BEACH VOLLEYBALL RULES
For the most complete and recent official beach volleyball rules followed by the FIVB, International Federation of Volleyball, click here: Official Beach Volleyball Rules. Keep in mind, these are the professional rules. Below are some modifications to keep things fun at The Sand Club.
TSC VOLLEYBALL RULES FOR LEAGUES
The Sand Club has 10 basic rules to prepare you for league play. Please handle all violations in a respective manner, polite tone and redo the play if there is a continued disagreement. Please feel free to e-mail us with comments or suggestions. Also be aware that all players who are responsible for knowing and abiding by their location’s additional rules as well:
McQueen Park Rules • Gene Autry Park Rules
- The game ball will be provided by The Sand Club but players are welcome to play with personal volleyballs.
- Leagues consist of 7 matches plus a season ending playoff. League matches consist of 3 games with rally scoring straight to 21 (cap at 21, no win by 2). In respect to all player’s time on the court, the 3rd game is timed and game point will be called on the hour because lights go out at 10P. In order to maximize your time on the court, please make the league host aware of a team running behind and warm-up off the court. Limit warm-ups on the court to 5 minutes.
- Each game should take around 15-20 minutes but players are recommended to also keep rest period between games limited to 1-2 minutes when games are tight, like 21-20 or even just long rallies.
Captains may ask for one switch when the first team reaches 11 points due to wind, light, etc but no more than one switch to stay on time. If teams choose to switch every 7 points, then teams should expect the 3rd game to be cut at what ever the score is at the end of the hour. Captains are recommended to “rock, paper, scissor” for side or serve on the 1st and 3rd game. Loser of game 1 chooses side or serve for game 2.
- All 3 games count and are recorded. If the 3rd game is cut short due to time, then points will be prorated. For example, if the actual score was 15-13 the final score will be 21-19. Forfeits result in 3 losses but 5 points less than the lowest total of the week in their division. If a team is a no-show-no-call, then the team will not only receive 3 losses and 0 points but also lose another match during the season in order to make up for their opponent lost match.
- Let serves are live and not a fault.
- For 4-on-4 leagues, blocks do not count as a hit (block plus 3). For 2-on-2 leagues, block DO count as a hit (block, plus 2). The blocker may block and then immediately pass the ball. For 2-on-2 leagues, when two players joust the team now has plus 3 (meaning 3 contacts). Players are not allowed to attack/block the serve above the top of the net immediately following the serve. Players are allowed to “tomahawk” or overhead pass the serve over on one as long as the contact is not above the net.
- Serves are not considered hard-driven so “beach digs” do not apply to serves, which means the ball can not be momentarily held on a serve. Players are allowed to use fingertips on the serve and non-hard driven attack as long as they do not make double contact nor momentarily hold the ball.
- Captains are expected to call their own team’s faults (lifts, carries, throws,etc.). How “tight” captains will call hand-setting or over head passes should be determined before the match begins and at least one replay to establish the standard if there is a dispute.
- Rain-outs & holidays will be rescheduled as needed. To stay up-to-the-minute on weather cancellations check Facebook posts on The Sand Club Fan Page and/or The Sand Club Twitter feed.
- Forfeited matches are not refundable and are not rescheduled by The Sand Club. There is a $1 billion fee for no-shows (missing a match without providing us with at least 6 hours notice). All kidding aside, some players have a long commute, so please be considerate. We have a sub list on Facebook to help find players and please understand that we encourage subs over forfeits. Captains are asked to find subs even if it’s for the entire team (coed 4’s or 2’s) out of respect for the other team. If a team is a no-show-no-call or do not give the league director at least 6 hours notice, then the team forfeiting will lose an additional match during the season in order to accommodate the opponent who potential drove out for nothing.
TSC VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE TOURNAMENT RULES
League rules apply but teams play one game to 21 (tournament director will determine if games are to 21, cap at 21 or win by 2 cap at 25). Tournaments are double elimination, so some teams may end up only playing 2 games on tournament night. The tournament is completed in one evening and players are expected to arrive at the designated start time of the tournament in case of forfeits. Division 1 winners will receive 50% off the upcoming league or prizes. Division 2 winners will receive 40% off the upcoming league or prizes and Division 3 & 4 will receive 30% off the upcoming league or prizes.
TOURNAMENT ROSTER RULE
Teams are responsible for emailing email@example.com their roster at the beginning of the season (first and last name, email, phone) and then any week they have a sub. The teams eligible to play the tournament/final week are the teams with players on the roster that have played at least 6 games or 2 matches for that particular team of the current season. The league director may consider a sub that has only played 1 match BUT the team must email firstname.lastname@example.org for approval 1-2 weeks before the tournament. For 4-on-4 leagues, teams are also eligible if they play with just 3 players (as long as 1 girl is on the court and the 3 players are on the roster). Teams are still welcome to play in the tournament with subs that are not on the roster but they will not be able to eliminate any of the top 4 teams that do not have a sub. The tournament’s 1st and 2nd place prizes will only be awarded to the top 2 teams with an eligible roster. Teams are encouraged to email the tournament director as soon as they know they will not be able to play with their registered roster or eligible sub. The bottom line is don’t “blindside” the league host by showing up with a sub because you might be going home after 2 games. After 10 years of running leagues, the players have spoken MANY TIMES that they are tired of seeing subs knock out teams and go home with prizes.
DEFINITIONS OF COMMON TERMS & VIOLATIONS
The Sand Club is a Player’s League, first & foremost, which means that all violations should be handled in a respectful manner by the Captains. Please redo the play if you choose to call your opponent for any first time violation when there is a disagreement.