The Gay Ottawa Volleyball (GOV) Competitive league plays on Wednesday nights and works on a tiered system.  Teams play other similarly-skilled teams each week and move up or down a tier “ladder” depending on their night’s performance.

For the 2016-17 season, GOV counted a total of 22 registered teams and 6 tiers of play spread out over 4 gyms.

Playoff Standings

(based on cumulative team rankings from November 25th to April 5th)

Pool A

  1. You Can Double Touch Me – 1.26
  2. Sweaty Boobs – 2.68
  3. Power Puff Boys – 2.74
  4. Juicy Fruits – 4.89
  5. Seven Elements – 5.05

Pool B

  1. Tight Pass – 5.47
  2. Straight Down – 6.68
  3. Filter Queens – 8.16
  4. Spare Me – 9.21

Pool C

  1. Kiss My Ace – 10.42
  2. Balls Deep – 11.42
  3. Boss Ass Peaches – 12.16
  4. The Substitutes – 12.26
  5. The Cleopatras – 13.58

Pool D

  1. Is It In? – 15.16
  2. Serves You Right – 15.63
  3. Sets and Violence – 17.68
  4. The Uncanny Sets-Men – 18.16

Pool E

  1. The Block ’em Fellas – 19.11
  2. Floor Play – 19.26
  3. Spike Up Your Life – 20.05
  4. Rough Sets – 21.95

Pools A and C will play at the McArthur gym.  Start time for both pools is 6:45

Pools B and D will play at Lester B. Pearson.  Start time for both pools is 7:20

Pool E will play at Merivale.  Start time is 8:10

Playoff schedules for the different pools have been sent to your team captains so check with him/her about the format and when you play or referee.

Good luck in the playoffs!


Regular Season Schedule

Schedules will be put up each week and sent out to team captains.

Find the Week 24 Schedule here!

Depending on tier and location, the match order will follow Schedule X, Y, or Z:

Schedule X Schedule Y Schedule Z
games start at 0-0 games start at 0-0 games start at 5-5
A vs. C (B)

A vs. B (C)

B vs. C (A)




A vs. C (B)

A vs. B (C)

B vs. C (A)




B vs. C (D)

A vs. D (B)

B vs. D (C)

A vs. C (D)

A vs. B (C)

C vs. D (A)







How to join – Register here!

Official league play for the GOV Competitive league starts on Wednesday September 28, 2016. Tryouts are September 14 and 21, 2016 at the McArthur gym (see location details below).

If you have already organized a team, please register using the link above.

If you are looking for a team, come out to the open tryout nights on September 14 and 21, 2016 for some informal competitive play. The tryouts are a chance for new players to play and meet with returning members and for players and captains to form new teams and complete their rosters for the season.

If you have a complete team already and you are looking for practice time on either of the tryout dates, contact us!

When official league play begins, teams will be ranked according to their results in the previous season as well as skill level demonstrated at the tryout nights, in the case of new teams or players. In subsequent weeks, teams will move up or down a tier “ladder” depending on their night’s performance. League coordinators may move teams around in the first few weeks in order to ensure teams are evenly matched at the outset.


The team fee for the 2016-17 season is $725.00. Team captains are asked to pay by cheque (payable to Gay Ottawa Volleyball). Partial team payments will not be accepted.

Please note that the online registration does not include payment – please pay GOV Exec directly, before the start of official league play (September 28, 2016).


Gym locations vary based on availability, and rotate among different tiers in order to equally distribute access to different courts.

Our primary gym locations for Wednesday nights are:

École élémentaire catholique Horizon-Jeunesse

University of Ottawa – Montpetit Hall

Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School

Immaculata High School

Merivale High School

Queen Elizabeth Public School

Rules / FIVB

The Gay Ottawa Volleyball (GOV) league follows the Official Volleyball Rules set out by the Fédération internationale de volleyball (FIVB) with the exception of a few “House Rules”, listed below.

House Rules:

No pursuit rule past the centre line:

If a ball crosses the centre line and enters the adjacent court’s playing zone the ball is considered out of bounds.

Step-in is allowed during serve:

This ONLY applies to the Lester B. Pearson gym.

5 player rule:

Effective Jan 1, 2016, teams may play with 5 players on the court without incurring a game default.  However, we will be applying both a point penalty and a ghost player rule if a team decides to field a team with 5 players.  This will apply on a per-game basis (ie. if a 6th player arrives all subsequent games will NOT be subject to the 5-Player Rule).

Short-handed team penalty:

A team who fields less than 6 people will have a 5 point penalty imposed at the beginning of each game. That is, the game will start with a score of 5-0 in favour of the opposing team.

Ghost player:

  • When the ghost rule is in effect, the team that is short 1 player must designate a spot in their serving rotation for a ghost player. This is the space where the missing player would stand if they were present.
  • When the ghost player rotates to the serving position, the team will automatically lose their serve (as if the player missed their serve or served into the net). The other team is awarded a point and serves next.
  • The “ghost” does not have to be rotated through the playing positions, only for serve (i.e. teams may play with 3 players in the front row and 2 players in the back at all times).
  • Players arriving late may automatically take over the ghost position at any time during the game (once the ball is deemed “dead”).  They cannot enter in any other position on the court.

Default rule:

A team will default the first game if they have fewer than 5 players at the start of the match.  The team will default the second game 15 minutes past the designated start time of the match.  Each defaulted game will be marked on the score sheet as 25-0. The losing team will receive a -25 points for/against. Please note, however, that the team that wins due to a default will NOT receive any.

To help players with referee duties we have created the GOV Rules and Regulations Handbook.  It’s purpose is to give you information about referee duties, calls and hand signals, and is meant to be an adjunct to the FIVB rule book.

Becoming a spare

If you wish to become a spare at any point during the league’s season, you may contact Dan de Vette at for more information on teams that have space available for a spare.

For any existing teams in need of spares, please also contact Dan de Vette so that the GOV board is aware.