Volleyball Rules

(updated 07/11/2017)

1.       GENERAL RULES

1.1   Teams will play best of 3 games.  First 2 games to 21 with a cap at 23 using "All Rally Score" scoring.  The 3rd match (if needed) will go to 15 with a cap of 17.

1.2  Every time a point is finished, one team will be awarded a point, whether they served or not.

1.3   Serves that hit the net and go over the net to the opponent's side will be "live" and are good serves provided they are played by the opposing team or they land in bounds. It is legal to set the serve.

1.4   Any questions regarding policies, rules, or eligibility must be addressed before the start of the match.

2.       CO-ED RULES & TEAM SIZE

2.1   4's (2 men and 2 women) - Teams can play with 2 men and 1 woman but no more than 2 men on the court at one time.

2.2   Four player teams must have at least two players (minimum one female) on the court at all times

2.3   Any team that fails to have 2 roster players present at the start of the first game will forfeit the match.

2.4   Teams not able to field a minimum number of players, may play with the consent of the opposing captain and/or league staff member.

3.       ROSTERS & TEAM SIZE

3.1   Players may not appear on more than 1 official team roster unless approved by the office.

3.2   During regular season ONLY, teams are allowed to use substitutes if they cannot field a full and legal team.  

3.3   ANY PICKUP PLAYER must be a signed player on another team that night. Teams may not pick up players to go over 4 and have substitutes.

3.4   No outside subs are allowed.

3.5   Only players on the roster are allowed to play in the playoffs.

3.6   Teams can add to their roster any time prior to the end of their final game of the season up to roster maximum of 8.

3.7   Once a player has signed their team’s roster they CANNOT be replaced or removed from the roster.

3.8   Players added at the first game or mid-season may not get shirts but will have the option of having one sent to them for $5 (shipping costs). Order your shirt by a link on the FAQ page on the website.

Roster Checks:  Players have the right to ask for a roster check of the opposing team after the start of the game and before the end of the game.  These requests must be made with the coordinator during game play, and if it is found that the opposing team is playing with an “illegal player”  (i.e. not on that team’s roster or not signed) then staff reserves the right to remove the player and/or forfeit the game.  Club Sport staff decisions are final and roster checks may not be made by players once the game has finished.

4.       SERVICE POSSESSION

4.1   A team earns service possession for the start of the first game by winning a coin toss or a Rock/Paper/Scissors.

4.2   The teams will then alternate service for the 2nd game.

4.3   In the 3rd game teams will switch sides every 8 points (when the score of both teams total 8. i.e. 3-5, 9-7, etc).

5.       ROTATION & SUBSTITUTIONS

5.1   Team members do not need to rotate position on the court.

5.2   Players do have to rotate service.

5.3   Players substituting into the game must come into the service position.

6.       FUNDAMENTALS OF PLAY

6.1   THREE CONTACT - Each team is allowed a maximum of 3 successive contacts of the ball in order to return the ball to the opponent's area. (Exception: In the action of blocking an attacking ball, the touch, or contact resulting from the block attempt does not constitute one of the three successive contacts.)

6.2   ATTACKING THE NET - Every player is eligible to attack the net.

6.3   SIMULTANEOUS CONTACTS - When two non-blocking teammates touch the ball simultaneously, it is considered as a single contact, and any player may make the next contact. When two opponents simultaneously and instantaneously contact the ball over the net, the ball remains in play and the team receiving the ball is entitled to another three hits. If such a ball lands “out”, it is the fault of the team on the opposite side of the net from where the ball lands. If opponents contact the net simultaneously, it shall constitute a double fault and the point shall be played over.

6.4  CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CONTACT - The ball can contact any number of body parts down to, and including the foot, providing such contacts are simultaneous and the ball rebounds immediately and cleanly after such contact.

6.5   HELD BALL - The ball must be contacted cleanly and not held, lifted, pushed, caught, carried or thrown. The ball cannot roll or come to rest on any part of a player’s body. It can rebound in any direction.

6.6   HAND SETS - A contact of the ball using the fingers of one or two hands to direct the ball toward a teammate is a set. The ball must come into contact with both hands simultaneously and leave both hands simultaneously to avoid a double hit call.

6.7  SETTING - A player may set the ball over the net in front or behind them only in the direction in which their shoulders are squarely facing. Rotation of the ball after the set may indicate a held ball or

multiple contacts during the set but in itself IS NOT A FAULT.

6.8   ATTACKING THE BALL OVER THE OPPONENTS COURT - A player is not allowed to attack the ball on the opposite side of the net. If the ball is hit above the spiker’s side of the net and then the follow-through causes the spiker's hand and arm to cross the net without contacting an opponent or the net, the action does not constitute a fault.

