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VDL Grading Policy

VDL Grading Policy

PURPOSE:

The Purpose of this document is to outline the process used by the Victorian Dodgeball League when allocating new teams to either the Victorian Dodgeball League (VDL) or the Victorian Dodgeball League Futures (VDLF)

PROCEDURE:

Stage 1 - Initial Assessment
 
The VDL directors will, upon being made aware of a new team's intention to register, commence an initial grading assessment. This initial assessment may be completed by the VDL directors or by a committee chosen by them. When undertaking the initial grading assessment the following should be taken into consideration:
1. The new team's preference 
2. Whether the new team has had success playing in other leagues, and how those leagues would compare to the VDL
3. Whether any of the players on the team have had successes at a high level of dodgeball (whether it be VDL or other leagues)
4. Any factors which may result in the team not being able to play in one of the divisions. An example of this may be the presence of an Australian representative cap for the VDLF. A new team registering with more Australian representatives than this cap would be ineligible to play VDLF and would therefore be automatically allocated to the VDL

At the conclusion of this stage the new team should be given a preliminary grading of either:
a) VDL
b) VDLF
c) Needs Further Grading

A team that is given a preliminary grading of VDL or VDLF and which is happy with this preliminary grading will be graded accordingly and will have no further requirements under this document

A team that is given a preliminary grading of VDL or VDLF but wishes to appeal this, or a team which is given a preliminary grading of Needs Further Grading will be required to play grading matches

Stage 2 - Grading Matches
 
Grading matches will take place at a venue determined by the Victorian Dodgeball League directors, or any committee entrusted with this task by them. Grading match length and structure is at the discretion of the Victorian Dodgeball League directors and may be changed from season to season but, particularly when grading matches are used prior to the commencement of a new season, the structure of the grading matches must prioritise fairness for all teams involved.

An example of a fair structure for holding grading matches that may be used is a knock out tournament with initial brackets generated randomly and the top X places progressing to the next division.

Another example of a fair structure for holding grading matches that may be used is a process whereby teams to be graded play a number of grading matches while under assessment. The assessment criteria can purely be based on match results or may be based on a more subjective assessment of performance as is appropriate but the same assessment criteria should be used for all teams being graded. Under this structure the opponents used for the grading matches can either be teams of a known ability level (ie established VDL/VDLF teams) or other teams that are being graded as is appropriate but once again the nature of the opponents used should be kept the same for all teams being graded.

At the end of each VDL and VDLF season the top 4 teams from the VDLF and the bottom 4 teams from the VDL based on final ladder positions will all be required to take part in grading matches to determine which teams (if any) are to be relegated and which teams (if any) are to be promoted. New teams seeking grading may be graded as part of this series of grading matches or may be graded using a separate structure at the discretion of the VDL directors.