ROCKAWAY BEACH VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION INC.
2016 LEAGUE RULES
LOCATION AND TIME:
We use USVBA (United States
Volleyball Association) rules, somewhat modified for our league.
Many calls made in volleyball are judgment calls.
Referees can only make a call if they actually see it.
Their eyes follow the ball.
Should a fault occur away from the ball, it is very possible the
referee will not see it.
They do not make calls based on the sound of a hit or the spin of a
ball. Calls are made to the
level of play. Help the
referees with line calls. If
you have a question you would like answered concerning a particular play
in your game, and the reason a call was made or anything that you’re not
clear on, the referee will be glad to elaborate on it.
But please, wait until the game or match is completed.
The decision to
cancel or postpone games due to inclement weather will be made at game
time. If the weather is
questionable, we may not make the decision until we arrive at the beach.
Please be prepared to play.
Weather conditions at the beach are sometimes much different from
where you are. Games are
only canceled for lightening, heavy rain and very strong wind.
Rained out games will NOT
be made up on the following night.
If matches have begun and are stopped due to weather, the
completed games stand.
Partial games will count if one team has scored at least 11 points.
Play will be suspended by the sounding of an air horn if league
officials determine that games should not continue.
All play should stop immediately, no matter the score.
In the event of a complete
or partial rainout the party is still on at the sponsor bar.
Net Height – 8’.
Teams consist of 6 players with a
minimum of 2 female players.
(Exception - Game 1 may be played with 5 players with a minimum of 2
strongly suggest a team have at least 8 players (5 male and 3 female) if
not more. The average team size is 12 players. There is no limit to the
number of people on a roster. Remember that people like to go on
vacation during the summer. You joined the league to play volleyball,
All players must be a minimum of
14 years old and no team may have more than 3 players under the age of
All volleyball matches will be
played at Riis Park on Wednesday nights.
Nets will be
available for setup at 6:00 p.m. every night.
It is the home team’s responsibility to set up the net.
However, if both teams help out, the process will go faster.
If the net is not ready for the first game to start at 6:45 p.m.
the home team will forfeit game 1.
Both teams are
required to field legal teams by 6:45 p.m.
If they do not, a forfeit will be declared.
(If both teams do not, a double forfeit occurs.)
If game 1 has
Game 2 will have a forfeit
time of 7:00 p.m.
Game 3 will have a forfeit
time of 7:15 p.m.
Game 4 will have a forfeit
time of 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 will have a forfeit
time of 7:45 p.m.
If a legal game
has been played, the next game shall be deemed to start immediately
following. (There is no
additional 15-minute waiting period once play has begun.)
Should a player
become injured during the match and unable to continue playing, the team
will be considered incomplete unless there is a substitute on the
sidelines. In this instance,
the substitute may enter onto the court regardless of the position.
The injured player may not substitute in that game but must wait
for a subsequent game to return.
If a team forfeits an entire
match they will be penalized a $50 fee.
This fee must be paid by the following week or the team will not
be allowed to play.
Any team that forfeits three
matches during the season or two consecutive weeks will face expulsion
from the league the following season.
The home team is responsible for
setting up the net.
At the beginning of a match, the
referee will toss a coin.
The home team will call the toss.
The winner of the coin toss will elect to serve/receive or side
of the court. Initial
service will rotate in following games.
There is no re-toss before Game 5.
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. Change sides without causing any delay, such as beverage
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. 2005
No player may
penetrate an adjacent court to play a ball.
captains may address the official.
listed on the submitted roster will be permitted to play.
If a captain questions the eligibility of an opposing player the entire
team must sign the back of the score sheet.
Play will continue and at the end of the match the referee will
inform league officials that a player eligibility protest has been
filed. A review and
determination will be made before the next scheduled match.
Use of illegal players will result in forfeited games.
conduct will not be tolerated.
The offender will be immediately issued a red card meaning both a
side-out and a point given to their opponents.
The penalty will be issued to the team captain if the referee is
uncertain who committed the violation.
If unsportsman-like conduct is the fault of a team spectator,
again, the team captain will be held responsible and penalized.
Any and all conduct matters must be brought to the attention of
the league organizers and appropriate actions will be taken.
conduct toward any league official or referee will not be tolerated.
