Sand Volleyball 4's League Rules

The ATX Sports & Adventures 4’s sand volleyball league is a social co-ed league and all players are expected to act in good sportsmanship in both a win and a loss. Our officials while trained are not professionals and are just like you so be sure to treat them with respect and you can expect the same.  In the end this should be a fun league and an outlet for some great exercise and an opportunity to meet some awesome new people!

LEAGUE FORMAT:

All teams will play in 7 regular season games with playoffs for the top teams.  The number of playoff teams will be determined by the total number of teams in the league.  This is a co-ed league and all teams must have at least 2 female players on the court at all times.   

SUBSTITUTION RULES:

Teams may play an official game with 3 players but no more than 2 male players on the court at any one time. Teams will have 10 minutes from the start of their designated match time to gather all of their teammates to start the game.  If the entire team isn’t there by 10 minutes after the designated match time the first game will go to the opposing team.  If after 15 minutes there isn’t enough players for a league game the opposing team will win the match.

If teams are short players they have the option to pick up players from within the league to keep from forfeiting the game.  Picking up a 3rd player from within the league to play a game is allowed at the discretion of the official.  A 4th or 5th player will only be allowed at the approval of the opposing team since you can play an official league game with 3 players.  All players must wear the new ATXSA league shirt or an ATXSA Championship shirt and have signed the team waiver.  If any team member isn’t in their league shirt the opposing team will be given 2 points before the start of the first game. Players may switch into “beach wear” after the first point is played.

Free substitution during the game is permitted.  The only restrictions are:  l) no more than 4 players/team may be on the court during a live ball; 2) no more than 2 players of one sex may be on the court during a live ball; 3) substitutions must be acknowledged by the official and made during a dead ball.

PLAYOFF SUBSTITUTIONS:

All players participating in the playoffs must be on the official waiver/roster and have played at least 1 regular season game. If an opposing team believes one of the players on the other team hasn’t played in an official regular season game and/or isn’t on the official team roster they can protest that player but only before the game starts or before the player checks into the game should that player arrive late. Since many teams play without subs please plan accordingly and if you know one of your players won’t be there for the playoffs be sure to have a substitute on the roster.

FORFEIT RULE:

If your team forfeits a game during the season, the following rules apply: 

First Offense: Loss of game. Score marked: 21-0, 21-0. 

Second Offense: Loss of game and lost ability to make playoffs.

Third Offense: Removal from the league.

If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game, we encourage you contact us so we can inform your opponent. 

Teams have until five minutes past the designated start time to field a full squad (or the league minimum of players required according to rules). If at that time a team is unable to field a legal team, they forfeit the game. The teams may utilize the playing field during their allotted time to play an unofficial game. The official score will be marked as a loss with the respective forfeit score. 

SCORING:

All games are rally scoring.  Rally scoring simply means that a point will be awarded each time the ball is served regardless of who served it.  Each match will consist of 2 games to 21.  Each game will continue until a two point advantage is reached or until one team reaches 25.  If a 3rd game is needed it will be rally scoring to 15 points with no cap in all 3rd games.

SERVING:

  • A team earns service possession for the start of the first game by winning Rock/Paper/Scissors.

  • A legal serve is one that crosses the net and is either touched by an opposing player or lands within the opposing team’s area of the court within the boundary lines.  A serve that makes contact with the net and carries over to the opponent’s side of the net is a live serve and must be returned.

  • NEW RULE EFFECTIVE FALL 2014 SEASON: No jump serves are allowed in the recreational/social division, but are allowed in the intermediate/competitive division.

  • When the serving team wins the rally, the player who served before, serves again.

  • When the receiving team wins the rally, it gains the right to serve and must rotate server but does not have to rotate position on the court.

  • Players on the receiving team cannot block a serve.

PLAYING THE BALL:

  • In 4’s every player is eligible to attack the net.

  • Each team is allowed a maximum of 3 successive contacts of the ball in order to return the ball to the opponent’s area

  • NEW RULE EFFECTIVE FALL 2014 SEASON: Open hand dinks are illegal. An open hand allows the player to affect the direction of the ball by using fingertips in conjunction with the twist of the wrist.

