The Chicago Volleyball League (formerly the Great Lakes Volleyball League), for the third season, is proud to continue and offer a unique league designed to fit your team’s level of play. The league is intended for beginner to intermediate level teams. Teams perfect for this league are those that typically compete in the Classic, Aspire, Patriot or American divisions.

League Purpose

In the summer of 2016 a handful of clubs sat down together and discussed options to provide a better tournament solution for the beginner to intermdiate level of club teams. Power leagues are an option however historically it appeared teams at the beginner level were playing against higher level travel teams during their first two to three seeding dates. In essence the first nine to ten matches would provide an improper level of competitive balance for both teams playing each other. This was not only true for the inexperienced teams but also for the more experienced travel teams.

The CVL is intended to help solve or dramatically reduce this issue. By having a league geared toward only the beginner to intermediate level of teams you will now see your teams “competing” more often and potentially enjoying more success in doing so. Play against more teams of the same level more often. We’ve included some stats from the 2018 season to show how often the level of competition is similar (main image up top).

League Format

The format of the league will start with 3 seeding dates followed by 5 up/down bracket play dates. Each bracket play date will allow for teams to move up, stay or move down in their brackets. Brackets are typically made up of eight teams with the top three teams moving up, the middle two staying and bottom three moving down. This format works great to ensure the level of play is consistent and commiserate to how teams are performing. Check out the 2018 AES results to see how it works!

Insurance

The league is sanctioned by the Junior Volleyball Association (JVA). What does this mean and how does it impact you? Since the league insurance is handled by the JVA then any team is welcome to participate regardless of the governing body (JVA, AAU or USAV) your club or teams are registered. In addition you do not need to be registered with any of those associations and still participate in the league. All that is needed is to sign the JVA team waiver form and you’re all set.

2019 League Dates & Pricing

Find all dates and pricing for the upcoming 2019 season listed below.

Previous Season Results

Final standings for all previous seasons are listed below.

How is the league run?

Who determines the league format, schedule, pricing and etc. Below are the clubs and individuals who make the league what is today. If you have any questions please feel to ask any of them.

Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson

Chicago Elite

Joel and his team handle all of the financing for the league. League entry payments, site hosting payments, official payments, insurance and etc.

1-773-835-4085
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Sean Gritzman

Sean Gritzman

Top Flight

Sean and his team handle all of the marketing including email, website and phone. In addition they handle logistics and reporting.

1-847-212-8205
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Mike Bui

Mike Bui

Fusion

Mike and his team handle all sales and customer relations. They answer all questions about format and general information.

1-847-815-6597
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Justin Basovksy

Justin Basovksy

Ref Assignor

Justin will handle all referee assignments for all league dates for all hosting sites. Please reach out to him for consideration or questions.

1-847-553-5297
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