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Game Format & Rules

Some rules may vary by venue, time constraints, or number of teams. Detailed rules will always be emailed to the team captain before a tournament or start of a league season

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Indoor

Men's, Women's, Coed

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Reverse Coed

Indoor & Outdoor - Doubles, Quads, & Sixes

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Outdoor

Men's, Women's, & Coed

 

Indoor Format

Coed 6's

  • Open Hand Passing – Permitted indoors on serves or free balls​

  • Blocking – Blocks do not count as a touch​

  • Serving – Let serves are allowed​

    • Only one serving attempt is allowed

    • No jump serves in recreation divisions

  • Net - Touching any part of the net with any part of your body is a fault and will result in a side out

  • Middle Line - You are not permitted to cross the center line entirely. You may touch the line, but never entirely step across it

  • Attacks - Any front row player is permitted to block or attack the ball

  • Subs - Any additional subs (more than 7 players) will need to pay a $25 fee. Standard subbing rules apply throughout the league or tournament

  • Reffing - Reffing team must keep score on sheets provided, will be in charge of watching the net, sets,  of bounds lines. An up & down ref plus 2 line judges is expected

  • Timeouts – only 1 timeout permitted per game

  • Waivers – each team member must sign the waiver prior to playing their first game

  • Captains must review the score & initial after every match to ensure it is correct, playoffs and seeding will based on the scores recorded

  • Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Any unsportsmanlike conduct as determined by the league directors can result in forfeit of points/match or removal from the league entirely. Please be respectful of one another, we’re all here to compete and have fun!

Indoor Format

Women's or Men's 6's

  • Open Hand Passing – Permitted Indoors on serves or free balls​

  • Blocking – Blocks do not count as a touch​

  • Serving – Let serves are allowed​

    • Only one serving attempt is allowed

    • No jump serves in recreation divisions

  • Net - Touching any part of the net with any part of your body is a fault and will result in a side out

  • Middle Line - You are not permitted to cross the center line entirely. You may touch the line, but never entirely step across it

  • Attacks - Any front row player is permitted to block or attack the ball

  • Libero - Any team with a libero will abide by standard rules. Libero may only serve for 1 person. Libero may never attack the ball above the plain on the net

  • Subs - Any additional subs (more than 7 players) will need to pay a $25 fee. Standard subbing rules apply throughout the league or tournament

  • Reffing - Reffing team must keep score on sheets provided, will be in charge of watching the net, sets,  of bounds lines. An up & down ref plus 2 line judges is expected

  • Timeouts – only 1 timeout permitted per game

  • Waivers – each team member must sign the waiver prior to playing their first game

  • Captains must review the score & initial after every match to ensure it is correct, playoffs and seeding will based on the scores recorded

  • Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Any unsportsmanlike conduct as determined by the league directors can result in forfeit of points/match or removal from the league entirely. Please be respectful of one another, we’re all here to compete and have fun!

Indoor Format

Reverse Coed 6's

  • Open Hand Passing –Permitted on serves or free balls

    • Allowed on hard driven attacks - can be “sloppy”

  • Open Hand Tips – Permitted

  • Blocking – Blocks do not count as a touch

    • ONLY WOMEN are allowed to block/attempt to block 1 female player in the front row, after the ball is served another female player may block front row. This player may not attack the ball in front of the 10 ft line. This only applies in a rotation when there is 1 female player in front row.

  • Serving – Let serves are allowed

    • Servers must maintain rotation

    • Only one serving attempt is allowed

    • No jump serves in recreation divisions

  • Net - Touching any part of the net with any part of your body is a fault and will result in a side out

  • Middle Line - You are NOT permitted to cross the middle line entirely (shadow rule)

  • Attacks - Women may attack from anywhere on the court & men may only attack from behind the 10ft Line

    • If men attack the ball in front of the 10ft line it MUST have obvious upward trajectory

  • Subs - Any additional subs (more than 6 players) will need to pay a $25 fee. Standard subbing rules apply throughout the league or tournament

  • Reffing - Reffing team must keep score on sheets provided, will be in charge of watching the net, sets, and 10ft line attacks (men can land in front of the 10ft line but must take off with both feet from behind the line)

  • Captains must review the score & initial after every match to ensure it is correct, playoffs and seeding will be based on the scores recorded

  • Timeouts – only 1 timeout permitted per game

  • Waivers – each team member must sign the waiver prior to playing their first game

  • Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Any unsportsmanlike conduct as determined by the league directors can result in forfeit of points/match or removal from the league entirely. Please be respectful of one another, we’re all here to compete and have fun!

  • Warm Up – Limited to 5 minute warm up which begins immediately after the match before ends. Teams not ready to play after the allotted time will be subject to losing 1 point per 30 seconds until their arrival. After 10 minutes – the team not ready will forfeit the match.

