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Event Attendees

The 2024 Ontario Championships are FREE to attend! 

Tournament Dates:

Location #1: RIM Park (2001 University Avenue E, Waterloo, ON)
*The Student Rec Centre at Conestoga College (299 Doon Valley Dr, Kitchener) will be used as a satellite location to RIM Park for Event #1 and #2. The tournament schedule will be setup in such a way that teams will only play a maximum of 1 day at Conestoga College and the other 2 days will be at RIM Park.*

EVENT #1: April 5-7, 2024: 16U Girls & TLS Boys
EVENT #2: April 11-13, 2024: TLS Girls & 6v6 Boys
EVENT #3: April 14-16, 2024: 17U Girls, 16U Boys & 4v4 Boys/Co-Ed
EVENT #4: April 19-21, 2024: 18U Girls, 18U Boys, 4v4 Girls
EVENT #5: April 26-28, 2024: 17U Boys

Location #2: EY Centre (4899 Uplands Dr, Ottawa, ON)

EVENT #6: April 25-27, 2024: 15U Girls
EVENT #7: April 28-30, 2024: 6v6 Girls & 15U Boys

TEAM HANDBOOK 2024

The Ontario Championships 2024 Team Handbook will consist of all pertinent information for all age groups participating in Ontario Championships. The handbook will be posted closer to the date of the event to ensure all information is as accurate as possible.

PLAYING ON SPORT COURT RULE

The playing area includes the playing court and the free zone. Each team must play within its designated playing area.

Sport Court: The area beyond the edge of the sport court is designated as a non-playing zone. Therefore, the last point of contact prior to contact with the ball must be on the sport court and the player must always play the ball on the sport court tile.

Examples:

  • One foot on the sport court, one foor on the cement while playing the ball = play is whistled dead;
  • Jump in the air, play the ball, and land off the sport cour = play is whistled dead;
  • Leave the playing area and step on a chair and play the ball = play is whistled dead;
  • Play the ball on the sport court,  the momentum of the athletes carries them off the court = play continues.

Any service action must be initiated with at least one foot in contact with the Sport Court.

These rules are in place to minimize the risk to the athletes.

BALL FREE WARM UP AREAS

There are ball free warm up zones for athletes. Please refrain from using volleyballs in this space. It is purely for ball-free warmups. Any balls found in use in these spaces will be confiscated. 

Please see the venue map for specific locations for each venue and event.

Any ball play happening off of the court by individuals may result in the ball being confiscated by security or staff. 

RIM PARK: EVENTS 1 - 4

RIM PARK - EVENT 5 - 17U BOYS ONLY 

The ball free warm up zone is behind the pipe and drape between Optimist and Pillars arenas. 

On Day 1 and 2 of competitions, the gymnasium will also have spaces available. Please refer to the event facility map for this event to confirm warm up courts. 

EY CENTRE - OTTAWA

There is one ball free warm up zone, which is located in Hall 1.  

GENERAL TOURNAMENT RULES

  1. No outside food, chairs, coolers or buffet style food tables permitted at EY Centre. Security or EY Centre staff will ask for these items to be removed if they see them. If items are not removed, they will be confiscated. 
     
  2. Team Tables - Tables in both venues are not to be "reserved" by teams. Please use the tables to eat and remove items promptly. Please be mindful to other participants and share the space.  If items are found unattended on tables, they will be removed by security and moved to the security office. 
     
  3. Noise makers - The use of any type of noise makers (cowbells, air horns, drums, whistles, etc) is prohibited. Spectators will be asked to refrain from using these devices. If they continue to use them, they will be confiscated.
     
  4. Photography - Only authorized photographers contracted by the OVA for Ontario Championships are allowed on the playing area, sport court or stand between courts due to liability reasons. Parents and/or spectators are not allowed to be on the playing area, on the sport court or standing between the courts to take photographs. If they are found to be in violation of this rule, they will be asked to leave immediately. If parents/spectators disregard this rule multiple times, they will be asked to leave the venue by OVA Staff, Facility staff, the Head Official, Area Supervisors or the working referees.
     
  5. Tripod and cell phone use:  The use of cell phones and other devices is permitted when collecting data for a team. No use of personal devices permitted in areas that are clearly marked by Venue and OVA staff (i.e near equipment crates, inside hockey benches. etc.)
     
  6. Cameras & Tablet use for filming: Teams are permitted to record matches throughout the tournament, however, please note: 
  • Tripods are not permitted on or within 2 meters of the sport court
  • Cameras on tripods cannot be left unattended
  • OVA is not responsible for any damage to the camera or related equipment
  • OVA reserves the right to restrict/deny the filming of any matches for safety/any other reasons
  1. ​​​​​​​Code of Conduct: The OVA promotes its Ontario Championships, and all of its hosted events, as a safe environment for competition. We fully understand the adrenaline, excitement and heat of competition at an event of this magnitude, however, we ask that all participants and attendees show respect to one another. This includes athletes, coaches, referees, staff, fans and all other attendees. Any hostile, derogatory or otherwise inappropriate behavior will be immediately addressed and will be punished if deemed necessary. These punishments can range from warnings or carding, to game/event suspensions, to expulsion from the venue and/or future OVA events. Our full code of conduct can be viewed here

OTHER IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Please browse the following links to discover important information for players, coaches and teams participating in Ontario Championships.