Official Volleyball Tournament Rules

Behavior & Conduct

  1. Each player is required to display good sportsmanship, and respect to the staff and other players at all times. 
  2. Rude, aggressive, vulgar language or behavior may result in ejection from the game or tournament.


  1. All players must be 21 years of age or over. 
  2. Team rosters shall include a minimum of 6 players, including at least 3 female players.
  3. There does not have to be an equal number of male and female, but at no time can there be more than 3 men on the court. 
  4. If you are short a female player, you must consider that a phantom position and lose their serve when it's their turn.


  1. Games will either be played to 15, 21 or 25 points; Check program information for tournament format.
  2. Games are player-reffed. If you have a disagreement about a call-replay the point. League official has final say in disagreements or rule interpretations. All other USAVB rules apply unless specified differently within these rules.
  3. Rock-paper-scissors for home team 


  1. Single game: Home team serves first or chooses side of court.
  2. 2 games: Home team serves first or chooses side of court. Teams will switch sides and first serve for the second game.
  3. Best-2-out-of-3: The home team serves first or choose side of court for the first & third games. Teams will switch sides and first serve for each set. The third set, if necessary, may be played to 15 points (check with the tournament official).
  4. Serve must be delivered from behind the boundary line.
  5. Served balls that contact the net on the way over are considered live and may be played.


  1. Serves may not be attacked or blocked.
  2. The ball must be returned with no more than three hits.
  3. A player may not hit the ball twice in a row (double hit)
  4. A player in the back row may not block or jump to attack the ball within 10 feet of the net.
  5. Any contact with the net during play results in a side out or point for the other team. Please call your own violations.
  6. A player may cross under the net as long as they do not interfere with the other team’s opportunity to play the ball.
  7. You may set the serve.
  8. REC/LOWER TOURNEYS ONLY: Underhand hits can be open-handed as long as the ball is not caught or thrown.


  1. Any team not ready to play within 15 minutes of the posted start time will forfeit the match.