By Joan Henderson,2014-01-07 06:56
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     The toss of a coin will determine courtside or service. A “service” ;

    is the putting of the ball in play by the player in the “right back”

    position. He/she bats it over the net into the opponents’ court in

    any direction with one hand (open to closed), while keeping both

    feet fully behind the back line of the court until after the ball is


    ; The ball must go over the net between the markers on the net

    that are directly over the sidelines.

; Any team can score. Rally scoring is in effect.

    ; At the moment the ball is contacted for the serve, all players, with

    the exception of the server, shall be within the court boundaries

    in their correct serving rotation with all forward line players in

    front of the back line players.

    ; After the ball has been hit for the serve, the players may move

    from their respective positions, but must return to their original

    serving order before the start of the next serve (by either team).

    ; After a side-out, the team receiving the ball for service shall

    immediately rotate one position clockwise.

    ; When a served ball touches the net, passes under the net, or

    touches any player, surface, or object before entering the

    opponents’ court, a side-out shall be called. If the service lands

    on the playing surface other than the opponents’ court, it shall

    be ruled a side-out.

    ; It is a side-out when a player serves out of turn. All points won

    during this serve be declared illegal and are forfeited.

    ; A team has three hits or less on the ball before returning it over

    the net. No player may hit the ball twice in succession. The ball

    may be played with any part of the body above the waist. Any

    player who touches or is touched by the ball shall have legally

    played it.

    ; The ball must be clearly batted or hit. When the momentarily

    comes to rest in the hands or arms of a player, he/she shall be

    considered as having played the ball legally.

    ; A ball contacting the boundary line is fair. Any ball contacting an

    object or the ground outside of the boundary lines is said to be

    “out of bounds.” A player may play the ball outside of the

    boundary lines as long as he/she does not cross the center line

    or an extension of this line. Within the court, a player may step

    on but not over the center line.

    ; It is a foul to enter the opponent’s court while the ball is in play.

    Reaching under the net by keeping the feet in one’s own court is

    legal as long as there is not contact or interference with the

    opponent’s play. A player may not touch the net or reach over it.

    ; If a ball in play hits the net and goes over into the opponent’s

    court, it is still considered to be in play. This includes serves.

    ; A back line player, spiking from the back court may land on in

    front of the attack line provided that his/her takeoff for spike

    was from behind the 10-foot attack line.

    ; The first team to 25 points wins the game, provided they win by

    at least two (2) points.

    ; A match consists of the best two (2) out of three (3) games.

    ; Teams shall change courts for each game. During the third, teams

    shall team sides when one team reaches 13 points. The team

    that served second in the first game serves first in the second

    game. A coin toss determines first serve in the third game.

    ; A starting player is allowed to re-enter the same game twice, but

    only in his/her original position. Players may change positions at

    the beginning of each game. Substitute players are allowed

    three entries per game.

    ; The ball is declared dead after a point, a side-out, or any other

    decision that temporarily suspends play.

    ; A “double foul” during one play makes the ball dead and the point

    is replayed. When players on opposing sides commit errors, only

    the first error shall count.

    ; Rules not specifically covered will be administered under the

    auspices of the United States Volleyball Association Rules and


    ; Any ball that hits the ceiling is allowed to be played IF it lands on

    the side same side in which it was hit. Any ball that hits the

    ceiling on a serve is a side-out. No ball may hit the wall or side



    ; Two men cannot serve in succession

    ; You must have at least three (3) women on the court at ALL


    ; When a ball is played more than once by a team, one of those

    contacts must be a female player.

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