  • NEW RULE EFFECT FALL 2014 SEASON: Returning a serve with a set is illegal in the intermediate/competitive division and must be “passed” with a bump (hands together below the wrist) or with your hands together (above the waist). All other hits may be set clean or spiked. Returning a serve with a set is however legal in the recreational/social division.

  • Players are not permitted to scoop, hold or lift the ball. The ball must be clearly hit.

  • There is no centerline. You may cross under the net providing that you do not contact a player from the other side or hinder their play of the ball.

  • The ball must cross the plane of the net before contact may be made unless it is the 3rd hit by the offense and the contact is made to block the shot.

  • Contact with the net is a violation. This includes contact made by hats, hair or clothing.

  • Crossing or playing over any of the ball guards is a dead ball.

  • Crossing into the other courts is a dead ball. 

  • A stray ball onto the court constitutes a replay if it comes in during play

BLOCKING:

  • Blocking is the action close to the net which intercepts the ball coming from the opponents’ side by making contact with the ball before, during or after it crosses the net.

  • A block contact is not counted as a team hit, and a team is entitled to 3 hits to return the ball.

  • The first hit after the block may be executed by any player, including the one who blocked the ball.

OFFICIALS:

  • All games will be officiated by league staff. 

  • Only the team captain from each team my approach the official to dispute or question a call.  In the end the call made by the official is final

CONCLUSION:

  • We enforce a “Zero Tolerance Policy” in regards to behavior of players and fans. Taunting, trash talking, or abusive language will not be tolerated. League staff will have the right to reprimand or eject players, managers, or fans depending on the severity of the situation.

  • Beer and Alcohol is permitted at Krieg Fields but no glass containers.

  • Any rules not covered or protests will be handled by the League Staff.

  • All decisions of the League Staff are final. The League Staff shall also have the final authority to make adjustments to match schedules, match duration, and other aspects of the league in the case of weather issues. 

Sand Volleyball 6's League Rules

The ATX Sports & Adventures 6’s sand volleyball league is a social co-ed league and all players are expected to act in good sportsmanship in both a win and a loss. Our officials while trained are not professionals and are just like you so be sure to treat them with respect and you can expect the same.  In the end this should be a fun league and an outlet for some great exercise and an opportunity to meet some awesome new people!

LEAGUE FORMAT:

All teams will play in 7 regular season games with playoffs for the top teams.  The number of playoff teams will be determined by the total number of teams in the league.  This is a co-ed league and all teams must have a minimum of at least 2 female AND 2 male players on the court at all times.   

SUBSTITUTION RULES:

Teams may play an official game with 4 players but no more than 3 male players on the court at any one time. Teams will have 10 minutes from the start of their designated match time to gather all of their teammates to start the game.  If the entire team isn’t there by 10 minutes after the designated match time the first game will go to the opposing team.  If after 15 minutes there aren’t enough players for a league game the opposing team will win the match.

If teams are short players they have the option to pick up players from within the league to keep from forfeiting the game.  Picking up a 4th player from within the league to play a game is allowed at the discretion of the official.  A 5th or 6th player will only be allowed at the approval of the opposing team since you can play an official league game with 4 players.  Substitutions and all league players must have a league shirt and have signed the team waiver.  If any team member isn’t in their league shirt the opposing team will be given 2 points before the start of the first game. Players may switch into “beach wear” after the first point is played.

SUBSTITUTIONS:

·         Teams are only permitted to substitute a player on their side-out.

·         Side out substitutions enter the match into the serving position.

·         Players arriving late must wait for a side-out to fill a missing position.

·         If a team illegally substitutes a player (not replaced from the right front position), that team will lose their serve immediately. All players must relocate to their original position.

