The Early Contact Initiative (ECI) is a collaborative effort between the OVA Youth Competitions Staff and the Indoor Volleyball Development Committee (IVDC). The IVDC is made up of 11 members from an array of Indoor Clubs from across the Province; Boys and Girls volleyball, big city, big club, small town, small club, grassroots volleyball, competition teams, etc., were all represented.
The ECI establishes OVA as a leading organization in the design of developmentally-appropriate youth competition systems.
Anchored in the principles of Long Term Development (LTD), the ECI is a set of rules geared toward assisting entry level players find the appropriate entry point along the OVA’s competition pathway. This flexibility increases developmentally-appropriate competition opportunities for younger players while providing the best experience possible for long term retention and success.
In order to achieve this success, three divisions were created to help athletes find their fit.
|Date Of Birth||4v4 Rallyball||6v6 Rallyball||TLS|
|July 1st-December 31st, 2008 = 15yo *January 1st-December 31st, 2008 with application||No||No||Yes|
|2009 = 14yo||No||Yes||Yes|
|2010 = 13yo||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2011 = 12yo||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2012 = 11yo||Yes||Yes||Yes**|
|2013 = 10yo||Yes||Yes**||Yes**|
*Please note 2012 and 2013 DOBs are permitted to participate in 6v6 Rallyball if developmentally appropriate, however it is strongly encouraged that these athletes experience the full development spectrum as identified in ECI.
* Athletes born in 2008 also have the choice of playing 15U Youth Competitions. Athletes who are new to volleyball and born from July 1st-December 31st, 2008 for Girls have the option to play TLS if that is better suited for their skillset. Athletes born from January 1st-June 30th, 2008 are only eligible to compete in the TLS division through an application.
Click the link below to read the Early Contact Initiative Manual
The OVA will host a series of webinars to help Clubs and coaches navigate the new ECI divisions. Please click on the links below to register for the webinars.
September 2, 2021 | 8:00 p.m.
September 13, 2021 | 8:00 p.m.
September 14, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.
September 21, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.
September 23, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.