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Volleyball Rules

TEAM AND PLAYERS

  • Teams consist of 6 players on the court with other team members as substitutes.
  • Teams must field at least four (4) and no more than six (6) players.
  • A team must field at least 3 of its own players to begin a game.


GAMEPLAY - REGULATION GAMES

  • Each match consists of 3 games (to 25 points, win by 2, or first to 27) rally scoring.
  • Teams must have at least two (2) females on the court, and no more than 4 males at all times.
  • If 1 female is fielded, the team may only have a maximum of 5 people on the court.
  • If 0 females are present, the team must forfeit unless opposing team allows it.
  • One time-out (1 minute in length) per game is allowed.


TEAM HITS:

  • The team is entitled to three hits (in addition to blocking) for returning the ball.
  • The ball may touch any part of the body. A player may not hit the ball two times consecutively except when fielding the ball from a spike or serve and must be one single motion.


RETURN:

  • The ball must cross the playable portion of the net to be considered a legal return.
  • A ball may not hit the volleyball pole or antennas during any portion of the play.
  • The ball may make contact with the net during the 3-hit cycle.
  • The ball is not allowed to make contact with any wall or curtain.


SIDE OUT:

  • Four hits, double contact of the ball, Illegal rotation, any contact with the net.
  • Lift/carry. Contact should be one fluid motion, the ball should not come to rest at any time.
  • Any part of player's body crosses completely over the center line located under the bottom of the net. (A playerÃ??Ã?¢??s hands or feet may touch the line provided that some part of the hand/foot remains either in contact with or directly above the center line).


SERVICE:

No "jump" serves are allowed.

Players may not attack or block a serve.


All players must be in the court when the ball is served. Serving players must be outside the court and may not cross into the court (or step on the line) until contact with the ball is made.


A serviced ball may hit the net or make contact with the net on the way over to the opposing team�?�¢??s courtside. The ball must be fielded by an opposing team or hit within the bounds of the opposing courtside to be a legal service.


BLOCKING:

A block is any hit that is both off an opposing player�?�¢??s attack and makes contact with the ball above the plane of the net. A block contact is not counted as a team hit, and a team is entitled to three hits to return the ball.


A payer may block any ball that will cross the net. A player may block beyond the net after the opposing teams second hit. A player is not allowed to interfere with the second hit of the opposing team�?�¢??s play cycle.


Only players that are positioned on the front line may block.


The first hit after the block may be executed by any player, including the one who blocked the ball.


ATTACKING:  

An attack is contact with the ball above the plane of the net which causes the ball to move in a downward trajectory.


Players can only attack with one hand. No double handed attacks allowed.


Only players that are positioned on the front line may attack. Players from the back court must be behind the ten-foot line before attacking.


CARRYING/LIFTING:

Carries are called when an attacking player makes contact with the ball that does not result in a hit.

Extended contact with the ball will result in a push or redirection of the ball and is not allowed.


A lift occurs when a fielding player makes contact with the ball that does not result in a bump or set. Extended contact with the ball will result in a lift and is not allowed.


FOOT FAULTS/CRASH OVER:

All players must be in the court when the ball is served. Serving players must be outside the court and may not cross into the court (or step on the line) until contact with the ball is made.


Players may not cross the half court line with their feet. A player�?�¢??s body may not cross the half court line and crash over to the opposing side.


ROTATION/SUBSTITUTIONS

Teams must rotate after every side out.

After each side out, players must rotate from the front right to back right position. The substitute is now the server. If a team has 8 or more players, they may substitute one player from the front line and one player from the back line during each rotation. Front right rotates out, substitute enters to serve. Back left rotates out, and substitute enters front left.


A team may break rotation once the ball is served. Backcourt players may not attack or block from beyond the ten-foot line.


WINNING THE GAME
The team that wins a 2 out of 3 games wins the match. All 3 games count towards the standings.



PLAYOFFS

To determine the standings at the end of the regular season, the tie-breakers are as follows:

1. Head to Head Matchups

2. Highest Point Differential

3. Strength of Victory against common opponents

4. Strength of Schedule


NON-ROSTER SUBS

If a team will be short-handed, non-roster Subs must register online before the game and sign the waiver. A team using non-roster subs cannot have more than 6 players unless needed to satisfy the gender rules. A team must have at least 3 official roster players to avoid a forfeit.  Go to http://www.bamsportsleagues.com/pages/registerasub and choose "Non-Roster Sub Registration". The Sub must present their registration confirmation to the Umpire or League Manager before the start of the game. Failure to follow the sub registration process may result in the disqualification of subs and forfeiture of the game.

*Non-Roster subs are NOT allowed during playoffs*




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