VOLLEYBALL RULES

(Updated June 2018)

1. ELIGIBILITY

2. TEAM COMPOSITION

3. LEAGUE RULES

4. LEAGUE FORMAT

5.  OFFICIALS

6. SCORING AND CHAMPIONSHIPS

7. UNIFORMS

8. EQUIPMENT

9. LENGTH OF GAME

10.  SCHEDULING AND START TIMES

11. PLAYOFFS AND FINALS

12.  TIE BREAKING PROCEDURES

13. RESPONSIBILITIES

14. DISCIPLINE

15.  PROTESTS

16.  AWARDS

1. ELIGIBILITY    

1.1 All players must be eligible for the competition under the ISSFHK Constitution, by-laws, and standing Rules

1.2  All players in the opinion of their principal must be bona fide full time students at their school.

1.3  The eligibility list must be sent to the convenor at least 24 hours before the first  league competition, and this document will be closed for editing after the second week of competition has been completed whether you have played your first match or not.

1.4  Unlimited number of players may be listed on the eligibility list

1.5  Changes and updates to eligibility list must be done 24 hours prior to a player’s involvement in the competition by request of the convenor.

       

2. TEAM COMPOSITION        

2.1 Team members must be U20, U16 or U14 before September 01, 2018

2.2  All members of a team may be dressed for any match

2.3  Only 12 athletes may be listed on a game sheet for any match

2.4   Team members must be of the nominated gender for competition

3. LEAGUE RULES

3.1  Competition shall be governed by the official rules of the FIVB

3.2  A contestant may only play at one division level during the school year, except for:

i. a player from a lower division may play a maximum of two league (but not playoff games) games on a higher division team without losing lower division eligibility.  If the player plays up a 3rd time, the player becomes a permanent member of the higher division.

ii.  if the lower division players plays matches on the high division team, the player becomes a member of that team and the player’s name must be entered on the eligibility form.

iii.  a maximum of two lower division players may be moved up for any one play date.

iv. to indicate that the player is from the lower division team, the player’s name must be (bracketed) on the score sheet.

3.3  The libero may only substitute for a back row player (i.e. may not block or attack)

i.  The libero may enter the game before or after the service of players substituted.  

ii.  Libero can only serve for one front row player (all age groups)

Iii. Libero can serve for one player per match, but this must be stated before the match has begun

Iv. Libero must sit one point before going back in for another player on the team

 3.4  Team are allowed unlimited substitutions per set for all age groups

3.5    “Any number of players may enter into the same position during the course of a set (as long as it is within the substitution limit).  If a player re-enters, they must come into the same position in the serving order.

4. LEAGUE FORMAT        

4.1  The playing season shall be from September 2 through November 6.  

4.2  The league will follow a round robin format

4.3  League play will determine seeding for playoffs

4.4  Volleyball playoffs will only involve the top 4 teams in each of the six age groups of volleyball.  

4.5  All volleyball matches for all age groups must be played on indoor courts.

5.  OFFICIALS

5.1  For all competitions, ISSFHK will book referees.   Schools must provide qualified scorekeepers for their courts.  

5.2  The net referee will call net touches and rotation faults and control substitutions.

5.3  Two scorers are preferred per court, one for the scoresheet and one for the display board.

5.4  All School involved will be invoiced the cost of VBHK officials in both league and championship matches.

5.5 For the U16 and U20 divisions (both 1&2) there will be three officials for every match being played (one in the chair, one at the table, and one on the floor for substitutions and timeouts called).

6. SCORING AND CHAMPIONSHIPS        

6.1  Scoresheets should reflect the following information:

i.  Team Names and Host School

ii.  Date, month

iii.  Division, Gender and Age group

6.2  Scoresheets are important for many reasons:

6.3  League Points:   Will be awarded as follows:  Win = 3 points,  Loss (1-2) = 1 point, Loss (0-2) = 0 points  

       

7. UNIFORMS        

7.1  The team’s uniforms must be clearly numbered on the front and back (numbers 1-30) and every member must have matching top and shorts

7.2  Libero players must wear a contrasting color and be numbered.

8. EQUIPMENT        

8.1  Net Height

8.2  Net must have vertical line markers, the two ends of the net (over the sidelines) must both be at the same height from the playing surface and must not exceed the official height (measured from the center of the playing court) by more than 2cm (¾”)

8.3  The lines of the court must be clearly visible.  This includes the serving area, the center line, and the attack line.  If not they must be marked with tape.

8.4  The referee will need some form of stand to officiate from.

8.5  There should be two players’ benches

8.6  For scoring, you need a table, two chairs, scoresheets, scoreboard, two scorers, pencils.

8.7  A team or a school representative should be present when the visiting team arrives to show them to their changing room.  Please advise teams accordingly about their valuables.

9. LENGTH OF GAME

9.1  Best of three sets (25 in the first two, 15 in the third)

9.2  Team must win by 2 clear points or reach 27 in the first two games.  There is no cap for the third game.  

10.  SCHEDULING AND START TIMES        

10.1  Scheduling will be completed by the convenor, with the following earmarked as league match competition days:

10.2  Matches will begin at 4:00

10.3 If a school arrives late, it is of the responsibility of the late school to contact the host school’s AD that they are on their way and state the reason for why they are late. Schools still need to attempt to be at the school by 4:00pm, but no penalty will be assessed if a school is late.

10.4  Any second game will start 10 minutes after the conclusion of the first.  This will include pre-match warm ups on their own side of the net (ball handling, stretching, etc) and 3 minutes separately or 5 minutes together - spike and service warm up.

       

11. PLAYOFFS AND FINALS

11.1  Post season play will involve the top 4 teams in each of the six age groups for volleyball.

11.2  Semifinals and finals will use linesman to support referees.  Linesmen can be defined as either an adult staff member or an additional paid referee.    

11.3 The top seed has the choice to host their playoffs if they have a suitable facility to host. If the school is already hosting one playoffs on that day, it will go to the second highest seed and so on until all of the playoff facilities are accounted for under the ISSFHK constitution.

     

       

12.  TIE BREAKING PROCEDURES        

12.1  If two or more teams are tied at the end of league play, they will be ranked by:

i.  Head to head

ii.  If still tied, the team with the best ratio of won/lost games in league play (If there is a 3 way tie and it has been resolved, the process will restart)

iii.  if still tied, the team having the best ratio of sets for/against in the matches played against each other tied will be ranked higher

iv.  if still tied, the team having the best ratio of points for/against in the matches played against other tied teams will be ranked higher    

           

13. RESPONSIBILITIES        

13.1  Host Team must provide:

     

14. DISCIPLINE        

14.1  In accordance with ISSFHK guidelines

15.  PROTESTS

15.1   All protests must be lodged with the President of the ISSFHK within 24 hours of the conclusion of the disputed game.

15.2  Check the grounds of your protest through the convenor, your athletic director, and Principal

15.3  Eligibility protests may be taken at any time during or after the competition

16.  AWARDS

15.1  Championship banners will be provided to champions in each age group and gender

15.2  Medallions will be provided to all members for the top 3 placed teams in each division at the conclusion of the championships.1  Competition shall be governed by the official rules of FIVB.  Exceptions will be noted below.