6.9  BLOCKING - Blocking is the action close to the net which intercepts the ball coming from the opponents’ side by making contact with the ball before, during or after it crosses the net.

6.10   MULTIPLE CONTACTS - Multiple contacts of the ball by a player(s) participating in a block shall be legal provided it is during one attempt to intercept the ball.

6.11   Multiple contacts of the ball during a block shall be counted as a single contact, even though the ball may make multiple contacts with one or more players of the block.

6.12   PARTICIPATION AFTER A BLOCK - Any player participating in a block shall have the right to make the next contact, such contact counting as the first of three hits allowed the team.

6.13   BLOCKING A SERVE - Blocking or attacking a serve is prohibited.  However, setting a serve is allowed

6.14  BLOCKING A BALL ACROSS THE NET - Blocking of the ball across the net above the opponent's court shall be legal provided that such a block is:

After a player of the attacking team has spiked the ball, or, in the referee's judgment, intentionally directed the ball into the opponent's court, or has exhausted their third allowable hit. After the opponents’ have hit the ball in such a manner that the ball would clearly cross the net if not touched by a player, provided no member of the attacking team is in a position to make a legal play on the ball, if the ball is falling near the net and no member of the attacking team could reasonably make a play on the ball.

6.15   PLAYER CONTACT WITH THE NET - No part of the body may touch the net at anytime unless a ball or person driven into the net causes the contact. Player contact with the net in a manner not directly relating to or affecting the course of play is not a violation. Contact with hair or part of the uniform will not be considered a fault.

6.16   INTERFERENCE - Beach volleyball allows any and all parts of the body to cross the center line as long as there is no interference with the opposing player.

7.       REFEREES

7.1   Refs will be provided by SoCo Sports.

7.2 The Referee will be responsible for keeping score and reporting the score to the home office.

8.       SPORTSMANSHIP

8.1        At SoCo Sports, we facilitate fun! We hope that all participants keep that in mind when becoming involved in our leagues and social events.  Although the games may become intense, you still can be competitive while maintaining good sportsmanship.  

8.2         Any behavior deemed unacceptable by SoCo Sports staff may result in ejection from the game and/or suspension from a game or the league, even if the event did not result in an ejection at the time.   Any player or fan is encouraged to root for their own team but rooting against teams or use of disparaging language is discouraged and could result in penalties of players or dismissals of fans. Any fans of teams may be asked to leave by Club Sport staff. Refusal to leave could result in forfeiture of games.

8.3        Fighting is not allowed and will NOT be tolerated. All parties involved in fighting will be subject to ejection from the game at the umpire’s discretion and subject to ejection from the league at the discretion of SoCo Sports.

8.4         Any player that gets ejected from a game may face league suspension for one or more games.

8.5         SoCo Sports reserves the right to remove a player or team from the league after just one incident depending on the severity of the situation.

8.6       Multiple ejections, even across multiple seasons, may result in permanent suspension from all SoCo activities.

9.   FORFEITS

9.1  Game time is forfeit time.

9.2   If the opposing team wishes to grant time for their opponents to show up, the team will be given a 10 minute grace period to get their full team on the field ready to play. If time expires before the 3rd match, that match would be forfeited with the opponent getting 1 win and 15 points.

9.3   Teams may pick up substitute players during the regular season in order to field a legal team. Substitutes will not be allowed during playoffs.  

9.4   All substitutes must be signed onto a roster/waiver for that night.

9.5 If a team forfeits a match, the opponent will get all three wins and 21 points for first two matches and 15 points for third match.

9.6   If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game then we encourage you to call our office so we can inform your opponent.

9.7   If your team forfeits a match during the season, the following rules apply:

First Offense: Loss of the match  and warning issued.

Second Offense: Loss of the match and staff reserves the right to remove team from playoffs.

Third Offense: Loss of the match and possible removal from the league.

10.   SCHEDULE/STANDINGS

10.1   League Schedule and Standings will be posted on-line throughout the season.

10.2 All three games will be considered for standings and playoff seeding.  Therefore, a third game will always be played (within the allotted time limit) even if one team has won the first two games.

11.   PLAYOFFS

11.1 All eligible teams make the playoffs (teams that have not abused any policies are eligible).

11.2   Players can only play for one team (the team that has them on their official roster) during playoffs. Players may not appear on more than 1 official team roster unless approved by the office.

11.3   Playoffs are single elimination.

11.4   Depending on schedule and facility constraints, some teams may need to play more than one playoff match per day.  

12.   RANKING

12.1 Rankings will be determined by (1) Winning percentage, (2) head to head play (2 teams tied), (3) most games won, (4) fewest games lost, (5) coin flip.