NEW RULE: Intermediate leagues will follow reverse 6s rules. See below for details.
Volleyball – Court 6’s (Intermediate)
Please arrive 15 minutes early to ensure that your games start on time. Matches are 45 minutes in length and are comprised of two RALLY POINT games to 21 points and one final game to 15 points. The cap is also at 21 points and 15 points. Therefore, if the score is tied 20-20, the next point wins (first team to 21 points). Intermediate leagues will play by reverse 6s rules as outlined below. If a match concludes early, the teams can continue to play, but the score of the fourth game will not be recorded. Please arrive early to ensure you get the full use of your allotted court time. Regardless of when your game begins your game will always end on time to allow the succeeding games to begin at their scheduled time.
Time Keeping: The SSC Event Coordinator on site will be keeping track of time and will determine the end of your game. In this instance, you will receive a warning indicating the final five (5) minutes of your game, a ‘Last Serve’ call and a final signal for the end of your game. Once the final signal occurs your game is over.
Changing Sides: Teams will change sides after each set.
Teams are comprised of six (6) players with a minimum of two (2) women and two (2) men on the court. A default for the first game of a match will occur if any team cannot field a squad 10 minutes after the official start time. The second game of the match will be defaulted 20 minutes after the official start time and the third and final game of the match will be defaulted 30 minutes after the official start time (e.g. a team that defaults the first game, can still play the second and third games, providing that enough players eventually arrive).
Gender Numbers: Teams are comprised of six (6) players with a minimum of two (2) women and two (2) men on the court.
Defaults: A default for the first game of a match will occur if any team cannot field a squad 10 minutes after the official start time. The second game of the match will be defaulted 20 minutes after the official start time and the third and final game of the match will be defaulted 30 minutes after the official start time (e.g. a team that defaults the first game, can still play the second and third games, providing that enough players eventually arrive). A team can play with a minimum of 5 people, as long as two (2) players are women and two (2) players are men.
Exceptions: Both teams can agree to play with any number of people on the court up to six (6) players, with any ratio of females and males. If both teams agree, then the game counts.
Reverse 6s (Intermediate ONLY):
Restrictions on Male Players: Male players are prohibited from blocking at any point in the game and may not attack a ball while it is above the height of the net if they are in front of the attack line. The attack line is marked 10 feet from the net. If a male player is in front of the 10ft line, or steps on the 10ft line during an approach to contact the ball, the ball must be put over the net with a bump, or a strike that gives the ball an upward trajectory, such as a roll shot, or bump with the knuckles or fist. Male players behind this line are permitted to attack a ball (hit the ball down as a hard-driven ball). Males my jump set, but if the ball goes over the net, it must have an obvious upward arc. Males are also permitted to jump serve during reverse coed volleyball.
Blocking Rules for Female Players: Only female players may block in reverse coed volleyball. If the position distribution is such that only one female is located in the front row, a second female from the back row may come forward to block, but not to hit. The remaining female player in the back row must stay behind the attack line until contact is made with the ball by one of the two blockers or the ball is hit in a way that does not allow for blocking to occur. A triple block by females is not permitted. When in a back row position, females must follow normal volleyball rules, and may attack the ball from behind the 10 ft line.
All Volleyball matches will take place on a regulation-sized Volleyball Court.
All equipment (poles, nets and balls) will be provided and set-up on-site by SSC staff.
Teams are also responsible for keeping track of the score. Please designate one person to keep track of the score.
The following outlines the basis of the rules of Volleyball 6’s Intermediate/Recreational Programs:
- Rally point scoring WILL be used during league play - you do not have to be serving to score a point.
- A player may NOT block or spike a serve while returning a serve.
- Players CAN open-hand volley a serve.
- A server may serve the ball from anywhere along the baseline.
- Net serves ARE allowed. This means that if a serve hits the net but the motion of the ball carries it over the net, it is a live ball - it is not a service fault.
- A player may play the ball off any part of his/her body, including feet.
- A player may not touch the net during any part of the play. Please call your own net violations.
- Only female players may hit from the front court
- Switch new players in before your team starts a new server.
- A player may pass under the net as long as it does not interfere with the play. In other words, a blocker or spiker may land under the net/cross the line, as long as it happens without stopping the play or hindering the opposition. Please avoid doing this where possible to eliminate the possibility of injury.
- If time runs out in the middle of a game, whoever is winning the game at that moment is considered the winner.
- If 10 minutes have elapsed after the official start of the game and not enough players are present to field a team, the first game of the match is defaulted. At 20 minutes after the start of the official start time, the second game is defaulted, and at 30 minutes after the official start time, the third game is defaulted. Each defaulted game results in the loss of one (1) point in the overall standings.
- Servers DO rotate after five consecutive points. The same team continues to serve as long as his/her team successfully wins the point. Players must rotate clockwise through each position, but players can resume set positions (example: setter) once ball is in play.
- A ball that hits the wall or ceiling is out of bounds.
- A game can end in a tie during the regular season. In the playoffs, matches are best two out of three or three out of five. If playing only 3 sets, the first 2 sets are to 21 points and the last set is to 15 (capped at 21). If playing 5 sets, all sets are to 25 points. If a third or fifth deciding set is tied at the end of regulation time, teams will play one more point to determine the winner.
- Any team defaulting more than 2 matches may be asked to leave the league, with no refund.
- Teams may call a one (1) minute time-out per match if needed except during the final 10 minutes of play.
All games are self-officiated. Any disputes will be discussed amongst the two team captains. Please play honestly and call your own infractions (lift, net, etc.). If a dispute cannot be settled the point should be re-served
Regular Season Matches
Games can be tied during the regular season.
Playoffs Eligibility and Tiebreak
There must be a winner in a playoff match. In the event that the match ends in a tie, teams will partake in the following tie-breaker until a winner is determined:
In the playoffs, matches are best 2 out of 3 or 3 out of 5 (depending on program length). If playing only 3 sets, the first 2 sets are to 21 points and the last set is to 15 (capped at 21 and 15). If playing 5 sets, all sets are to 25 points (capped at 25). If the deciding set is tied at the end of regulation time, teams will play one more point to determine the winner.
Any rough or physical play will result in immediate expulsion from further league play and may result in a lifetime league expulsion. Please see the Sport and Social Club General Policy for our official guidelines on this subject. It is recognized that incidental contact between players is inevitable; however, all players should go out of their way to avoid creating an unsafe play. This rule supersedes all others.
Please note that on-site staff members have full autonomy when supervising games. Games may be stopped entirely, players may be asked to leave the playing area or be removed from the game entirely under their discretion.
There are absolutely no alcoholic beverages permitted on SSC property. Any offenders will be asked to leave the league without refund. No exceptions.