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Beach Volleyball Rules

Updated June 23, 2019


  1. Teams are co-ed and can have up to 10 players’ maximum on the team. Players can be full or part time.(There must be a minimum of 2 females on the court at all times)
  1. A team can play with 4, 5, or 6 people on the court, for a team of 4 there must be at least 1 female present. For a teams with 5 or 6 players there must be at least 2 females present. Anything less than 4 players will result in a default.
  2. If a team starts the game with 2 females, and one of them gets injured or must leave during the game, the team can continue to play with 1 female.
  3. All teams must be co-ed.
  4. ALL players must be registered and have signed our waiver online before they are able to play in the league.
  5. If any team wishes to make additions/changes to their team due to poor commitment by players, they will be permitted to do so at the midway point of the season.
  6. (a) Only players who have played in at least 2 games are eligible for playoffs.



  1. Physical altercations are not permitted in this league. If a physical altercation should occur, the player will be ejected and receives a 1 game suspension. Second offence the player will be removed from the league. Depending on severity of first offence, a player can still be removed from the league immediately.
  2. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted and may not be present at any games. Breaking this rule is also subject to suspension or removal.
  3. Profanity and foul language is not permitted. Frustration ventilation is permitted, but not extreme rants of profanity.
  4. Players must conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner toward their own team and the opposing team. They must treat other players and referees with respect.



  1. Players aren’t allowed to walk off the court barefoot. Players must put protection on their feet before leaving the sand.
  2. Appropriate attire for sport is mandatory. A player is not permitted to play in jeans or street clothing. Sweatpants and leggings or tights are permitted. Baggy or loose clothing is not permitted. We would like to see teams in uniform. It is not mandatory, but lightly enforced. Exceptions will only be made to prevent defaulted games.


  1. If a team does not meet the minimum team requirements at the scheduled start time, they forfeit the first set but can play the set for fun with at least 4 players of any gender. If a team does not meet minimum requirements at the start of the second set, they default the match. A team that does not meet the minimum team requirements is still permitted to play the game for fun provided the opposing team agrees to play. The opposing team may also choose to use the time for their own team game or practice.
  2. Should a team default prior to the start of a game, a captain or assistant captain must notify a league representative (Director of volleyball, referee, or opposing captain). Failure to notify the opposing captain or league, the game will be ruled a default. A second offence of failure to notify of default, the league will take control of the team.
  3. (a) A team cannot reschedule a game by choice. Only if the league permits the reschedule.
  4. Rescheduled games will not be rescheduled. If a team defaults a rescheduled game, it will be entered the standings as a default.
  5. Defaults will not be rescheduled, and the opposing team may use the court for volleyball purposes during the allotted time.
  6. (a) If a team defaults, the opposing team will enter a win. (b) Only finals or championship games cannot be won by default. Final and championship games must be played to see a true winner.


  1. a Each match consists of 4 sets. The first set is a 10-point warm up set. Best Two of three official sets will go to 21 points for the first 2 sets and the third official set is up to 15 points. The team to win 2/3 official sets will be the winner of the game.

(b) When a team wins a match, then teams will play fun sets until time slot ends.

  1. Each set must be completed. Sets will continue until a team gains a 2-point advantage. 
  2. Captains must confirm with referees the score at the end of each match.
  3. Each team will record a win or loss, and also record 1 point for each set won.
  4. (a) If teams are tied in wins in the standings at the end of the regular season, ties will be separated by the number of sets won. If they are tied in sets won, it will be the two teams record against each other. Keep in mind that Every Set win Counts! (b) A point is awarded to a team ANYTIME the volleyball touches the ground while in play. This might be referred to as “rally points.”
  1. Each player can only serve a maximum of 3 serves consecutively.
  2. The net is set at men’s height.
  3. Spiking is permitted;however, you cannot target or attack players when spiking. You must also exercise areasonable amount of cautionwhen spiking. If a player on the opposing team is struck by a targeted spike or powerful spike and no caution was exhibited, the offending team will lose the point gained and will lose possession. The amount of caution is to be decided by the referee. This rule is very ambiguous and reflects an aspect of safety.
  4. Tipping is permitted and blocking is permitted. The top of the net is to remain untouched. The lower part of the net can be touched.
    26. (a) You cannot cross a full foot underneath the net. 26. You cannot kick the volleyball with a full leg swing. If the ball is deflected off a leg unintentionally, or a person extends a leg to save the volleyball from striking the ground, it will be permitted. This is the referee’s discretion. This rule is to prevent unintentional injury.
  5. Substitute players can rotate in when your team regains possession, and can also rotate in once a player reaches the 3 serve maximum.
  6. (a) Substitution is not mandatory. Substitution can only be made in proper rotation unless a player is injured.
  7. Either the referee or an MBSL representative will keep score. Teams may be asked to assist with this at times and are obligated to do so at the referee’s discretion.
  8. All calls made by the referee are final. The referee’s calls will stand and are not subject to change in anyway. In the event a bad call alters the playoffs, the league will investigate.
  9. If you are unfamiliar with the sport, it is your responsibility to research common beach volleyball rules. Lifts, scoops, re-directs, double hits and pro-longed contact are all illegal touches. 


31. If the gymnasium is locked, or the facility is inaccessible at the start of your game time, the game will be cancelled and rescheduled by the league. If the gymnasium is open, but the facility is unprepared for play, teams may try to prepare the facility and play the game.

32. Rainouts will be rescheduled.

33. In the event a team defaults close to game time or does not show, the opposing team may still use the facility for volleyball purposes in the allotted time. They can practice or play amongst themselves.

34. In the event a referee does not show, teams must ref their own game. If a referee is late, teams must start the game on time and self ref. If the referee does not show, teams must self referee.


  1. If teams are tied whichever team has won more sets throughout the season will win.

36. If there is another tie, we will use the total point accumulated throughout the season.


37.  Playoffs will be the best 3 out of 5 sets. No warm up set. Sets to 21,21,21,21,15.


38. Do not interfere with the public that may walk by or watch your games. captains will be equipped with a copy of the permit. Should conflict arise with another group, the league will investigate and reschedule the game.

39. All decisions by the league are final and not subject to challenge or change.

40. Players cannot be traded amongst teams. Players of companies with 2 or more teams may not use players from each other’s teams unless they receive permission from the league OR if the second team is in a different division that does not merge in the playoffs.

41. The minimum age requirement for players is 18. Exceptions can be made for specific circumstances. Contact the league for approval.

42. Music can be played during games.

43. Players challenged as an illegal player must provide photo I.D within 5 minutes of the challenge. If the player cannot produce photo I.D within the 5 minutes, and the game will continue under protest. If the player is deemed illegal, the offending team will default the game. The game may still be played for fun if both captains agree.

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