Ottawa Hospital Civic Volleyball League: My Site News

Tuesday, August 23
Openings for new teams available for Wed night

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 

Tuesday, August 23

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

Passing the Volleyball
I believe that none of us are to old or to talented to learn so here are some tips of passing.

Under-hand forearm pass ( The dig )

    This pass is used almost exclusively in the receiving of the serve, because it tends to lessen the possibility of error due to a held or caught ball on the receiving of the serve.

Using arms only, the ball rebounds forward with control.

Using the arms to absorb the ball and redirecting it upwards by using the legs. He is in better control.

The ball is hit with the forearms and not the fists.

i)       Feet are comfortably apart, knees bent, and one foot slightly ahead of the other.

ii)      Hands are together, one hand placed into the palm of the other; arms are rigid and straight.

iii)    Keep eyes on the ball to the point of contact with the forearms just above the wrist.

iv)    Face the direction where the pass is to go.

v)    All movement of the arms is from the shoulders, wrist and forearms do not bend at any time.

vi)    The speed at which the ball comes to you will determine the amount of follow-through, if any.

6 Keys to Volleyball Success
Volleyball is an exciting sport. The game of volleyball challenges an athlete's physical and mental capabilities. The following suggestions are given to help you learn the skills so that you will be able to perform those skills in a game.

1. Develop a positive attitude about your success. Come to each practice prepared to learn something new each day. Have high expectation about your being able to learn the skills and tactics of volleyball.

2. Exert maximum effort at all times, during practice as well as games. If you do not work hard at practice, you will not develop the teamwork and personal skills that game situations require. Remember, you will play the game the same way you practice!!

3. You should perform the skills at the fastest speed possible without sacrificing correct execution. Speed will increase naturally as your confidence in your abilities to make correct movements increases. It is important to note that volleyball skills require maximum speed at ball contact. But maximum speed for any skill is defined as the speed at which an individual can CORRECTLY execute a skill. This means that you must have your body movements under control. Balance and body control are essential elements that cannot be ignored.

4. You should strive to perfect your movements, postures, and ball contact skills during the beginning phase of learning. This stage is the foundation of all future learning. Avoid the temptation of thinking that you can fix problems later. It is much more difficult to correct errors after they have become habits.

5. Visualize a complete skill before performing it. Using imagery skills enables you to review the correct performance that you are trying to accomplish.

6. Become a student of the game. Volleyball is a complex game. In addition to understanding the rules, players need to understand the various skills and when to use those skills. There are a variety of different offenses and defenses and a variety of schemes, counters and tactics for each of those offenses and defenses.

You can learn by watching, listening, and practicing. Make use of your spare time by reading books, watching games, and practicing the skills you use in volleyball.

The Volley
new volley
This is the most important pass to learn. It is the key to the game of volleyball.

i)       The hands are held with the fingers in a slightly curved position, thumbs pointing towards each other.

ii)      The ball is touched only with the finger-tips and thumbs.

iii)    The hands are held high and in front of the face.

iv)    The arms are bent and the elbows points away from the body in a comfortable position.

v)    As contact is made with the ball the hands move in toward the face to further cushion the exception of the ball

vi)    The pass is completed by extending the arms completely and allowing the hands to come off the ball and finish in the position of full extension.

vii) AS the ball is played the knees should bend; and as the pass is made, the knees should straighten and the ankles extend.

viii) Face the direction of your pass.

Nothing is more fun than hitting a volleyball with a smoke trail behind it. Hitting hard is like dunking a basketball, or throwing a blazing fastball to strike out a hitter. Even the most casual fan recognizes a big hit.

While we're not all blessed with the physical prowess ofthe best power hitters, there are a few techniques that will enable you to stroke the ball harder.

One of the things is to hit more. That might sound simple. But hitting involves a small and complex group of muscles, requiring a delicate balance of timing and control.

Proper mechanics are an important part of adding fuel to your firepower. Have you seen a tennis match? Watch tennis players serve, and you'll notice that right-handed players have their left arm fully extended before they hit. The left arm is fully extended to help coil their torso to deliver maximum torque at contact.

Here's one of the true secrets of the sport: The longer you can keep your "off" arm up, the harder you'll hit. Go to a wall and practice keeping your "off" arm extended until you can come around on the ball. Another example of this concept is the motion of a baseball pitcher. Notice how pitchers wind up for delivery. Same idea.

Another way to increase your power is to broadjump into the set. Teaching this concept is difficult. Most tend to get under the ball and jump straight up for the kill. I can give you three reasons why you want to avoid getting under the set:

Loss of power. By getting under the ball you shorten the hitting arc, resulting in reduced power.

The tendency to hit down into the block, or worse, into the net. If you find yourself under a set, adjust by topspinning the ball deeper than you normally would.

