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Posted by Sheldon Cuff at Aug 22, 2016 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

The Ottawa Hospital Civic Volleyball League [OHCVL] is a recreational league originating from the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus; established over 24 years ago. For anyone wishing to join our league please contact the convener. All teams from the previous season are given priority to return, however a waiting list exists for entire teams and singles who would like to join. It is not a requirement to be employed by the hospital to enter a team or join as an individual player.

 The OHCVL is organized into two tiers:  A (Teams 1-13), which play Wednesday evenings and  B (Teams 14-22) which play Tuesday evenings. 
 We have extended the volleyball playing season to allow for a full
 26 weeks of regular play, plus 4 weeks for make-up and play-offs. 
Each tier will playoff amongst their own tier. There will be no crossovers. The top eight teams in each tier will make the palyoffs. Our league requires further referreeing duties from the teams that have been excused and from teams that will advance in some instances. The playoff schedule is submitted with these requests. In many instances it requires only one further night of reffing duties and this keeps the cost of league to one of the most inexpensive in the city. If you have never reffed in the playoffs before despite being excused, the reason was because we did not require your assistance.

The OHCVL follows the International Volleyball Canada National League rules which are are available at: Please feel free to review or find another internet site.
1.We will not play with a libero (defensive specialist)
2.Maximum of 5 consecutive serves by a server during the regular
season. This rule will be eliminated in the playoffs.
3.The server may take one step into the court on the bleacher side of the gym
4.We require a minimum of 2 women on the court at all times.
5.Each match will consist of 3 games.  OHCVL uses a point system, therefore,  teams must play the third game.  If the third game cannot be completed within the timeframe, the team with the highest score on the hour is the winner of that game.

Referreeing your fellow OHCVL tiered teams is an important team responsibility. On your designated week, it is your responsibility to supply refs for both courts; on both nights; for all time slots. During the playoffs your team may be required to referee, this will be communicated to you during the season.
Ensure that your refs are familiar with the international volleyball rules and regulations. You must be confident calling discrepant calls and when in doubt re-serve! You can also support your players by having a linesperson(s) present.

The team that is reffing is responsible for ensuring that the two gym bags are complete each with: one net, 2 antennae and pouches, one game ball, and any practice balls. These bags are to be brought to the office and locked up.


As in previous years any verbal abuse toward the volunteer referrees will not be tolerated. Should this complaint occur, the captain of the team will be notified and defaults may be issued.

Defaults due to injuries incurred during the game will not be penalized monetarily. Remember after 3 defaults your team is out of the playoffs and after 5, your team can finish the season but goes on a waiting list for the following season. This applies to referee duty also. The first game is defaulted 10 min. after the hour and the entire match is defaulted 20 min after the hour. If you know your team will have to default ahead of time, please call and let the refereeing team know. The only games rescheduled will be due to bad weather. REMEMBER if you do not provide refs on your designated week your team will be issued a default!

A spare must play a mimium 3 times in order to play during the playoffs. If a woman player is injured during a match, it is the team's responsibility to have a spare. The game will count but subsequent games will be defaulted if the team is unable to play two women for the duration of the match.


Games are 55 minutes long; The game points are to 25, with a cap at 27.

Using the clock on gym wall for time:


no access to gym untill 7:00 pm

7:05 - 8:00 first Match

8:00 - 8:55 2nd match

8:55 - 9:50 3rd match

Out of school  by 10:00pm 


no access to gym untill 7:55 pm

8:00 - 8:55 pm -first match

8:55-9:50 pm  - 2nd match

Out of school by 10:00 pm 

Please bring your own volleyballs for warm up as we will not be supplying practice balls as in the past. It is everyone's responsiblity to ensure that the game balls, nets and antennae/pouches do not get lost.