PLAYERS ON THE COURT:

·         A team can have a maximum of 6 players on the court at one time (3 male; 3 female).  The minimum number of players to begin a regulation game is 4 (2 male; 2 female).  If a team competes with fewer than 6 players, the “Ghost Rule” will be put into effect.  The team can play in any formation they wish, provided their relative positions are maintained with no more than 3 available front-row attackers/blockers.  However, when the empty position in the rotation reaches serve, the opponent will be awarded a point and a side out.  If both teams are short an equal number of players, the ghost rule will not apply.

PLAYOFF SUBSTITUTIONS:

All players participating in the playoffs must be on the official waiver/roster and have played at least 1 regular season game. If an opposing team believes one of the players on the other team hasn’t played in an official regular season game and/or isn’t on the official team roster they can protest that player but only before the game starts or before the player checks into the game should that player arrive late. Since many teams play without subs please plan accordingly and if you know one of your players won’t be there for the playoffs be sure to have a substitute on the roster.

 

FORFEIT RULE:

If a team is unable to supply enough players for a full game or is unable to meet the minimum requirements by picking up players the team will forfeit.  In the event of a forfeit that team receives a warning and the next forfeit will result in ineligibility of the league playoffs. Forfeit scores will be recorded 21-0, 21-0.

SCORING:

All games are rally scoring.  Rally scoring simply means that a point will be awarded each time the ball is served regardless of who served it.  Each match will consist of 2 games to 21.  Each game will continue until a two point advantage is reached or until one team reaches 25.  If a 3rd game is needed it will be rally scoring to 15 points with no cap in all 3rd games.

SERVING:

·         A team earns service possession for the start of the first game by winning Rock/Paper/Scissors.

·         A legal serve is one that crosses the net and is either touched by an opposing player or lands within the opposing team’s area of the court within the boundary lines.  A serve that makes contact with the net and carries over to the opponent’s side of the net is a live serve and must be returned.

·         No jump serves are allowed in the 6's League

·         When the serving team wins the rally, the player who served before, serves again.

·         When the receiving team wins the rally, it gains the right to serve and must rotate server but does not have to rotate position on the court.

·         Players on the receiving team cannot block a serve.

PLAYING THE BALL:

·         In 6’s only the front 3 players are allowed to attack the net.

·         Each team is allowed a maximum of 3 successive contacts of the ball in order to return the ball to the opponent’s area

·         Open hand dinks are illegal. An open hand allows the player to affect the direction of the ball by using fingertips in conjunction with the twist of the wrist.

·         Receiving a serve with a set is legal in the 6's division.

·         Players are not permitted to scoop, hold or lift the ball. The ball must be clearly hit.

·         There is no centerline. You may cross under the net providing that you do not contact a player from the other side or hinder their play of the ball.

·         The ball must cross the plane of the net before contact may be made unless it is the 3rd hit by the offense and the contact is made to block the shot.

·         Contact with the net is a violation. This includes contact made by hats, hair or clothing.

·         Crossing or playing over any of the ball guards is a dead ball.

·         Crossing into the other courts is a dead ball. 

·         A stray ball onto the court constitutes a replay if it comes in during play

BLOCKING:

 

·         Blocking is the action close to the net which intercepts the ball coming from the opponents’ side by making contact with the ball before, during or after it crosses the net.

·         A block contact is not counted as a team hit, and a team is entitled to 3 hits to return the ball.

·         The first hit after the block may be executed by any player, including the one who blocked the ball.

OFFICIALS:

·         All games will be officiated by league staff. 

·         Only the team captain from each team my approach the official to dispute or question a call.  In the end the call made by the official is final

CONCLUSION:
 

·         We enforce a “Zero Tolerance Policy” in regards to behavior of players and fans. Taunting, trash talking, or abusive language will not be tolerated. League staff will have the right to reprimand or eject players, managers, or fans depending on the severity of the situation.

·         Beer and Alcohol is permitted at Krieg Fields but no glass containers.

·         Any rules not covered or protests will be handled by the League Staff.

·         All decisions of the League Staff are final. The League Staff shall also have the final authority to make adjustments to match schedules, match duration, and other aspects of the league in the case of weather issues.