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2009 IPF-Volleyball Classic: Rules & Regulations

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Please Note:  Team captains and all players, please familiarize yourself with the below rules prior to the tournament to ensure a smooth day, thanks!

Part 1: General Rules:

1) The teams must be ready to start (with six players) at the scheduled game time; failure to do so will result in a forfeit.

2) Only players listed on the team roster will be eligible to play with that team.

3) The participation of an ineligible player will result in his/her team losing by default

4) Each team may call two, one-minute timeouts per game.

5) There must be two females on the court at all times during play.  If a female player gets injured and there is no female replacement, the team in question must manage with 5 players.  4 men and 1 woman.

6) At the beginning of games, the two captains will come together and flip a coin to determine which team will serve first and which side each team will be on. Team who looses the coin toss decides which side they want.

Part 2: (Newbie) Rules 

For those that haven't played volleyball since the last century, the new rules are as follows:

1)       Only one attempt at service.

2)       The ball can touch the net on service.

3)       A set is played with rally scoring, with a win by two point scoring system.

4)       The server can serve from anywhere along the back line.

5)       It is legal to contact the ball with any part of  a players body

Part 3: Basic Volleyball Regulations

1.  6 players on a team, 3 on the front row and 3 on the back row.

2.  Maximum of three hits per side.

3.  A player may not go into an adjacent court to play the ball if a match is being played on that court.

4.  If the ball hits a basketball backboard within the playing area of the court, the point may be replayed at the referees’ discretion.

5.  Replay: The official should direct a play over if a loose ball is on the court from another game that may cause danger or interferes with the play.

6.  Player Positions: After the ball is served, players may move from their respective positions. 

7.  A back line player may come to the net for a save.  If they come to the net for a spike, the feet must leave the ground from behind the 10' (attack) `line.

8.  Rotation substitution can be used throughout the game when a play has been stopped by the referee. 

9.  Player may not hit the ball twice in succession (A block is not considered a hit).

10. Ball may be played off the net.

11. A ball hitting a boundary line is "in"

12.  A ball is "out" if it hits…

·          Wall

·          ceiling

·          an antennae

·          the floor completely outside the court

·          any of the net or cables outside the antennae

·          the referee stand or pole

 13. It is illegal to catch, hold, or throw the ball.

14. If two or more players contact the ball at the same time, it is considered one play and either player involved may make the next contact (provided the next contact isn't the teams 4th hit).

Part 4: Basic Volleyball Rule Violations

The result of a violation is a point for the opponent.  The referees have full discretion in this matter.

1.  The ball must be clearly hit.  Illegal hits include:

·            Carrying: Any ball hit underhand with an open palm or any spiker contacting the ball behind the head and continuing on for a spike.

·            Double hits (two hand touches)

·            Push: Any player pushing the ball at chest level

2.  When serving, stepping on or across the service line as you make contact with the serve.

3.  If a ball hits the net on the serve and goes over, ball is in play.

4.   The ball cannot be spiked or blocked off of a serve.

5.  Failure to serve the ball over the net successfully

6.  Touching the net with any part of the body while the ball is in play. Exception: If the ball is driven into the net with such force that it causes the net to contact an opposing player, no foul will be called, and the ball shall continue to be in play.

7.   When blocking a ball coming from the opponent’s court, contacting the ball when reaching over the net is a violation if both:

·          your opponent hasn't used 3 contacts AND

·          they have a player there to make a play on the ball

·          When attacking a ball coming from the opponents court, contacting the ball when reaching over the net is a violation if the ball hasn't yet broken the vertical plane of the net.

8.  Crossing the court centerline with any part of your body. Exception: if it's the hand or foot, the entire hand or entire foot must cross for it to be a violation.

9.  Serving out of order. (rotation)

10.  Back row player blocking (deflecting a ball coming from their opponent), when at the moment of contact the back row player is near the net and has part of his/her body above the top of the net (an illegal block).

11.  Back row player attacking a ball inside the front zone (the area inside the 10 foot line), when at the moment of contact the ball is completely above the net (an illegal attack).  

Part 5: Playoff Format 

1.  The top 4 teams make the playoffs.  The remaining 2 teams are eliminated.

 2.  The seeding is determined by: 

1.  Records. 

2.  Match ups in the Regular Season.  Meaning if two teams have the same record, the team that won the match up will get the higher seed. 

3.  Total Points scored.

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