McDonalds A/AA JV Girls Volleyball Championship
Killarney, MB - November 23-25, 2017

1. DEADLINE DATES
 
ZONE AND INTERZONE PLAY-OFFS The convenor must notify Greg by phone at 204-925-5642 or email (greg@mhsaa.ca) following the conclusion of the zone championship (or when the zone representative has been declared).  You must declare your representative for each category by:
 
J.V.  (A/AA, AAA & AAAA) - Thursday, Nov. 16
“A”, “AA” - Saturday, Nov. 11
“AAA” -  Monday, Nov. 20
“AAAA” - Friday, Nov. 17
 
WILDCARD APPLICATIONS are due by the date indicated below at 1:00 pm sharp.  AAA Varsity, A/AA Junior Varsity and AAA Junior Varsity wildcards are open to zone semi-finalists and finalists only.  AAAA Varsity and Junior Varsity wildcards are open to eligible teams.  There are no wildcard spots for the A and AA Varsity Category. Applications must include the following:
- Complete season record of all games played (exhibition, league, tournament).  Season Record Form available on the MHSAA website.
- Letter of intent to participate signed by the Principal.
- Schools selected for a wildcard will be invoiced for the wildcard fee of $75.00.  The school will then have 20 working days from the date of the invoice to pay the fee or they will be subject to further sanctioning.
If your application does not include the season record and letter of intent, and/or is late, the application will not be considered.  See page 126 for an example wildcard application.  
 
Wildcard game date and location will be determined once the teams have been selected. Automatic wildcard spots may be awarded.  Wildcard Application Deadlines are as follows:
 
J.V. (A/AA, AAA & AAAA) – Thursday, Nov 16 by 1:00 pm
“AAA” – Friday, Nov 17 by 1:00 pm
“AAAA” – Thursday, Nov 16 by 1:00 pm
 
PROVINCIAL ROSTERS must be submitted online on the provincial championship website by the dates indicated below for each category.  You will need to have a team picture, school logo and complete roster information ready in order to enter your information. If roster information is not received by the date below you may be subject to a fine.  Roster submission dates are as follows:
 
J.V. (A/AA, AAA, AAAA) – Saturday Nov 18 by 4:00 pm.
“A”, “AA”, “AAA” – Tuesday, Nov 21 by 4:00 pm
“AAAA” – Saturday, Nov 18 by 4:00 pm
 
SEEDING INFORMATION must be received by the MHSAA, by the date below, with complete information, or the team may be subject to a $50.00 fine. Seeding information must include a complete season record of all games played, dates and scores.  Please use the seeding/wildcard season record form available on the website. Date seeding information must be submitted by:
 
J.V. (A/AA, AAA, AAAA) Friday, Nov 17 by 1:00 pm
“A” & “AA” – Friday Nov. 10 by 1:00 pm
“AAA” – Tuesday, Nov 21 by 1:00 pm
“AAAA” – Friday, Nov 17 by 1:00 pm
 
2. FORMATS & RULES
 
A. FORMATS: (see draw appendix on page 123 & 124 of handbook)
“A/AA” & “AAA” Junior Varsity – Ten (10) girls teams and Ten (10) boys teams. The boys and girls championships will use the same format.  There will be two pools, each with five teams.  The top four teams from each pool will advance to the Championship side. There is no Consolation side.  All matches are a best two out of three.  The 1st and 2nd set is won by the first team to score 25 points via rally-point scoring, with a minimum lead of two points.  The deciding 3rd set is played to 15 points with a minimum lead of 2 points.  (no point cap).
 
“AAAA” JV Formats – Twelve (12) girls and Twelve (12) boys teams.  The boys and girls championships will use the same format.  There will be three power pools of four teams for round robin.  Round Robin will be used to determine play-off seeding, as all teams will advance to single eliminate play-off.  All round robin matches will be best two out of three.  The 1st and 2nd set is won by the first team to score 25 points via rally-point scoring, with a minimum lead of two points.  The deciding 3rd set is played to 15 points with a minimum lead of 2 points.  (no point cap).  All play-off matches are a best three out of five.  A set is won by the team which first scores 25 points via rally-point scoring, with a minimum lead of two points.  The deciding 5th set, if required, is played to 15 points with a minimum lead of 2 points.  (no point cap).
 
