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THE WFA WAY

At WFA, our mission is to strengthen company culture through sports by investing in the lifelong success of Employee-Athletes.  We do this by ensuring  safe, structured, authentic sports environments that promotes teamwork, healthy competition, and inclusion. 

We are committed to ensuring our 4 core values fuel everything we do!

1. Embracing Diversity
WFA is committed to being an inclusive professional environment where all participants can learn, grow, and have fun.

2. Healthy Competition
Whether you are a beginner or advanced player, WFA has a place for you. We promote healthy competition based on skill and experience, not age or gender.

3. Safety and Sportspersonship
The safety of our Employee-Athletes is a top priority for us at WFA. We want everyone to feel comfortable playing and encourage all our Employee-Athletes to respect their teammates, officials, opponents, and the rules of the game.

4. Spirit
We are passionate about the power of sports at all levels and how it can apply to the workplace. We believe spirit fuels everything we do, and why should your company sports experience be any different?

 


volleyBALL FAQ


What is Workforce Athletics (WFA)?

  • WFA is the corporate sports community – we connect companies through sports! We turn employees into teammates and companies into sports franchises. WFA provides professional and “authentic” team sport experiences for “Employee-Athletes” and takes care of everything from hiring coaches, setting up practice and game facilities, to organizing inter-company league games.
  • Whether you are a once-upon-a-time college athlete, or an aspiring athlete who has never played sports before, WFA has an experience for you and your company; seasonal sports leagues, sports clinics, internal company corporate sports and wellness offerings. 

What are key WFA terms?

  • Team Name: The specific company team you play on (i.e. Kaiser White, JMH 2)
  • Division: The specific league your team will be playing in based on your team’s experience and skill level (i.e. Div. I + Div. II)
  • Employee – Athlete (EA): From student athletes to employee – athletes!!! (we skip the professional athlete bitJ)
  • Team Captain – Employee-Athlete on your team who is the liaison between WFA and your team
  • WFA - Company Ambassador – The person at your company responsible for making WFA happen! This could be your HR director, CEO or you!
  • Athlete Advisor – Group of WFA employee-athletes who are selected by WFA to help WFA grow and be the best it can be
  • WFA Coach – An amazing individual who is going to inspire, motivate and coach you and your team

What are the dates of the WFA Volleyball League?

  • January 6 – March 17*

*Start and end dates depends on which Conference location you are playing in.

San Francisco games will take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights in San Francisco.
East Bay games will take place on Sunday nights (some Monday nights) in Walnut Creek.
South Bay games will take place on Sunday afternoons in Atherton.


Where are games played?

  • We have great partnerships with outstanding facilities in the Bay Area and run leagues in San Francisco, the East Bay (Walnut Creek), and the South Bay (Atherton).


San Francisco Leagues: Gateway High School (1430 Scott Street, San Francisco)
**** Enter Gateway Parking Lot off O'Farrell St. 


East Bay Leagues:  Ultimate Fieldhouse (2675 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek)
Parking: There is a large, free parking lot available onsite.


South Bay Leagues: Menlo College (1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA)
Parking: There is a large, free parking lot available onsite.


When are games played?

  • San Francisco Leagues: Games are played between 7:30-10:00pm
  • East Bay Leagues: Games will be played between 4:30-9:30pm, depending on day.
  • South Bay Leagues: Games will be played between 1:00-5:00pm.

What is the league format?

  • 6 v 6, co-ed.  WFA does not place rules and requirements around gender (Example: one female must be on the court at all times). Coaches are expected to distribute playing time in a fair and equal manner.  This is the same regardless of if you are playing Division I or II.

Must all players on my roster be employees at the same company?

  • Yes! This is what sets WFA apart from other leagues. We 100% focus on companies and their Athletic-Professionals. We want you to represent and play for your company! Please review the roster policies in the WFA rules.

How do I know what division I will be in?

  • Rosters are formed based on Employee-Athlete’s playing experience, skill level and division preference. WFA will do its best to place teams in divisions that best meets the level of the team as a whole. At WFA’s discretion, they may change your game schedule or assigned team during the season to create a more balanced schedule.
     

*Division I:  "Competitive – performance," -former college or varsity high school players, high volleyball IQ, play to compete, win and have fun.

*Division II:  "Competitive - recreational," -some former high school players, mostly beginner/intermediate players, play to learn and have fun (winning is a bonus)!

