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League Rules


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2012 Winter/Spring Women's League Rules

Please respect the school's facilities and equipment. The gym floor is state of the art and they are extremely protective of it. Do NOT PUT DOWN any tape, liquids or marks of any kind. Please wear soft rubber/gel soled court-shoes (not the black ones or road running shoes) to prevent marking or scuffing up the floor. The knee pads should be the soft cloth ones, NOT ones for rollerblading/ skateboarding/ biking.

USA Volleyball (USAV) rules apply, except as noted below:

GPVA 2012 Winter/Spring Women's League Volleyball House Rules
Code of ConductParticipants 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.
  • 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.
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.
GeneralSmoking 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 CartTeams 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.
Matches & ScoringRally scoring. Due to time constraints, the sets will end at 25, win by 2, cap at 29. Regular season matches consist of 4 sets. Playoff matches are as follows: Wildcard match - best of 3 sets. If the 3rd set is necessary it is a set to 15 switch sides at 7. Semi-final and final matches - best of 5 sets. If the 5th set is necessary, the set is played to 25 win by 2, no cap, switch sides at 13. All 6 teams will make play offs. Tie-breaks are determined by head-to-head records, least points against and most points for. Standings reflect tie-breaks and are updated weekly.
TeamsEach team may have up to 15 players on their roster. When the match starts a team must have at least 2 players. At the start of second set, the team must field at least 4 players. Teams are not required to play with a ghost. A player may not play for more than one team during a season. Every player on a playoff team must have played at least 50% of the matches. Player attendance is tracked every week. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. Captains are responsible for marking the score sheet for the players that are present. Once the match is completed and the score sheets signed, the results are final. There will be no changes. NO EXCEPTIONS!! Each player on a team is required to sign an electronic waiver on the GPVA website. This waiver covers insurance and code of conduct. In order for a player to appear on the scoresheet, they must have completed a waiver PRIOR to playing. Captains are responsible for making sure that any subs and new players are added to their roster and have completed the waiver prior to playing. You cannot add a player to a roster unless they have completed the waiver. All captains are responsible for updating their roster on the website. Commissioners are no long updating rosters. There are no more "write ons" allowed to the scoresheet.
ForfeitsMatches 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 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. In the event of a forfeit, you must contact the comissioner no later than 6:00pm on the day of the match so that all other parties may be notified in ample time. Failure to notify before 6:00pm will not only result in forfeit of the match, but an additional 2 set penalty. Any team that forfeits a match is responsible for paying the scheduled ref the TOTAL fee ($40) the following week.
SubstitutionsOne for one substitution scheme. Maximum 12 substitutions per set. A, B, C, D, E and F 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 substituted for anyone else.
LiberoThe use of a Libero is allowed. The Libero is allowed to replace any player in a back-row position. The Libero is 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 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. The Libero can only be replaced by the player whom he/she replaced. The libero can serve.
Score SheetsTeam captains are responsible for checking the accuracy of score sheets before signing them. Signed score sheets are considered final. Game penalties may be assessed to teams that do not sign the score sheets at the end of the match. Captains are responsible for bringing their score sheet to each match. Captains are responsible for making sure their roster is up to date with the most recent players. "Write-ons" are no longer allowed on the score sheet. If a player does not appear on a roster, they will not be allowed to play as it will be assumed that they have not signed a waiver. The commissioner reserves the right to add one penalty each time teams repeatedly fail to bring their score sheet to a match.
RefereesPaid 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.
Replay RuleThe apparatus in the gym consists of anything hanging from the ceiling (basketball back boards, ropes, lights, 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.
Middle Black LineNo player may touch or cross the center line dividing the gym. This is the center court stripe for the basketball court. If the line is crossed, the ball is out of play. This is a safety issue and there are no exceptions.
League FeesAll teams are required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 EACH SEASON to the commissioner in order to hold their team spot in the league. The non-refundable deposit will be applied to the overall league fee. The balance of the league fee must be turned in to the commissioner on the due date for the night of the week on which you play. NO EXCEPTIONS. The balance of the league fee must be in the form of 1 check and should be made payable to: GPVA Only one check per team will be accepted. NO CASH!!! Please put your team name in the memo line of your check. Referee fees are the responsibility of each team and should not be included with your check for the league fee. Teams not turning in their league fee on time will not receive credit for any matches played until payment is received. LEAGUE FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. Each team captain has two keys (one for the cabinet & one for the ball cart). If any keys become lost they must be reported to the commissioner and they will then be replaced at the expense of the team. If at any time a team or captain leaves the league, all keys must be turned back in to the commissioner.
Court Set UpEach team will be assigned court set up responsibility throughout the year. Please check the schedule for your assignment. This will require that your team arrive half an hour prior to the match start time to set up the net for the court you are playing on. All courts should be set up and ready for warm up no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the match. Delays in the gym availability and weather conditions will be considered. Warm up time will NOT be extended due to late set up. Teams failing to provide set up on their assigned night will receive a 2 game penalty.
VolleyballsWe will be using the Molten SUPER TOUCH Competition volleyball for all matches. You may use the Molten Pro-Touch for warm up ONLY!
Cabinet & Ball CartAll volleyballs MUST be put in the ball cart prior to the start of ALL matches. If the cabinet and ball cart are NOT locked at the end of the night, then the teams that finished last the night before will receive a penalty of 4 sets (if we cannot determine who finished last, then all four teams will be assessed the penalty). If you find the ball cart or cabinet unlocked when you arrive for set up, please notify the commissioner, Tracy Reasoner, immediately. Please make it a point to be aware of how many balls are in the cart. If at anytime you notice balls missing, please report them to the commissioner immediately.
Net RuleWith the exception of the tape at the top of the volleyball net, a player may touch the net during play, as long as it does not interfere with the play, without receiving a penalty net call.