Important Information

Start Date: September 14, 2020

First Day of Competition: September 15, 2020

Declaration Date: October 2, 2020

JV Girls Regionals completed by November 14, 2020

JV Girls Provincial - TBD

Div 1-3 Regional Championships completed by November 21, 2020

Div 1-3 Qualifying events completed by November 28, 2020

Provincial Date/Region:

Division 1 Boys - TBD

Division 1 Girls - TBD

Division 2 Boys - TBD

Division 2 Girls - TBD

Division 3 Girls - TBD

Volleyball Update- September 28, 2020

The NSSAF is committed to support our member schools to compete in the sport of volleyball. To align with COVID directives from Regional Centres and the NSSAF Board of Governors, some changes to the provincial championship format. Those changes include:

  • The Board of Governors has given direction that NSSAF schools may not host or attend tournaments for the 2020-2021 season.

- There will be no Provincial Championship tournament, a champion will be determined through a series of individual play down match ups.

- Provincial Semi Finals and Provincial Finals will be 3 of 5 matches.

- Regional champions will advance to a Provincial Semi Final

- Provincial Final must be completed by December 5, 2020 (D1-D3)

- JV Provincial Final must be completed by November 28, 2020

- Western Champion will play Capital Champion, Northumberland Champion will play Highland Champion.

- Semi Final and Final game locations will be determined in consultation with participating schools and NSSAF.


The sport of Volleyball has been approved for competition with some modifications to the rules. The NSSAF has been instructed that the Federation must follow the "Return to Play" plans of Provincial Sport Organizations, below is the Return to Play Plan for Volleyball Nova Scotia.

  • The Board of Governors has given direction that NSSAF schools may not host or attend tournaments for the 2020-2021 season.

        • Schools may still participate in exhibition matches but with only one other school at a time.

        • The Regional/Provincial Championship formats will have to be changed to elimination matches leading to Gold medal/ Bronze medal matches.

        • Play in matches will be the best of five games.


OCTOBER 1, 2020

RETURN TO VOLLEYBALL - October 1, 2020

These guidelines are meant to support organizations in their return to volleyball activities.


» Participants must adhere to all public health restrictions.

» Group size must not exceed a maximum of 50 participants.

» Participants should arrive immediately before and leave immediately after the activity.

» Parents & guardians / spectators should be discouraged or minimised.

» Breaks should be scheduled throughout the activity for hand-washing or sanitizing.

» Volleyballs should be cleaned at frequent intervals during the activity and between different groups.

» Water bottles, towels, or other personal items should not be shared.

INDOOR VOLLEYBALL - Regular Volleyball Canada/NSSAF rules of the game apply

» On court players are not required to wear a mask.

» Coaches, managers, and players on the bench should wear a mask.

» Major and minor officials should wear a mask.

» Referees should use electronic or squeeze whistles.

» Referee to coach introductions will occur while practicing physical distancing.

» Coin toss will be executed while practicing physical distancing.

» At the beginning of the match, teams will not meet at the net to wish each other good luck and shake hands.

» At the end of the match, teams will not meet at the net to shake hands with the opposing team. From their respective end line, teams will face each other and applaud.

» At the conclusion of the match, teams will not shake hands with the referees. When teams are at the end line, they should turn to face the referees and applaud.


» Ensure that participants are fully educated on symptoms of COVID-19 and procedures to minimise risk.

» Ensure the necessary sanitation and protective supplies are at hand.

» All common contact surfaces within a facility should be cleaned regularly.

» The use of common water fountains and change rooms should be discouraged.

» All activities should require pre-registration to minimise the physical exchange of documentation and to have all participant contact information on file.

» Organisers should screen participants for symptoms at the start of each session. If a participant is showing signs of COVID-19, they should be removed from the activity.

» Ensure that there is a clear procedure for handling any participant that contracts COVID-19. This should include a participant notification processes and reporting protocols.

» Ensure that participants are fully informed and consent to risks associated with participating in volleyball activities. It is important to note that most insurance policies – including insurance provided through Volleyball Nova Scotia - exclude coverage related to communicable diseases or pandemics, including Directors and Officers Insurance.


Volleyball Coach Education Opportunity

The Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation is partnering with Volleyball Nova Scotia to provide online coach education for NSSAF member coaches in volleyball.

The Course : Foundations of Volleyball

There are a limited number of licences so if you are interested please complete the following form: