ALL net violations must
be called – no exceptions
lift or reverse underhand throws are allowed.
NO reaching over
the net to interfere with a ball unless your opponent is directing the ball
to your side of the court.
All games are rally
scoring to 21 points, win by 2 (with no cap). Teams will change sides when
one team scores their 11th point or as soon as it is realized that this
point has been scored. In extreme
weather conditions, the referees will be instructed by league officials to
change sides every 7 points (cumulative i.e., 6-1, 5-2) or as soon as it is
realized. Teams must change sides quickly, without causing any delay, such
as beverage breaks.
Teams always start
a subsequent game on the side of the court where they finished the previous
game. EXCEPTION – when the wind rule is in effect, captains will alternately
decide to choose serve or side before each new game.
It is OK for a
serve to hit the net.
The ball can be hit
out of the hand on the serve and does not have to be released.
A server has 5
seconds to strike the ball. If a ball
is poorly tossed, the server may allow the ball to drop or catch the toss.
The referee will authorize a re-serve.
A player is allotted one re-serve for each successful serve executed.
A serve before the
ref’s whistle is replayed (once per term of service).
Serves may be
received with open fingers if it is done cleanly.
violation occurs unless there is interference with an opposing player.
A double hit by one
person on any first ball is OK.
A hard driven ball
can be lifted or pushed.
Coin toss should be at
6:20 p.m. whether the net is set up or not.
Actual start time
should be noted on the score sheet.
If the match starts late, please indicate which team was at fault.
There is only one coin
toss per match. There is no re-toss before game 5.
Substitutions are made
in the left and middle back positions only.
Two timeouts per game
are allowed. Each timeout lasts one minute.
There are no rain
dates. If matches are rained out,
the party is still on.
Rotate every side out,
even the first one of the match.
Players must be at
least 14 years old.
Game 1 may be played
with 5 players, including at least 2 women.
If a team questions the
eligibility of any opponent’s players, the ref should ask all players from that
team to sign the back of the score sheet.
If the match has not begun, collect the signatures immediately.
If a game is underway, collect the signatures after the game is
completed. Do not wait until the
match is over.
Referee assignments are
at the discretion of the league and may change during the course of an evening,
particularly in the case of a forfeited match.