GOV Presents: Gaymanji – Welcome to the Jungle

On March 14, hundreds of volleyball players from Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal and beyond are competing in Gay Ottawa Volleyball’s 29th annual volleyball tournament!

The theme this year is “Gaymanji: Welcome to the Jungle“, and to celebrate on Saturday night we will be throwing our annual gala party at the Canadian Museum of Nature!

Join us for this celebration of LGBTQ inclusive sport in Ottawa!

Get your tickets here!

ATTN TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANTS: Your tickets are included as part of your team package.

Tickets are $26.55 (before tax and fees), and include:
– Entry at 930pm
– Access to the main spaces and galleries at the Museum
– Access to the silent auction
– One drink coupon
– Dance party with DJ Kitty Funk
– Karaoke (presented by Caturday Karaoke)
– Performances and other entertainment throughout the night!

You should know:
– 19+, photo I.D. is required
– All ticket sales are final
– No re-entry
– No smoking or vaping allowed on the museum’s property
– No external food or drinks are permitted
– Cash bar (ATM on site)

As a participant, you agree to be photographed, videotaped or filmed, and grant the museum and Gay Ottawa Volleyball permission to put the finished footage/photography to any uses that it may choose, including marketing, advertising and public-relations-related activities. Notify our staff when you arrive if you would like to opt out.

To ensure the safety of guests, we may conduct checks of bags and coats, refuse entry to the event and/or remove participants without a refund.

Wednesday League Reminder: No matches on November 6

Due to a critical mass of closures at the schools we use (for parent-teacher interviews), the week of November 6 is a break-week for the Wednesday League. We will resume with Week 7 on Wednesday November 13.

Rest assured, the November 6 night off does not impact the total number of weeks of volleyball scheduled for the season. We still have a 24-week regular season scheduled, plus two weeks for playoffs and a buffer week in case of snow days.

Don’t forget: Monday Drop-in remains open per usual, from 6 to 8pm at the Rideau Sports Centre. Come by!

Teams: take the night off and do something special together! The Lieutenant’s Pump will be ready to welcome us just like any other week!

Halloween Week @ GOV! (Mon Oct 28 and Wed Oct 30)

On October 28 and 30, you are invited to come play dressed in the spirit of the season and who knows, maybe scare the other team ou of a few points!

But remember, if you play in costume, please remember to wear proper footwear. Safety first, people!

And please no glitter!

Happy Halloween!

Thanksgiving Monday (Oct 14): Earlier time for drop-in volleyball!

Interested participating in GOV Drop-in volleyball this Thanksgiving Monday?

On Monday October 14, Drop-in volleyball will be from 4:00 to 6:00pm due to reduced holiday hours at the Rideau Sports Centre!

There will be four volleyball courts available and other than the earlier time slot the evening will run just like any other night of GOV Drop-in volleyball!

See you on the court!

On Sept 16, Monday Drop-in volleyball is moving to the Rideau Sports Centre!

Our Monday Night Drop-in program will take place at the Rideau Sports Centre (RSC) this year, from 6:00 to 8:00pm, starting on Monday September 16, 2019.We have all four courts, and the earlier time slot allows for more social time afterward.

Registration for the 2019-20 volleyball season will open on Friday August 30, at 7:00pm (on

All skill levels welcome. The expansion to four courts enables the Monday program to better accommodate a variety of skill levels, which may include (as needed) a court for coaching, a court for intermediate or competitive play, or a court set to a women’s net height, if there is sufficient interest. 

We are keeping our traditional McArthur location on Monday nights from 8:00 to 10:00pm. We will use this reservation to rent out to teams seeking practice/scrimmage time, to hold Skills & Drills Clinics, and to host a women’s nights pilot program.

More information about Skills & Drills and women’s nights will be posted in the coming weeks.

Get your Drop-in Punch Card! 

  • To be able to afford more courts at a better quality facility, prices are going up to $10 ($8.85 +HST) per person per night. We recognize this is a big increase compared to last year’s $5 fee. To help participants save, we are offering a Drop-in Punch Card for $100 ($88.50 +HST). 
  • A Punch Card buys 12 sessions, redeemable at any Drop-in night or Skills & Drills Clinic during the 2019-20 season.

