VOLLEYBALL

General League Rules

Game format is 2 games to 21, game 3 is to 15. Teams will always play all 3 games. If game 3 ends before the scheduled hour has passed, teams may continue skirmishing on their court. Forfeit rules are on the website, please be on time. Our leagues follow the USAV Beach Volleyball Regulations, with the following exceptions/notes:

 

  • Coed: If the ball is contacted more than once, a girl must touch the ball before it goes over the net
  • Coed: Player positions are not required to alternate male-female-male-female, although a consistent service order is required
  • Any body part touching any part of the net during play is a fault (only exception is loose clothing or hair)
  • You may go under the net if you do not interfere with a player on the other side of the net
  • No “open-hand” dinks or tips in 2’s and 4’s. Finger tips must be rigid and together if used to tip the ball over the net.
  • Blocks do not count as a team hit for 4’s and 6’s
  • Teams may substitute players from other registered teams in the same league for a 1/2 game loss penalty for each substituted game won, e.g. 1.5 losses for 3 games won. All penalties should be noted on the score sheet or reported to cera.fw.volleyball@gmail.com. Players may register or substitute for multiple teams without penalty if the teams are in different leagues
  • Rosters must be updated on a timely basis. Teams who have not registered a full team by week 2 will be scheduled a bye until the roster is complete

League-Specific Rules

B and BB 6’s

  • Coed: Max 4 males may be fielded. Min 2 females and 5 players must always be fielded. No limit on fielded female players
  • Players must rotate positions after a point is scored (as per USAV rule 7.5, p. 82)
  • Open-hand tips/dinks are allowed
  • Double contacts are allowed on all first contacts, if it is one volleyball action. Also, when using overhand fingers, double contacts are always allowed.

BB 4’s

  • Coed: Max 2 males may be fielded. Min 1 female and 3 players must always be fielded. No limit on fielded female players
  • Double contacts are allowed on all first touches, if it is one volleyball action. To encourage players to develop hand-setting skills, doubles are also allowed when contacting the ball overhand with fingers on 2nd contact. Double contacts are faults otherwise.
  • Setting the ball over the net is allowed only on contacts 2 & 3 if the set is both clean and square with the player’s shoulders. No fault if the set is blown over the net by the wind.

BB 2’s

  • A blocking contact is considered a team hit. The blocking team only has two more hits after a blocking contact
  • Double contacts are allowed on all first touches, if it is one volleyball action. To encourage players to develop hand-setting skills, doubles are also allowed when contacting the ball overhand with fingers on 2nd contact. Double contacts are faults otherwise.
  • Setting the ball over the net is allowed only on contacts 2 & 3 if the set is both clean and square with the player’s shoulders. No fault if the set is blown over the net by the wind.

A 4’s

  • Coed: Maximum 2 males may be fielded. Minimum 1 female and 3 players must always be fielded. No limit on fielded female players
  • Setting the ball over the net is allowed only on contacts 2 & 3 if the set is both clean and square with the player’s shoulders. No fault if the set is blown over the net by the wind.
  • Double contact fault logic:
    • A double contact is a fault unless it is the first hit of a team
    • But it is a fault if the ball is played overhead with the fingers
    • Unless it was in defense of a hard-driven ball, in which case it’s not a fault again. Note that serves are not considered defense of a hard-driven ball and are faults if doubled when receiving.

A 2’s

  • A blocking contact is considered a team hit. The blocking team only has two more hits after a blocking contact
  • Setting the ball over the net is allowed only on contacts 2 & 3 if the set is both clean and square with the player’s shoulders. No fault if the set is blown over the net by the wind.
  • Double contact fault logic:
    • A double contact is a fault unless it is the first hit of a team
    • But it is a fault if the ball is played overhead with the fingers
    • Unless it was in defense of a hard-driven ball, in which case it’s not a fault again. Note that serves are not considered defense of a hard-driven ball and are faults if doubled when receiving.

Weather Cancellation Policy

Because Texas weather can be unpredictable and scattered, all league match cancellation decisions are left to the captains. If there’s a chance of inclement weather, captains should check a local radar (such as WFAA) 1-2 hours before the match and contact the opponent captain and referee to confer about cancellations. Keep in mind that a little rain is playable, that weather at CERA can be playable even if it’s not playable where you live/work, and that some players have a 1 hour drive (so try not to wait until less than 1 hour before the game to cancel). If there’s any ambiguity, disagreement, or poor communication, captains may capture and save an image of the radar as proof to ensure they don’t forfeit the 3 games. Be safe – don’t play in lightning – but try to play the matches.