NVL survey findings inform decisions on upcoming season
2nd July 2021
Thank you to the nearly 400 players, volunteers, coaches, and officials who responded to our call for feedback and suggestions on potential changes to the National Volleyball League. The more people who share their thoughts, the more we understand and can improve our products and services, so thank you for your time, we really appreciate it.
Shortly after the survey closed, the Competitions Working Group (CWG) met to discuss the findings. Starting with potential changes with the NVL’s match scoring format, the overwhelming reaction from the community was to keep the existing system. Moving onto the option of introducing triangulars into Division 2, most people voted against the change. Finally, on the possibility of splitting Division 1 into North and South leagues to reduce travel, the preliminary findings were finely balanced. The single highest vote was to keep the existing format
Based on feedback, the CWG has concluded the majority of NVL participants are happy with the league’s existing scoring system and the arrangement of the default of single header matches in Division 2 with the option for teams to arrange other formats by mutual agreement, therefore no changes will be made for the season ahead. While the results on changes to the structure of Division 1 need to be more closely examined, in the current climate and based on the close results, the CWG has decided to keep the existing structure for 2021/22 but to continue to review the option through further dialogue with members.
Rob Payne, Strategic Manager (An Ace Service), said: “Thank you to the hundreds of players, coaches, officials and volunteers who took the time to share their thoughts. We are listening to your feedback more than ever before and learning what we can do to improve products and services.
“After taking on board your feedback, we will now continue with plans to restart the NVL, likely in early October now, as well as other national volleyball competitions that we know have been so sorely missed this last year.”
Congratulations to Phil Crawford from UK Armed Forces, who was our randomly generator prize winner from the entrants and will be sent a Mikasa MVA200 FIVB Game Ball. As promised, £40 has also been donated to the Volleyball England Foundation as a result of a kind sponsorship of the survey.