Score sheets will be provided in the equipment bags.  Please remember to email the scores by the following morning to   

The Royal Oak on Wellington street offers free nachos and/or wings for teams of OHCVL.  Bring your loyalty card when you go for a beverage to receive your complimentary food.  For further details, 


For roster changes, problems with the gym, equipment, general complaints,
Convener: Jonathan Ede (10)
 Treasurer/scheduler : Mike Seeley Sport Knights (13)

Tues night Results : Bradley Evans:

Wed Results : Tom Miller ,Mike Seeley  -

 Thanks and see you on the court!

OHCVL Committee

The OHCVL currently has openings on Wed night.

 League runs form Sept 14, 2016 to the end of April.

Cost $500. ($450 + $50 bond) 

contact : 

Convener OHCVL 

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Ottawa Hospital Volleyball League Rules

Posted by Sheldon Cuff at Sep 19, 2004 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
We will follow the Canadian Volleyball Association’s rulebook, with the exception of the following changes: ·Maximum 5 consecutive serves by a server during the regular season. This rule will be eliminated for all playoff games. ·A server is allowed 2 attempts with 5 seconds each to complete the service. The ”new” rules only allow for one service attempt with 8 seconds to complete the service. ·The server may take one step into the court on the bleacher-side of the gym. ·We will not use the defensive specialist player. The “new” rules allow a defensive specialist (called a Libero) to freely run in and out of the game in between rallys, the Libero and the player they are temporarily replacing do not have to substitute through the referees. The Libero player is used to play defense and serve receive. The Libero must play in the back-row only, can’t play the roll of setter, back-row spiker, or serve. REMEMBER: .We will use the rally point system; each game to 25, cap at 27 .Net serves are playable ·Extra players may rotate into the game after a side-out (earning the service). Extra players may rotate into the game in the back middle position (position 6). Players may also rotate into the back right position / servers position (position 1) However, teams that rotate in and serve tend to miss more serves than teams that rotate in, play 6 rotations of volleyball, then rotate off after serving. CLARIFICATION OF RULES Serve: ·The ball shall be hit with one hand or any part of the arm after being tossed or released from the hand(s), and before it touches any other part of his/her body or the playing surface. Bump and Volley: ·The ball may touch any part of the body. ·Held ball or Lift: The ball must be hit, not caught and/or thrown. It can rebound in any direction. ·Double: The ball may touch various parts of the body, provided that the contacts take place simultaneously. EXCEPTION: At the first contact of the team, the ball may contact various parts of the body consecutively provided that the contacts occur during one action. The ball may be played by any part of the body, including the foot, on any contact (except serve). The ball can’t come to rest in the players hands or on any part of the body. There is no such thing as “directing.” A player may face one direction and contact the ball to another direction, providing the ball does not come to rest during the contact. The ball may touch more than one part of the body simultaneously (i.e. both hands while setting). During any first contact the ball may contact one part of a players body and then another (i.e. hand and shoulder on a dig), providing the multiple contacts were made unintentionally during one attempt to play the ball. Spike: ·All playing actions, which direct the ball towards the opponents’ court, with the exception of service and block, are considered as attack-hits. ·During an attack-hit, tipping is permitted if the contact is clean and the ball is not accompanied by the palm. ·A front row player may complete an attack-hit at any height, provided that the contact with the ball is made within the players’ own playing space. ·A back-row player may complete an attack-hit at any height providing that, at take-off, the players foot (feet) must neither have touched nor crossed over the attack-line. After the back-row player attacks the ball, the player may land in the front row. ·A back-row player may also complete an attack-hit from inside the front row, if at the moment of the contact any part of the ball is below the top tape of the net. ·No player is allowed to complete an attack-hit on the service, when the ball is in the front row and entirely higher than the top of the net. ·A player is permitted to pass his/her hand beyond the net during a follow-through, provided that contact with the ball took place within his/her own playing space. Any contact to direct the ball to the opponents’ court, except serve and block, are attack-hits; including volleys, tips, and bumps. The ball may be “tipped” using the fingertips without the palm. A front row player may not attack a ball that is completely on the opponents’ side of the net. A ball directly above the vertical plane of the net (part of the ball