Markham Business Sports League

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Basketball | Indoor Volleyball

League Rules


(Updated August 2016)



1. Teams are co-ed and can have up to 12 players’ maximum on the team. Players can be full or part time.

(a) There must be a minimum of 2 females on the court at all times.

2. A team is allowed to play with 5 people on the court, but there still must be a minimum of 2 females on the court. Anything less than 5 players will result in a default.

3. If a team starts the game with 2 females, and one of them gets injured or must leave during the game, the team can continue to play with 1 female, but they must play short-handed for the remainder of the game.

4. Teams must be co-ed.

5. ALL players must be registered and have signed our waiver online before they are able to play in the league.

6. If any team wishes to make additions/changes to their team due to poor commitment by players, they will be permitted to do so at the midway point of the season. No sooner after registration is closed, and no later than the midway point of the season. The league will make acceptations to this rule in the event too many defaults are occurring.



7. Physical altercations are not permitted in this league. If a physical altercation should occur, the offending players will be removed from the league immediately.

8. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted and may not be present at any games. Breaking this rule is also subject to suspension or removal.

9. Profanity and foul language is not permitted. Frustration ventilation is permitted, but not extreme rants of profanity.

10. Players must conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner toward their own team and the opposing team. They must treat other players and referees with respect and keep the noise level to a minimum.



11. Every player should be equipped with volleyball knee pads. It is very easy for injury to occur if a players’ knees strike the floor without protection.

12. Appropriate attire for sport is mandatory. A player is not permitted to play in jeans or street clothing. Sweatpants and leggings or tights are permitted. Baggy or loose clothing is not permitted. We would like to see teams in uniform. It is not mandatory, but lightly enforced. Exceptions will only be made to prevent defaulted games.


13. If a team does not meet the minimum team requirements at 5 minutes after the first official set begins, they forfeit the first set but can play the set for fun with at least 4 players of any gender. If a team does not meet minimum requirements at 15 minutes after the start of the first official set, they forfeit the game. A team that does not meet the minimum team requirements is still permitted to play the game for fun provided the opposing team agrees to play. The opposing team may also choose to use the time for their own team game.

14. Should a team default prior to the start of a game, that captain is required to contact the opposing team’s captain to notify them of default. Failure to notify the opposing captain or league will result in double the consequence of a regular default.

14. (a) A team cannot reschedule a game by choice. Only if the league permits the reschedule.

15. Rescheduled games will not be rescheduled. If a team defaults a rescheduled game, it will be entered into the standings as a loss/default.

16. Defaults will not be rescheduled, and the opposing team may use the gymnasium for volleyball purposes during the allotted time.

16. (a) If a team defaults, the opposing team will enter a win, as well as half the maximum points for each official set. If the opposing team or league is not notified of the default, the non-defaulting team will receive maximum points for each official set. (25,25,15).



17. Each game consists of 4 sets. The first set is a 15-point warm up set. Two of three official sets will go to 25 points and the third official set is to 15 points.  The team to win 2/3 official sets will be the winner of the game.

18. Each set must be completed. There is no time limit on sets. Sets will continue until a team gains a 2-point advantage.

19. Captains are required to assist in submitting the score of the game online while logged into their captain’s account if a league representative asks for assistance.

20. The score input: Each team must enter the total points for and against them for the full 3 official sets.

20. (a) If teams are tied in wins in the standings at the end of the regular season, ties will be separated having the team with the lowest points against be ahead.

20. (a) If the league requires you to assist in inputting scores online, you are to do it in good faith and honesty.

20. (b) If a team wins 3 straight sets quickly, teams are permitted to play for the remainder of there allotted time slot for fun.

20. (c) A point is awarded to a team ANYTIME the volleyball touches the ground. This is to ensure all sets are played during the allotted time. This might be referred to as “rally points.”

