Rule the Sand!


The Brampton Volleyball League considers the safety of our members and community partners to be of paramount importance. As such, as we look towards a fully re-opened Ontario and its effects on recreational sports organizations like our own, BVL has developed and implemented detailed directives on how we can effectively manage our ‘Return to Play’ objectives.  A COVID-19 Oversight Group has been assembled, acting as the first point of contact for league members, community partners, and City officials, etc. and a thorough list of COVID-19 protocols has been compiled for reference/adherence, which can be found here: 


  • Matches are two games to 25 points with a 27-point cap, and a 40-minute time limit.
  • Co-ed teams must be comprised of both men and women, but the number of men on the court cannot exceed the number of women. There are special cases where teams may still play, but a point penalty will apply.

Non-Spiking : 3 men / 2 women – 5 point deficit

Co-ed 4s : 2 men / 1 woman – 5 point deficit

Spiking : 3 men / 2 women – 11 point deficit

  • There will be no referees.  Teams will keep their own score and call their own violations.
  • Contact with the net by a player during the action of playing the ball, is a fault. If 2 opposing players touch the net simultaneously, the ball is declared dead and is replayed.
  • No player may play a ball with their foot, if the foot is off the ground.
  • Teams will be ranked by:
  1. WINS
  2. WINS between the tied teams
  3. Plus/Minus between the tied teams
  4. Overall Plus/Minus
  • The beach 6’s will be played using all BVL indoor rules and not typical beach rules as stated below.



FIVB beach rules are in effect and will be followed with the following exceptions/clarifications:

  • Open Hand Tips: You are not allowed to ‘tip’ the ball with your fingers as you would in the indoor game.
  • Side Sets: It is illegal to volley the ball over the net in a direction not perpendicular to your body.
  • Screens: A player at the net may not block the receiving team’s view of the server.
  • Switching Sides: Due to wind and sun, teams may switch sides on every multiple of 10 points. 
  • Passing Under The Net: You may pass under the net as long as you don’t interfere with the play.
  • First Contacts: You may not volley any first contact with the exception of a hard driven ball.
  • Simultaneous Contacts: The ball may touch various parts of the body, provided that the contacts take place simultaneously.
  • Consecutive Contacts: On the first contact of the ball by a player/team, provided it is not made overhand with fingers, consecutive contacts are permitted provided that the contacts occur during one action. During the first hit of the team, if it is played overhand using fingers, the ball may NOT contact the fingers/hands consecutively, even if the contacts occur during one action.
  • Held Balls (Lifts):  The ball must be contacted cleanly and not held, lifted, pushed, caught, carried or thrown. The ball cannot roll or come to rest on any part of a player’s body.
    1. Exception: In defensive play of a hard-driven ball (a ball that has NO ARC), the ball may be momentarily lifted or pushed, with the fingers, (i.e. a volley) provided the attempt is one continuous motion and the player does not change the direction of that motion while contacting the ball.
  • The Block: The block in 4’s volleyball is considered your first contact. The same player may make the second contact but this is still considered two contacts.
  • Attackers: All four players on the court may attack at the net.  There is no attack line.
  • Rotation: Players may play any position at all times. However, all four players on the court must serve in rotation. 
  • In Or Out:  If the ball lands on any part of the tape, it is considered to be ‘in’.
  • Number of Players: The number of women on the court should be equal to or greater than, the number of men.  If a team is short a female player, they may:
    1. Play with an one male, and one female (no penalty).
    2. Play with two men and one woman, and start with a five point defecit.
    3. A player that arrives late will be allowed to join the game after the next stoppage in play (ie before the next serve). If his/her team has chosen Option 2, the opponent will retain the 5 points previously awarded.
  • There is no serve limit in Tiers 1 and 2; 5 serve limit applies to all other tiers.


    Beach Rules Updated: May 18, 2024

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