House Rules

The SMVA operates on a code of gentlemanly conduct. The concept of fair play, by calling our own touches, net violations, balls in and out, and so on, is expected from all of our members.

1. Timed Games
(a) All matches are 2-game timed matches with 2 points available for each game. A team must win the first game by a 2-point spread (no cap).  If time runs out during the first game, 4 points are available as a 3-1 split or 2-2 if tied.  If time runs out in the second game, 2 points are awarded to the team in the lead.  Points for tie games are split 1-1.
(b) Captains are in charge of the timer (initially, Team D).  Set it to buzz 4 minutes before the official end of the match.  Announce “4 Minutes” to the entire gym, and reset for the final 4 minutes.  At the final buzzer, play continues until the ball is out of play and the final point is reached. If the buzzer sounds immediately after the whistle for service, the ball must  be served and the point played out.
(c) If the first game is not finished by the 4 minute buzzer, a single game will be played. If, before the buzzer sounds, the whistle has blown to signify the end of game, it will be a 2-game match.
(d) Time-outs are not permitted in any game.

2. Substitution
(a) Substitution is to be by the standard OVA method, or through position 6 on a rotational basis. The system must not change during the game, except through injury.
(b) Once the buzzer goes off to indicate 4 minutes remaining in a match, each team may make one set of substitutions before the next whistle indicating service of ball.  Following that, there are to be no OVA-method substitutions during the last 4 minutes of a match.
(c) If a Libero is used, substitution of that player supersedes the above rules and must be done seamlessly.

3. Ball Leaving The Court
If a ball leaves the court crossing the centre line of a 2-court gym, it is considered to be out of bounds as soon as body is in contact with or past the centre line.

4. Ball Entering The Court
(a) If the referee observes a ball entering the court from a different court, he or she shall blow his or her whistle and call a re-serve.
(b) Whenever a player observes a ball entering the court from a different court, that player is expected to yell as well.
(c) When the referee hears one or more players call “ball!”, the referee shall blow his or her whistle and call a reserve. There is no discretion on the referee’s part, regardless of whether or not the ball interferes with play.

5. Screening
If a receiving players view of the server and/or the ball is unfairly hindered by a player on the serving team, it will be deemed a screen. Neither the trajectory of the ball nor the reasons for standing in a screening position are to be considered – simply, is a receiving player’s view unfairly hindered?

(a) The receiving captain should tell the referee as soon as the point is over. If the referee agrees with the captain, the serving captain shall be warned. Failure to heed the warning will result in a loss of point.

[Note: The “low trajectory” or “1 metre apart” rules were, in the past, simply interpretations. The rule in the SMVA is one of gentlemanly conduct]

6. Libero
It is the responsibility of the captain and team members to know and understand the OVA rules on the use of a Libero player. SMVA adaptations:
(a) The Libero must wear a significantly different jersey than all other players on the team. The term “jersey” is meant to cover whatever clothing is worn on the upper torso of the player. No other aspect of the player’s appearance may be used as the designation.
(b) The referee and opposing captain must be informed, before play starts, that a Libero will be used. A team may not decide partway through a game that they will now start using a Libero.
(c) The referee and opposing captain must agree before play starts that the jersey being used makes it clear and unambiguous which player is to be the Libero.
(d) Play cannot be delayed, so if agreement cannot be reached immediately, the Libero may not be used in the match.
(e) The significantly different jersey which is used to designate the Libero may not be worn by any player unless that player is designated as the Libero.

7. Service
The server is permitted to have one foot in the court on contact of the ball or in takeoff for a jump serve as long as the second foot also is contacting the ground in a legal position simultaneously.  This rule is in place on all courts, even those with extra space behind the serving line.

8. Scoring
Players sitting off are in charge of scoring. This is not the responsibility of the referee.

9. Antennae
The antennae must be used on each court. This eliminates many problems.

10. Gentlemanly Conduct
The SMVA expects gentlemanly conduct from all its members. We call all touches, balls in or out, etc., honestly and fairly. Please do not argue with the referees. Only the captain may initiate conversation with the referees.

11. Aggressive Play
Aggressive play that endangers the safety of others will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, frequent landing over the centre line or falling into the net while spiking or blocking, regardless of whether the ball landed first. Referees will warn a player regarding aggressive play and will follow up with yellow and red cards if it continues.

12. Setup and Takedown
are responsible for setup of the nets and antennae. If the court is not ready by 7:20 p.m., the referee, in consultation with the local convener, will issue a default.
(b) The winner of the first game of the last match is responsible for taking down and storing the equipment at the end of the evening.
(c) Team “D” is responsible for final cleanup and locking of the box. Team “D” will be held financially
responsible for loss of equipment due to neglecting their responsibilities.

13. Gym Package Responsibilities
Team “D” is responsible for printing the gym score sheet and bringing it to the gym.  The 1st place team is responsible for returning the completed score sheet at the end of the night and will be provided with a free food platter when the score sheet is submitted at the bar.