How it Started...
2009: Seeing that Winnipeg experienced a 3 month volleyball void Patrick created the Winnipeg Senior Co-ed Volleyball Spring League to fill the vacancy between the end of the senior winter leagues and beach volleyball in Winnipeg. The original season had 8 teams in one tier. It ran for a total of 8 weeks (7 weeks of round robin + a playoff week), from the end of March to the beginning of June. That year the spring league consisted mostly of tier 1, 2 and 3 teams. To make sure that the league was only about playing volleyball, some rules were tossed: there was no minimum of players required to play and no uniforms were needed. The only rule that remained in effect was the one about the maximum of 3 guys on the court at one time. The new 2-man block-when-a-guy-hits rule was put in place to prevent teams from bringing out ringers, either university or professional level players and thus beating everyone easily. One team had 2 ex-pros and 1 university player on their team and they did very well, but had to work hard to win the league championship. That also opened new horizons to lower-tiered teams since they could now play with or against some of the best players in Winnipeg even though they were in tier 3 or lower in the winter league.
2010 brought a lot of changes for the Spring League. With a new executive, Agata Janczak, The league dropped the 'S' for senior in the name and the "WCVSL" as we know it now was born. The acquisition of Bernie Wolfe for games was a key factor in he ability for the league to grow. 8 new teams came on board and the league split into 4 tiers of 4 teams each to give teams the opportunity to move up through the tiers quicker. As a result the round robins were now 3 weeks each instead of 7 weeks allowing for greater flow of teams between tiers. The league ran for 10 weeks, 9 weeks of round robin and 1 week of playoffs.
2011: This year, the league grew to 24 teams. Eight new teams have come on board and two new tiers were created. There are now 6 tiers of 4 teams each and the level ranges anywhere from tier 1 to tier 12 in the normal winter co-ed league. Chris Dmytriw was added to the team of coordinators. Following players’ advice, the playoffs were dropped and thus the cost per team was greatly reduced. 2011 looks very promising!
2013: That year saw the creation of the new coed 4's division. The league now had 34 teams! Eight new teams have come on board as coed 4. There were 6 tiers of 4 teams in 6's and one tier of 8 teams in the Coed 4 division. The level ranges anywhere from tier 1 to tier 12 in the normal winter co-ed league. Faith Sebastian was added to the team of coordinators. Once again, the WCVSL is a pioneer: this is the first time that there's an established indoor coed 4's league in Winnipeg!
2015: This year has seen a major change! New league executives and a new website was unveiled. We are exited to bring in as many teams or more than the last 2 years.
- Open to everyone
- 3 Round Robins per year hence teams have a chance to move up multiple times a year (only 2 in 2015 due to time constraints)
- Most games are played on SUNDAYS at either Bernie Wolfe or Chief Peguis which are familiar venues.
- 6 Games guaranteed for the season (coed 6's)
- No minimum of players required, just a maximum of 3 males on the court at all times.
- MVOA officials to ref all games.
- NO LEAGUE MEETINGS!