Loss of perpheral vision. This is most important. When you stay behind the ball, you gain a wider view of what is in front of you - the net, the court, the block, etc. The ability to see the block and change your hit in mid-swing is what separates the good hitters from the great.
Remember, by staying behind the ball and using your left arm as a power source you can hit harder. It might not get you a tryout for the Olympic team, but you'll look great in warm-ups!

Among all the frustrating volleyball scenarios, perhaps none is worse than having a hitter get the ball by you again... and again... and again. It can get so bad that you feel that what you're doing isn't blocking but simply getting extra jumping practice.

If that sounds familiar, believe it or not, there is hope. While it's true that blocking is somewhat helped by height, arm length and vertical leap, technique and smarts also play a big role.

Here are a few tips on how to block almost any hitter in almost any situation.

Create a good seal with the net
One key to successful blocking is to build a solid barrier that extends over the net - even if it just means getting your hands across the net. As you reach over, there should be as little space as possible between your arms and the top of the net. If you can create a tight "seal" with the net without touching it, you'll make it impossible for the hitter to bang a ball off your hands and force it to dribble down your body on your side of the net.

To create a seal, remember to achieve full extension of your arms (elbows locked, shoulders shrugged, head down with eyes up) and reach over the net as fas as you can. Even if you only get your wrists and hands over the net, it's better to create a seal than to make your hands a flat up-and-down wall.

Think "shield," not "weapon"
While technically a block is a defensive weapon, it helps to think of the blocking action as a shield or a force field agains a hitter, not an offensive maneuver. Many people try to attack the ball when they block, slapping at their opponent's hit as it crosses the net. This can produce an undesirable result: it unseals the top of the net; it's a low-percentage opportunity because you have to time your slap exactly right to reject your opponent's hit; you can't guide the ball where you want it upon contact; and it's very difficult for your teammates to line up for defense behind you.

So, instead, think of yourself as an impenetrable wall or force field. You're an immovable object set in place to repel the force of the ball. Extend far over the net, hold that block as long as possible, and try to line yourself up so the ball rebounds off your "wall."

Get your spacing right
Different players have different preferences about how wide they'll spread their arms during a block. This also varies from a single block to a double block. In a double, the width is generally less than with a single block. Assuming you're solo blocking, keep your hands about a ball-width apart, with your fingers splayed and rigid to create the most surface area. Your thumbs shouldn't touch. If they do, your hands are too close together. A comfortable distance might be four to six inches between your thumbs if you have small hands, and a little wider if you have big hands.

If your hands are too close together, you're not taking away enough space from your opponent. If your hands are too far apart, you're inviting your opponent to score a field goal by blasting the ball through the opening. This is a matter of adjustment, and it's often helpful to ask your coach or teammates for feedback on your positioning.

Watch both the set and the hitter
Many blockers make the mistake of watching only the hitter, but the set can tell you much more about what kind of attack is coming. Is the ball far off the net? That means the hitter probably can't hit straight down and will have a slightly slower/delayed approach, since he'll most likely have to adjust his footwork. This means you need to begin your block jump a bit later and reach high. Is the set close to the net? By all means, make sure you get maximum penetration. A low set? Get ready to jump sooner.

Naturally, the hitter can also give you information. Watch the angle of his approach. This can tell you where to line up as he begins his hitting motions.

Watch his shoulder and upper body. Is there a lot of rotation? He may be preparing to hit across his body.

Does his shoulder or elbow drop? A shot might be coming. Learning to read these clues can make your blocking decision a whole lot easier.

Final thoughts
Sometimes, no matter what you do, there'll be a hitter who seems unblockable. if you're facing a 6-9 hitter and you're 5-8, it's possible that despite your best intentions, form, and attention to detail, he'll still hit over you. But the tips above should help you match up better for most game situations.

If you're like most people, you've bought into the notion that a rigorous pre-game stretching routine is a great way to prevent injuries.
That's wrong. In fact, it's one of the biggest myths in sports.

Stretching a lot before you take the court will lower the resting tone in your muscles, which will make them less able to withstand tension or stress. Rather than preventing injuries, this actually increases them.

If you're one of the many who has been doing it wrong your whole life, here's the remedy. Instead of putting yourself through an extensive stretching routine before you play, warm up for about 10 minutes with a light jog or peppering and then do a few gentle stretches before and during the match. Then, after the final point is played, do the big part of your stretching.

By doing this, you can lengthen your muscle tissues and be more flexible for your next match, and that will help you become a better player.

While we're on the subject of myths, here's another one: Stretching is only for older athletes. Even if you're 16, flexibility is essential is you're going to achieve the kind of positions required to make big plays in a strenuous game. Most younger players spend a lot more time in the weight room than they do stretching, but if you're all power and no flexibility, you can get micro-tears in your muscle fibers when you reach for a ball. And sine your muscles cross your joints, your joints won't have the range of motion you need to get to all those hard-to-reach shots.

