Rules of the Game
The rules governing volleyball in Canada are specified in the official Rule Book. Rulebooks are available through Volleyball Canada's e-shop.
A beginners guide to basic rules can be found on under How to Play.
A PDF version of the 2014-2015 Rulebook is now available online.
Check out the complete list of 2014-15 Rules Policies and LTAD Updates
2015-2016 Rulebook changes
For a full list of changes to the rule book please click HERE
The Domestic Development Committee recently voted to adopt expanded Age Categories for the 2016 Volleyball Canada National Championships. All Provincial/Territorial Associations unanimously agreed to adopt the policy for this upcoming Indoor 2015-16 season.
The age categories expand from last years’ policy of a maximum of two over-aged athletes born in the months of September to December of the previous year, to an unlimited number.
Full age categories are as follows:
18U: Athletes born from September 1, 1997 to Dec 31 1998 (16 months) AND are in their first year of grade 12 or (CEGEP 1)
17U: Athletes born from September 1, 1998 to Dec 31 1999 (16 months)
16U: Athletes born from September 1, 1999 to Dec 31 2000 (16 months)
15U: Athletes born from September 1, 2000 to Dec 31 2001 (16 months)
14U: Athletes born from September 1, 2001 to Dec 31 2002 (16 months)
*Athletes born September 1-December 31 of the previous year, on a current CCAA or CIS volleyball roster, will not be permitted to play in the 17U age class
The expansion of age categories from 12 months to 16 is due to the research provided in the LTAD 2.0 document published by the Canadian Sport for Life group. The paper lists the 10 Key Factors influencing Long Term Athlete Development, of which "Developmental Age" is listed as point #3. Page 28-30 provides generic information about Developmental Age and demonstrates the flaws of lumping athletes into their birth year for participation in sports. In short, the large physical discrepancies that can occur between youth within the same birth year create significant disadvantages for late developing male athletes and to a lesser degree, early developing females. While the paper does not specifically raise the example of playing at ones’ skill level versus chronological age, it is Volleyball Canada's position that players should strongly consider playing to their skill level. The LTAD model is "athlete centered" and Volleyball Canada bases decisions within this model and how athletes can be supported to reach their full potential. If playing up provides the needed challenge for improvement, and there exists no significant social/emotional drawbacks in the older age category, the benefits of playing up far outweigh the drawbacks.
Download full policy HERE