Indoor Format

Reverse Coed Quads

  • Open Hand Passing –Permitted on serves or free balls

    • Allowed on hard driven attacks - can be “sloppy”

    • You may only set over the net if your body is squared to where you are pushing it (must be clean)

  • Open Hand Tips – Not permitted

  • Blocking – Blocks do not count as a touch

    • Blocking with any redirection is not permitted

    • ONLY WOMEN are allowed to block/attempt to block

  • Serving – Let serves are allowed

    • Servers must alternate in the same order even though there is no “rotation”

    • Only one serving attempt is allowed

    • No jump serves in recreation divisions

  • Net - Touching any part of the net with any part of your body is a fault and will result in a side out

  • Middle Line - You are permitted to cross underneath the net as long as you are not interfering with the other team. Interference will result in a side out. Please be careful with this

  • Warm Up – Limited to 5 minute warm up which begins immediately after the match before ends. Teams not ready to play after the allotted time will be subject to losing 1 point per 30 seconds until their arrival. After 10 minutes – the team not ready will forfeit the match.

  • Attacks - Women may attack from anywhere on the court & Men may ONLY ATTACK FROM BEHIND THE 10ft Line

  • If men attack the ball in front of the 10ft line it MUST have obvious upward trajectory

  • Reffing - Reffing team must keep score on sheets provided, will be in charge of watching the net, sets, and 10ft line attacks (men can land in front of the 10ft line but must take off with both feet from behind the line)

  • Captains must review the score & initial after every match to ensure it is correct, playoffs and seeding will be based on the scores recorded

  • Timeouts – only 1 timeout permitted per game

  • Waivers – each team member must sign the waiver prior to playing their first game

  • Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Any unsportsmanlike conduct as determined by the league directors can result in forfeit of points/match or removal from the league entirely. Please be respectful of one another, we’re all here to compete and have fun!

  • Warm Up – Limited to 5 minute warm up which begins immediately after the match before ends. Teams not ready to play after the allotted time will be subject to losing 1 point per 30 seconds until their arrival. After 10 minutes – the team not ready will forfeit the match.

Outdoor Format

Reverse Coed

  • Open Hand Passing – Not permitted on serves or free balls

    • Allowed on hard driven attacks - can be “sloppy”

    • You may only set over the net if your body is squared to where you are pushing it (must be clean)

  • Open Hand Tips – Not permitted

  • Blocking – Blocks do not count as a touch

    • Blocking with any redirection is not permitted

    • ONLY WOMEN are allowed to block/attempt to block

  • Serving – Let serves are allowed

    • Servers must alternate in the same order even though there is no “rotation”

    • Only one serving attempt is allowed

    • No jump serves in recreation divisions

  • Net - Touching any part of the net with any part of your body is a fault and will result in a side out

  • Middle Line - You are permitted to cross underneath the net as long as you are not interfering with the other team. Interference will result in a side out. Please be careful with this

  • Warm Up – Limited to 5 minute warm up which begins immediately after the match before ends. Teams not ready to play after the allotted time will be subject to losing 1 point per 30 seconds until their arrival. After 10 minutes – the team not ready will forfeit the match.

  • Attacks - Women may attack from anywhere on the court & Men may ONLY ATTACK FROM BEHIND THE 10ft Line

  • If men attack the ball in front of the 10ft line it MUST have obvious upward trajectory

  • Reffing - Reffing team must keep score on sheets provided, will be in charge of watching the net, sets, and 10ft line attacks (men can land in front of the 10ft line but  must take off with both feet from behind the line)

  • Timeouts – only 1 timeout permitted per game

  • Waivers – each team member must sign the waiver prior to playing their first game

  • Captains must review the score & initial after every match to ensure it is correct, playoffs and seeding will based on the scores recorded

  • Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Any unsportsmanlike conduct as determined by the league directors can result in forfeit of points/match or removal from the league entirely. Please be respectful of one another, we’re all here to compete and have fun!

Outdoor Format

Men's & Women's Doubles

  • Open Hand Passing – Not permitted on serves or free balls

    • Allowed on hard driven attacks - can be “sloppy”

    • You may only set over the net if your body is squared to where you are pushing it (must be clean)

  • Open Hand Tips – Not permitted

  • Blocking – Blocks do not count as a touch

    • Blocking with any redirection is not permitted

  • Serving – Let serves are allowed

    • Servers must alternate in the same order even though there is no “rotation”

    • Only one serving attempt is allowed

    • No jump serves in recreation divisions (B & C)

  • Net - Touching any part of the net with any part of your body is a fault and will result in a side out

  • Middle Line - You are permitted to cross underneath the net as long as you are not interfering with the other team. Interference will result in a side out. Please be careful with this

  • Warm Up – Limited to 5 minute warm up which begins immediately after the match before ends. Teams not ready to play after the allotted time will be subject to losing 1 point per 30 seconds until their arrival. After 10 minutes – the team not ready will forfeit the match.

  • Peer Reffing - Refs must keep score on sheets provided, will be in charge of watching the net, sets, contacts & general play

  • Timeouts – only 1 timeout permitted per game

  • Subs – not permitted. Should either player on your team need no longer be able to play for any reason, you must forfeit the game & accept your seeding based on the games completed

  • Captains must review the score & initial after every match to ensure it is correct, playoffs and seeding will based on the scores recorded

Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Any unsportsmanlike conduct as determined by the league directors can result in forfeit of points/match or removal from the league entirely. Please be respectful of one another, we’re all here to compete and have fun!