2017 CAN Volleyball Season

Please verify that your chapter president is accurate on the application form before applying!!!  If the person listed is no longer your chapter president please contact your chapter leadership to have it changed on the website and then apply.  By not doing this, it will slow down your application process. 

*Please read the entire document before applying*

As winter approaches, the Capital Alumni Network (CAN) turns its attention toward its 15th season of alumni volleyball. Last season, 20 teams competed in the Recreational division of the league. We anticipate that this season will be more exciting and even more inclusive, but first, we need to hear from the schools who are interested in having a lot of fun and playing in this year’s CAN Co-ed Volleyball League.


November 9, 2016 - Applications go online
November 23, 2016 - Applications for league consideration due by 6PM (including $200 team deposit)
November 30, 2016 -Teams notified about included schools and new divisions
December 8, 2016 – Mandatory coaches meetings, 7pm at CCSP
January 8, 2017 - Season Begins
February 26, 2017 - Regular Season ends
March 11-12, 2017 - Post-season Tournament 

The application is a 3 STEP PROCESS.  Please see the “Application Process” section for detail, but be sure each of the following steps have been completed by 6pm on November 23 in order for your application to be considered:

1.       Apply online (an automated email is sent to your chapter president, so make sure your president’s information is current)

2.       Chapter president approves your application

3.       Once approved, an email with the payment link will be sent to the main coach to make payment



CAN is requesting that alumni chapters indicate their interest in participating in this year's season and tournament. Interested teams MUST commit to both as tournament participation is required. 

Regular season games will begin on January 8 and will continue through the beginning of March. Games will be played on Sundays (and potentially Saturday evenings).  We are working on the location and are hoping to be at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria again. The best-of-3 match length will be approximately 50 minutes. Each team will play 8 (or 10) games in the regular season.

Cost for this year will be similar to previous years but is still being worked out with Alexandria. 

(Possible location) Bishop Ireton High School

201 Cambridge Road
Alexandria, VA 22301

This year, the playoff tournament is tentatively scheduled to begin March 11-12, but we will not have a definitive date until we know how many teams we accept in the league. 


The application process this year will consist primarily of an online form filled out by a coach designated by the alumni chapter. A follow-up email will be sent to the chapter President to confirm that they are aware of and support their chapter’s formation of a volleyball team. All chapters submitting an application agree to the requirements of the league and acknowledge the responsibilities that are expected of the coaches, players and other volunteers.

DO NOT partially complete an application and expect to update it later. Please collect all necessary information before submission, as no preference will be given to teams that submit their application rapidly. All applications must be submitted by 6pm on November 23, 2016. The application will be posted on the CAN volleyball website during the day on November 9, 2016. 

Teams will also be required to submit a $200 deposit this year with their applications. This is a good faith deposit that will be put towards the full season fees for accepted teams. Universities who are denied entry in to the league will have their deposit refunded. We anticipate this year’s team fee to be in the $600 range.

What will CAN consider in new Chapter submissions?

As a league we find ourselves in the enviable position of running a very fun league. This also makes our league attractive to those individuals who are not necessarily affiliated with one of our alumni chapters. As an organization CAN is committed to offering league sports that benefit alumni chapter’s not just individuals or groups of friends that "might" be associated with a college or university. 

To that end, an alumni chapter’s team will be accepted into the league based on the following criteria: 

  • Current status of your chapter - Is your chapter in overall good standing with CAN? Is it active or inactive? If it’s inactive you will not be able to sponsor a team; 
  • Backing of chapter leadership – Is the chapter president aware that there is a team being formed? Does the chapter president support the formation of a team and the individuals who are responsible for its creation; 
  • Commitment to promoting volleyball as a chapter activity - Show us that you intend to make it an extension of your chapter, not just a set aside in which 8 people out of 2,000 can participate; 
  • Commitment to finishing the entire season and tournament (including all referee assignments each team is asked to do) - Too many teams are impacted by a team's ability/inability to play and ref. When one team doesn't carry its weight, it affects all the other teams; 
  • Past participation in CAN sports leagues – Did the team live up to its responsibilities in other CAN related sports activities prior to volleyball season? How did the team adhere to its responsibilities last volleyball season (e.g. officiating the required games, forfeits etc.)? Did the team participate in both the regular season and tournament?  Were there any disciplinary issues with the team?; and 
  • Participation in other non-sports related CAN activities – CAN is about more than just sports leagues. 