“A” & “AA” Format –Sixteen (16) boys and (16) girls teams will be selected for placement in one of four Provincial Qualifiers. Format will be round robin with top three team advancing into a play-off.  The top team from the round robin will receive a bye to the final with the 2nd and 3rd place teams playing to see who will advance to the final. The top two teams from each Provincial Qualifier, along with the Zone 11 Champion, and Host school will advance to the Provincial Championship. The Provincial Championship will see Ten (10) girls teams and Ten (10) boys teams. The boys and girls championships will use the same format.  There will be two pools, each with five teams.  The top four teams from each pool will advance to the Championship side. There is no Consolation side.  All matches are a best two out of three.  The 1st and 2nd set is won by the first team to score 25 points via rally-point scoring, with a minimum lead of two points.  The deciding 3rd set is played to 15 points with a minimum lead of 2 points.  (no point cap).
 
“AAA” Varsity - Ten (10) girls teams and Ten (10) boys teams. The boys and girls championships will use the same format.  There will be two pools, each with five teams.  The top four teams from each pool will advance to the Championship side. There is no Consolation side.  All matches are a best two out of three.  The 1st and 2nd set is won by the first team to score 25 points via rally-point scoring, with a minimum lead of two points.  The deciding 3rd set is played to 15 points with a minimum lead of 2 points.  (no point cap).
 
“AAAA” Varsity - Twelve (12) girls and twelve (12) boys teams will compete in Regional Playdowns for the first two (2) rounds.  The winners will then advance to the Final Four Championship.    All matches are a best three out of five.  A set is won by the team which first scores 25 points via rally-point scoring, with a minimum lead of two points.  The deciding 5th set is played to 15 points with a minimum lead of 2 points.  (no point cap).
 
B. RULES: the playing rules of Volleyball Canada shall govern the competition unless specified below.  Special playing rules approved by the MHSAA will take precedent over rules in the official rulebook.
 
Junior Varsity Eligibility Rule: in order to be eligible for the junior varsity competition the athlete must meet the following requirements:
a) Participating athletes must be under the age of 17 as of midnight of the current school year, August 31.
b) Students are eligible to participate in junior varsity for two years.  In determining the two-year clause, member schools must count grade 9 as the first year.  The athlete's eligibility begins upon enrolment in grade 9 and is allowed two consecutive years of competition from time of enrolment in grade 9
 
For “A” and “AA” schools students may compete in an unlimited number of matches at the varsity level and still maintain their eligibility to compete in the junior varsity provincials. Students must compete in a minimum of 6 games at the JV level in order to be eligible to compete in zone and provincial play-offs.  Tournaments would count as two (2) games.
NOTE:  (the intent of this rule is to allow schools to utilize some athletes to form both teams NOT to better one and/or both teams)
 
For “AAA” and “AAAA” schools students may not compete in more than three matches at the varsity level. (league, exhibition or tournament - Tournaments count as two matches). Rural “AAA” Junior Varsity teams are allowed to compete against rural varsity “A” and “AA” teams without these matches being counted as varsity level.
 
The libero number will be REQUIRED only on the rotation lineup card for each set and not on the player roster. 
 
Teams will be allowed 12 substitutions per set.  A player can be substituted unlimited up to the 12 substitutions per set.
 
The Official Ball is the Mikasa MVA200 (multi-colored)
 
Interzones are to be determined by the MHSAA. If the zone/interzone championship is won by the host school, then another wildcard spot becomes open. Interzone and wildcard games will be the best 3 out of 5. There will be no interzones in the varsity “A” & “AA” category.
 
Teams are to bring their own warm up balls
 
Net Heights:   JV Boys – 2.35m JV Girls – 2.20m
Varsity Boys – 2.43m Varsity Girls – 2.24m
 
Uniform Rule: Style and colour of uniform must be consistent throughout the team.  Undergarments or tights cannot exceed past the bottom of their playing shorts.  Single colored spandex pants/shorts with team logo are allowed, but, they cannot exceed mid-thigh. 
 
