Volleyball League Rules

Playing Regulations

  1. The Volleyball Sports Committee maintains the right to make all decisions regarding league play, rule interpretation, facilities, scheduling, equipment and the ability to play.
  2. INTOXICATION of a player will not be allowed. The Referee has the right to remove any player deemed to be under the influence of alcohol or any illegal substance. Failure to leave the playing area will result in their team forfeiting that nights scheduled games.
  3. In the event of WEATHER OR QUESTIONABLE CONDITIONS, Captains should call FATMAN PIZZA PUB @ 847-244-8300. Captains will be responsible for contacting their players. A phone tree is suggested. Updates will be made @ 6:00pm of the day in question. Every attempt will be made to play the games, unless there is LIGHTNING OR A STORM PRESENT at game time. This decision will be made by the Manager, Referee or Sports Committee.
  4. In the event that a regularly scheduled Referee does not appear by game time. A designated Staff Supervisor will referee the start of the game.
  5. A 6-6 team may start with less than 6 players, however 4 is the minimum number of players required to play. ONLY ROSTER PLAYERS who have signed a waiver will be allowed on the court. Friends, Family and Fans should remain on the Patio area at all times.
  6. You may not touch the referee’s stand, net, poles or structures to aid your advantage when the ball is in play.
  7. COURT:
    1. Bright tape lines designates the boundary lines.
    2. If a ball lands on any part of the line or tape jumps, it is considered in bounds.
  8. Service:
    1. A server may serve from anywhere behind the back line and must not contact , step on or in front of the back line while serving the ball.
    2. A server must wait for the referees whistle. You then have 5 seconds to serve the
      Ball
      .
    3. A served ball may not be blocked or attacked.
    4. Upon release of a serve, if a miss-toss occurs, you must allow the ball to fall to the
      ground. You’re allowed one miss toss. If a miss toss occurs a second time, the ball
      is awarded to the other team and a point.
    5. In the Recreational Leagues, player’s may not set, or use open hands, to return a
      Ball on a serve.
    6. In the Women’s and competitive leagues, player’s may set the serve. The first
      Ball over, you may double contact the ball (Ref’s discretion), but not an open
      hand lift, the ball may not come to a rest or trap the ball.
    7. No jump serves are allowed in Recreational leagues.
8. Let Serve:
  1. A let serve will be allowed in all the leagues, this includes Competitive, Women’s and Recreational Leagues. A let serve is when a ball contacts the net and falls in bounds on the way over from a serve. It is a valid serve and will be played.
  1. Net:
    1. A player may not contact the net with any part of the body or clothing. However, if a ball is
      hit with such force as to make the net touch a player, it is not considered a hit or contact.
    2. Players from opposing teams simultaneously contacting (fouling) the net, shall result in a
      double fault and the play shall be replayed.
    3. Crossing under the net is allowed, without contacting an opposing player (Ref’s discretion).
    4. Any player that attempts to disable an opposing teams player in returning the ball, other
      than a legal block, will be considered by the Referee as an obstruction and ruled a net
      Violation.
    5. The ball must break the plane of the net, or be purposely directed over the net, for an
      opposing team to block on the first or second contact. On the third hit, an opposing team
      may block or power block the hit.
    6. A blocked ball by two opposing players that comes to a stop is considered a dead ball and
      a replay is awarded.
    7. A block is not considered a contact, therefore the same player may contact the ball again.
  2. Hitting:
    1. A back row player is not allowed to leave his/her feet to spike or attack a ball on or past the ten
      Foot line (Ref’s discretion).
    2. A ball must break the plane of the net before it is hit by an opposing player.
    3. A ball that has completely crossed the plane of the net may not be hit, by the attacking team
      from which the ball has just traveled.
    1. On a (6-on-6) team, a maximum of 6 and a minimum of 4 players are allowed on the court.
    2. CO-ED TEAM LINE-UP ALLOWED:
      1. *3 FEMALES – 3 MALES
      2. *4 FEMALES – 2 MALES
      3. *5 FEMALES – 1 MALE
      4. *6 FEMALES
      5. *2 FEMALES – 3 MALES
    3. Only players who have signed a waiver form will be considered league players.
    4. Players arriving late may enter the game upon arrival, after the play is dead, during a sideout,
      or calling a timeout.

