OVA Rules on Lining and Scoring
If hosts do not provide lines people and score keepers, all teams will be required to line and
score their own matches. If a team skips their lining and score keeping duties, the team will be
fined $75 per match. All fines must be paid in full prior to participating in another OVA
tournament. Team is in bad standing until all outstanding fines are paid in full.
Here are some tools to get you started:
- WAVES OVA Scoresheet Instructions 2019 v1.0
- Indoor Volleyball Scoring Presentation
- Volleyball Scoring Instructions
- hHow to Scorekeep Video
- OVA Scoresheet 11x17
A few tips:
- Don’t mark points until signaled by the ref.
- When a player begins serving put a small tick mark on the Service Round box where the score will be entered. If the ref calls you over to discuss an issue (e.g. injury), there is an extended rally, or a time-out, it is easy to lose position.
Try to get into a routine when you're scoring:
- After every point have your number flipper read out the score and the number of the player serving, so you can validate.
- After every loss of service, record the point awarded, then the Service Round score, then tick the box of the next server.
- If you get behind and need to catch up just signal the ref, who will be happy to wait for you to get things right
Referees are there to help, so don't be shy to ask questions. If you are uncomfortable with scoring you can choose to flip numbers instead.
A few tips:
- Be dressed and on the court at least 20 minutes prior to the match start time.
- Report to the first referee/R1 who gives the line judges instructions and informs them of their court positions.
- The R1 will determine whether line judges will use flags or hand signals to indicate fouls.
In an effort to incorporate Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD), Volleyball Canada is recommending that Tripleball be the official competition format for provinces and territories able to run 13U and younger age categories. It is not recommended that Tripleball be used in the 14U age category when a 13U age category exists, but it be played during the first half of the season in the 14U age category when a 13U age category does not exist. The goal of Tripleball is to promote better skill development, participation, meaningful competition, and fun.
The main catalyst for Volleyball Canada’s recommendation of Tripleball was the increased probability of creating a rally (more than one or two contacts). The committee strongly believes that successful rallies are an integral part of learning and enjoying the game, and the first step in developing a Volleyball for Life mentality.
Further, a series of statistics were compiled across Canada that revealed the following:
- By initiating the rally with a serve in the 13U age group:
- 57% of rallies contain 2 or less contacts
- 29% of all serves were missed
- 28% of all serves were aces
- A second contact volley by the designated setter occurs 13% of the time in sideout
- A third contact attack occurs 16% of the time in sideout
- The average rally contains 0.28 attacks
- The average rally contains 4.16 contacts
By initiating the rally with a toss in the 13U age group:
- 99% of rallies contain 2 or more contacts
- A second contact volley by the designated setter occurs 64% of the time in sideout
- A third contact attack occurs 49% of the time in sideout
- The average rally contains 0.85 attacks
- The average rally contains 5.61 contacts
To compare, by using a toss to initiate a rally as opposed to a serve we see:
- 4 Times the number of second contact volleys by the designated setter in sideout
- 3 Times as many attacks in sideout
- 3 Times as many attacks overall
- 1.5 more contacts per rally
To summarize the data, Tripleball provides more opportunities to volley, attack, block, play defense and transition than the adult version of volleyball. We also feel that having the outcome of the game more dependent on a team’s ability to build up a rally, play defense and transition encourages coaches to train these aspects of the game more during practice.
The rules not allowing athletes to switch positions during the rally lets every athlete experience the challenges of each position and helps them develop a wider range of abilities and a deeper understanding of the game.
For more information, refer to the Youth Competitions Manual and see APPENDIX II TRIPLEBALL RULES & REGULATIONS .
Respect in Sport (RIS) is an accessible, online resource in the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination (BAHD). The program’s mission is to empower participants to recognize signs of BAHD and eliminate it from the game, through a global culture of respect.
Respect Group was co-founded by former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy in 2004. It partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to create a best-in-class e-learning curriculum for mass consumption. Participants are certified through a 60-minute on-line program, they can do from anywhere with internet access. Cost is $12.00.
At least one parent or guardian of each player registered in OVA volleyball will need to complete the online RIS Parent Program, only once, as a condition of participation. The program is a proactive, educational program that empowers parents with the tools to ensure the game is enjoyable and respectful for themselves, their children, and all other stakeholders in the game. To register, click here.
*Please note that the program is also available offline by downloading the Respect In Sport mobile app after you have initialized your profile through the website above.
Help & FAQ
Respect Group Helpdesk Support is available 8 AM to Midnight EST. Support is available by phone, email or live chat. Please click here and click on Helpdesk Support in the lower left corner of the log in page, or log into the program and click on the Help tab in the banner.
You can find Frequently Asked Questions here further down this page.
Rowan’s Law Concussion Code of Conduct
The Rowan’s Law Concussion Code of Conduct requirements came into effect on July 1, 2019. All sport organizations must require that athletes under 26 years of age, as well as their parent (for athletes under 18), coaches, and team trainers confirm that they have reviewed the sport organization’s Concussion Code of Conduct every year before registering in a sport activity within the sport organization, and/or serving with the sport organization.
To read more on Rowan's Law, click here.
OVA Concussion Policy
The OVA is committed to the long-term health of our athletes. We work closely with the Ministry of Sport in Ontario to ensure that current and relevant health information is available to our members. For more information on concussion prevention, identification, management and treatment, we invite you to visit the Ministry's Concussion Program webpage.
We also invite you to check out the Holland Bloorview Concussion Centre's Concussion Handbook.
WAVES Concussion Policy
Since the clubs inception, WAVES has taken concussion management seriously and has partnered with Momentum Healing Arts, an official Complete Concussion Management™ clinic.
A concussion can be simply defined as a disruption in neurological functioning following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. This causes a biochemical imbalance within brain cells as well as decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain.
At the start of each season, all WAVES athletes are required to complete a baseline test in either a group session organized by the cub or at the Momentum Healing Arts clinic.
A baseline test is a battery of tests that measures every area of brain function that could potentially become affected following a concussion. The reason that the test is termed a “baseline” is because it is done BEFORE the athlete gets injured. In order to know when an athlete has fully recovered, we first have to know where they were when they were healthy. Without having this information, there is no way to truly know when an athlete has fully recovered and is safe to return to their sport.
Following a suspected concussion, a player should be immediately removed from play, assessed and placed on complete rest in order to recover from the energy deficit. Studies have shown that any activity, both mental and physical, in the immediate days following concussion can delay the process of recovery and should be avoided until the athlete is completely symptom free.
The player should visit their family doctor for a concussion assessment and follow their doctor’s instructions. They must also return to Momentum Healing Arts for a post-concussion assessment against their baseline. The must follow the concussion recovery protocol prescribe by their doctor and Momentum. The player must return to Momentum and pass a final assessment before they can be cleared to return to play.
WAVES concussion management contact is: