|Code of Conduct||Participants must accept referees' decisions with sportsmanlike conduct, without disputing them. In case of doubt, clarification may be requested only through the captain. Participants must behave respectfully and courteously in the spirit of fair play, not only toward the referees, but also toward opponents, and teammates.|
MISCONDUCT AND SANCTIONS: Minor misconduct offenses are not subject to sanctions. It is the referee's duty to prevent the teams from approaching the sanctioning level by issuing a verbal or hand signal warning to a team member or to the team through the captain. This type of warning is not sanctioned and has no immediate consequences. It should not be recorded on the scoresheet.
MISCONDUCT LEADING TO SANCTIONS: Incorrect conduct by a team member toward referees, opponents, or teammates is classified in two categories according to the seriousness of the offense. Rude conduct: action contrary to good manners or moral principles, or any action expressing contempt. Offensive conduct: defamatory or insulting words or gestures.
SANCTION SCALE: According to the judgment of the referee and depending on the seriousness of the offense, the sanctions to be applied and recorded on the scoresheet are: Penalty, Expulsion or Disqualification.
APPLICATION OF MISCONDUCT SANCTIONS: All misconduct santions are individual sanctions, remain in force for the entire match and are recorded on the scoresheet. The repetition of misconduct by the same team member in the same match is sanctioned progressively (the team member receives heavier sanction for each successive offense). Expulsion or disqualification due to offensive conduct or aggression does not require a previous sanction. MISCONDUCT BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER A MATCH FOLLOW THE SAME SANCTIONING RULES. GPVA has a zero tolerance policy for any physical attacks, or verbal threats. Any player exhibiting this type of behavior is subject to the following disciplinary action: First offense- player will be disqualified from the match and may be declared ineligible for GPVA Membership for one year starting from the date of the infraction. Second offense- Player will be disqualified from the match and may be declared ineligible for GPVA Membership for two years starting from the date of the infraction. Third offense- Player will be disqualified from the match and may be declared ineligible for the remainder of his/her lifetime. There is no "starting over" on this policy. All ineligibility decisions are made by the GPVA Executive Committee. A player may appeal this decision by requesting a meeting with the Executive Committee. It is the sole responsibility of the offending player to request this meeting. The appeal request must be made within 10 days of the ineligibility decision. The result of the appeal meeting is final, no further appeals may be made.
- PENALTY: The first rude conduct in the match by any team member is penalized with a point and service to the opponent.
- EXPULSION: A team member who is sanctioned by expulsion shall not play for the rest of the set. The first offensive conduct by a team member is sanctioned by expulsion with no other consequences, the second rude conduct in the same match by the same team member is sanctioned by expulsion with no other consequences.
- DISQUALIFICATION: A team member who is sanctioned by disqualification must leave the facility for the rest of the match with no other consequences. The second offensive conduct in the same match by the same team member is sanctioned by disqualification with no other consequences, the third rude conduct in the same match by the same team member is sanctioned by disqualification and no other consequences.
|General||Smoking is not allowed anywhere on school property. Any players found to be smoking will be suspended from all leagues for the remainder of the season.
|Cabinet and Ball Cart||Teams are responsible for locking the closet and ball cart at the end of each night. Any team not doing so will forfeit the games for that night. If we cannot determine which team was the last one to leave, then all 4 teams will forfeit their games for the night. In addition, those teams will be responsible for replacing any balls that may be missing as a result.
|Replay Rule||The apparatus in the gym consists of anything hanging from the ceiling (basketball back boards, ropes, and pipes). If the serve hits any apparatus, it is out of play. If a ball in play hits any apparatus and stays on the same side of the net, it is the referee's discretion as to whether to call a replay or award the point to the opposing team. PLAY TILL YOU HEAR THE WHISTLE. If the ball hits any apparatus and crosses the plane of the net then it is out of play. If the ball hits a wall it is out of play. If the ball hits the ceiling it is in play as long as it stays on the same side of the net. The referees cannot see everything all the time, they are your fellow players. Basically, give them a break. If the ref missed a call and both sides are adamant, then replay the point. If a ball from another court rolls onto the court during play, it is the referee's discretion as to whether or not it interfered with the play and whether or not the point should be replayed. Again...PLAY TILL YOU HEAR THE WHISTLE.
|Season Format||The regular season will run for 9 weeks, followed by 2 week of playoffs.
