Power League: How it Works
Power League is a series of 4 tournaments (5 for 14s) hosted by the CEVA Region. There is a qualifying tournament in January, followed by three place-earning tournaments through April. The up or down movement of a team in each tournament will determine the final team finish in Power League.
The Junior Girls Committee pre-seeds every team in each age group (12s, 14s, 16s & 18s). Criteria for seeding includes previous season's Regional Championship results, previous season's Power League results and relevant information listed on the Power League entry form. These pre-seeds are posted on the CEVA website and Club Directors are given the opportunity to challenge their seed for 16s & 18s teams. After the challenge deadline, the final pre-seeds are posted to the CEVA website and are used for January's Qualifying tournament.
January Power League Qualifier
16s & 18s
January Qualifier is for seeding adjustment only. Teams are broken into 32 team groups, with teams 1-32 as Power League I, 33-64 Power League II, etc. (depending on the total teams in an age group, the number of teams in the last Power League may be more or less than 32). These 32 teams are snake seeded into 8 pools of 4 teams. Competition includes 4 team pool play and 2 cross-over matches. For detailed info on pools, cross-over matches and tie-breaking procedures read the Junior Girls Handbook 10.2 Appendix B.
Teams finishing in the bottom 4 seeds of their 32-team group will swap seeds with the top 4 seeds of the group below them for February Power League. Example: seeds 29, 30, 31 and 32 swap with 33, 34, 35 and 36.
14s – 2 Day Qualifier (Separate Weekends)
As a result of the large number of teams in 14s, this age division plays a 2 day Qualifier format (please note that it is NOT back-to-back days, but on separate weekends). January Qualifier is for seeding only.
On Day 1, teams are broken into 32 team groups, snake seeded into 8 pools of 4 teams. Competition includes 4 team pool play and 1 or 2 cross-over matches. For exact pools, cross-overs and tie-breaking procedures, read the Junior Girls Handbook 10.2 Appendix B.
On Day 2, the top 16 teams are broken into 4 pools of 4 with a modified snake seed. Competition includes 4 team pool play and 1 or 2 cross-over matches. The remaining teams are then broken into groups of 32 starting with the 17 seed. These groups are broken into 8 pools of 4 with a modified snake seed. Competition includes 4 team pool play and 1 or 2 cross-over matches.
There are no seed swaps from 14s Qualifier to Power League 1 (PL 1).
Competition consists of pool play and one (1) crossover match. At the conclusion of the Qualifier, Power League I seeds #22, #23 and #24 will start the February Power League at seeds #25, #26 and #27. Power League II seeds #25, #26 and #27 will start the February Power League at seeds #22, #23 and #24. The same switch will take place between Power League II and Power League III. See Junior Girls Handbook 10.2 Appendix B1.
Power League Tournaments (PL 1, PL 2, PL 3)
In Power League Tournaments, teams are placed in Divisions of 8 teams Please see the Junior Girls Handbook Section 6.2 Power League Tournaments for complete list of Divisions. The exceptions are 16's & 18's, where the top 4 teams from each age group play in the Platinum Division against teams from the Puget Sound Region. Within each division, teams are snake seeded into 2 pools of 4 teams. Competition includes 4 team pool play followed by cross-over bracket play. For exact pools, cross-overs and tie-breaking procedures, read the Junior Girls Handbook 10.3/10.4 Appendix C/D.
Teams finishing in the bottom 2 of each 8-team division will swap with the top 2 teams from the division below them for the next Power League tournament. The exception is Platinum Division, where the lowest CEVA team will swap with the winner of the Gold Division.
For the 12s division only: Most divisions will consist of six (6) teams (two pools of three (3) teams). All divisions will have pool play and bracket play. Each division will have their teams seeded 1-6, and the "snaking" format will be used to establish pools within the division, as outlined in the Junior Girls Handbook 10.4 Appendix D1.
Monthly Power League finishes and future seeding are posted on the CEVA website after the Qualifier, PL 1, PL 2 and PL 3 tournaments. Following the PL 3, each team's final standing for the season will be posted on the CEVA Website.