Indoor Volleyball Rules

SSC Policies

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Indoor Volleyball Rules

AUSTIN REC CENTER:

Alcohol, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in or around City of Austin Recreation Centers.  Ask your official or gameday coordinator about great happy hours following every game!

Only reclosable containers containing water are permitted inside the gym.

All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

DOVE SPRINGS REC CENTER

Alcohol, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in or around City of Austin Recreation Centers.  Ask your official or gameday coordinator about great happy hours following every game!

Only reclosable containers containing water are permitted inside the gym.

All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

MONTOPOLIS REC CENTER:

Alcohol, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in or around City of Austin Recreation Centers.  Ask your official or gameday coordinator about great happy hours following every game!

Only reclosable containers containing water are permitted inside the gym.

All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

NORTHWEST REC CENTER:

Alcohol, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in or around City of Austin Recreation Centers.  Ask your official or gameday coordinator about great happy hours following every game!

Only reclosable containers containing water are permitted inside the gym.

All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

PAN AM REC CENTER GYMNASIUM:

Alcohol, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in or around City of Austin Recreation Centers.  Ask your official or gameday coordinator about great happy hours following every game!

Only reclosable containers containing water are permitted inside the gym.

All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

ROUND ROCK SPORTS CENTER:

Alcohol, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in or around City of Round Rock Recreation Centers.  Ask your official or gameday coordinator about great happy hours following every game!

Only reclosable containers containing water are permitted inside the gym.

All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

SOUTH AUSTIN REC CENTER GYMNASIUM:

Alcohol, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in or around City of Austin Recreation Centers.  Ask your official or gameday coordinator about great happy hours following every game!

Only reclosable containers containing water are permitted inside the gym.

All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

WESTLAKE ATHLETIC COMMUNITY CENTER:

Outside food and beverages are not permitted.

Alcohol, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in or around City of Round Rock Recreation Centers.  Ask your official or gameday coordinator about great happy hours following every game!

Only reclosable containers containing water are permitted inside the gym.

All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

PLAYING AREA:

Courts used for SSC Indoor Volleyball may vary in size, but in general measure approximately 29.5 feet wide and 59 feet long. Nets are approximately 7 feet 11 5/8 inches measured from the top of the tape at the center of the net to the floor.

OFFICIALS:

The SSC will provide an official for each match.  Arguing with officials will not be tolerated.

BALL “IN”:

The ball is “in” when it touches the floor of the playing court including the boundary lines.
The ball remains playable if it contacts the ceiling or obstruction above the team’s playing area and remains in the team’s playing area.

BALL “OUT”:

A ball is “out” when:

  • the part of the ball which contacts the floor is completely outside the boundary lines.
  • it touches an object, wall, or curtain outside the court or a person out of play.
  • it touches the rope, post, or net outside of the antenna or the antenna itself.
  • it crosses the vertical plane of the net either partially or totally outside of the antenna.
  • it crosses completely the lower space under the net.
  • it touches the ceiling or obstruction above the team’s playing area and crosses the plane of the net into the opponent’s court.
  • it touches the ceiling or obstruction above the opponent’s playing area after crossing the plane of the net.

EQUIPMENT:

The SSC will provide one game volleyball for each court.  An alternate game ball may be used if agreed to by both team captains.  Practice balls are not provided.
Athletic shoes with non-marking soles are required while on the court.

PLAYING ROSTER:

The maximum number of players on the court is six.  The minimum number of players is four.  The maximum number of males is three.  The minimum number of females is two.
If one team is short the minimum number of players by game time, that team will automatically forfeit the first set only.  If that team is still short the minimum number of players 15 minutes after the originally scheduled game time, the match will be ruled a forfeit.
The minimum number of players to play an officiated exhibition game, and avoid the forfeit fine, is three.
Teams lose the ability to challenge a player’s eligibility after the first set, except in the case of a late-arriving player.
If a team plays a regulation game with fewer than six players, the “Ghost Rule” will be put into effect.  That team’s playing formation must account for the “Ghost Player”.  When the “Ghost Player” reaches the back right position, the opposing team will be awarded a point and the serve. The sixth player may enter the game immediately upon arrival without having to wait for the serving position to be reached in order to substitute.
If both teams are short an equal number of players, the “Ghost Rule” will not apply.

