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NJ Play Sports Co-ed Volleyball Rules

Co-ed 6v6 Volleyball Rules

Volleyball Set Up

  • 6 players on the field maximum, including 4 men (maximum), and 2 females (no maximum number of females)
  • 4 players, including 1 woman required to start a game (can play 4 male/1 female)
  • Game time is forfeit time
  • Each volleyball match consists of 3 head to head games (to 25 straight, rally scoring, win by 2 or first to 27), Matches must be completed within the allotted time (60 minutes)
  • There will be no warm-up time on the court. Please come early and warm up on the side
  • Any unsportsmanlike behavior may result in that player or team being suspended or removed from participating in all NJ Play leagues in the future
  • Teams must forfeit first volleyball game if 5-7 minutes have past game time and they do not have enough players to start. Teams forfeit all games if they still do not have enough players after 20 minutes
  • Games called after 20 accumulated combined team points will be considered final
  • A team may rotate any number of players into the game in set order or choose to have a designated sitter for each game
  • Carrying is illegal. A carry generally is any use of an open hand(s) while making contact with the ball that is not in a firm manner, but can be called with a closed fist at the referee’s discretion
  • Any unsportsmanlike behavior will result in that player/team being suspended/removed from participating in all.

 

Forfeitures / Game Time  

  • Please avoid forfeiture of volleyball matches. Both your teammates and opponents count on you to have a full team and competitive game. Game time is forfeit time. Your teammates and opponents count on you to have a full team. Each team must have at least 4 players, including 1 female to start
  • Volleyball teams will a forfeit for Game 1 if they do not have enough players by 5-7 minutes after the scheduled start time. Teams will a forfeit for all 3 games if they do not have enough players by 20 minutes after the scheduled start time
  • No one may play without signing the waiver. If it is found that you are playing with someone who has not signed a waiver, the team will receive a forfeit
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Refereeing

 

  • NJ Play will provide a referee for each game. No volunteer refs are required.

Game Time

  • Rock, paper, scissors winner will determine starting choice to either serve first OR choose which side of the court they prefer to play on.
  • Each Volleyball match will consist of three games. Each game will count in the overall standings for regular season standings (if you win all 3 games in a match, your record is recorded as 3-0 for the evening, not 1-0)
  • All games are played to 25, rally scoring (Must win by 2, or first to 27)
  • One time-out is allowed per game (one minute duration)

We understand there may be unforeseen occurrences that might cause your team to be short players. Please be sure to follow the NJ Play Sports substitution guidelines below, as they are strictly enforced:

  • To register as a Volleyball sub, please submit form on njplaysports.com. There is a $10 sub fee per game for each substitute player, with a maximum of two subs per game.
  • Each time will require a separate $10 game fee. 
  • Subs are prohibited from playoff games.
  • Substitute players must check-in with referee or site manager prior to game time.
  • Please be sure to wear a shirt that matches the team color.
  • Teams using substitute players cannot exceed the number of players on their original roster.

Picking Up Players

If pick-up players are needed, referee must be notified 15 minutes prior to game start and waiver must be signed.  Pick-up players MUST BE approved by opposing team.  If approval is not gained by opposing team, the following will be enforced:

  • Teams are never allowed to pick up more than two players. 
  • Only roster players are permitted to participate during playoffs.
  • A forfeit can be given to any team who picks up players and does not inform the referee.
  • If a team has less than 4 players and 0 women, the game is an automatic forfeit. If a team has 3 players, they can pick up 2 players max. If a team has 4 players, they can only pick up 1 player (i.e., a team can never pick up extra players to have a sub during the game)
  • All pickups must be identified at the start of the game. Teams can never pick up non NJ Play Sports players. If it is found out that you did not inform the referee about picked up players prior to the start of the game, your team will receive a forfeit.
  • During playoffs, ONLY roster players are allowed

Uniforms/Footwear

  • Team Shirts will be provided by NJ Play.
  • Players can wear shoes or play barefoot by choice.

Game Cancelations

  • Leagues may be cancelled due to dangerous weather conditions, facility constraints or other unforeseeable reasons. NJ Play will not cancel games unless absolutely necessary, so you should always assume games are on unless you receive notification. If the games are cancelled, NJ Play Sports will notify all team members via email.