Volleyball History
In 1895, William G. Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Mass., decided to blend elements of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball to create a game for his classes of businessmen which would demand less physical contact than basketball. He created the game of Volleyball (at that time called mintonette). Morgan borrowed the net from tennis, and raised it 6 feet 6 inches above the floor, just above the average man's head.

During a demonstration game, someone remarked to Morgan that the players seemed to be volleying the ball back and forth over the net, and perhaps "volleyball" would be a more descriptive name for the sport. On July 7, 1896 at Springfield College the first game of "volleyball" was played.

In 1900, a special ball was designed for the sport.

1900 - YMCA spread volleyball to Canada, the Orient, and the Southern Hemisphere.

1905 - YMCA spread volleyball to Cuba

1907 Volleyball was presented at the Playground of America convention as one of the most popular sports

1909 - YMCA spread volleyball to Puerto Rico

1912 - YMCA spread volleyball to Uruguay

1913 - Volleyball competition held in Far Eastern Games

1917 - YMCA spread volleyball to Brazil

In 1916, in the Philippines, an offensive style of passing the ball in a high trajectory to be struck by another player (the set and spike) were introduced. The Filipinos developed the "bomba" or kill, and called the hitter a "bomberino".

1916 - The NCAA was invited by the YMCA to aid in editing the rules and in promoting the sport. Volleyball was added to school and college physical education and intramural programs.

In 1917, the game was changed from 21 to 15 points.

1919 American Expeditionary Forces distributed 16,000 volleyballs to it's troops and allies. This provided a stimulus for the growth of volleyball in foreign lands.

In 1920, three hits per side and back row attack rules were instituted.

In 1922, the first YMCA national championships were held in Brooklyn, NY. 27 teams from 11 states were represented.

In 1928, it became clear that tournaments and rules were needed, the United States Volleyball Association (USVBA, now USA Volleyball) was formed. The first U.S. Open was staged, as the field was open to non-YMCA squads.

In 1930, the first two-man beach game was played.

In 1934, the approval and recognition of national volleyball referees.

In 1937, at the AAU convention in Boston, action was taken to recognize the U.S. Volleyball Association as the official national governing body in the U.S.

Late 1940s Forearm pass introduced to the game (as a desperation play) Most balls played with overhand pass

1946 A study of recreation in the United States showed that volleyball ranked fifth among team sports being promoted and organized

In 1947, the Federation Internationale De Volley-Ball (FIVB) was founded in Paris.

In 1948, the first two-man beach tournament was held.

In 1949, the first World Championships were held in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

1949 USVBA added a collegiate division, for competitive college teams. For the first ten years collegiate competition was sparse. Teams formed only through the efforts of interested students and instructors. Many teams dissolved when the interested individuals left the college. Competitive teams were scattered, with no collegiate governing bodies providing leadership in the sport.

1951 - Volleyball was played by over 50 million people each year in over 60 countries

1955 - Pan American Games included volleyball

1957 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) designated volleyball as an Olympic team sport, to be included in the 1964 Olympic Games.

1959 - International University Sports Federation (FISU) held the first University Games in Turin, Italy. Volleyball was one of the eight competitions held.

1960 Seven midwestern institutions formed the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA)

1964Southern California Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (SCVIA) was formed in California

1960's new techniques added to the game included - the soft spike (dink), forearm pass (bump), blocking across the net, and defensive diving and rolling.

In 1964, Volleyball was introduced to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The Japanese volleyball used in the 1964 Olympics, consisted of a rubber carcass with leather panelling. A similarly constructed ball is used in most modern competition.

In 1965, the California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) was formed.

1968 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) made volleyball their fifteenth competitive sport.

1969 The Executive Committee of the NCAA proposed addition of volleyball to its program.

In 1974, the World Championships in Mexico were telecast in Japan.

In 1975, the US National Women's team began a year-round training regime in Pasadena, Texas (moved to Colorado Springs in 1979, Coto de Caza and Fountain Valley, CA in 1980, and San Diego, CA in 1985).

In 1977, the US National Men's team began a year-round training regime in Dayton, Ohio (moved to San Diego, CA in 1981).

In 1983, the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) was formed.

In 1984, the US won their first medals at the Olympics in Los Angeles. The Men won the Gold, and the Women the Silver.

In 1986, the Women's Professional Volleyball Association (WPVA) was formed.

In 1987, the FIVB added a Beach Volleyball World Championship Series.

In 1988, the US Men repeated the Gold in the Olympics in Korea.

In 1989, the FIVB Sports Aid Program was created.

In 1990, the World League was created.

In 1992, the Four Person Pro Beach League was started in the United States.

In 1994, Volleyball World Wide, created.

In 1995, the sport of Volleyball was 100 years old!

In 1996, 2-person beach volleyball was added to the Olympics