Volleyball Rules

BUFFALO VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE RULES

LEAGUE AND REGISTRATION INFO:

  •  2 SESSIONS OF PLAY - Spring and Summer
  • SPRING SESSION BEGINS IN EARLY MAY, CONSISTING OF 10 WEEKS EACH (INCLUDING PLAYOFFS)
  • SUMMER SESSION BEGINS IN MID JULY, CONSISTING OF 10 WEEKS EACH (INCLUDING PLAYOFFS)
  • WE WILL DO WHAT WE CAN TO GET YOUR TEAM MORE GAMES - DOUBLE HEADERS IF POSSIBLE, EXTENDED SEASON INTO OCTOBER ETC.
  • REGISTER HERE FOR LEAGUES
  • REGISTER HERE FOR TOURNAMENTS
  • $10 PER WEEK, PER TEAM DUE FOR REFEREE FEE

CANCELLATIONS / FORFEITS

  • ALL TEAMS MUST GIVE NOTICE BY 1PM GAME DAYS. CAPTAINS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CHECKING THE WEBSITE PRIOR TO MATCHES FOR GAME TIMES. 
  • IF NOTICE IS GIVEN BEFORE 1PM ON GAME DAY, LEAGUE MANAGEMENT WILL ATTEMPT TO SCHEDULE A MAKE-UP GAME (NOT GUARANTEED) 
  • IF NOTICE IS GIVEN AFTER 1PM ON GAME DAY, YOUR TEAM WILL FORFEIT ALL WINS TO OPPONENTS. NO MAKE-UP GAME WILL BE SCHEDULED. 
  • FORFEIT TEAM IS RESPONSIBLE FOR REF FEES OF BOTH TEAMS ($20), PRIOR TO STARTING NEXT SCHEDULED MATCH.
  • IF (2) INSTANCE OF IMPROPER NOTICE ARE LOGGED BY (1) TEAM, LEAGUE MANAGEMENT WILL REVIEW REASONS FOR THE PATTERN. IF REASONS ARE INCONSISTENT WITH THE BEST INTEREST OF THE LEAGUE, YOUR TEAM FACES POTENTIAL EXPULSION FROM THE LEAGUE AND ALL PAID FUNDS ARE FORFEITED. 

TEAM / ROSTER REQUIREMENTS

  • 6-PERSON COED TEAMS MUST HAVE (2) WOMEN MINIMUM (NO MAXIMUM). IF (1) WOMAN IS ON THE COURT AT BEGINNING OF PLAY, ONLY (3) MEN ARE ALLOWED TO PLAY
  • 4-PERSON COED TEAMS MUST HAVE (1) WOMAN MINIMUM (NO MAXIMUM). IF NO WOMEN ARE ON THE COURT, GAME IS CONSIDERED A FORFEIT
  • 2-PERSON TEAMS CAN HAVE ANY COMBINATION OF MALE/FEMALES.
  • PRELIMINARY ROSTER DUE BEFORE WEEK 1. FINAL ROSTER DUE BEFORE WEEK 4. ONLY ROSTERED PLAYERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PLAYOFFS.
  • ALL TEAM MEMBERS MUST REGISTER ONLINE AND ACCEPT THE WAIVER. NO WAIVER = NO PLAY

GAMES AND SCORING

  • RECREATIONAL AND INTERMEDIATE TEAMS PLAY (3) GAMES  OF RALLY SCORING TO 21, CAP AT 23.
  • POWER TEAMS PLAY (3) GAMES OF RALLY SCORING TO 21, CAP AT 23
  • PLAYOFFS ARE A BEST OF 3, SINGLE ELIMINATION FORMAT. REC/INT GAMES TO 21 (NO CAP), POWER GAMES TO 21 (NO CAP), ALL GAME 3s TO 15 (NO CAP)
  • GAME TIMES ARE EVERY 50 MINUTES. TEAMS MUST BE READY AND ON THE COURT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MATCH OR RISK LOSING POINTS OR MATCH FORFEIT (REFEREE DISCRETION).
  • EACH TEAM HAS (1) TIME OUT PER GAME (3 PER MATCH). TEAMS MUST STAY ON THE COURT DURING TIME OUTS
  • THERE IS A BREAK BETWEEN GAMES 2 & 3 ONLY. PLAYERS MUST NOT LEAVE THE COURT BETWEEN GAMES 1 & 2.

RULES OF PLAY

ALL LEAGUES:

  • REFEREE WILL DETERMINE SERVE OR SIDE PREFERENCE TO BEGIN EACH MATCH. TEAM WINNING CHOICE ALSO HAS CHOICE IN GAME 3. 
  • LET SERVES ARE LEGAL (BALL HITTING NET AND LANDING ON OPPONENTS SIDE DURING THE SERVE)
  • YOU CANNOT BLOCK/ATTACK THE SERVE
  • NET VIOLATIONS AT ANY TIME ARE ILLEGAL. PLAY IS OVER, POINT AWARDED TO OPPOSING TEAM.
  • YOU MAY GO UNDER THE NET DURING PLAY BUT CANNOT MAKE CONTACT WITH OPPOSITION.
  • OPEN HAND RECEIVING OF SERVES OR FIRST BALL IS LEGAL.
  • KICKING IS LEGAL.

RECREATIONAL LEVEL:

WE CONSIDER "REC" A BEGINNER  LEVEL TYPE OF LEAGUE. OUR REFEREES ARE INSTRUCTED TO CALL:

  • BALL IN OR OUT
  • NET VIOLATIONS
  • ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS CARRIES
  • DOUBLE CONTACTS (NOT ON DRIVEN BALLS)
  • OTHER THAN THAT, HAVE FUN

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL:

WE CONSIDER "INTERMEDIATE" LEVEL A MORE ATHLETIC, ORGANIZED TYPE OF LEAGUE. OUR REFEREES ARE INSTRUCTED TO CALL
  • BALL IN OR OUT
  • NET VIOLATIONS
  • CARRIES
  • DOUBLE CONTACTS (NOT ON DRIVEN BALLS)

POWER LEVEL OR ELITE LEVEL: 

WE CONSIDER "POWER" TO BE THE ULTIMATE TEST. HIGH QUALITY, LEVEL OF PLAY. OUR REFEREES ARE INSTRUCTED TO CALL:

  • BALL IN OR OUT
  • NET VIOLATIONS
  • CARRIES
  • DOUBLE CONTACTS (NOT ON DRIVEN BALLS)
  • HANDS WILL BE HELD TO A POWER STANDARD. (MINIMAL ROTATION, NO DOUBLE CONTACTS OR LIFTS)
  • OPEN HAND TIPS ARE NOT ALLOWED. BALL MUST BE ROLLED, CUT BUT CANNOT BE REDIRECTED WITH AN OPEN HAND
  • YOU DO NOT NEED TO ROTATE IN 4'S. SERVICE ROTATION MUST BE MAINTAINED


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