VOLLEYBALL: Rules and Regulations
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Rules and Regulations
I. The Game, Players, and Equipment
1. Teams consist of six players. However, a team may start or continue the game with four players.
2. This event will be Co-ed (minimum of 2 females on the score card and official roster), one female player must be playing on the court at all times.
3. All games shall be played with the “NO SIDE OUT” rule. That is, a point is scored on every possession.
4. Preliminary Games: A game shall be won by the team that has scored 25 points and is at least two points ahead with a cap at 27. A match consists of only one game and sides will be switched once 13 points has been reached by one team.
5. Semifinal & Final Games: A game shall be won by the team that has scored 25 points and is at least two points ahead. A match consists of best two-out-of-three games.
6. The ball may not be played off of an adjacent court.
7. Any ball which hits the ceiling or any outside object is out of play.
8. Each team is allowed one 60-second time-outs per game, during which rotation can change and substitutions can be made.
9. For safety reason, jewelry should not be worn during play or should be taped.
10. There are two substitutions allowed per team per game which can take place at service.
1. Winner of the coin toss shall choose to serve or receive.
2. Server must remain behind service line until ball is contacted.
3. If the ball is served before the referee’s whistle, the ball is dead and the point is re-served.
4. If a team’s player serve out of order, the team loses serve and any points scored while serving out of order. The players of the team at fault must take their correct positions.
5. Any attempt to screen the receiving team from seeing the trajectory of the serve will result in a point and possession. This includes two or more players standing together, or one player with his hands above his head, as the serve passes over him/them.
1. At the time the ball is contacted for the serve, the players on the court must be in their proper order.
III. Playing The Ball
1. Each team is allowed three successive contacts of the ball in order to return it.
2. The ball may be hit with any part of the body above the waist.
3. The ball can contact any number of body parts provided that such contacts are simultaneous and what the ball rebounds immediately and cleanly.
4. Touching a ball in an attempt to block does not count as a touch and the same player may make the first contact.
5. Contact with the ball must be brief and instantaneous. When the ball visibly comes to rest momentarily in the hands and arms of a player, it is considered as having been held. Scooping, lifting, pushing, or carrying the ball are forms of holding. A ball clearly hit from a position below the ball is considered a good hit.
6. Receiving a served ball with an overhead pass using open hands is not necessarily a fault.
7. If, after simultaneous contact by opponents, the ball falls out-of-bounds, the team on the opposite side shall be deemed as having caused it to go out-of-bounds.
8. When two players of the same team simultaneously contact a ball, it is considered one contact and either player may make the next contact.
9. A player is not allowed to attack the ball on the opponent’s side of the net.
10. No player shall assist a teammate by holding him/her while they are playing the ball. It is legal to hold a player not playing the ball in order to prevent a fault.
11. A back-row player may not cause a ball, which is completely above the height of the net to cross over to the opponent’s side unless he/she is either on the ground completely behind the 3-meter line or is in the air, having jumped from the behind line. If any part of the line is touched by the attacking player it is a violation.
1. Blocking may be legally accomplished by only the players who are in the front-line at the time of service. Back-line players may not participate in a block.
2. The team which has affected a block shall have the right to three additional contacts after the block.
3. Any player participating in a block shall have the right to make the next contact, such contact counting as the first team hit, Multiple contacts of the ball by a players participating in a block shall be legal provided it is during one attempt to intercept the ball.
4. Multiple contacts of the ball by a player participating in a block shall be legal provided it is during one attempt to intercept the ball.
5. Multiple contacts of the ball during a block shall be considered a single contact, even though the ball may make multiple contacts with one or more players of the block
6. Blocking and/or spiking a served ball is prohibited.
7. It is legal to block a ball on the opponent’s side of the net provided, in the opinion of the official, the trajectory of the ball would have caused it to break the plane of the net.
8. A blocked ball is considered to have crossed the net.
II. Play At The Net
1. Play will continue during the serve even if the ball makes contact with the net and crosses over.
2. If a player’s action causes him/her to contact the net during play, accidental or not, with any part of the body or clothes, that player shall be charged with a fault.
3. If opponents contact the net simultaneously, it shall constitute a double fault and the point shall be replayed.
4. If a player accidentally contacts any part of the net supports, such contact should not be counted as a fault provided that it has no effect on sequence of play. Intentional contact or grabbing of such objects shall be penalized as a fault.
5. Contacting the opponents playing areas with any part of the body except the feet is a fault. Touching the opponent’s area with a foot is not a fault provided that some part of the encroaching foot remain on or above the centerline and does not interfere with the play of an opponent.
1. Faults result in a point.
2. A fault shall be declared when:
a. the ball touches the floor.
b. the ball is held, thrown, or pushed.
c. a team has played the ball more than three times consecutively.
d. the ball touches a player below the waist.
e. a player touches the ball twice consecutively.
f. a team is out of position at serve.
g. a player touches the net.
h. a player completely crosses the center point and contacts the opponent’s playing area.
i. a player attacks the ball above the opponent’s playing area.
j. a back-line player while in the attack area hits the ball into the opponent’s court from above the height of the net.
k. a ball lands outside the court or touches an object outside the court.
l. the ball is played by a player being assisted by a teammate as a means of support.
m. a player reaches under the net and touches the ball or an opponent while the ball is being played by the opposite team.
n. the game is delayed persistently.
o. blocking is performed illegally.
p. illegally served ball or service fault.
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