GOV presents: MASC 4 MASQUERADE! Our 28th Annual Tournament and Gala!

Gay Ottawa Volleyball presents: MASC 4 MASQUERADE! Our 28th Annual Tournament and Gala!

Our annual 2-day tournament includes both competitive and intermediate divisions, with teams traveling from all over to compete!

And don’t miss our Masquerade Gala on the Saturday night, at the Canadian Museum of Nature!

Registration opens Sunday January 20 at 7pm! 

For more information please visit the Tournaments section of our website (

Music @ Wednesday Competitive League

Some teams reached out to us requesting clarification on the rules when it comes to playing music in the gym during match play. We’ve decided on the following policy, which we kindly ask team captains and all players to help enforce.
  1. Music during warm-up and between sets/matches is permitted at a reasonable level.
  2. Music during match play is not permitted. The only exception is when both team captains and head referee agree to play music. In that event, music must be played at a reasonable volume in that it does not interfere with players’ ability to play – including players on another court in the same gym – nor interfere with the referee’s ability to officiate the match.
We know teams’ preferences can differ. At the end of the day courteous behaviour and sportsmanship can go a long way in resolving disputes around music, noise or how we share space. We’re all here to have fun, be kind to another!

Thanksgiving Monday Drop-in Session (at special time and location)

Calling all interested in getting some Recreational Drop-In volleyball this Thanksgiving Monday!

On October 8, we will be holding a special Thanksgiving 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.

With the holiday Monday, Rec Drop-in will be from 4:00 to 6:00pm!

See you on the court!

Message from Canadian Rep to NAGVA

Jason Pelletier, Canadian representative to the North American Gay Volleyball Association (NAGVA), warmly invites GOV members to check out NAGVA programs and tournaments for the 2018-19 season!

Please read Jason’s letter below, sharing about his experience with NAGVA and all of what NAGVA has to offer, from terrific volleyball to great travel opportunities to lifelong friendships:

Letter from Jason Pelletier, Canadian Representative to NAGVA

Want to become a NAGVA member? Have more questions?

Check out or write to Jason at

See you on the court! Or perhaps at a NAGVA tournament 😉


Sign up for 2018 Skills and Drills Clinics!

For the 2017-18 season, we will be hosting four Skills & Drills Clinics, for players to get some practice in and brush up on their volleyball skills with the help of a coach who will run the session! The clinics will be on:

  • Sunday January 21
  • Sunday February 25
  • Sunday March 4
  • Sunday April 15

Feel free to bring your partners, friends and family. ALL SKILL LEVELS are welcome!!

$5 per person to help cover the cost of gym and coach.

11:00am – 1:00pm at Lisgar Collegiate Institute (29 Lisgar Street)

You can sign up using this form:


***We encourage you to sign up in advance to help us plan for numbers. If sign-ups exceed capacity on a given day, priority will be given to those who sign up first, and/or those who haven’t done a previous clinic.***


GOV at Capital Pride

Capital Pride’s request to the Ottawa Police to refrain from wearing their uniforms in this year’s Pride Parade has generated a great deal of discussion about the role of Pride and Police within our community, including among our members.

GOV is a volunteer, non-profit volleyball league catered mainly to the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, and LGBTQ-friendly within the National Capital Region (NCR). The league provides an inclusive and fun environment, but also serves as a healthy social venue for the LGBTQ community in the NCR. GOV’s participation in the Pride Parade each year, along with several other community events, is intended to reach out and let the public know that this space exists in their region.

It is in this spirit that the GOV Board has chosen to continue to celebrate GOV’s visibility and positive contribution to Ottawa’s LGBTQ+ community by maintaining a float in the Pride Parade. The GOV Board respects that its members have a range of views and perspectives about Capital Pride’s decision, and encourages all of its members to educate themselves on the issues at hand, engage in respectful discussion, and decide for themselves how they want to participate in Capital Pride events this year. As always, members who want to join us on Pride day are welcome! We understand if some members choose not to take part in the parade.

We sincerely hope that Pride will effectively resolve the issues it is currently facing and that our community will continue to support them in bringing Ottawa’s LGBTQ+ community together for the benefit of us all.


Gay Ottawa Volleyball Board of Directors

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