No Attitudes Allowed Beach Doubles Tournament Rules

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Beach Volleyball Rules (Revised for 2011)

The following is based upon the California Beach Volleyball Association's (CBVA) rules of play for beach volleyball. Special thanks to Steve Lawton and Mark Hull.

A. Net Play

  • 1.You may go completely under the net into your opponent's court to play a ball as long as there is no interference with the opponent.
  • 2. A ball can be played back to one's side of the net if it has crossed over the net, under the net, or outside the antenna as long as a team has one or more contacts left and the ball is played back under the net or outside the antenna (new for 2005).
  • 3. The "let" serve is now played on the beach (new for 2005.)

B. Playing the Ball

  • 1. Soft dink (open hand, finger tip) is not allowed. Ball must be cleanly hit or "pop" off the hand.
  • 2. When digging a hard-driven spike it can be double-hit and momentarily lifted. Open hand digs are okay.
  • 3. With the exception of the hard-driven spike or block, you can never double-hit the first contact. If you receive the serve open handed (the serve is never considered a hard-driven spike regardless of its velocity), expect it to be called illegal. The tradition of the beach game does not allow the double hit on the first contact as does the indoor game.
  • 4. A touch on the block will now count as one of the three contacts allowed per team.
  • 5. Both indoors and outdoors, the ball can be played with all parts of the body.
  • 6. When using a setting motion to send the ball into the opponent's court it must be released in the direction in which the shoulders of the player are facing either front or back. Side-setting is allowed when attempting to set your partner.
  • 7. Recently changed, beach rules now require the server to clearly release or toss the ball before contacting it for serve.
  • 8. A player may only have one toss per serve attempt.
  • 9. It is illegal to move the court boundaries during the serving motion, even if the movement is caused by sand.
  • 10. The server's teammate must not prevent the opponents, through screening, from seeing the server or the path of the ball. On an opponent's request, a player must move sideways, bend over or bend down.
  • 11. No replay for "joust" above the net.
  • 12. "Continuation" still exists in the beach game, meaning that, for example, if you touch the net after spiking a ball it is still a "net" even if the spike hit the sand before you touched the net (This rule may change in 2009).

C. Protocol

  • 1. If there is an official he calls mishandled balls (sets, dinks, digs, etc.) Traditionally, judgment of setting is tighter on the beach but each year the move is to let players have more latitude with hand sets. Players call their own nets and ball in or out.
  • 2. Rotation of players is not required and no substitutions are allowed.
  • 3. Switch sides with opponent every 5 points in a game to 15 and every 4 points in a game to 11 to equalize the advantage of sun, wind, etc. Some competitions, mostly women's play, will use rally scoring.
  • 4. Each half of the court is 8 by 8 meters (26' 3").
  • 5. Net height is 7'4 1/8" for women and 7' 11 5/8" for men

For the upcoming season we will be playing by the rule changes approved by the California Beach Volleyball Association. Major highlights include the short court (8x16 meters), net antennas, and "let serve". Traditional scoring to 15 (win by two) will remain in effect. No Attitudes Allowed participants are free to determine the type of ball used in match play.

Also for the 2007 season we will be trying an experimental rule change concerning "former" or "previously" CBVA-rated players. With prior approval from the tournament director, one previously-rated player will be allowed to pair up with a very inexperienced or novice level player. The intent is to provide an opportunity for friends and family members to play together when one of them may have had a rating in the past but has not competed at that level in some time. Pairing up of two very strong players will be strictly prohibited. Without prior approval, teams containing a previously-rated player will not be accepted. The one exception is the August Fundraiser for the Spinal Cord Society where a previously-rated player will be allowed to pair up with a stronger player if that player has never been rated.

Special Note: Sand socks are highly recommended for tournament play as Main Beach typically gets very hot during the summer.

