League Rules

Game Start Times

  • 8:00 to 10:00 = YMCA Southridge
  • 8:00 to 10:00 = Notre Dame
  • 8:30 t0 10:30 = Family Leisure Centre
  • 8:45 to 10:30 = Alexander Jr. High School
  • 8:30 to 10:30 = Crestwood School
  • 8:30 to 10:30 = St. Mary’s School
  • 8:00 to 10:00 = Medicine Hat Christian School

Rosters

  • Team rosters will be submitted no later than September 30, 2016.
  • You will have until December 31, 2016 to make additions or changes.
  • All rosters are required to be done on the roster sheet (which can be found under Forms).
  • Faxes or e-mailed copies will be accepted only after approval by the division director.
  • Any player not registered properly will not be eligilbe to play in the league and any team found to be using ineligible players will forfeit any games those individuals played. (Ineligible players include any player not listed on a teams roster. All team rosters will be on the website. Please make sure your team roster is accurate and complete before the end of the regular season.
  • No rostered member can play on more then 1 team at any point in the season.
  • If you need a spare, please refer to the spare lists for either the Ladies league or the Co-ed league.
  • Once a player has spared for a team for 3 nights (6 matches), they must be picked up by that team. That team is responsible for adding that player to their roster. As soon as a spare is added to a roster they will be removed from the Spares List.
  • Individuals may stay on the spares list until the end of the season. But only rostered players are eligible for the playoffs.*
  • Any team found using a rostered player from another team will automatically forfeit the games that player played in.
  • Please respect whatever the janitors and Y staff tell you or ask you to do. They in the end can have us removed from the gyms. Even if you are in the right, don’t argue, please contact your representative and they will go through the school board or the booking staff.

* Please make sure that you are ready to go at your scheduled game time. The janitors for the most part are very cooperative, but when teams don’t finish on time because they started late, they can get irritated. At the YMCA, it is very important that you are done by 10:00pm. If you are not, the league gets billed for overtime use. That will get expensive quickly and money is tight, so there will be no excuses. You are done by 10:00pm, no later.

* Please make sure you take down and put away all nets and poles at the end of the night before you leave.

* There is to be no smoking anywhere on school property. This includes outside by the school doors. Students are prohibited and so are we. This applies to all alcoholic beverages as well.

* All regular season matches are best of 3 (unless otherwise stated) to 25 points (maximum of 27 points). If a third game is to be played, the two teams much come to an agreement before the game starts as to how many points the game will go up to: 15 or 25 (to a maximum of 17 or 27). Time must also be a factor in this decision. If you are short on time, you will only play to 15 points (maximum 17 points). Playoff matches are best of 5.

* The first match of the night should be completed 1 hour after the scheduled start time. Teams scheduled for the second match should not have to wait or ask to begin their game.

General Rules of Play

  • All teams must call their own violations. the other team should never have to, nor should the ever point them out.
  • We will continue using the international (FIVB) rules for league play.
  • Only one service attempt is allowed.
  • Any contact with the net is a foul and will result in a point for other team.
  • The service area runs the full width of the court.
  • If a served ball hits the net and goes over the ball is live and playable.
  • Every serve ends up with a point being scored.
  • A libero may not be used in either the ladies or co-ed divisions.
  • A player may substitute for any player on the court at any time. But the player that came off can only re-enter the game for the player that took them off.
  • You cannot block a serve.
  • You can set off the serve.
  • You are allowed mutliple hits off a serve or a spike. The ball can contact your arms more than once, but it may not roll down your arms.
  • The ball may hit any part of your body unintentionally and still remain alive.

  • You can intentionally or unintentionally play the ball off of your foot at any point during the game. 

  • You cannot cross the center line. You can step on it, but not over it.
  • If a team is 15 minutes late they will default the first game. If they are 25 minutes late they default the entire match.
  • If you know in advance that you are not going to be able to field a team, be respectful and contact the other team and advise them. Nothing is worse than going out in the cold and having the other team not show.
  • If you run out of time for whatever reason the score stands as is. There will be no make up games for any reason.
  • All teams must have a minimum of 5 players on the court at all times. Co-ed also requires that at least 3 of those players must be women. If you cannot field a team, and you must default (remember to give the other teams notice).
  • Due to the rising gym costs and the large number of no shows, if you default 4 games (2 nights) during the season, you will not be permitted to join the league the following season. Please be courteous and respectful of the other teams. If you know you can’t make it, call the other teams to advise.

No players that have played either JV, senior high school or college volleyball during the current volleyball season are permitted to be rostered or allowed to play in the league during the regular season or league playoffs.

Placement For The Play-offs

Teams will be placed in the playoffs by a point system that will be calculated by your team’s performance over the entire season. A specific number of points will be awarded to each position in each tier. These points will then be added up at the end of the season and you will be slotted into a playoff position. Playoff matches are best of 5.