Western Campus Recreation

Indoor Volleyball Regulations


The Intramural sport convener may modify these rules at their discretion. The Intramural sport convener and officials have the discretion to rule on any matter not covered by these rules.

• Eligibility is governed by our Intramural Sports Policies & Procedures.
• Game sheets for each week are printed every Sunday morning.  In order to be eligible for play, players must be on their team's roster by Saturday at 11:59pm.  Players will not be allowed to be written in on rosters at game time.
• A player must participate in at least two regular season games during a five-week schedule for their sport, and in at least four regular season games during a 10+ week schedule to be eligible for the playoffs. Players on the roster who have missed games due to injury can request to be granted eligibility by their sport specific convener to participate in playoffs so long as they present a signed doctor's note including injury date and return to participation date.
• Participants can play on one gender specific team (men's or women's), one co-ed team and one open team (if offered) per sport, per season regardless of competition level. 
• Once a player appears on a team roster they are ineligible for any other team in that sport and gender division. If a player is caught playing for multiple teams, he/she will be suspended for the remainder of the season from that sport.
No current varsity athletes or professional athletes are eligible to play Intramurals in their associated sportEx-varsity/professional players are eligible to play Intramurals, however they must play at the highest skill level offered in their associated sport. Varsity/professional status is defined as appearing on a varsity/professional team roster within the last 365 calendar days (regardless of whether or not the sport is currently in or out of season).  Ex-varsity/professional status is defined as appearing on a varsity/professional roster within the last 366-730 calendar days (regardless of whether or not the sport is currently in or out of season). Teams in all sports can have one ex-varsity player except ice hockey, softball and soccer 11s teams which are permitted two. 

The varsity/professional rule as stated above applies to the below related & cross-over sports:

Varsity Badminton = Intramural Badminton
Varsity Basketball = Intramural Basketball
Varsity Baseball/Softball = Intramural Slo-pitch & 3-pitch
Varsity Football = Intramural Flag & Snow Flag Football
Varsity Rugby = Intramural Flag Rugby
Varsity Ice Hockey = Intramural Ice Hockey & Ball Hockey (indoor & outdoor)
Varsity Soccer = Intramural Soccer (7s & 11s), Snow Soccer & Futsal
Varsity Squash = Intramural Squash
Varsity Ultimate Frisbee = Intramural Ultimate Frisbee
Varsity Volleyball = Intramural Volleyball & Beach Volleyball
Varsity Waterpolo = Intramural Inner-tube Waterpolo 

• Any team found using an ineligible player will forfeit any points gained in the standings while using that player. The Intramural Program Coordinator or sport convener also reserves the right to remove the team from the league.
• It is the responsibility of the team captains to check with the Intramural sport convener regarding questions over any player’s eligibility and to ensure all players meet the eligibility requirements.

Number of Players

• A five (5) player minimum is necessary to play the game. Any team that plays with five (5) players will be required to play with an empty position and must indicate this position to the official. When that empty position comes up in the service rotation, it is an automatic loss of point.
• All games will begin at exactly 10 minutes after the scheduled time. Exceeding this time will result in a default. A 50 minute time cap is placed on all matches. A two (2) minute warning will be given to both teams if games reach the 50 minute time cap. The score at the conclusion of the 50 minutes will be the final score (a two (2) point margin is not required). Timeouts will not be allowed in the third set.
• A minimum of four (4) players are needed to finish the contest if injuries and ejections occur. If a team is unable to finish the game it will be declared a forfeit. The empty position rule still applies on all injuries.

The Game


In general, our rules are governed by the 
Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA). Please see our house rules below for exceptions.

I. All matches will be a best 2 out of 3 games. For Rec and Comp, a cap will be placed at 27 for the first 2 games, and 17 for the third.
II. No jump serves are permitted in the Recreational leagues.
III. In Recreational leagues, servers must alternate genders.
IV. Liberos are not permitted in Recreational leagues.
V. Substitutions: A player may substitute for another player (up to a maximum of 12 substitutions) or a team can choose to play in a continuous rotations format. A team must continue the same style of substitution for the entire match.
VI.Coed Rules: Each gender must touch the ball if a team uses all three touches to put the ball over the net.
VII. Coed Rules: For the coed divisions, a maximum of three (3) players of either sex are allowed on the court at any given time. A minimum of two (2) players of either sex are needed to avoid a default. If a team has less than two (2) players of either gender at any time in the contest (due to injury or suspension) the team will forfeit the contest.
VIII. Net Heights are as follows:
Men’s Leagues will be played at 7 holes (2.43 m)
Coed Comp/Rec Leagues will be played at 6 holes (2.35 m)
Women’s Leagues will be played at 5 holes (2.24 m)
IX. Teams are allowed one (1) timeout per set in the first two sets. No timeouts are allowed in the third set.


• Non marking running shoes and proper gym attire.


• The first 2 games are played to 25 points with a cap at 27, and the third game is played to 15 points with a cap at 17.


• League finals will be a best 3 out of 5 games.


Campus Recreation Intramural Sports at Western University holds sportsmanship as “Our Golden Rule of Sport”. Sportsmanship is a great tradition in sports and competition that means playing clean, handling both victory and defeat with grace, style, and dignity, respecting the judgment of referees and officials, and treating opponents with respect. Sportsmanship is a style and an attitude, and it can have a positive influence on everyone around you.

Playing Field Conditions

• Intramural staff has full authority to suspend/cancel games if they believe the playing conditions are unsafe.  Games will be rescheduled, if possible.
• In the event of a problem with lights or leakages, captains will be notified and games will be rescheduled, if possible.
• When in doubt, players should expect the game to be played and arrive at the indoor facility on time. If games get/are to be cancelled the sport convener will send out a message to those affected as soon as the decision to cancel has been made.

Game Reschedules

I. Cancelled Games (due to weather, space conflicts etc.) will be rescheduled whenever possible to ensure you get the Intramural experience you paid for, however facility availability is limited, and games may not always be able to be rescheduled.
II. Team Requests for a Reschedule - Unfortunately, once our schedules are released online we only make changes due to facility closure, etc.
III. If you need to reschedule a game, email your opponent to gain their permission to a possible rescheduling. Only if the opponent agrees to a change of game time can you email your Intramural sport convener at least 48 hours prior to the game with your request (and proof of opponent’s agreement). Requests will be accommodated when possible, but are not guaranteed. If you wish to swap game times with another game in your division, you must contact the captains of all teams involved in the game swap. The swap can only occur if all parties agree. This must be completed at least 48 hours prior to the originally scheduled game. Proof of all agreements must be sent to the Sport Convener before the game time swap can be executed.
IV. Forfeit the game: If you give at least 48 hours’ notice to your sport specific convener that your team won't be playing and that the game is a ‘forfeit’. You will lose the game, but not your Performance Bond or playoff eligibility.