*Division I and II operate under the same WFA Rules unless noted otherwise.


How much playing time will I get?

  • This depends on which Division you are playing in.  In Division II, coaches will ensure that each player receives balanced playing time in each set regardless of skill level.  In Division I, coaches are not required to give every player equal playing time, however each Employee-Athlete must play in at least 10 points per set.

Can players play on multiple teams?

  • Yes, players can play on multiple teams, however they must pay each separate registration fee and the teams must compete in different divisions. Employee-Athletes are only allowed to be on more than one team roster at the discretion and approval of WFA Management.

How long are matches?

  • Best of 3 sets or 45 minutes, whichever comes first. Each set will be played to 25 points, rally scoring, win by 2 or first to 30. Matches must be completed within the allotted time (45 minutes). If match is completed and there is more than 10 minutes remaining on the clock, teams can play a “practice” set until time expires. The referee will put 45 minutes on the clock upon the match’s first serve.  If teams are tied at the end of 45 minutes of play (example: set #3 score is 10-10), a final point will be played to determine the winner of the match. Teams will receive a one-minute break in between sets.

When will I know my game schedule?

  • The official game schedule will be published at least one week before each league start date.

Do we have a practice?

  • Of course! We want you to feel comfortable playing with each other before jumping into a game.  This is also a great opportunity for your coaches to get to know you and your team.  Teams will have a one-hour practice prior to their first game.

Why do teams need a coach?

  • Why not? You had them when you were kids all the way through college right? Why stop now? The WFA leagues include coaches for every team. Our current WFA Employee-Athletes LOVE having a coach. There’s no team drama, no politics, just show up and play! Coaches set each Employee-Athlete and team up for success. Coaches will call timeouts, manage subs, and set up plays.  We believe in the I-R-M coach. A Coach who will Inspire you, Relate to you, and Motivate you!
  • We believe our coaches will be their best if they are able to connect with as many Employee-Athletes as possible.  Coaches are assigned to a division and league location rather than to specific teams.  This means your team will get the chance to work with two different coaches throughout the season.

Check out our current roster of amazing WFA coaches here


Do games have referees?

  • Yes, all games will have an official WFA referee.  The referee will also act as the scorekeeper.

When is the cut off for adding players?

  • Registration closes on December 7 and rosters are frozen after Week 2 of games.  Adding players after December 7 and adjusting rosters up to the start of Week 3 will be at the sole discretion and approval of WFA Management.

What happens if a player on my team gets injured during the season? Can we add another player?

  • This depends on how many players are on the team roster.  If a player gets injured during the season and cannot continue playing, the Team Captain should notify WFA Management.  WFA Management will deal with these scenarios on a case by case basis. 

What will our uniforms look like?

  • Each registered Employee-Athlete will receive a custom high-quality performance jersey courtesy of our Apparel partner, Champion.  Each team will have their company logo on the front.

How many players can be on my team?

  • The minimum is 8, maximum is 12.  

Can we have a co-ed team?

  • Yes! WFA creates rosters and divisions based on playing experience, not gender. We encourage all genders to participate.
  • WFA extends professional expectations from the workplace into their organized sports leagues. As such, all WFA leagues and experiences are co-ed, and we ensure the opportunity for the inclusion of all persons regardless of identity, and we affirm non-biased participation. Company employee-athletes are encouraged to focus on personal growth, teamwork, and the spirit of sports participation. 
  • We have a zero-tolerance policy for those who are not able to uphold these expectations. 

Who provides game balls and equipment?

  • WFA provides everything. All you have to do is show up and get your game on!

Where do we find the game schedule and league information?

  • Every team will have a team page on WFA’s website and league app, which is powered by SportsEngine. On each team page, you will be able to review standings, schedules, rosters, and chat with your coaches and teams!  You will also be able to RSVP for games, which is very important, so the coaches can plan accordingly.
  • You can download the SportsEngine app from the app or android store directly.
  • Visit our website for more information at: https://www.workforceathletics.com/

How do playoffs work?

  • After a 7 week regular season, every team will be eligible to participate in the Playoffs.  Final Playoff Structure will be determined during the course of the season based on amount of teams in each Division.  Teams will be seeded based on regular season record and tiebreakers will be head-to-head matchups and/or scoring differential.  *Note- Length of matches are subject to change to accommodate number of teams in playoffs.

Who should I contact if I have questions?



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