      1. During a sideout, a player may enter the game at the middle back position, after the servers position.
      2. During a timeout, a player may enter the game at the middle back position on the court, when the opposing team has possession of the ball. This is usually done when the opposing team has contol of the ball and you want a player to enter the game, providing it is in the boy/girl lineup.
      3. It is the Captains responsibility to communicate to the Referee any rotations or substitutions of present and arriving players before the start of the game.
    5. A team may either substitute or rotate players in.
      1. If a player is ROTATING in, He/She must enter the game at the middle back position after the servers position.
      2. If a player is substituting in, He/She must go in and out of the game, for the same
        designated player during the same game. A male player may only enter for another
        male player. The Captain shall inform the Referee before te start of the game, which players will be subbing in for each other during the game.
    6. A ball may contact any part of the body, including the feet, head, chest etc… and is
      Considered a legal hit.
    7. A player must have control of the ball when bumping. For instance, if you don’t have your hands together upon contact of the ball and your hands are flopping
      around, it is considered a double contact and therefore considered a fault.
  3. Timeouts:
    1. One 20 second time-out per game. 3 time outs per match.
    2. Officials may also call a timeout for injuries or any other unspecified reason, which will not
      Affect the teams time outs.
    3. Captains must signal the Referee for a timeout when the ball is not in play.
    4. If the Referee has already whistled or signaled for a serve, a timeout can not be called until
      After the play is dead.
    5. If a timeout is called and the team is out of timeouts, the ball will go to the opposing team
      And a point will be awarded.
  4. Coed:
    1. If two or more contacts to the ball are made, a female must have made at least one prior to
      The ball crossing the plane of the net.
    2. If the referee feels that a team is avoiding having the females play the ball, the team shall
      Receive a warning. If the Referee feels the team has not corrected the warning, the opposing
      Team shall be awarded a point and gain control of the ball. This may done as often as it occurs.
    3. Positioning on the court, should be a boy/girl/boy rotation. You may not have two males next to each other.
  5. Matches:
    • Matches will consist of 3 games.
      • Monday Womens Comp 4’s: 3 games / 21 points: 23 point cap.
      • Monday Womens Rec 6’s combination: 3 games/21 points ; cap/23 points.
      • Monday Coed Rec 6’s: 3 games/21 points; cap/23 points
      • Tuesday Coed Rec 6’s: 3 games/21 points; 23 point cap.
      • Wednesday Womens Rec 6’s: 1 game/21 points, cap/23 points; 2 games/ 15 points, 17 point cap.
      • Wednesday Coed rec 6’s: 1 game/21 points; cap/23 points. 2 games/ 15 points, 17 point cap.
      • Wednesday Abbott Coed Comp & Rec 6’s: 2 games/21 point; cap/23 points. 1 game/15 points; 17 point cap.
      • Thursday Coed Comp & Rec’s: 3 games/21 points; 23 point cap.
      • All games will be played in RALLY SCORING. For players not familiar with Rally Scoring, everytime there is a sideout a point is scored for a team.
  6. Rescheduling of games:
Due to the number of teams and length of schedule, we do not reschedule games. We suggest to have subs on your roster for this purpose. Otherwise the games will be counted as forfeits.
Forfeit rule:
A team must have a minimum of four players within 5 minutes after the designated / scheduled start time; a five minute grace period will be allotted per game until an eligible player arrives and ready to play. This is the 5-5-5 rule. For example: if scheduled start time is 6:30pm – 1rst game forfeit is at 6:35, 2nd game forfeit is at 6:40 and 3rd game forfeit is at 6:45.
Each team will have a few minutes warm up time. IN ORDER TO KEEP GAMES MOVING ALONG ON SCHEDULE, PLEASE WARM UP ON THE SIDE OF COURTS AND BE READY TO FIELD YOUR TEAM AS SOON AS THE MATCH BEFORE YOU IS DONE. THIS WILL HELP TO KEEP THE LATER MATCHES ON SCHEDULE. WE THANK AND APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION IN KEEPING OUR GAMES ON TIME.
  1. Referees:
    1. Calls will be made on the caliber of ball play by each individual league.
    2. All referee calls are final. The volleyball Sports Committee will field any complaints made in writing.
    3. All Referee interpretations of the rules will stand.
    4. If the referee feels that a player is trying to influence a call or a rule interpretation (correct or incorrect) they may issue a warning. If the interference is an on-going occurrence, the Referee is allowed to award a penalty point to the opposing team.
    5. A Referee is also allowed to issue a warning and a penalty point for FOUL OR ABUSIVE LANGUAGE and/or UNSPORTSMANLIKE conduct directed at a Referee, player or team.
    6. Captains are to initial the Referee’s written score sheet at the end of the match. By signing the score sheet, you are verifying that the scores are correct. Please be sure to check the scores, as the scores that are recorded will stand.
  2. Protest-Eligibility Of Players/Forfeits:
    1. A player found guilty of not being on a league roster with a signed waiver will be barred from playing for the remainder of the season. A team may protest a player by notifying the referee. If a player is ineligible, the team can and will be placed on probation and the game(s) will be forfeited.
    2. A player whose team has a bye, may substitute on another team as long as the skill level of him/her is equal to or less than the rest of the team, (Referee’s Discretion). This rule is mainly in the case of a forfeit. You will also need approval from Management and referee and opposing team. This rule is also final.
    3. PLAYERS MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE. Any player found guilty of incorrectly stating information on the team roster, such as Birth Date, Age, will be barred from playing for the remainder of the season. The team may also be placed on probation with possible permanent termination or suspension.
    4. No glass bottle beverages of any sort are allowed beyond the entrance to the courts. If glass is taken on the court , you will be asked to sit out the rest of the game. This will be strictly enforced for the safety of all players. A plastic cup can be provided at the bar.
    5. CHILDREN: MAY NOT BLOCK THE ENTRANCE TO THE VOLLEYBALL COURTS. IF CHILDREN ARE ATTENDING YOUR GAMES, PLEASE MAKE SURE THEY ARE ATTENDED TO. CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE COURTS OR SAND AREA’S AT ANY TIME. THIS IS TO PREVENT INJURIES TO THE PLAYERS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY SAFETY TO THE KIDS. IT IS VERY HARD TO ANTICIPATE AT ANY TIME, WHERE A PLAYER OR DIRECTION OF A BALL IN PLAY IS GOING.
    6. Jewelry may not be worn while playing. This includes rings and ear rings placed in any exposed area of the body.
    7. Please show GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP and RESPECT towards Teammates, Other Players, Other Teams, Referees, Servers, Bartenders, Management and Security.
    8. Please abide by these rules before and after the league games are over.
  3. NOTE: HOUSE RULE: A Teen may be allowed to play on his/hers Parents team. A Parent/Guardian must be present and on court in order the Teen to play. This rule is meant for Family participation. This rule is not meant to field a whole team of Teenagers, this will not be allowed.
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