Athletes, team members and coaches are not permitted to wear headwear during competition, opening ceremonies, awards ceremonies, banquets and/or luncheons. Inappropriate bench conduct (ie; changing tops, jerseys, uniforms, at the bench or on the playing field) is not acceptable.  Any athlete, team member or coach deemed in violation may be subject to a fine in the amount of $50-$200 assessed to the school.
 
All uniforms must be numbered 1-99, (whole numbers). (While MHSAA allows 1-99, it is preferred that the appropriate numbers of 1-15 be used). Captains bars are not required on uniforms.
 
Coaches should be advised that if the uniform rule is not adhered to, the team may not be allowed to compete and may be fined up to $200.00.  The school may also be put on probation (probation being that if the school violates the infraction again, the school may be fined $200.00 and be suspended from all MHSAA activities).
 
Advertising on uniforms must adhere to guidelines as outlined on pages 127-128 of MHSAA Handbook.
 
Game Limit - The maximum number of matches are 25 per season.  Each tournament counts as 2 matches and the 25 match limit does not include league playoffs, zone playoffs, or provincial playoffs. It does include exhibition matches. Exceeding the game limit will result in a $200.00 fine to the school and possible exclusion from provincials.
 
ALL VARSITY “AAA” URBAN schools must play a minimum of 4 matches against "AAA" rural schools, and 2 matches must be played outside of Winnipeg.  Tournaments count as two matches.  As long as the tournament is hosted by an "AAA" school, 2 matches will be awarded, regardless of the classification of participating teams. Failure to fulfill the requirement may result in the team being ineligible for provincials.
 
It is expected that all teams attend opening ceremonies and related functions (Banquets, etc).    Non-attendance may result in fines and/or further sanctions against the school.
 
 
3. AWARDS
 
Awards Presentation: All teams that medal are expected to stay for the presentation of the awards.  Teams may be fined for not being present for the awards.
 
In each division, the championship team will receive the Championship banner, first place medals and Championship T-shirts The runner-up team in the championship event will receive a finalist banner and second place medals  The third place team in the championship  event will receive third place medals (excluding "AAAA")
 
Six All-stars and one MVP will be awarded.  A Players Choice Award will be selected for Varsity only.
 
4.  SUPERVISION
 
At all MHSAA Provincial Championships, interzone and wildcard games, participants must have a teacher from the school division in attendance as a supervisor, or they will not be allowed to compete.  In individual sports where it may be unrealistic for one teacher to accompany one student, the zone may designate teacher supervisors for athletes.  This must be a written request, signed by each principal involved, and approved by the MHSAA, well in advance.  The designated teacher supervisor should have a copy of the letter, with them during the championship.
 
Teachers employed in the school division where they are coaching a team, may be the supervisor for that team.  The responsibility rests with the school to ensure that supervisor(s) are fully acquainted with all MHSAA rules, regulations and consequences.  Violation of this rule may result in a fine up to a maximum of $200.00.
 
5.  INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURE
 
The MHSAA, in cases of severe weather disruptions, may have to make decisions as to the possible rescheduling of Provincial Championships.  MHSAA decisions will be based on Environment Canada weather reports, the Manitoba Highway reports and weather conditions at the host site.
 
Information on possible schedule changes will be posted on the host website between 6:30 and 7:00 am on the day of the Championship.  Schools will also be emailed any changes.  In case of inclement weather, schools should refrain from travelling to Provincial Championships until they receive notification from the MHSAA Assistant Executive Director with instructions and updated scheduling.  Schools making a decision to travel prior to receiving notification from MHSAA Assistant Executive Director do so at their own risk and will be responsible for their travel and hotel costs, should the event be postponed or changed.
 
Many schools travel to Provincial Championships on the day prior to the championship beginning.  In cases where most schools are already at the host site, the convenor along with MHSAA assistant director will try to modify schedules to accommodate teams that will be arriving later due to weather conditions.



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