been steadily building year by year, even with a pandemic adding some extra challenges in the previous few seasons. Now that things are relatively stable again, the 2023 season is shaping up to be our biggest and best one yet!

We are really looking forward to providing a competitive and professional atmosphere for all NBVL athletes and sponsors to enjoy, and feedback is welcomed and encourage. If you have any questions or concerns about the 2023 season, please let Jordan know by email before November 27th, 2022. If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring or being a part of the NBVL, or if you have any questions about the league, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

NBVL Vancouver contact: jordan@nbvl.ca
NBVL general contact: league@nbvl.ca

Tis the Season to Play Volley

(Photo by Daylin Holmen)

Twas the night before New Years, and all through the land,
Not a creature was stirring, not even in the sand.
NBVL athletes were nestled, all snug in their beds,
While visions of Overtime played on in their heads.

I hope the holidays have been treating everyone well!

2021 is at its end, which means the 2022 NBVL season is just around the corner. This year to be played starting at the end of March, both to make the season available to athletes finishing up their U-Sport or ACAC seasons, and to give Vancouver athletes the chance to play the season outdoors (fingers crossed).

The player signing process is well underway, detailed in our last post. For the 8 teams in Calgary and the 4 in Vancouver this season, the player signing deadline (Jan 9th) is fast approaching to get those first 2 men’s and women’s roster spots filled. Returning players interested in bypassing the draft process should get REGISTERED as soon as possible, since the 7 day minimum for athletes means player’s looking to be signed MUST be registered by January 2nd. The deadline to register for the draft and pre-draft KOB/QOB tournament will be January 28th.

The Omicron variant of Covid has added a new question mark to our already Covid-confused lives, which may affect the NBVL’s combine once again, but for now we are still looking forward to seeing our new and undrafted athletes show their best before this season’s draft currently set to run January 30th. Players will be asked to abide by provincial health and safety recommendations, as well as the rules and regulations put in place by the facilities and venues during the combine and throughout the course of the season.

It’s the NBVL’s biggest season yet, with 12 teams in 2 provinces. Tonight as the clock strikes midnight, the ball will drop but we’ve got a whole league worth of athletes ready to dig it back up. A new 2022 chapter begins in the NBVL story, which team will step forward and etch their name on the trophy and in NBVL history?

2022 Season – Player Signing

(Photo by Daylin Holmen)

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.

(Photo by Daylin Holmen)