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Rules and Policy
The following policy items are recently changed. Juniors' club directors are also responsible for reading and understanding the OVR Juniors' Registration Packet. Juniors' tournament directors are also responsible for reading and understanding the OVR Juniors' Tournament Packet.
Each club director must be ASEP accredited.
Each coach must be IMPACT certifified. IMPACT is an entry-level coaching requirement of both USAV and the 40 regional volleyball associations. Individuals who wish to coach a boys or girls club team must be IMPACT, IMPACT Plus or CAP (level 1,2 or 3) certified within 60 days of membership registration. After 60 days, no coach may have any contact with players in practice or matches until the minimum certification is received. The regions are responsible to keep accurate records of those qualified to coach. If an individual is found negligent of certification, that individual must be immediately replaced with a qualified person. Violations of this requirement may include probation, suspension, fine, or whatever disciplinary action is deemed appropriate by the authorized person, persons, boards, or committees of the OVR. Appeals may be made in accordance with procedures set forth in the bylaws and operating code of the OVR. There are no waivers for lack of certification.
Club Clinics and Pre-Season Training of Junior Players
It is the responsibility of each club and coach to operate appropriately when trying to attract athletes to their programs. Clubs and coaches are reminded to respect each athlete's commitment to their high school program and each high school athlete's agreement to abide by their state athletic association rules.
Clubs may advertise their tryouts through the media (newspapers, web pages, etc.) and distribute information about them to the coaches of the schools in their area. Clubs may also respond to requests for information about their program. Clubs providing clinics prior to tryouts are cautioned to act in accordance with the state athletic association rules for participants. The OVR will not review, sanction, or otherwise pre-approve these Club activities.
Each OVR-registered coach has agreed, by signing the Juniors' Coaches' Code of Ethics, item #9, that they will not "allow, encourage, condone, or require any action that threatens a player's High School Association, USAV or NCAA eligibility." While the OVR will not actively monitor Clubs relative to state athletic association rules, any OVR coach whose participation in clinics, training, tryouts or other related actions results in or contributes to an athlete's violation of OHSAA Rule 10-3-1, or similar rules in other states, will likely have violated the Juniors' Coaches' Code of Ethics.
Part of the OVR Mission is to "Promote and develop the sport of volleyball." A coach who violates the OVR Juniors' Coaches' Code of Ethics in a manner that leads to an athlete's ineligibility to play volleyball should, therefore, expect to receive the most severe sanctions from the OVR.
Links to state athletic associations may be found at www.ovr.org/juniors/eligibility.php.
Uniform numbers must be clearly visible and centered on the chest and back. Each jersey must use the same color (excepting the Libero) and number height, minimum of 4" on the front and 6" on the back (recommended 6" on the front and 8" on the back) for all players. The line forming the numbers should be at least 3/4" wide.
Commitments and Contracts
Verbal commitments by players or parents to clubs are not binding. Commitments must be in writing: e-mail, written note, payment by check or cash (receipt required), or signed contract are binding to both parties for that season. A player contract is one requirement for club licensure.
The OVR has been asked to contribute to a national movement to promote a high standard for operation and management of juniors' clubs. New for the 2007 OVR/USAV season, OVR clubs may apply for licensure, documenting their practices that are considered conducive to running a high-quality program. Those clubs that do for and are granted a license may advertise that fact and will be recognized as licensed on the OVR website. Additional information and the applicatation for club license are aavailable on the Licensure of Juniors' Clubs page.