Volleyball Rules

Scoring:

Matches are played best of five sets. The first four sets are played to 25 points, with the final set being played to 15 points. A team must win a set by two points. There is no ceiling, so a set continues until one of the teams gains a two-point advantage. Previously, all sets were to 15 points, with the first four sets having a ceiling of 17 and the final set requiring at least a two-point winning advantage.

General Rules:

  • 6 players on a team, 3 on the front row and 3 on the back row
  • Maximum of three hits per side
  • A player may not hit the ball twice in succession (A block is not considered a hit)
  • The ball may be played off the net during a volley and on a serve
  • A ball hitting a boundary line is “in”
  • It is legal to contact the ball with any part of a players body
  • It is illegal to catch, hold, or throw the ball
  • If two or more players contact the ball at the same time, it is considered one play and either player involved may make the next contact (provided the next contact isn’t the teams 4th hit)
  • A player can not block or attack a serve from on or inside the 10 foot line
  • After the serve, front line players may switch positions at the net