Offenders face sanctions at the discretion of the league from
match suspensions up to and including permanent disbarment from the
Teams must rotate on every
side-out, even after the first side-out of a game.
The ball must be served anywhere
from behind the end line and between the sidelines.
The ball does not have to be
released before striking for service and can be hit directly off the
The server must wait for the
referee’s whistle, beckoning the serve, before serving the ball.
Should a player fail to wait for the whistle, the referee will
signal a replay. Players are
allowed only one such replay per term of service.
Should a player serve a second time in the same term of service
without waiting for the whistle, a side-out will be declared.
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
Players must remain in their
correct positions and not overlap until the ball has been struck for
A serve that touches the net is
A serve may be received with open
fingers, as long as it is played cleanly.
The serve may not be blocked or
attacked unless a portion of the ball falls below the height of the net.
Substitutions may be made from
the left and middle back positions only.
Substitutions take place during a rotation.
Each Team is allowed 2 timeouts
per game. Timeouts are 1
minute in duration.
The ball may be played off the
The ball may be played off any
part of the body, including the foot.
The ball may be played when any
part of it has crossed the top of the net.
You may follow through over the net.
However, you may not attack the ball while it is still on your
opponent’s side of the net nor interfere with their setup (1st
or 2nd contact). If
an opponent attempts to send the ball to your side (either the 1st,
2nd or 3rd hit), it is legal to block completely
over the net.
player may not come in contact with the net at any time.
A “carry” will be called if a
player lifts, scoops, throws, pushes, slam-dunks or allows the ball to
A player may not hit the ball
twice in succession. If a
player makes the first contact, he/she is allowed to make the third
A block is not considered a hit!
Players may partially or
completely cross under the net, during or after a legal play of the
ball, providing this does not interfere with the opponent’s play.
Should incidental contact occur, it is ignored.
No centerline violation occurs unless there is interference with
an opposing player.
A double fault results in a
A ball landing
on a line is good.
A back row
player may not attack the ball while the ball is above the height of the
net and closer than 10 feet from the net as he/she will be considered
back row attacker.
It is not a
fault when a ball is driven into the net and causes the net to touch a
A double hit by
one person in one attempt on any first ball is OK unless it occurs using
A hard driven
ball can be overhand lifted or pushed.
Any player may
indicate a net violation on his own team.
Players may also give referees an assist with line calls.
However, the referee’s call is final.
No player may call a carry or make any other judgment call for
his own or his opponent’s team. RBVL
NET AND COURT
Teams will be
assigned to a specific court with a corresponding net.
HOME TEAMS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SETUP OF THE NETS, BUT BOTH
TEAMS SHOULD ASSIST TO SPEED UP THE SETUP.
Report any missing pieces immediately.
Teams will be held accountable for any missing parts.
Raking of the court (if necessary) is the responsibility of both
teams. The taking down of
the net belongs to the AWAY TEAM.
The net should be returned to the equipment room immediately
following the match. (As a
reminder, 1 vs. 2 means 1 is the away team and 2 is the home team.)
THE NEW EQUIPMENT BAGS WILL CONTAIN THE GAME BALL.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO RETURN IT WITH THE NET AT THE END OF THE
have played in at least 5 regular season matches in order to be eligible
for the playoffs and finals.
discretion of the League, injured or “dropout” players may be replaced
in order to maintain a full roster.
The 3-match rule for playoff eligibility will still apply (see
above). The intention of this
allowance is to prevent a team from having to drop out of the league due
to unforeseeable circumstances.
It is not meant as a way to pick up “ringers.”
season match will consist of five 21-point rally-scoring games (no cap).
All wins count in the standings.
for position will be in the following order:
Head to head
Head to head
Teams will not
be eliminated from the playoffs by a tie-breaker. One game to 11 points
will be played.
format will be determined after the league divisions are formed. It will
be distributed to all captains and publicized on the RBVL website, in
the Rockaway Wave articles and on the bulletin board at the beach. This
may change from year to year because the number of teams in the league
and in each division may change from year to year.
Bar nights will
be assigned at the discretion of the league. 2005
reserves the right to add, change or supercede any rule at any time as
the situation may require. RBVL