Volleyball is a Tier 2 event. The structure of play (e.g., round robin, single elimination) will be determined by the number of teams registered.
Desired roster size is six (6) players. Four (4) players are required to avoid a forfeit. One player from each team is designated as the team captain prior to start of play.
Start time is forfeit time: there is no grace period for players to arrive late. Two (2) game forfeits disqualify a team from further play.
The team winning 2-out-of-3 games wins a match. All games are played to 15 points using rally scoring. Matches may be shortened at discretion of official. One (1) game played to 21 points will constitute a complete match.
Each team is entitled to one 30-second time-out per game.
All players from the serving team rotate after each serve. Substitution of players may be made when the ball is not in play. Substitutes must take the position of replaced players.
Each team is entitled to a maximum of three (3) hits to return the ball to opponents. These hits are in addition to blocking. Blocking is the action that defl ects the ball coming over the net. To be considered a blocker, a player must reach above the net sometime during the effort to deflect the ball. Returning team may not block or spike a serve.
Ball may be played out of the net except on a serve.
A sideout or point is awarded to opponent if ball hits the ceiling on opponent’s side of net. Team may continue play if ball hits ceiling on its own side of net.
Players may not touch the net, or step over center line (under the net) while ball is in play. Blockers may reach over the net as long as they do not touch it.
USA Volleyball governs all other rules.