The Utah Unity is a professional women’s indoor volleyball team associated with the Premier Volleyball League (PVL). The Unity will play their inaugural match during the 2012 US A volleyball Open Championships. Frequently Asked Questions: Q: What is the name of the pro league, and who sanctions it? A. The pro league will be called the Premier Volleyball League (PVL), and will be sanctioned by USA Volleyball. Q: Who is managing the league? A: Several experienced volleyball leaders will manage the formation of the league:
- Tom Pingel (USAV) – League Commissioner
- Steve Bishop (Florida Region) – Assistant Commissioner/Regional Liaison
Q: Is the league for men or women? A: In 2012 we will begin the league with a women’s division. The plan is to add a men’s division in the near future. Q: What are the league rules? A: The PVL has basic rules for athletes:
- No high school students.
- No current college athletes.
- Athletes must be a member of the Region where they play.
(Note: Rules #1 & #2 are due to eligibility issues associated with an athlete maintaining their amateur status.) A: There are also additional rules for teams:
- No international transfers (from other volleyball Federations).
- USAV members who are only coaching in another region may play with the Utah Unity
- Rule of 2 – limit of 2 athletes who play in another region. Any out-of-region athletes must be approved by both Regional leaders and the out-of-region athletes cannot be from an RVA with a PVL team.
- The host region may enter two teams into the PVL Championships when they take place within their respective RVA.
Q: What teams will make up the Premier League? A: The following teams have committed a team for the PVL Championships in Salt Lake City for 2012:
- WESTERN CONFERENCE
- UTAH UNITY
- Northern California
- Puget Sound
- CENTRAL CONFERENCE
- Team Iowa Ice
- North Texas
- EASTERN CONFERENCE
- Team Florida WAVE
- Team New England
Q: Will the league have geographical divisions? A: Yes, once the league reaches a certain size the USA will be divided into three divisions: West, Central, and East. Q: Does the league have a website? A: Yes, the website is www.usapvl.com. It is currently under construction. Q: When will the team practice? A: TBD Q: How can I support the team if I am not a player or coach? A: Fans can support the Utah Unity by sponsoring the team and Intermountain Volleyball. For more detailed information please contact our offices. In addition, fans can cheer for their favorite team in 2013 at the USAV Adult Opens.