How many teams does Phantoms have each year and what level of competition is VVL (Victorian Volleyball League)?
VVL is structured as a tiered 4 level competition currently including the below divisions for both Men and Women. Phantoms enter teams in all divisions:
Division 3 is a step up from your local competition or Academy training right through to Premier which is the highest level of competition you can play in Victoria. If you are new to volleyball, or thinking about playing VVL for the first time, we recommend that you talk to your local Association members involved in Phantoms to understand the level and commitment
How do I play for Phantoms?
At the start of each year (late January/early February) Phantoms will host open trials for anyone interested in joining the club as a player. Details of these trials are posted on the Club website, Facebook page, Volleyball Victoria website and newsletter, emailed to our database and publicised through affiliate Associations. Anyone interested in playing must attend at least one trial (there are usually at least 2 trials) and then players are nominated by coaches into initial divisional squads of approximately 20 players – Premier & Reserves or Division 2 & 3.
If I am selected to play, which team will I be in?
Once identified into a squad, two teams are picked weekly from each divisional squad to compete ie from the squad of 20 Premier & Reserves players, 10 will be selected to play Premier and 10 Reserves. Traditionally a pre-season tournament in Warrnambool over the March long weekend provides another more concentrated opportunity for coaches to see players in action and ensure they have selected them at the right level.
Because Phantoms has teams in all divisions of the competition, there are opportunities to move up and/or down based on ability, performance and commitment.
Where do Phantoms play their matches?
Phantoms play the majority of their home games at the Bendigo Stadium but also try to schedule at least 1-2 rounds per year at other affiliate stadiums. Previously Horsham and Ballarat have hosted home rounds. We understand the travel commitment for all our members is extremely high so each year we request a maximum number of home games from Volleyball Victoria and then they balance that against all the other requests received across the competition. While we cannot guarantee a certain number of home rounds, VV are generally very accommodating and allocate us more home games than away.
Away matches are currently played either in Maribyrnong or Dandenong.
What format are games played under?
Wherever possible, Phantoms request double header rounds for all our teams which means we might play the same team twice on the one day. This means we often only play every second week reducing the travel commitment required although there will be occasions in any season where teams will play successive weeks. There are approximately 14-16 rounds per year plus finals.
How much does it cost to play?
Annual membership fees vary from year to year and depend on numerous factors including VVL entry fees as set by Volleyball Victoria, uniform expenses, stadium fees, club sponsorship, tournament entry etc. The fees will be made available at the start of each year to help people make decisions on affordability. As a guide, 2020 fees were $350 for Adults and $300 for U19s.
What uniform is required to play?
The Club is moving towards a model where all uniforms will be purchased by the Club and “hired out” to players for a small fee and a bond. Players will return their uniforms at the end of each season and have their bond refunded if they are in good condition. This covers a playing top and shorts for Men and Women. If you want a second playing top, a polo shirt, hoodie or other club merchandise, these can be purchased separately through an order form with the Clubs uniform supplier – S3 Promotions.