Rules

Unless stated otherwise, OVA indoor volleyball rules will apply

PLEASE NOTE - these temporary COVID-19 RULES & PROCEDURES will override the traditional rules (below) in this unique 12-week session:
 

  • Each league night will be capped (8 teams per time slot...6 players x 8 teams = 48 players/time slot)
  • No subs/spectators can be present on league nights (teams can have subs listed on rosters, but captains must ensure that ONLY 6 players attend each league night)
  • The limit of 50 individuals in each time slot will prevent us from having referees in 2020 (matches will need to be self-officiated)
  • Leagues will run for 12 weeks until the end of December 2020 (our current lease expires at the end of 2020 and there is a chance that 2021 could bring about more relaxed restrictions)
  • Players will need to confirm attendance on league dates and self-assess/safety screen (players will be emailed an electronic screening tool which will need to be completed by ONLY the players who plan to attend)
  • Mandatory COVID-19 e-waiver (additional, one-time, & mandatory e-waiver emailed out to all participants in advance of the start of the session)
  • Volleyballs sanitized after each match (used balls left with conveners for cleaning after each match)
  • Teams will play three 30-minute matches/night and each match will consist of 2 sets to 25 (scores start at 4-4), time-permitting (more accurate tiering as all teams will play each other in smaller 4-team tiers)
  • Start times for each time slot will remain at 7:20 & 9:00pm but late playing teams may not enter the facility until 8:55pm (10 min gap will be used to sanitize scoreboards, balls, and other equipment)
  • No time-outs will be permitted in the 2020 session
  • Players must wash/sanitize hands before and after time slots (hand sanitizer on-site, but players are encouraged to use a personal dispenser to avoid cross-contamination from shared bottles)
  • Players are not required to wear masks on-court, but must wear one inside the building when not in the court area/gymnasium (wearing a mask during physical exertion could lead to respiratory and other heat-related issues)
  • Players must arrive as close as possible to start times and leave as soon as games are finished (gaps between groups will need to be more pronounced to allow for vacation of the building and sanitizing of equipment prior to the late games)
  • Players are not to share water bottles or other personal items
  • Handshakes, hive fives, huddles and other unnecessary & deliberate contact between players is not permitted
  • This league will feature floating tiers (ladder system), whereby teams start in their preferred division in Week #1 and move up or down among tiers, based on results, each week.  This ensures that only like-skilled teams will face-off, each night
  • Because teams may move up or down among tiers (and start times for each tier will vary), players will be required to check the weekly schedule posted at www.invado.ca to verify start times
  • At the conclusion of each 2-set match, a runner should report the results to the convener (i.e. 2-0, 1-1)...no scores are needed - just the breakdown of set wins
  • Each match will consist of two sets to 25 (with scores starting at 4-4) and each team will play 3 matches a night (90 minutes)
  • Each set will be capped at 25 points (again, starting at 4-4)
  • No timeouts are permitted
  • If time expires prior to the end of the 2nd set, the team leading at the time of the whistle/alarm will receive the win
  • Matches are to start in a timely manner (or approximately less than 60-90 seconds) after the music has started for the time-slot.  If a team is late in starting their match (i.e. the opposing team is waiting), 1 point/minute shall be awarded to the waiting team, up until 10 minutes, after which, the individual set will be declared a default loss for the team causing the delay
  • Teams MUST have at least 4 players on the court in order to avoid a forfeit loss
  • If a team is playing with 4 players, they must respect back-court rotation rules (server is a back-court player, etc.)
  • Team rosters will be capped at 12 players
  • Proper indoor footwear must be worn at all times (please leave outdoor footwear in the designated locations, off the courts)
  • Teams will be awarded 2 points for a win and 1 point for a loss. After Week #1, Invado also awards additional points for games played (win or lose) in higher tiers. This is to ensure that a team with a 3-3 record in Tier 1 is not tied in the overall standings with a team, of the same record, playing in a lower tier
  • The overall standings listed on the site are cumulative and not, necessarily, indicative of the tier in which a team is playing in a given week (i.e. weekly performance dictates whether a team moves up or down among the tiers, not their position in the overall league standings)
  • All eligible players must complete a mandatory E-waiver (emailed to all participants at the time of team/individual registration)
  • Players who have not completed a mandatory e-waiver (names appear 'greyed-out' online) put their team at risk of forfeiting games played
  • Captains are able to re-send E-waivers and edit email addresses (if necessary) in the 'Roster' area of their account at www.invado.ca
  • All playoff eligible players must be listed on the roster posted at www.invado.ca (in black) and no new players may be added after the 'Roster Freeze Date' which is specified in each 'League Start-Up' email
  • League playoffs will be played in the final week of the session and will follow a FULL best 2 of 3 (non-timed) format
  • No individual is permitted to play for more than one team during league playoffs, unless Invado administration has granted a special exemption
  • LEAGUE Playoff Roster Challenges - if a team suspects that their playoff opponent has an ineligible player on the court (i.e. the player is not listed on their roster at www.invado.ca), then the team must request a 'roster challenge' at the START of the match (or as soon as the player in-question starts playing).  The convener on-site will ask the player to produce photo ID.  If they cannot produce photo ID (or they do and are not listed on the roster) they will be unable to play.  If the player does produce photo ID and is listed -  they will be eligible for playoff participation
  • Playoff Seeding - playoff seeding will be based on the cumulative standings listed at www.invado.ca.  While teams may move up or down among all the tiers, from week-to-week, playoff seeding will be based on a team's overall standing after the last regular season date.  Invado Volleyball reserves the right to alter the size and format of a given tier for the league playoffs, should the point totals/standings warrant
  • Player Conduct - teams and players are reminded to be respectful of referees, opponents, and Invado staff.  Our leagues employ a zero tolerance policy with regard to violence and alcohol.  Players/teams involved in incidents relating to physical altercations, verbal abuse, or facility drug/alcohol violations will be removed from the league and no refunds will be provided.  Thank-you for helping us create a positive, professional, and competitive environment for all players in the league
  • If there's an issue relating to our league procedures, format, or staff, etc. please email info@invado.ca and let us know...we can only help with issues or concerns if we know about them, of course
  • For info on weather-related cancellations and other important league updates, please be sure to FOLLOW us on Instagram & Twitter, and LIKE us on Facebook - those will be our primary channels for keeping players 'in the loop' on league updates or when the weather is in-question