Rules

League Rules & Procedures for MAX Leagues -

*NEW CEILING RULE* - as per recent Ontario rule changes, balls that hit the ceiling (or any low-hanging structure) & stay on your OWN side of the net are now IN PLAY

  • Teams will play (at least) 6 sets timed sets each night
  • Each set is timed at 15 minutes and teams must keep playing (beyond the standard 25 points, if necessary) until the whistle
  • There are no ties allowed, so please serve out a final deciding point if the whistle blows when the score is tied
  • Winning teams must report the result to the league convener on-site...no scores are required, simply the name of the winning team
  • Each net is equipped with an Invado on-net scoreboard...please ensure your team is carefully keeping track of your points
  • Matches are self-officiated, so please be sure to call your own team's faults very closely...honesty is contagious, so please call your own lifts, double-contacts, net violations, and lines - and other teams will follow-suit
  • Rally Point scoring system is in effect (every rally results in a point)
  • Teams will lose 1 point for every minute they are late or unable to play after the game time has started (indicated by the start of the music). If a team is late or unable to play for more than 7 minutes (into each 15-min set) - the opposing team will receive the forfeit victory
  • Teams may play with fewer than 6 players, but must have at least 4 individuals on the court in order to avoid a forfeit
  • No player may spike, block, or attack the serve in any way
  • Back-court players are not permitted to block or spike above the net in the front court (i.e. must take-off from behind the 3m or 'attack line')
  • Players are not permitted to reach over the net (and into the opposing team's area) to contact the ball, unless the opposing team has already made a 3rd contact on the ball
  • If there are antennas in use, then the ball must travel inside the antenna to be considered in play.  If the ball travels outside, or makes contact with, the antenna, then the rally is over and the ball is declared 'out of bounds' 
  • If there are no antennas in use, then the posts are to be used as the outer limits of the ball's path
  • Players may play the ball after it bounces out of the net, but if the ball strikes the area of the net outside of the antenna, then the rally is over
  • There is NO 5-serve rule in effect (our tiering system ensures that only like-skilled teams play each other, each week)
  • Serves that hit the net and go over (let serves) are in play
  • Balls that land on the line are considered to be in the court of play
  • Please call your own net and 'under the net' violations (contact with the net is only permitted after the ball has already landed or been declared 'down')
  • A 'lift' should be called when a player attempts to play the underside of the ball with an open hand and fails to use the base of the palm as the primary point of contact (fingers or centre of palm hold or 'lift' the ball)
  • For events where there are no referees present, please handle any disputes with a re-serve
  • Proper indoor footwear (court or training shoes) must be worn at all times
  • Teams will be awarded 2 points for a win and 1 point for a loss. For leagues with multiple tiers, Invado also awards additional points for games played (win or lose) in higher tiers. This is to ensure that a team with a 2-2 record in Tier 1 (the top tier) is not tied in the standings with a team of a similar record in Tier 3 (for example)
  • The standings seen on the site are overall standings and are not necessarily indicative of the tier in which a team may be playing in a given week (i.e the first overall team may drop down into Tier 2 for a given week if they were the team with the worst record in Tier 1 in the preceding league night)
  • Check www.invado.ca for weekly standings and start times as they may vary from week to week depending on the tier in which your team is playing
  • All eligible players must have completed a mandatory E-waiver (emailed to all participants at the time of 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 correct 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' (specified in each 'League Start-Up' email).
  • Playoffs will be conducted in the final week of play and all teams will qualify. The format will follow a best 2 of 3 format (non-timed matches) unless stated otherwise
  • No individual is permitted to play for more than one team during league playoffs, unless Invado administration has granted a special exemption
  • LEAGUE Playoff Night 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 the rosters 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 for their 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 able to play.
  • 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 the team's overall standing after 9 weeks of play (playoffs for most leagues are conducted in Week #10)
  • Invado admin reserves the right to alter the size and format of a given tier for playoff night, should the point totals/standings warrant
  • Player Conduct - teams and players are reminded to be respectful of opponents and Invado staff. We organize our leagues (and you join them) to have a good time. Nasty incidents, rudeness, or taunting, etc. ruin the fun for everyone. If there is a serious dispute on the court, please remember: a re-serve fixes everything and leaves the solution in the hands of the 'volleyball gods!' If there's an issue relating to our procedures, etc., please email us at info@invado.ca
  • 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
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