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Intramural Volleyball Rules

  1. Participants must behave respectfully and courteously in the spirit of fair play.
  2. Participants must refrain from actions or attitudes aimed at influencing the decisions of the official or covering up faults committed by their team.
  3. Participants must refrain from actions aimed at delaying the game.
  4. The team captain represents the team during the coin toss before the match and before the tie-breaker game.
    1. The official shall toss a coin (or use fingers behind his/her back) with the captains.
    2. The winner of the coin toss chooses either:
      1. to select to serve or receive service of the first ball or
      2. the side of the court on which to start the first game.
    3. If a tie-breaker game is needed (third game), the official will flip a coin again to decide the same two choices.
  5. The team captain is the only player on or off of the court who is allowed to ask the official for an explanation of the application or interpretation of the rules.
  6. Playing the ball:
    1. Each team may hit the ball up to three hits (not counting blocking) to return the ball to the opponents.
    2. Team hits include both intentional and unintentional contacts with the ball.
    3. A player may not contact the ball with two separate and consecutive motions.
    4. Two or more players may touch the ball at the same moment (counted as one hit).
    5. If two opponents simultaneously contact the ball and it remains in play, the team receiving the ball is entitled to another three hits.
    6. The ball may touch any part of the body.
    7. The ball must be hit, not caught or thrown.
    8. During the first hit of the team (other than blocking), the ball may contact various parts of the body consecutively, provided that the contacts occur during one action.
    9. Faults include: four or more hits per side, assisted hit, catch, double contact (a player contacts the ball twice in succession, or the ball contacts various parts of the body successively, and illegal hit (hitting the ball in a non-playing area.
  7. Reaching beyond the net:
    1. In blocking, a blocker may contact the ball beyond the plane of the net inside the antennas (or polls if not antennas are used), provided the blocker does not interfere with the opponent's play.
    2. A player making an attack-hit is permitted to pass hand(s) beyond the net after the attack-hit, provided the ball is contacted within his/her own playing space or within the plane of the net.
    3. A player is permitted to pass hand(s) beyond the net and contact the ball over the opponent's court on his or her team's first or second hit, provided the ball has not completely crossed the vertical plane or the net and is directed back into the player's own playing space.
  8. Contact with the net:
    1. It is a fault to touch any part of the net or the antennas, except for incidental contact by a player's hair and insignificant contact by a player not involved in the action of playing the ball.
    2. A player may touch a post, rope or any other object outside the total length of the net, provided this contact does not interfere with play.
  9. Service: The service is the act of putting the ball into play by the right back-row player who hits the ball with one hand or arm from the service zone (anywhere beyond the back line and within the two sidelines).
    1. Authorization of the service must be given to the server from the official before the serve may be hit. If the server does serve the ball before the official blows his/her whistle and gives the signal, the ball is dead and will be re-served.
    2. Service screening: The players of the serving team must not screen the opponents from seeing the contact for service or the path of the ball. This would include a player waving arms, jumping up and down, or moving sideways at the time of the serve. The serving team is also prohibited from making a collective screen when the server is hidden behind two or more teammates and the ball is served over them.
    1. All actions directing the ball toward the opponent, except a serve or block, are attack-hits.
    2. During an attack-hit, tipping is permitted if the contact is brief and the ball is not caught or thrown.
    3. An attack-hit is completed the moment the ball completely crosses the vertical plane of the net or is touched by a blocker.
    4. Restrictions to a back-row player:
      1. A back-row player may complete an attack-hit at any height from behind the front zone (player must take off from behind the 10' line).
      2. A back-row player may also carry out an attack-hit from the front zone if at the moment of the contact any part of the ball is below the top of the net (as long as it is not a spike).
  10. When antennas are not used, the posts shall act as the antennas in all cases except those involving player contact.
  11. Matches will consist of the best of three games.
  12. All matches will be played using rally scoring. Games will be played to 25 points.

Additional Information:
* Service ball may hit the net and still be in play
* Six (6) players are to be on the court at one time with rotations used at the discretion of the captain. Games will be allowed to start if a team has at least 3 players.