Photo by Ian Webb

Special "No Attitudes Allowed" Rules

  • 1. Go hard, have fun doing it.
  • 2. It's a team effort.
  • 3. Respect the game, respect your opponents, respect your partner.
  • 4. Don't be cheesy!!! "Cheesy" (verb, defined by Webster's New International version): as in dumping on one or two, kicking the ball after losing a point, swearing, passing out dirty looks to your opponents and partner, playing the whole court on serve receive, serving continually to the weaker player, not slapping hands on side changes, thinking your opponents are throwing every ball they touch (even if they are), not congratulating opponents win or lose at the end of a match.
  • 5. Make friends with your opponents.
  • 6. Smile whenever the tournament director walks by your court (new for 1998.)
  • 7. No current or previously CBVA rated players. Players should be of an intermediate-advanced skill level.
  • 8. The player who gets too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
  • 9. Those with an "Attitude" at the tournament will be required to wear special equipment. If poor attitude and behavior continiues a full refund will be immediately issued and no further participation is allowed. No "trash talking" or continual arguing of calls. The spirit of this tournament is to go 110% but support one another including our opponents while we are doing it.
  • 10. Loose hand setting standards when attempting to set your partner; double-hit, mishandled, side setting okay. No "deep dish" or carried balls. If hand set is used to send ball over the net, it must be perfect with no spin and shoulders (front or back) facing direction of released ball.
  • 11. No open handed serve receive or first contact unless digging a hard-driven spike. This solves a lot of arguments if we play by this standard.
  • 12. In coed, men should try to serve men; women are free to serve either opponent.
  • 13. "Dumping" on 1 or 2 is not appropriate strategy for this tournament.
  • 14. 5 minutes between games; no pepper on the courts. A team not ready to play after 5 minutes is penalized a point a minute.
  • 15. Every team goes to playoffs. If you decide to leave early, let the tournament director know. First or second round losers in playoffs may have the opportunity to play in a third division called the "Tide Pool." Stay close to the tournament board during playoffs; it is your responsibility to hear your court assignment.
  • 16. Tie breakers for teams tied after pool play.
  • 17. Be sure to leave your area of the beach clean and recycle what you can.

Rain Out/Cancellation Policy

In the event of rain or some other event resulting in the cancelation of a tournament, prepaid entries will be given a credit toward a future tournament. Since we take only the first 52 teams to register, let us know well in advance which tournament you would like to apply your credit so a spot can be reserved. Should weather be threatening, Liz Fowler, tournament director, will send out an email to registered participants as to the status of a tournament.

If you are going to be late for a tournament or can't make it at the last moment call Liz at 831-818-9248.

Liz can be reached via email at lizzyfowler at Replace "at" with appropriate symbol with no spaces.

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Special rules for Kaplan Volleyball Indoor Tournaments

indoor action
Photo by John Bandhauer

Basic Regular/Traditional CO-ED Rules

  • 1. Females and males must alternate positions on the court
  • 2. When the ball is played more than once by a team, at least one of the contacts must be by a woman
  • 3. Blocking does not count as a contact
  • 4. When only one male is in the front row, one backrow male may come forward to the net to block. Spiking at the net by any back row player is illegal if the ball is completely above the height of the net when contacted
  • Capitola Reverse Co-ed Rules

  • 1. Teams must consist of 3 men and 3 women positioned alternately.
  • 2. When the ball is played more than once by a team, at least one of the contacts must be by a male player.
  • 3. When only one female player is in the front row, one female may come forward from the back row to block, but may not attack (spike) the ball from above the height of the net.
  • 4. Male players are allowed to block only when an opponent's attacker is male. The blocking male must be a front row player.
  • 5. Male players forward of the attack line may contact the ball from above the height of the net and cause it to enter the opponent's area as long as the ball has an upward trajectory immediately after contact. Male attackers may hit down on the ball from behind the 15' foot line.
  • 6. The height of the net is 7'4"
  • Recent Rule Changes

  • 1. Serve anywhere behind the endline within the imaginary extensions of the sideline
  • 2. Only one toss per service attempt
  • 3. Double hit with finger action allowed on all first contacts (holding, carrying, lifting, etc. are still illegal)
  • 4. Netting by a player away from the action of playing the ball will be overlooked by the officials. "Nets" are generally called only at the top of the net
  • 5. Contact by the ball with the ceiling and connected apparatus over the playing area remains in play if a team has another contact available
  • 6. The ball may be played with all parts of the body, including the feet. The ball may be kicked intentionally over the net.
  • 7. In general, setting standards will be called "looser"
  • 8. No replay for "joust"
  • 9. "Let" serves will remain in play
  • Tiebreakers

  • 1. Win-loss record
  • 2. Head-to-head
  • 3. Points "for" only among the teams that are tied.
  • 4. After initial tie is broken, go back to head- to-head if remaining teams are still tied.
  • 5. Point differential between all teams in the pool.
  • 6. Coin flip.