please find the top 140 16-year-old club volleyball teams in the country as of
the second week of January, 2020. The rankings are based on the information we
have received to date from clubs across the country as well as input we have
received from our 300-member strong Club Rankings Team (“CRT”).
The pre-season 18s rankings were released Monday and the 17s came out yesterday. The current plan is for the 15s rankings to be released tomorrow.
Please note: these rankings are not the product of a computerized system. As you peruse the rankings, remember these things:
pre-season rankings are a prediction
of where teams will be at the end of the season not what has
happened to date.
rankings are for fun and for discussion and nothing else.
3. The narratives include many but not all of the impact players for any given team. I use submitted forms as the basis for the narratives and never guess.
4. We have been asking for team info since mid-November and have asked many times. If clubs that should plainly be in the rankings – I won’t embarrass them by naming them here – are not, it’s because the club did not come through with a form, an informative email, a roster…anything…that would help me evaluate what they look like for 2020. Look for these and other clubs in our 65-strong Honorable Mention section.
5. As the teams get younger, our faith in our ability to successfully rank teams where they belong gets murkier. We know what happened last year and which kids got better during high school and we have the forms but growth happens quickly at this age. We could be way off!
That’s it for now! Thanks to everyone who helped get this ranking out in a relatively short time frame. I could not have done it without you.
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