The organization offers a wide variety of activities from which your alumni can benefit. CAN monthly meetings are not mandatory, but please recognize that similar to anything else, you and your chapters will only get out of the organization what you put into it. We all stand to benefit from each other’s knowledge and expertise.

What comprises an Alumni team?

The key thing to keep in mind is that this is a co-ed league, with, 3 men and 2 women (minimum) on the court at a time. We recommend that if you are forming a team, you have (or be able to field) a team of at least 10 people. Please remember that this is an alumni league and your team should be comprised primarily of alumni who attended the school which they are representing and the local/official alumni chapter in the area must be the sponsor of the team. Partnering of teams is not allowed. 

Currently there is a 75% alumni rule that will be enforced for the regular season and the post-season tournament. Teams will be required to submit a roster at the start of the season and after every regular season game. It is expected that 75% of the people on the court in each game will be alumni from the sponsoring university. Each team's post-season roster will also be required to follow this rule, 75% with of the players on the court classified as alumni from the sponsoring university. Spouses will be considered alumni to fulfill the 75% requirement. "Grand fathering" exceptions will not be accepted under any circumstances. 

Falsifying the alumni status of a player will result in the forfeiture of ALL games played by that player/team, expulsion from the post-season tournament and a possible ban from participation in future CAN sports leagues. 

For more on CAN Rules please see the attached Rules document regarding Alumni status and varsity athletes HERE. PLEASE NOTE: THESE RULES HAVE CHANGED FROM LAST SEASON AND SHOULD BE REVIEWED.


Team Responsibilities

Teams that are accepted for participation in the league will have certain responsibilities. Some of these include but are not limited to the following: 

Teams must have a roster comprised primarily of alumni who attended the sponsoring school. Many teams may have a few non-alumni who are active with people in their club, significant others, roommates, and the like. We understand that. However, we do not want to become a cheap alternative to Sports Leagues or the Arlington leagues where people play for a team with a school name. So please, use your team as an activity for your alumni chapter and use it as a vehicle to get people involved. Your chapter President should be aware of and in full support of your team and should approve of the individual (s) designated as coach. 

Each team must provide their referee representative (s) (see below) with the following equipment: whistle and stopwatch. 

For new teams and/or new coaches, you will need to send a representative, preferably the coach, to the coaches’ meeting which will be scheduled for early December.

Provide individuals to referee for as many games as your team is scheduled.   Referee duties will be distributed evenly amongst all teams.  The league, according to game times, will schedule officiating slots. It doesn't have to be the coach who refs, but whoever does, must have either attended the coaches meeting, an officials clinic or had prior experience in officiating CAN volleyball games or volleyball games in general.

Please realize that we make these responsibilities a requirement for everyone in order to bring you a low cost, friendly, fun league. Post-game activities are a big part of CAN sports and we are currently in the process of procuring a sponsor bar and beer to coordinate this season’s specials. We know we cannot please everyone and we realize that there are chapters that have game watching parties at other locations, but making it possible for all the teams in the league to rendezvous at one location to share a pint and some food at reasonable discounts is what CAN is all about. 


All the fine print aside, CAN volleyball really is a great time and a great winter activity for your alumni chapter. So whether you are new to the league, or returning from last year, we want to hear from you if you are interested in joining us this season. 

You can also keep tabs on the CAN volleyball webpage for a constant stream of information. Just keep checking HERE

If you have any more specific questions about the application process or the requirements/expectations for the teams please feel free to email Ashley Philips at ashley@dcalum.org

We hope to see you out there on the courts! 

Ashley Philips (American) & Daryl Kleist (Wisconsin) – Sports Chairs