The League will consist of 6 Weeks of Pool play. Play will commence at 6 pm and end in the area of 8pm. It will be one day tournament style to determine league champion.



1. The Court
1.1 The dimensions of the court should be 16m long by 8m wide.
1.2 The net height is approximately 2.43m for Co-Ed 4.
1.3 The ball is “in” when it touches the surface of the playing court including the lines.

2. Player Behaviour
2.1 Players must not make derogatory remarks about or to opponents or spectators.
2.2 Players must refrain from intentionally trying to distract an opponent who is playing or about to play the ball (ie: shouting, clapping, etc.)
2.3 Players may not commit any act that delays the game unnecessarily.
2.4 Players must refrain from intentionally kicking or hitting the ball out of the play area.
2.5 Players may not intentionally or unintentionally screen an opposing player and must move if asked to do so.
2.6 Players are expected to behave appropriately and abide by all rules set out by Sunset Beach Volleyball League.


3. Player Responsibility
3.1 Players must be on the court for the scheduled start of the match.
3.2 Players must call their own infractions/faults (ie: net violations, carries, lines, etc.)
3.3 Each set/game will be played entirely on one side of the court. Teams will switch in the second set and may switch at 8 points in the third (if decided ahead of time).
3.4 Each team is allowed one (1 minute) timeout per game/set
3.5 Players must keep track of own score. Winners of each match must report scores to website or Sunset representative.


4. Substitutions & Players per Team
4.1 Teams may have additional players on their roster (Max 6 players for 4’s)
        All Sunset Beach Volleyball League participants (including subs) must read, print and sign the Sunset Beach League Waiver Form to be sanctioned members. The signed waiver needs to be submitted to league organizers prior to playing. Teams who are found with non‐sanctioned players could be asked to leave the league without refund or warning.
4.2 Teams must have at least 1 female on the court at all times(when only 1 female is present there will be only 2 males on the court and that team will play with 3).
4.3 During regular season if teams are short they may borrow players from other teams provided that the opposing team captain agrees AND that player is a member of the Sunset Beach Volleyball league.
***It is the responsibility of the Team Captain to inform all players (including substitutions) of any league updates &/or  changes.  Team Captains are also responsible for making sure that every player on their teams' roster (including substitutions) has signed our league waiver form PRIOR to playing any matches.***


5. Service
5.1 The ball may be served from anywhere along the end line and between the outside edges of the sidelines.
5.2 Teams must alternate servers in order when they earn a side out. This does not mean that each person must play a certain position on the court. You may play the same position at all times (ie: setting) as long as you serve consistently in a certain order. Otherwise, it will result in loss of rally.
5.3 Starting server must be determined for the first and third games/sets. We recommend spinning the ball to determine choice of serve. Winner of the spin has a choice of serve, receive, or side. Loser of the spin gets second choice. Loser also gets first choice on second game/set. Spin again for the third, if necessary.
5.4 No serving tossing errors are allowed. If you toss the ball and drop it, your team loses service.
5.5 No player is allowed to screen the serve. If an opponent asks you to move because you are screening the serve, you are obligated to do so.
5.6 Net serves are permitted (ie: the ball hits the top of the net and goes over is a good serve).
5.7 Eye contact will ensure opponents are ready before the serve.


6. Ball Contact
6.1 A ball may be contacted no more than 3 times per side.
6.2 A block counts as a contact.
6.3a Hard-driven balls (first contact) may be contacted multiple times if executed in one motion.
6.3b Non hard- driven balls (first contact) may not be received with a set (overhand pass) but may be contacted multiple times from any other part of the body if executed in one motion.
6.4 Service reception may not be a set (overhand pass).
6.5 Service reception may not be a block, or an attack made when the ball is entirely above the top of the net.
6.6 The ball may contact any part of the body.
6.7 The ball may not be lifted, held, or come to rest in a players’ hands. This will be called a carried/held ball. This does not apply when in defense of a hard driven ball which can be held momentarily overhead with fingers.
6.8 Open hand tips are not permitted. An open hand tip is any ball that is played over the net with the fingertips of one hand.