 

Rules

 

  •  Teams may play with as many as 6 women, but a maximum of 4 men at all times.
  • Teams with only 4 players are allowed to play with 1 woman.
  • Serving:
  • Once ready for play (whistled for service) you may have 2 tosses if you allow the ball to drop but you have a 10 second time frame to serve the ball. The ball must be released from hand before contact is made. Play continues  until a whistle is blown for a violation (e.g., carry or player touching the net) or the ball hits the floor.  
  • Let serves are allowed, and the ball can be played off the net on a serve.
  • The server may not step on/over the end line until the ball has been contacted. The width of service area is from sideline to sideline. The depth of the service area is infinite. If a player steps on or over the line, a fault will be called and it will be a side out
  • The serve receive may never be blocked/spiked/attacked with an overhand gesture towards the ball
  • Service Receive:
  • Players can return the serve by
  • Bump pass
  • Clasping hands together
  • Closed fist
  • Open-hand receive – You are allowed to set the serve
  • Players cannot return the serve by
  • An upper hand attack on the ball on the first hit. Contact with the ball must be made below the height of the net if it is to be brought back to the opponent's side of court.
  • Blocking
  • Hitting/Blocking:
  • There is no gender hitting order.
  • A player may reach over the net to block a ball:
  • If any portion of the ball breaks the plane of the net
  • After the offense has made their third contact with the ball
  • Contact of the ball when spiking is legal only if a portion of the ball is in contact with the plane of the net or on the hitter’s side of the net. Hitters may follow through over the net after legal contact as long as they do not make contact with the net. The ball must be cleanly hit when spiking with an open or closed hand.
  • Guiding or carrying is illegal
  • No part of the body may touch the net at any time
  • Double Contact:
  • Two people hitting ball at the same time is allowed on the first ball over the net, as long as it is one attempt to play the ball. It does not matter if the other team served, spiked, bumped, or set the ball over the net. Double contact is not allowed on any contact following the first attempt.

 

  • Rotation:
  • Teams must rotate after every site out. This includes the first side out of the game.
  • Teams may rotate in one of the following manners which must remain consistent for the entire game (teams may change rotation method from game to game within a match)
  • Player for Player– A player who is out may substitute for a player who is on the court. These two players may only substitute for each other during the course of the game. Once you substitute in for someone, you may not substitute for anyone else. These two people may substitute an unlimited number of times
  • Rotating In– All substitutes may rotate into one position on the court. You may not skip anyone unless it is due to male/female rules. Teams cannot have a separate male/female rotation. Rotation must do so in the same order throughout the course of the game

 

Basic Review:

  • Serving - Once ready for play and is whistled for service, you have a maximum of 10 seconds to serve the ball. Ball must be released from hand before contact is made. Play continues until a whistle is blown for a violation or the ball hits the floor.
  • Double Contact - is allowed on the first touch over the net as long as it is one attempt to play the ball. It does not matter if the other team served, spiked, bumped, or set the ball over the net. Double contact is not allowed on any contact following the first attempt.
  • Carrying is not allowed. 
  • A carry generally is any use of an open hand(s) while making contact with the ball that is not in a firm manner, but can be called with a closed fist at the referee’s discretion.
  • Hitting the Ball - You can use any part of your body as long as it is not a carry. Although, all serves must be used with player's arms.
  • Touching the net - Players are prohibited from touching the net. 
  • Underneath the net - If player’s hand or foot remains in contact with plane of centerline it is legal, but if half or more is beyond the line it is a violation. If any other part of your body touches the opposing court, it is also a violation 
  • Reaching over the net - You can reach over the net as long as you do not touch the net, but the ball must break the plane of the net before you can make contact with it
  • Reaching over to block a set is prohibited.
  • Back row players - cannot spike or run up to block at the net. If a back row player wishes to spike a ball at the net, they must jump from their playing zone.

 

Playoffs

  • Playoffs begin immediately following the end of the regular season
  • No players will be allowed to be picked up during playoffs
  • All players must have signed the waiver by the first week of the season and be on your roster in order to be eligible for playoffs
  • Teams that have violated the forfeit policy during the course of regular season will not be eligible for playoffs
  • Playoffs are single elimination and games are a best 2 out of 3. Games will be played with the same scoring as the regular season.

 

Standings/Ranking

  • Ranking Points (Win: 3, Tie:1, Loss: 0)
  • Win Percentage 
  • Head to Head
  • Points Against
  • Power Index (Strength of Schedule Metric)
  • If none of the above tie breakers resolve seeding issues there will a coin toss to break the tie

Forfeiture Penalties/Notification

  • First Offense: Loss of game.
  • Second Offense: Loss of game and removal from the playoffs.
  • Third Offense: Removal from the rest of the schedule.
  • If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game, you MUST contact us by 2 pm at info@njplaysports.com. If your decision is not made until after 2 pm, you should still try to reach NJ Play, and we will make efforts to contact the other team. If we can reach them in time to keep them from showing up, no extra penalty.
  • Once NJ Play receives notification of forfeiture, it is final, and the other team will be notified.

Sportsmanship

  • NJ Play's ultimate goal is for you to have fun. Please keep this in mind while participating. While games may become intense, please maintain sportsmanship. Any behavior or abusive language to another player or referee, and is considered unacceptable by the referee, may result in suspension or ejection from a game or the league.