Inter/Comp 4's Beach Volleyball Rules
1. Player Requirements/Safety
- 4 players on the court - a minimum of 2 members of the same sex must be on the court at all times.
- The opposing team captain may waive the minimum player requirement AND have the results of the match COUNT towards the standings. Agreeing that the results of the match COUNT must be made clear at the net prior to the start of play by the team captains. Agreeing to play does not infer that the match counts unless this is explicitly decided by the opposing team captain.
- Each player must sign a waiver before his/her first game. Note: If you add a player to your team throughout the year, that player must sign a waiver before they play, even if it is only for one game.
- Should an injury occur, a first aid kit (ice packs, band aids and tensors) will be provided in every equipment bag.
2. Start Time
- The first set of games begin each night at 6:30pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early to ensure that your games start on time.
- If a team does not meet the minimum requirement 5 minutes after the official match start, they will default the first game by a score of 25-0. If the minimum requirement is not met 15 minutes after the match begins, then they will default both matches (all 4 games).
- You will play 2 games against 2 teams per night (4 games in total).
- Each game is played to 25 points with rally point scoring (i.e. a point is scored on every serve). A team must win by at least 2 points, with a 27 point cap. Two points will be awarded for each game won.
- If teams have the same number of points (winning percentage is to be used instead of points in the event that teams have played an unequal number of games) at the end of the season, the tiebreaker is as follows:
- Highest spirit score average
- Head to head (If the two teams tied played each other, the winner of the games places higher)
- Wins and losses counting only games against common opponents
- Flip a coin
- It is the responsibility of both team captains to submit the score of the games and the spirit scores online by 5:00pm the following day.
- At the end of the last set of games of the night, the two captains are responsible for taking the net down and locking it up. Please click here for guidelines on packing up the equipment.
- All games are self-officiated (no referees), therefore, teams are required to call their OWN violations and are expected to be honest and keep a high level of sportsmanship at all times. If you feel that your opponent is not being accountable, your team captain may politely intervene to discuss fouls called or uncalled. We rely on your spirit of sportsmanship and honesty to keep the matches pleasant for all. If there is a dispute, please re-serve the point.
- A player may never block a serve.
- Lifting, scooping the ball, and double hits are not permitted.
- A block is not counted as a hit.
- A ball may be volleyed over the net only if you are square to the direction of the ball.
- Maximum of 3 hits per side.
- If the ball lands on the line it is in.
- No "open-handed" tipping: players who contact the ball with one hand and are putting the ball over the net, must cleanly hit with the heel or palm of hand (a roll shot), with straight, locked fingers and a locked wrist (a cobra), knurled fingers (a camel toe), or with the back of the hand (locked wrist and locked fingers/knuckles. One handed placement or redirection of the ball with the fingers (dink or open-handed tip) is a fault.
6. Player Rotations
- Rotate new players in before your team starts a new server. In 4's divisions, you do not have to rotate your players around the court, but you must rotate your servers.
7. Playing the Ball
- Players may play the ball off any part of their body, including feet.
8. Contacting the Net and Center Line
- A player can not touch the net at any time during the game (if you touch the net, it is the other team's ball). However, a player may cross the imaginary center line as long as they don't interfere with the play or get in the way of the opposition.
- Net serves are allowed (the ball is allowed to contact the net on the serve).
- A server may serve the ball from anywhere along the baseline.
- A maximum of 5 serves per player. After 5 serves, the serving team rotates one position with the next player continuing the serve.
- Championship games are played as best 2 out of 3 games. The tie-breaker or third game is played to 15 points, but you must win by at least 2 points with no point cap. In the third game, teams are to switch sides when the first team gets to 8 points. All teams outside of the championship bracket play 4 games as in the regular season.
- Playoff Eligibility: Each player must play at least half of the regular season games in order to be eligible to play in the playoffs, unless it has been cleared with the league convener. This prohibits teams from adding "ringers" to their teams for the playoffs.
11. Weather Conditions
- In sunny or windy conditions, where one side of the court offers an advantage, teams will change sides after every 10 points scored.
- Games are played rain or shine (but no lightning), cancelled games are not rescheduled. Always show up to the game even if it's raining as the weather can change very quickly. At the start of the game the captains are to make the decision if the games are to be cancelled. If lightning cancels any sets of games, the rest of the games are cancelled for the night.
- LIGHTNING POLICY: If thunder is heard within 30 seconds of seeing lightning, games will be postponed. All participants must leave the playing area and seek shelter in a building or an automobile. Never stand under trees, in an open field or under an umbrella. Games will resume 15 minutes after the thunder and lightning have moved away. If thunder and lightning are still present 15 minutes after, the game will be cancelled and the score counts as it was when the game was stopped. Halfway point of the game must be reached (13 points by one team) in order for the game to count towards the league standings.
- Any abuse, whether it be physical, sexual, or mental is not acceptable in any manner. If any of these types of abuse are reported, the player or team will receive a verbal warning. If a second incident occurs, the player or team will be asked to leave the league or tournament without refund. Teams are responsible for other teammates' actions; as a teammate, please encourage good sportsmanship at all times. Perpetual Motion Sports & Entertainment Inc. reserves the right to eject a player or team without a warning and without a refund. The Guelph Beach Volleyball League is to be enjoyable and fun for everyone, let's keep it that way.
- Alcohol is not permitted at any game or event, offenders will be asked to leave the league without refund. Playing while intoxicated is also prohibited.