USA Volleyball has designated the top Juniors teams “Open” and the remainder “Club” for a number of years. Whether a team plays in Open tournaments, however, is purely a matter of success during the playing season. If teams qualify for Open tournaments early in the season, they receive a higher starting rank. But then the playing record of the teams during the season is the only thing that matters. “Club” teams can and have played their way up into the Open tournaments. ‘Open’ teams can and have played their way down out of them.
CMASS Volleyball has a Tiered Team system to avoid confusion. The top Tiered Teams will practice more, play more, enter more tournaments, and have a better chance of playing in Open tournaments. But ranking within the New England Region Volleyball Association (NERVA) will still come down to season play.