ROTATION:

When a team has gained the right to serve, its players shall rotate one position clockwise.
Substitutions can only be made during a rotation and to replace the player next to serve, except in the case of an injury.
Substitutions to replace injured players are permitted at any time.

FORMAT:

Matches are best of three. Teams will switch serve and side after the first set.
Prior to the first set, both captains will meet with the referee to discuss ground rules and decide serve and side with a game of rock, paper, scissors.  The winning captain will choose serve or side to begin the first set and, if needed, the deciding third set.  The other captain will have the remaining option.
A set, with the exception of the deciding third set, is won by the team which first scores 21 points with a minimum lead of two points or the team which first scores 25 points.
In the case of a 1-1 tie, the deciding third set is won by the team which first scores 15 points with a minimum lead of two points or the team which first scores 17 points.
Rally scoring rules shall apply to all sets. A point is scored by successfully grounding the ball on the opponent’s court, when the opponent commits a fault, or when the opponent receives a penalty.

TIME-OUTS:

Each team is entitled to a single one-minute time-out per set.  Time-outs do not carry over.

TEAM HITS:

The team is entitled to a maximum of three hits for returning the ball.
A player may not hit the ball two times consecutively.
The ball may touch any part of the body.
The ball must be hit, not caught and/or thrown.
A block does not count as a hit.
The first hit after the block may be executed by any player, including one who touched the ball during the block.

PLAY AT THE NET:

The ball may touch the net, including the service.
A blocker may touch the ball beyond the net, provided that this does not interfere with the play before or during the opponent’s attack hit.
Contact with the net is permitted provided it does not interfere with the play.
Contact with the opponent’s court with a foot is permitted, provided that some part of the penetrating foot remains either in contact with or directly above the center line.
When the ball is driven into the net and causes it to touch an opponent, no fault is committed.

SERVICE:

If the serving team wins a rally, it scores a point and continues to serve.  If the receiving team wins a rally, it scores a point and gains the right to serve.
Jump serves are not permitted.
Blocking the opponent’s service is not permitted.
Attacking the opponent’s service while the ball is completely above the height of the net is not permitted.  The contact, however, is only declared a fault if it completely crosses the vertical plane of the net or is legally contacted by an opponent.
At the moment of service, the server may not step on or across the endline.  A reasonable allowance may be given, at the referee’s discretion, on courts with tight spaces.

FAULTS:

Hit Out – A player hits or blocks the ball out.
Catch – The ball is caught and/or thrown or does not rebound from hit.
Double Contact – A player hits the ball twice or the ball contacts various parts of the player’s body in succession.
Four Hits – A team hits the ball four times before returning it.
Back Row Attack – A back-row player completes an attack hit or block from the front row area.
Service Attack – A player completes an attack hit on the opponent’s service.
Service Block – A player completes a block hit on the opponent’s service in the front row area.
Service Fault – A player improperly executes the service.
Net Interference –  A player contacts the net and interferes with the play.  A player places a hand near the net in the path of a ball to intentionally deflect the natural rebound of a ball that has been passed into the net by the opponent.
Interference Beyond the Net – A player contacts the ball beyond the net prior to an opponent’s attack hit.
Penetration Under the Net – A player enters the opponent’s playing space under the net and interferes with the play.
A player’s foot enters the opponent’s playing space completely beyond the center line.
Illegal Rotation
Illegal Substitution
Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Any rules not specifically mentioned here follow USAV guidelines on adult indoor volleyball play.

STANDINGS:

Teams earn three points for a win, one point for a tie, and zero points for a loss.  Teams are ranked in order based on the following criteria:

  • Total Standings Points
  • Head to Head
  • Total Sets Allowed
  • Total Set Differential

DYNASTY RULE:

Everyone loves a little competition, but one team dominating a league season after season can spoil the fun for everybody.
If a team retaining more than four players has won three championships in consecutive seasons for which they have been registered, the SSC will have the option to, in its discretion, request that team to form two or more separate teams to promote parity in the league or withdraw their registration. That team will then have the opportunity to form two separate teams with each subsequent roster approved by the SSC.