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INDOOR RULES

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INDOOR VOLLEYBALL RULES

GENERAL BVL PLAY RULES (All Divisions)

  • There are no uniform requirements.
  • Each team is responsible for providing a game volleyball.
  • A team may choose to use either a continuous rotation or standard OVA substitution in a game.
  • It is your team's responsibility to start your match on time. This applies even if no referee is present or if there is another community group in the gym.
  • A match is all the games in your scheduled time against one team.
  • A Legal Team must be present on the court, in view of the opposing team and referee, and dressed in an appropriate manner to play at the scheduled start of their game.
  • If a legal team cannot be supplied, a team defaults their first game ten minutes from the official scheduled start time. The second game is defaulted five minutes later. The third game is defaulted five minutes after the second. The Referee/On-Site Coordinator must advise the participants when the game has been defaulted.
  • Only players listed on the roster are eligible to play
  • Exception
    • In order to allow for a full team, teams may play with a player who is not on their roster for regular season only, provided that player is currently on the roster of a team in the same division, no greater than a single tier above.
  • Despite an injury, you must field an eligible team. Inability to do so will result in a default.
  • All matches are played within a time limit
  • All games are played to 25, with at 27 point cap, (time permitting),
  • The Referee/On-Site Coordinator will choose a game-clock. It is in the interests of the Captain to enquire as to how time is being kept.
  • If there is less than ten (10) minutes remaining in a match and the final game has not started, the current game will be ended and the score will be recorded. If the current game is a tie, then a last rally point will be played in all divisions. The final game will then be started. If time is called and the score is tied, then a last rally point will be played in all divisions. There are no ties.
  • A time-out may not be called with less than five minutes remaining in a match.
  • In the absence of a Referee, the results should be conveyed to the Head Referee of the facility.
  • Teams will be ranked by
    • WINS
    • WINS between the tied teams
    • Plus/Minus between the tied teams
    • Overall Plus/Minus

CO-ED COMPETITIVE RULES

  • All games are played at Men's net height (2.40m)
  • A Team may have up to 12 players on its roster, and a minimum of 6
  • A Legal Team in shall have a minimum of 4 players, with a minimum of 1 man. There may not be more males than females on the court.
  • Exception
    • IIf a team is unable to play with three women, they may choose to play with 3 men, and 2 women, but will start with an eleven point deficit.
  • When a team plays with less than 6 players, three players are still considered front row players, and may attack the ball from the front court.
  • You may not use a rotation that places all three men in the front court at the same time
  • No player may play a ball with their foot, if the foot is off the ground
  • One player may serve only five consecutive times. After this, a team retains service but must rotate to the next player in the rotation.
  • The Libero player is not permitted

NON SPIKING RULES

  • All games are played at Men's net height (2.40m.)
  • A Team may have up to 12 players on its roster, and a minimum of 6
  • Legal Team in shall have a minimum of 4 players, with a minimum of 1 man. There may not be more males than females on the court.
  • Exception
    • A team may, with approval from the other captain, play with 3 men, and 2 women
  • One player may serve only three consecutive times. After this, a team retains service but must rotate to the next player in the rotation.
  • No player may play a ball with their foot, if the foot is off the ground
  • You cannot reach over the net into the opponents side of the court, to block a ball.
  • If a swinging motion is utilized to contact the ball, the player must have at least one foot in contact with the floor. The ball must go up before it goes down.

REVERSE 4’S RULES

  • All games are played at Women's net height (2.24m.)
  • A Team may have up to 12 players on its roster, and a minimum of 4
  • A Legal Team in shall have a minimum of 2 players, with a minimum of 1 female. There may not be more males than females on the court.
  • Exception
    • A team may play with two men and one women, but a ‘modified’ ghost rule is in effect. When the second female would be serving, it is an automatic sideout, and point awarded to the other team.
  • No player may play a ball with their foot, if the foot is off the ground
  • There is no positional rotation, 2 females are always front court players, the men are always back court players
  • Exception
    • If a team chooses to play with more than 2 females, two must be declared front court players
  • All balls MUST land in the backcourt (completely behind the attack line) If a ball lands in the front court, it is a fault.
  • Exceptions
    • Blocks
    • Hard driven balls (a ball that has NO ARC)
    • First contact off of either a serve or a hard driven ball
MEN’S RULES
  • All games are played at Men's net height (2.40m)
  • A Team may have up to 12 players on its roster, and a minimum of 6
  • A Legal Team in shall have a minimum of 4 players
  • When a team plays with less than 6 players, three players are still considered front row players, and may attack the ball from the front court.
WOMEN’S RULES
  • All games are played at Women's net height (2.24m)
  • A Team may have up to 12 players on its roster, and a minimum of 6
  • A Legal Team in shall have a minimum of 4 players
  • When a team plays with less than 6 players, three players are still considered front row players
  • One player may serve only five consecutive times. After this, a team retains service but must rotate to the next player in the rotation
  • Exception
    • In the top two divisions, there is NO five serve rule.
  • No player may play a ball with their foot, if the foot is off the ground
  • The Libero player is not permitted

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