Rules, Volleyball

Indoor Volleyball
Rules of the Game

All volleyball games are played in Reid Arena in the El Pomar Sports Complex. League play is organized in accordance with a round robin format. Final season rankings will be determined by 1) winning percentage, 2) head to head play, and/or 3) a tie-breaker. The top teams in each division will advance to a single elimination (or double elimination depending on number of teams) tournament to determine the overall champion.


  • All players must check-in with the officials or supervisor on duty and be on a valid roster before they are allowed to play.
  • A player may only play for ONE team.
  • Teams may add players to their roster up until the start of their second match.
    • However, that player must not have played for another team during the same season.
  • Players may not "jump" leagues or teams. Failure to observe this rule will result in a forfeit.


  • Six (6) players are allowed on the court for each team.
  • Three players will occupy the front row, and three in the back row, behind the attack line.
  • Teams must have TWO members of any under-represented gender(s) on the court at all times.
  • A team may play with no fewer than four players.
  • If a team only has one player of the underrepresented gender(s), they must play with four players.
  • No Varsity athletes of this sport are allowed to participate.


  • Also in accordance with new NCAA and International Rules, matches will be determined by the winner in a best of three game series.
  • Rally scoring to 25 points will determine the winner of the first two games; the third game will be rally to 15 points.


  • A forfeit will be assessed when a team fails to be present with the required number of players at 10 minutes past a scheduled game time.
  • Forfeits are "one and done" meaning, once a forfeit occurs your team will be removed from the season and/or tournament.


  • Open substitutions are in effect and can be made at any dead ball.
  • Substitutions must be made for the same position and in the course of rotation.
  • All substitutes must have checked in with an official or supervisor to verify they are on the roster before they are allowed to play.


  • The serve may be made anywhere behind the end line within the boundaries of the sidelines.
  • If any part of the server's foot touches the line while attempting a serve, a "foot fault" will be called and one point will be awarded to the opposing team.
  • A service is considered a fault when:
    • The server is touching the service line when the ball is contacted
    • The served ball crosses under the net; the ball touches or crosses over the antenna
    • The ball touches a player on the server's team
    • The ball land outside the opponent's playing area
  • In accordance with new NCAA and International Rules, the ball will be allowed to touch the net on a serve and remain in play.
  • NO blocking/hitting the serve from the opponent.


  • Lines on the court are considered in-play.
  • The rotation of players occurs in a clockwise manner.
  • One timeout per game will be granted to each team.
  • Each team is allowed a maximum of three successive contacts of the ball in order to return the ball over the net onto the opponent's side
    • Any player participating in a block shall have the right to make the next contact, such contact counts as the first of three hits allowed for the team
    • Any other player committing successive contacts with the ball will be called for a double hit
    • The ball may be hit with any part of the body
  • A live ball becomes dead when:
    • The ball touches an antenna or the net outside the antenna
    • The ball does not cross the net completely
    • The ball hits the floor
    • The ball contacts side wall, back wall, or basketball hoop
    • A player commits a foot fault; or a served ball contacts the net
    • The same player contacts the ball twice
    • The ball is hit four (4) times before going over the net
    • A player makes contact with the live part of the net
    • Any part of the body fully crosses the middle line (unless the player is outside the boundaries of the court)
    • A double hit is called; a lift is called
    • An illegal back row attack is called
    • A player and/or ball crosses into another court
      • When a player and/or ball from another court comes onto a court in progress, play is stopped, no point is awarded, and the call is a replay


  • Crossing the centerline is considered a foot fault.
  • Contact by any part of the body with the net except the hair or clothing is a fault when the ball is in play.
  • A back row player returning the ball to the opponent's side may not jump if they're in front of the ten-foot line and must contact the ball when any part of the ball is below the level of the top of the net.
    • This restriction does not apply if the player jumps clearly from behind the ten foot line.
  • A lift may be called when a player uses an open face-up palm to push the ball up on a non-athletic play, or when any part of the body makes prolonged contact
  • It's illegal to catch or throw the ball. The ball must rebound from the hit.
  • Attacking when the ball is completely on the other side of the net is illegal.
    • Once the ball breaks the vertical net plane (part of the ball is directly above the net) anyone can make a play on the ball.
  • If a ball is contacted into the net by Team A, on the first or second contact, and Team B contacts said ball (through the net) with a forward motion, a point will be rewarded to Team A
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