Policies

General Information

We DO NOT guarantee equal playing time on any team. Playing time is left to the discretion of the coach. OVVA has the philosophy that payments are for instruction during practices.

Coaching decisions are non-negotiable.

No parent or family member may approach any OVVA coach at any tournament, practice, by email, or phone regarding any issue pertaining to coaching decisions, teams or individual play. Players are encouraged to talk with their coach regarding any team concerns. If there is an issue that cannot be, please contact Rosemary Williams, the club director.

Parents and players must positively represent OVVA by conducting themselves in an appropriate and respectful manner to all OVVA coaches, board members, players, parents, opposing teams, opposing coaches, USA Volleyball directors, and officials.

Anyone causing damage to any equipment owned by OVVA or any facility used by the club for practices, tournaments, lodging or any club function will be required to reimburse the club or facility for the damages before continuing in OVVA.

Tobacco, alcohol, and drugs are prohibited.

Profanity and inappropriate gestures will not be tolerated by players or spectators.

Practice

Players are to attend all practices.

All players must sign in with their coach at the beginning of every practice. Coaches will document your practice attendance and reason for missing. This will be turned in to Coach Kline after every practice.

Any player with 3 unexcused absences will be called before the OVVA Board of Directors and may have their membership terminated. If a player has an unexcused absence, they will sit out a match at the upcoming tournament.

If a player is ill and home from school, or there is a genuine family emergency, players will be excused from practice.

If players are sick, injured, etc, for more than one practice, they need to bring a doctors excuse to the next practice. If a player becomes unexpectedly becomes ill or misses for an unexpected reason players must CALL the coach and CALL Coach Kline. No texting for any unexpected practice miss.

Examples of unexcused absences: concert, work, school dance/prom, the superbowl, visiting family, birthday party, vacation not listed on the player parent contract, etc. It is the family's repsonsibility to hold their child accountable and plan events around practice and tournaments. A team can only be successful with committed players and parents!

Players who participate in school-sanctioned high school sports or activities must provide their coach and Coach Kline with a full schedule of that sport or activity including games and practices. These activites will be excused. Players who participate in a school-sanctioned sport or activity that is scheduled at the same time as the scheduled OVVA practice will be excused. Players are asked to make every attempt to come to practice when their school activity is over.

Players must be on time for practice. “On time” means on the court, ready to begin practice. Should a coach be running late, players are expected to begin practice on time, without instruction. If a player is running late, they must call their coach to inform them.

ALL players are responsible for the set up and tear down of the volleyball nets at every practice.

Tournaments

Players/parents are required to provide the board of directors with any dates the player will not be able to participate in tournaments.

Excluding the submitted dates, a player must attend every tournament scheduled for her team. The only excused tournament absence is for illness, family emergency, or school-sanctioned sport or activity. Players who participate in another sport are asked to come to the tournament before for after their other activity is over. Tournaments usually go from 8/9 AM - 5/6 PM.

If a player does not attend a tournament for an unexcused reason, the board of directors has a the right to terminate the athlete’s membership for that current season, and not invite them back for upcoming seasons. Commitment is key from both players and parents!

If an illness or family emergency arises, and a player is unable to attend a tournament, players are to immediately notify their coach.

All players are expected to be in the gym, ready to warm-up for the first scheduled game. Players need to arrive at the tournament at least 30 minutes prior to the start time.

OVVA, as do all club teams, has a duty to officiate during tournaments. OVVA team members must remain at the tournament site until the officiating assignments are completed. Officiating is a shared responsibility by all members of the team. Players will be excused by the coach once all tournament obligations have been fulfilled.

Players must be 100% in uniform at all tournaments - this includes OVVA jersey, spandex, socks, and kneepads.

No cell phones at tournaments. Keep them in your bag and focus on your team!

Athletes and/or parents are expected to provide transportation to and from tournaments.

Parents are expected to provide lodging or arrangements for their child at any overnight tournaments. There will be recommended hotels provided for OVR Championships.

If your team chooses to compete in an unscheduled championship or qualifier, there may be an additional tournament fee added to your club tuition.

Payments

Payments are due on the 15th of each month.

Payments are payable to Ohio Valley Volleyball Academy and mailed to: Rosemary Williams, 7064 Clubview Drive, Bridgeville, PA 15017

If payments are not made by this date, players will not be permitted to practice or participate in tournaments until the full payment is made.

If the monthly payment is not one time, a $10 late fee per week will be attached to the player’s club bill until that month’s payment is made.

There will be no refunds.



SPECTATOR/PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT (PRACTICES AND TOURNAMENTS)

I WILL:

1. I WILL abide by the official rules of USA Volleyball.

2. I WILL display good sportsmanship at all times.

3. I WILL encourage my child and his/her team, regardless of the outcome on the court.

4. I WILL educate myself on the rules of the practice facility.

5. I WILL honor the rules of the host and the host facility.

6. I WILL generate goodwill by being polite and respectful to those around me at this

event.

7. I WILL direct my child to speak directly with his/her coach when coaching decisions

are made that may be confusing or unclear.

8. I WILL redirect any negative comments from others to the respective event director

or program/club administrator.

9. I WILL direct all concerns regarding officials to the head coach or club director for

my team/club as opposed to contacting the head official directly.

10. I WILL immediately notify the event director and/or program administrator in the

event that I witness any illegal activity.

11. I WILL support the policies and guidelines of the team/club that I represent.

12. I WILL acknowledge effort and good performance, remembering that all of the

players in this event are amateur athletes.

13. I WILL model exemplary spectator behavior while attending practices and events.

14. I WILL respect the history and tradition of the sport of volleyball by being a good

ambassador.

I WILL NOT:

1. I WILL NOT harass or intimidate the officials.

2. I WILL NOT coach my child from the bleachers and/or sidelines.

3. I WILL NOT criticize my child’s coach or his/her teammates.

4. I WILL NOT participate in any game or game-like activities unless I have a current

membership card with the Ohio Valley Region.

5. I WILL NOT bring and/or carry any firearms at any Ohio Valley Region event.

6. I WILL NOT bring, purchase, or consume alcohol at any youth/junior volleyball event.

Note: Any violation of this code of conduct will result in you being asked to leave the site/facility, and may result in you possibly being banned from attending future Ohio Valley Volleyball Club practices or tournaments.