7. Setting (Overhand pass)
7.1 The ball must be contacted simultaneously by both hands and not come to rest (first, second, or third contact). All sets must be clean, except in defense of a hard-driven ball where the ball may come to rest momentarily.
7.2 Players in all divisions may set the ball over the net provided their shoulders are perpendicular to the ball’s line of flight (front and back sets apply).
Example #1: You set a ball over the net, deep into the back of the court.
The ball is live provided it is pushed forward or backward perpendicular to your shoulders.
Example #2: You set a ball at a sharp angle to the net and it just goes over. Your partner may or not be near.
The ball is live provided it is pushed forward or backward perpendicular to your shoulders.


8. Play at the Net
8.1 : You cannot touch the tape portion at the top of the net on a Block or Spike or at any other time. If you touch the net any other place it is legal providing you do not interfere with the opponents side of the court OR affect the outcome of the play.
8.2 Net contacts will be permitted provided it was caused by a force other than the players’ momentum (ie: wind, opponents ball hitting the net, etc.)
8.3 Hair does not count as net contact.
8.4 Contacts with the net supports (posts) are not faults.


9. Play Around the Net
9.1 A ball completely crossing the net below the net or entirely outside the antennas (posts) may be recovered within the limits of the 3 team contacts.
9.2 A ball completely crossing the net above the net and within the antennas (posts) may not be recovered.

10. Reaching Beyond the Net
10.1 A player is permitted to pass his/her hand beyond the net after his/her attack hit, provided that his/her contact has been made within his/her own playing space.

11. The Block
11.1 A block is defined as an attempt by a player(s) to interrupt the ball before, as, or just after it crossed the net.
The blocker must be within arm’s length of the net with his hand(s) over his shoulders.
11.2 A blocker may block a ball on the opponents’ side of the court:
             1. After the opposing team has made its final contact.
             2. Any time the attacking team has directed the ball towards the opponents’ court
11.3 Players reaching over the net to block their opponents attempt to set up the ball will result in a fault.
11.4 A ball may be directed by a blocker but may not come to rest in the blockers’ hands.
11.5 Blocking the serve is not permitted.


12. Scoring
12.1 Matches will consist of 3 sets, using rally point scoring.
12.2 Winner of a set will be the first to 21. You must win by two points or until the 25 point cap is reached.
12.3 Reporting Scores - WINNERS of each match (including default wins) must record scores on website or to a Sunset representative.


13. Defaults
13.1 If a team is 10 minutes late from the start of the scheduled match time, the team will be forced to default the first set. The team that is present will win 21-0. If a team is late an additional 10 minutes (total 20 minutes late from scheduled match start time), the team will also default the second and third sets. The team present will also win the second and third sets 21-0 and will win the match by default. Team that is present still MUST report scores (21-0, 21-0, 21-0) .
13.2 If a team fails to show up for a league match, they will receive 1 warning from league organizers and a $25 default fine. If the same team repeats this offence by not showing up for a second match, the team may be disqualified from the league & possibly replaced by a team on the wait list. That team will also receive an additional $25 default fine and NO refund.
13.3 Co-Ed 4’s teams will default unless they have a minimum of 3 players on the court (no more than 2 males).


14. Equipment
14.1 Official ball of Sunset Beach Volleyball is: Mikassa Beach Champ
14.2 League balls will be set out prior to the first match & must be put into shed at the end of the evening and/or collected by league volunteer.
14.3 League balls are for league matches ONLY. Please bring your own balls to practice/warm-up with.
14.4 Team uniforms are encouraged, but not mandatory.
14.5 Please treat our nets with respect and DO NOT hang on them.


15. Weather & RainOuts
15.1 League matches are played in light RAIN or SHINE. Weather can change very quickly so do not assume that your scheduled match has been cancelled.
15.2         All players must show up for their scheduled league match times. At the start time of that league night, a decision will be made as to whether or not to play that night. League matches will be cancelled ONLY if lightening or extraordinary weather conditions is threatening the area surrounding the beach volleyball courts at the start time of league & not before. DO NOT play in lightening. If you start your match and then it begins to storm, STOP PLAYING and get shelter immediately.
15.3 If play is decided for league night, any teams not present will default.

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