21. You are permitted one step in on both sides of the court when serving.

22. Each player can only serve a maximum of 3 serves consecutively.

23. The net is set at men’s height.

24. Spiking is permitted, however, you cannot target or attack players when spiking. You must also exercise a reasonable amount of caution when spiking. If a player on the opposing team is struck by a targeted spike or powerful spike and no caution was exhibited, the offending team will lose the point gained and will lose possession. The amount of caution is to be decided by the referee. This rule is very ambiguous and reflects an aspect of safety.

25. Tipping is permitted and blocking is permitted. The top of the net is to remain untouched. The lower part of the net can be touched.
25. (a) You cannot cross the line below the net. The line can be touched, but not crossed with a full foot.

26. You cannot kick the volleyball with a full leg swing. If the ball is deflected off a leg unintentionally, or a person extends a leg to save the volleyball from striking the ground, it will be permitted. This is the referee’s discretion. This is to prevent clownery.

27. Substitute players can rotate in anytime your team regains possession, and can also rotate in once a player reaches the 3 serve maximum.

27. (a) Teams are responsible for their own substitutions. Substitution is mandatory when a player reaches the 3 serve maximum. Substitution is also mandatory if a team hasn’t made a substitution after regaining possession 3 times. This is to ensure fair playing time amongst individuals. Substitution is NOT mandatory during playoffs at all in anyway. During playoffs, substitutions are allowed when a team regains possession, and when a player reaches the 3 serve maximum but is not mandatory.

28. Either the referee or an MBSL representative will keep score. Teams may be asked to assist with this at times and are obligated to do so at the referee’s discretion.

29. All calls made by the referee are final. The referee’s calls will stand and are not subject to change in anyway. In the event a bad call alters the playoffs, the league will investigate.

30. If the Markham Business Volleyball League does not have a rule listed for specific scenarios, we will revert to Ontario Volleyball Association rules. If you are unfamiliar with the sport, it is your responsibility to research common volleyball rules. Lifts, scoops, re-directs, double hits and pro-longed contact are all illegal touches. This is mainly a recreational league and the rules will be enforced in a manner that reflects fun as the ultimate goal of the season.



31. If the gymnasium is locked, or the facility is inaccessible up until 10 minutes after the start of your game time, the game will be cancelled and rescheduled by the league. If the gymnasium is open, but the facility is unprepared for play, teams may try to prepare the facility but should teams choose to try that, the game will NOT be rescheduled. A tie will be entered into the standings for both teams.

32. If there is a real threat of a major snow storm or freezing rain, the league may reschedule the game but is unlikely due to facility contract structure.

33. In the event a team defaults close to game time, the opposing team may still use the facility for volleyball purposes in the allotted time. They can practice or play amongst themselves.

34. In the event a referee does not show, teams can ref their own game. If a referee is late, please discuss with the referee as to what is the best option to ensure a fair game.



35. Head-to-head (the 2 teams records against one another.)

36. Points achieved



37. Playoffs will be the best 3 out of 5 sets. No warm up set. Sets to 25,25,25,25,15.



38. Do not interfere with other teams or user groups of the facility. Should there be a conflict in facility usage with other user groups; captains will be equipped with a copy of the permit.

39. All decisions by the league are final and not subject to challenge or change.

40. Players cannot be traded amongst teams. Players of companies with 2 or more teams may not use players from each other’s teams.

41. The minimum age requirement for players is 18. Exceptions can be made for specific circumstances. Contact the league for assistance.

42. Music is only permitted in the facility if an MBSL rep allows it.

43. Players challenged as an illegal player must provide photo I.D within 5 minutes of the challenge. If the player cannot produce photo I.D within the 5 minutes, they are to be removed from the game. If the player is deemed illegal, the offending team will default the game. The game may still be played for fun if both captains agree.

44. Volleyball related activities are only permitted in the gymnasium. You are not permitted to toss the ball around or conduct any activity outside of the gymnasium.
45. Apropriate shoes must be worn inside the gymnasium. You must respect the facility and keep it clean. Failure to respect the facility the league operates in will result in removal from the league.