North Texas Region, USA Volleyball
North Texas Region Indexing explanation

Here is how the V-Star Indexing work:

Every team has a starting baseline established.

Teams that participated last year receive a pre season baseline based on the team’s last year’s performance.

Teams that are new, have their baseline established by where they finish, relative to the other teams in the tournament.

*exception - if a new team finishes first, their baseline will be established at the next tournament.

The "Initial Index" of the season will be established by the finishes at the Region's first Bid tournament or any event after the first Region Bid Tournament. Until a team has an "Initial Index" for the season the pre-season Index will be used.

Tournaments before the Region's first Bid tournament will not be used in Index.

In order to address concerns regarding teams that are tied after the first event, we will be using the following formula (pre-season * .05% + first event * 99.95%). If a team don't have a pre season index, then (first event * 100%), to break those ties.

Points for a tournament are based on the teams that are entered. The point values of the field will be the points awarded for each finish (excluding teams playing up).

Teams playing up will be awarded based only on the points that the 'play-up' teams brought.
In the rare case none of the teams playing up brought any points, none will be awarded and that tournament will not be counted for those teams.
Exception from play-up logic is 11's divisions where all teams are handled the same.
Reason being that 10's has to play 11's division if they want for qualify to nationals and needs to be seeded correctly in the 11's division in the NTR Bid tournament.

Index will be published after each Bid Event and after Region Bid Tournament, possibly more depending on the number of events and the timeliness of results reporting.

Most region tournaments will be used for the Index (1-2 day tournaments with Referee's).

All National Qualifiers will be used, along with other major events

Other tournaments will be added based on the number of region teams participating.

The basic premise of VSTAR is that you go into a tournament seeded based on your preseason Index (until you play in Region's first Bid Event or a tournament after that, then preseason drops off). If you finish where you were seeded then you keep the same number of points. If you finish higher, then you get more points (unless there was a tie going into the tournament.) If you finish lower than seeded, you get fewer points.

The points for a tournament are gained by the teams in the field. They are not arbitrarily assigned. The reason for this is that a team could enter a less competitive tournament and have arbitrary points awarded and gain ground on other teams, and subsequently, a low value could be assigned to a bad tournament. By using the values of the teams in the field, this keeps this from happening.

If none of the teams in the division brings points to the tournament, that event will not be counted for those teams.

For the first Bid event Index point calculation will use a fraction of a team's pre-season points to be added to points awarded. The sum of the event points awarded is divided by number of event to get the Index points.


Another team played up in my team's age group and they finished with more points. Why?
The values are only assigned to teams in their own age group. For example, if a 13s team playing in a 14s division comes in with 90 points, that is based on the 13s age group. As long as they finish as the top 13s team in that event, they will end the event with 90 points.

Our daughter's team has played in divisions with 12 teams and another with 20.
Why didn't their average go up playing in a smaller event?

The number of teams doesn't matter. Again, points for teams in the field. It is not accurate to use simply the number of teams, as they could all have high point averages or they could all have lower point averages. Using a simple number of teams instead of values of teams in the field would give you a bad or inaccurate result.

We won a tournament but our value didn't increase. Shouldn't we get more points?
No. Rather than set a set maximum, points are based on the teams playing. If your team entered the event with 45 points and had a higher average than any other team in the division in your age group, the highest point value you will end with is 45. Additionally, for those teams playing against you, should they finish higher than you, the top team in the event, they will end with 45 points and yours will drop.

How can my team earn more points throughout the season?
The way to gain more points is place higher in a tournament then the team(s0 that brought higher Index point into that tournament.

My daughter's team played in a qualifier. They finished higher than how the tournament seeded them but they lost points. Why did that occur?
Teams that play in qualifiers will be allocated points based on the point value in which they entered and exited, in relation to the other North Texas teams in the event. If you are playing in an event with 20 other teams from NTR, where you are positioned in relation to those teams prior to the event will give you your start and where you end in relation to the other VStar teams will give you your ending point value. If you have 65 points coming in, highest among all NT teams in that age group and division and then finish lower than the others, your value for that event will drop.

Tour of Texas, why are not all stops included
From Tour of Texas the qualifing and the final stop are included.
The tour of Texas is basically a multi day event held over several weekends. Example is that a pre qualified team can lose every match and still be higher after the 2nd event than a team that had to qualify and won all of their matches. The way teams move up and down during the tour gives a more accurate finish after the finals.

Detailed explanation how points are awarded

points awarded are based on points that teams bring.
if teams brought the following point values into the event.

1st placed team is awarded the top value, 95.415, that value is removed from the ladder
2nd placed awarded the next value, 90.377 (removed from ladder)

3rd place is 84.503, two teams tied for 3rd, both teams get the same point.
therefore the next value is removed from the ladder (82.235)

5th place is then awarded 79.969, 4 teams are tied for 5th, all teams get the same point.
the next 3 values are removed from the ladder (79.883, 73.301, 64.286)

9th place is awarded 61.833, two teams tied for 9th, both teams get the same point.
the next value is removed from the ladder (59.479)

11th place is awarded 50.633.

12th place is awarded 50.024

95.415 -> 1
90.377 -> 2
84.503 -> 3
82.235 -> skipped
79.969 -> 5th
79.883 -> skipped
73.301 -> skipped
64.286 -> skipped
61.833 -> 9th
59.479 -> skipped
50.633 -> 11th
50.024 -> 12th