on each side above the net) is playable by both teams and may be attacked by either side. A back-row player jumping from behind the attack-line (line 3 metres from center line) may hit the ball from any height and land anywhere in the front row. A back-row player may jump and complete an attack-hit from inside the front zone, providing that any part of the ball is below the top of the net. When a back-row player is completing an attack from inside the front row, jumping is not the issue, where the ball is contacted is what’s important (even when standing for those taller players). The whole ball has to be above the top of the net for a fault, any part of the ball below the top tape of the net and the attack is legal. Block: ·A block attempt is the action of blocking without touching the ball. ·A completed block occurs once the ball has touched a blocker. ·A collective block is executed by 2 or 3 players close to each other, and is completed when any one of them touches the ball. ·Only front row players may complete a block. ·Consecutive (quick and continuous) contacts may occur by one or more blockers provided that the contacts are made during one action. These may occur with any part of the body. ·In blocking, the player may place his/her hands and arms beyond the top of the net into the opponents’ space, provided that this action does not interfere with the opponents’ play. Thus, it is not permitted to touch the ball beyond the net until an opponent has executed an attack-hit. ·A block contact is not counted as a team hit. After a block contact the team is allowed 3 more contact hits. The first hit after a block contact may be executed by any player including the blockers. ·To block an opponents serve is forbidden. Only front-row players may “complete” a block. A back-row player may “attempt” a block, but if he/she “completes” the block or any other player in a collective block “completes” the block, a fault has occurred (regardless of whether or not the contact was made by the back-row player). The ball may touch any part of the body and more than one body-part while blocking. The ball can go from one hand to the other, or hand to head/ shoulder, providing it is not a separate attempt to play the ball. A player is allowed to reach over the top of the net into the opponents’ side to block any attack-hit. REMEMBER: An attack-hit is any contact to direct the ball to the opponents’ court. The blocker may not interfere with the set as this is not an “attack-hit”. If the setter plays the ball so that it is heading directly over the net and not to a spiker (i.e. setters dump), that ball may be blocked on the opponents side. If the ball is set to an attacker, the blocker may not reach over and make contact until after the attack-hit. A blocker reaching over and touching the ball at the exact same time as the attacker is also illegal. Either the blocker or attacker may play a ball directly above the top of the net (part of ball on each side). Any player can dig the ball that touches the block, including the blockers, and the team has 3 more contacts. Dig: ·When digging, the contact must not come to rest (lift, carry, held) in the hands or on any part of the body. ·Unintentional multiple hits on any first contact including serve receive are legal, providing they are made in one attempt to play the ball (i.e. ball going from hand to hand or arm to head etc.) ·These rules apply to any first contact whether it’s the hardest spike or the softest volley. ·The first contact in serve receive may be a bump type action or a volley. ·A player may not recover a ball using the wall to jump and play the ball. ·A ball that has crossed the centerline into the opponents’ free-zone (space outside the court) may be played back. The ball, after first contact must cross the centerline outside of the antenna (posts, since we don’t have antenna), and played back into play with the second contact outside the posts again. The opposing team may not interfere with this attempt. Players at the net: ·It is permitted to penetrate into the opponents’ space under the net, provided that this does not interfere with the opponents’ play. ·To touch the opponents’ court, over the centerline, with a foot (feet) or hand(s) is permitted, provided that some part of the penetrating foot (feet) or hand(s) remains either in contact with or directly above the centerline. ·To contact the opponents’ court with any other part of the body is forbidden. ·A player may enter the opponents’ court after the rally is over. The rally is considered over when the ball hits the floor or any other part of the gym or a fault is committed. ·A player may penetrate under the net and into their opponents’ free-zone (space outside of court), provided that they do not commit a centerline fault, nor interfere with the opponents’ play. ·Contact with the net is a fault. ·A player chasing down a ball may make contact with the poles or ropes/cables, provided they touch the ball first and that this contact does not interfere with the play. No part of the net may be touched. ·When the ball is driven into the net and causes it touch an opponent, no fault is committed.