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, 3) point differential, and/or 4) 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 last game of round robin play.
- 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.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS
- 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 at least TWO members of the under-represented sex in the pool at all times.
- A team may play with no fewer than 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