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Early Contact

A Collaborative Effort

The Early Contact Initiative (ECI) was 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. 

4v4 Rallyball (follows VC Rules for Tripleball):

  • Athletes born 2009 are eligible to participate in 4v4 Rallyball
  • There will be 5 regular season events for 4v4 Rallyball and the Ontario Championships.
  • Athletes in this age division are permitted to play in the any division within ECI.
  • This stream will offer a male/coed division. This is due to the limited number of boys we experience within this age group. 
  • Please click the link below for more detailed information.

6v6 Rallyball (follows VC rules for Tripleball)

  • Athletes born 2008 are eligible to participate in 6v6 Rallyball.
  • There will be 5 regular season events for 6v6 Rallyball and the Ontario Championships.
  • Athletes are permitted to participate in all streams of ECI.
  • Please click the link below for more detailed information.

Traditional Non-Specialized (TNS)

  • Athletes born January 1, 2007 for males and July 1, 2007 for females are eligible to participate in TNS.
  • There will be 5 regular season events for TNS and the Ontario Championships.
  • 2007 Athletes are limited to the TNS Stream.
  • Please click the link below for more detailed information.

Birth Year and Targeted ECI Stream

Date Of Birth 4v4 Rallyball 6v6 Rallyball TNS
2007 = 15yo (Male: January 1, 2007 & Female: July 1, 2007) No No Yes
2008 = 14yo No Yes Yes
2009 = 13yo Yes Yes Yes
2010 = 12yo Yes Yes Yes
2011 = 11yo Yes Yes Yes**
2012 = 10yo Yes Yes** Yes**

*Please note 2012 and 2011 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 2007 also have the choice of playing 15U Youth Competitions.  Athletes who are new to volleyball and born in 2007 for Boys and July-December 2007 for Girls have the option to play TNS if that is better suited for their skillset. 

OVA Early Contact Initiative Explained

Click the image to read the Early Contact Initiative Manual


General Resources

4v4 Rallyball

 

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6v6 Rallyball

 

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Traditional Non-Specialized

 

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Early Contact Webinars

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.

How to Build a Seasonal Plan for Early Contact

September 2, 2021 | 8:00 p.m.

Systems and Tactical Objectives for Early Contact Streams

September 13, 2021 | 8:00 p.m.

Planning a Practice Using the Seasonal Plan (4v4 Rallyball)

September 14, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.

Planning a Practice Using the Seasonal Plan (6v6 Rallyball)

September 21, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.

Planning a Practice Using the Seasonal Plan (TNS)

September 23, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.