First Contact Rule:
The first contact rule allows players to physically hit the ball more than once on the first contact of their team. First contact would include serve passing or digging of a hit ball. More than one contact can be made provided that the player makes only one motion for the ball. At no time is the ball allowed to come to rest as this would result in a held ball.
Forfiet of Match
The match is forfeited if a team does not have enough players to play 15 minutes after the scheduled time to play. For example if a team is scheduled to play at 8:00 and they do not have a team by 8:15 then the match is forfeited.
When playing with this rule, any serve is 'good' that passes over the net (with or without contact) and lands in the opponents court.
This is a rule to help in preventing any advantage that could be gained by playing with less players in a game (used due to injury). One each occassion that the injured or missing player would normally be serving, this is treated as a loss of serve (and point if Rally).
Substitutions are unlimited, but linking of subs is required (with one
exception see below). Linking refers to substitions for the same players each
time. I.e. Player A subs in for Player B; this means that later in the set only
Player B can sub in for Player A. Once player A is subbed back out of the game
(ie. same as starting line) then the only player that A could replace is Player
B on any subsequent substitutions. However, they may sub for each other as many
times as they wish. One exception to Linking exists in all divisions, Teams may
(if they choose) sub anyone out after service provided the player being removed
is the last server. This allows teams that wish to play all players equally the
opportunity to, however, substitution of any player other than the last server
must follow linking requirements.
Recently incorporated rules of volleyball allow the use of any part of the body to play the ball. This includes the head, shoulders, hands, arms, torso, legs and feet. This has been the rule in volleyball for some time, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
Blocking or Attacking the Serve:
Blocking of the serve is not allowed in volleyball. Attacking of the serve is not allowed when the ball is in the front court (in front of attack line) and entirely above the height of the net.
Arrangement of Players in Coed:
There is no rule which restricts the placement or arrangement of players of opposite sex in the Coed Divisions. Players must remain in rotation, but may be in any order (Alternating player sex is not required).
It is the responsibility of each team to have a game ball to use for the match. This is as simple as the 'best available' ball.
Penetration by Defense:
The defensive team may not contact the ball until a portion of the ball crosses the plane of the net, or after the third contact of an attack-hit (Ie as in a block).
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