The top 6 teams will make the playoffs. The wild card matches will best of 3 and the semifinals will follow and be best of 5. The finals will be played the following week.
|League Fee||League Fee Payment is due from each team no later than the first week of the season. One check made out to GPVA.
|Referees||Paid referees. Each team must pay the referee $20 prior to the beginning of the match. At the time of play offs, you pay $20 for each match that you play. For example, if you are in the wild card match, you pay the referee $20. If you make it to the semi-final match, you pay the referee $20. If you make it to the final match, you pay $20. If for any reason you forfeit a match, you must pay the ref the following week the entire $40.
|Score Sheets||Teams are responsible for providing a printed copy of their score sheet at the beginning of their match.
Team captains must check the accuracy of score sheets and sign them at the end of the match. Signed score sheets are final.
Game penalties are assessed on teams that do not provide a score sheet or sign it at the end of the match.
MATCH's REF MUST TAKE A PICTURE OF THE SCORESHEET AFTER CAPTAINS ENDORSE IT AND SEND it TO THE LEAGUE COMMISSIONER
|Substitutions||One for one substitution scheme. Maximum 12 substitutions per set.
A, B, C, D, E and F players are on the court. Z subs for A. Now, only Z and A cannot sub for anyone else, except for themselves. If Y subs for Z, then A, Y and Z can sub for each other, but not for anyone else on the court, so long as Y hasn't sub-ed for anyone else.
If a player needs to step out of the court for any reason (injury, etc) without a proper substitution (ie. there are no other players to sub for him), that player may not return for the duration of that game (set).
If a team is subbing ( only 1 sub and no more subs on the bench) and another team mate suffers an injury, upon agreement between the ref and Team Captains one of the subs will be allowed to jump in for the injured player and finish the game. (unexpected injury substitution)
|Libero||The use of a Libero is allowed.
The Libero is allowed to replace any player in a back-row position.
Not allowed to complete an attack hit if at the moment of the contact, the ball is entirely higher than the top of the net.
May serve in one rotation. May not block or attempt to block.
A player may not complete an attack hit from higher than the top of the net, if the ball is coming from an overhand finger pass by a Libero inside the 10 foot line.
Replacements involving the Libero are not counted as regular substitutions. They are unlimited, but there must be a rally between two Libero replacements (except when switching to the serving position; see USAV rules). The Libero can only be replaced by the player whom he/she replaced.
|Middle Line Row||No player may touch or cross the center line separating the gym courts before the end of a rally. It is the center court stripe for the basketball court. This is a safety issue and there are no exceptions.
|Matches and Scoring||Rally scoring. Games will end at 25, win by 2, cap at 29.
Regular season matches consist of 4 sets. Wild card matches are best of 3. Semifinal and Final matches are best of 5. Tie-breaker set is a regular set to 15 points. If teams agree they should switch sides on the 8th point. Cap at 19.
Top 6 teams go on to the playoffs. Tie-breaks are determined by winning percentage, head-2-head & percentage of total points won. Standings reflect tie-breaks and are updated weekly.
|Teams||Each team may have up to 15 players on the roster. No more than 4 men on the court at any time. When the match starts a team must have at least 2 players, one of which must be a woman. At the start of the second set, the team must field at least 4 players, one of which must be a woman. Teams are not required to play with a ghost. Every player on a playoff team must have played at least 50% of the matches to be eligible to play in a playoff match. Player attendance is tracked every week. Substitution exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. Checking the players attendance at the beginning of the games is the captains' responsibility. EVERY player must have a signed waiver on file. NO WAIVER, NO PLAY. A player's attendance at a match without a waiver will not receive credit for being at the match. NO EXCEPTIONS!
If a player leaves the court (due to minor injury for example) leaving the team with fewer than 6 players, the player may not return to the court for the remainder of the set.
|Forfeits||Matches will start promptly at the starting time. If a team cannot field a valid team at the start of the match, then a 10 minute grace period will be given before Set #1 will be forfeited. The team will get another 10 more minutes grace period between each remaining set before they too are forfeited.
For example, start time is 7 PM
* if at 7:10 PM there isn't a valid team, then Set #1 is forfeited.
* if at 7:20 PM there isn't a valid team, then Set #2 is forfeited.
* if at 7:30 PM there isn't a valid team, then Set #3 is forfeited.
* if at 7:40 PM there isn't a valid team, then Set #4 is forfeited.
Exceptions will be made for weather and road conditions.
A team that forfeits more than 8 sets in a season will automatically forfeit its reserved spot in the league for the following season.