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Recreational volleyball is a program designed to develop players of all ages.  The rules listed below are a guideline to games.  Leniency and patience should be given to all players regarding these rules as the goal is to teach them the game and to develop their skills.  


  • The team that first scores twenty-five (25) points in a game shall win that game.
  • A team must win by two (2) points, and there is no cap.
  • The first team to win two sets wins the match.
  • If the match requires a deciding third game, the first team to reach fifteen (15) points with a minimum two-point lead shall win it.
  • If temperatures are high, teams can take a water break during sets. A coach can request a water break and the request will be allowed during your teams serve.
  • Each team is permitted two time outs during games.
  • A game may be played with less than six players, but no less than 4.


  • To legally serve the ball, a player’s last contact with the ground before contacting the ball must be behind the back service line.
  • Players must wait for the official’s whistle to initiate the serve.
  • The ball is considered in play if the ball contacts the net before going over (net serves are allowed). The net serve is considered in-play, unless 1) it does not continue over the net or 2) lands outside the opposing team’s court-side untouched by the opposing team.         
  • The receiving team can NOT attack the ball on a serve (i.e. spike or block).
  • The team that did not initiate service in a game must rotate one position clockwise prior to its first service.
  • Elementary teams may start at the 10 foot line. For each point they get they must step back 4 feet (4 tiles) . The fifth serve should be served behind the service line. The serve must be changed after 5 consecutive points but the player can start the 10 foot line again moving back 4 feet after each point.
  • If a player serves five (5) consecutive times and awards their teams five points the server must change their serving technique (for example: underhand server changes to over-hand serves, over-hand server changes to underhand serves or jump serve). This rule applies for all age groups including the elementary school division.
  • If a player attempts to serve the ball and drops the ball.  This will only be allowed once.  
  • After the serve, front line players may switch positions at the net.
  • The first set serve is determined by a captain, initiated by the ref choosing a number, toss of a coin, or rock paper scissors.  The team that received on the first set will have first serve in the second set and teams will switch sides.  If a third set is played to determine game winner, first serve and side will again be determined by ref calling captains and by choosing a number, toss of a coin or rock, paper, scissors. 


  • There are NO substitutions.
  • All players will rotate in equally during a service rotation. 
  • All players will receive have equal time on the court based on rotations.


  • Only front row players are permitted to block.
  • A block does not count as a team’s first play.
  • The receiving team is not allowed to block or spike a served ball.
  • The team that has affected the block shall have the right to three more contacts, with the blocker having the right to make the first of the three allowable hits.

Contacting the Net

  • The ball may be played off the net (other than when served) as long as the ball does not contact the net outside the sideline markers. 

Championship Games

The end of the season championship games will be based on season standings.  The format of the games will be determined by the number of teams registered in the session.


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