If this price increase poses a significant barrier to you participating in GOV programs, please reach out to us. We will try to help as best we can.

Have any questions or ideas about these changes? Write to us at

Don’t forget to join us at the GOV Opening Season Meet and Greet!

  • Where: The Lieutenant’s Pump, 361 Elgin Street
  • When: Wednesday September 4, 2019, 7:00 to 10:00pm

Visit us at the Rideau Sports Centre starting on Monday September 16, and speak with our Drop-in Coordinator, James Mickle.

June 29: Lip Sync For Your (Sports) Balls! Part Deux!

The queens of Gay Ottawa Volleyball will be looking to seek revenge against the Ottawa Wolves after Queen Priscilla’s GLORIOUS triumph over her GOV competitors during the first edition of Lip Sync For Your Balls. You don’t want to miss this!

Come out, bring your friends, dance and support your friendly neighbourhood Ottawa Wolves and your Gay Ottawa Volleyball players as they go head to head in DRAG and… lip sync for their (sports) balls!

On deck will be our very own DJ Kitty Funk!

See you at Babylon Nightclub
Doors open at 10:30pm
$7 before 11:00 – $10 afterwards

Wolves RUGBY vs Gay Ottawa VOLLEYBALL… (eeeeek!)

Easter Monday (Apr 22): Special time and location for Monday Rec Drop-in!

Attention Monday night Recreational drop-in volleyball players!

Due to Easter Monday, we will be holding a special Monday drop-in session at the Rideau Sports Centre (1 Donald St.)! We will have four volleyball courts available, compared to the two courts we have at our usual location.

This session will also take place earlier than usual, from 6:00 to 8:00pm!

See you on the court!

Call for nominations / applications to GOV’s Board of Directors!

Dear GOV members:

The Gay Ottawa Volleyball Nominations Committee is accepting applications to serve on its volunteer Board of Directors.

Every year, four (4) positions of the GOV Board of Directors are up for election. The Board is composed of eight (8) director positions in total. The election will take place at the Annual General Meeting on May 8, 2019.

We hope to receive a record number of nominations with a view to having a diverse, talented and dedicated pool of candidates to draw from for the Board of Directors and are especially looking for qualified candidates who have skills and experience in non-profits, fundraising and leadership.

All candidates must complete the nomination form, and should have passion and a commitment towards carrying out GOV’s mission of providing a safe environment for the LGBTQ (and allied) community through the sport of volleyball in the National Capital Region.

By submitting your name in nomination as a candidate, you acknowledge and agree to fulfill the role and responsibilities of a Director. Every Director has a responsibility for the management of GOV, and has a legal obligation to act honestly and in good faith in the best interests of the organization. In particular, Directors are expected to:

  • Attend all Board meetings and participate fully in Board deliberations;
  • Be prepared to serve in Officer or Coordinator roles as required;
  • Lead or assist in organizing GOV projects, events, or activities;
  • Place the interests of GOV above any personal interests; 
  • Support Board decisions once they have been made;
  • Be informed of GOV programming, operations and finances; and
  • Comply with GOV’s by-laws, policies, and all applicable legislation.

Completed applications must be sent to by 5:00pm on Saturday April 20, 2019. 

Candidates will be acclaimed if the number of candidates running for election is less than or equal to the number of electable positions.

André Scott
Chair of Nominations Committee

*Tuesday* March 12: Special date and location for Monday Rec Drop-in

Attention Monday night Recreational drop-in volleyball players!

Due to March Break, our usual location is closed.  Instead, we will be holding a special drop-in session at the Rideau Sports Centre (1 Donald St.). We will have four volleyball courts available.

PLOT TWIST: This session will take place on Tuesday March 12 (not Monday), from 6:30 to 8:30pm!

See you on the court!

Family Day (Feb 18): Special time and location for Monday Rec Drop-in

Attention Monday night Recreational drop-in volleyball players!

Due to Family Day, we will be holding a special Monday drop-in session at the Rideau Sports Centre (1 Donald St.)! We will have four volleyball courts available, compared to the two courts we have at our usual location.

This session will also take place earlier than usual, from 6:00 to 8:00pm!

See you on the court!