Rules and Policies (4 v 4 Court)



  • Captains are called at the beginning of the match for a coin toss, winner of the flip will decide if they wish to serve or receive
  • Each match consists of 3 sets
  • Each set is up to 25 points, a team must win by 2 and there is a cap at 27
  • The net height shall be set at 7' 4 1/8" under normal play


  •  A full team on the court consists of 4 players with a minimum of 1 female or 1 male player. 
  • All players must be added to the team roster by the team captain.  This process confirms that all players have electronically agreed (checked the box) to our policies and online waiver.
  • Substitute players are allowed, however they must be added to the roster (check the online waiver).  
  • In the spirit of sportsmanship, captains are expected to replace players with a person of a similar skill level. Bringing in “ringers” for regular season and particularly playoff games is discouraged.
  • Any dispute on playoff eligibility must follow the following guidelines: a) players must have played a minimum of two regular season games; b) be added to the roster, and if none of the above is satisfied; c) approved by coordinator or league management in unavoidable situations. 


  •  We ask that all teams do their best to be at their designated court 10 minutes before their scheduled match time in order to avoid delays. 
  •  If after 15 minutes teams do not meet the player requirements they will forfeit the first set.  After 20 mins, they will forfeit the entire match.  
  •  Defaults are recorded as 0-25, 0-25, 0-25 for the team that defaults.


  • The server must hit the ball within 8 seconds after the whistle
  • Only one toss or release of the ball is allowed
  • The server must not touch the court or end line before the ball is released
  • The ball is in play if it touches the net and continues to the opponent’s side
  • To block an opponent’s service is forbidden
  • Any league not considered "Advanced", abides by the 'five consecutive serve max rule'.
  • The players on the serving team must not prevent their opponent, through individual or collective screening, from seeing the server or the flight path of the ball (*s. 12.5 (2017))


  • The team is entitled to a maximum of three hits for returning the ball
  • Players may contact the ball with any part of the body, including areas below the waist
  • Faults:
    • Lift or Carry: the ball is caught and/or thrown
    • Double contact: a player hits the ball twice in succession or the ball contacts various parts of his/her body in succession
  • A double hit off of the serve or hard driven hit is allowed, provided it is made with one motion. 


  • A blocker may touch the ball beyond the net, provided that he/she does not interfere with the opponents’ play before or during the latter’s attack hit
  • To touch the opponent’s court with a foot(feet) is permitted, provided that some part of the penetrating foot(feet) remains either in contact with or directly above the centre line
  • A block contact is not counted as a team hit- after a block contact; a team is entitled to three hits to return the ball


  • A back-row player may complete an attack hit from behind or above the three meter line.  This bring a beach feel to the game and allows teams to attack/block with three players as needed. 


  • Incorrect conduct by a team member towards officials, team-mates or spectators is classified in three categories according to the seriousness of the offence, which may follow a verbal warning:
  • Penalty (red card): The first rude conduct in the match by any team member is penalized with a point and service to the opponent.
  • Expulsion (red and yellow card held jointly): Any player who is sanctioned with Expulsion may not play for the remainder of the set, and can be substituted legally and immediately. 
  • Disqualificaiton (red and yellow card help seperately): Any player who is sanctioned with Disqualification may not play for the remainder of the game, but can be substituted legally and immediately. 


  • 1st criteria: % Matches Won
  • 2nd criteria: Differential of sets won vs. sets lost 
  • 3rd criteria: Differential of points scored vs. points allowed
  • 4th criteria: Head to head


  • Scores are collected and entered by the referees. In most circumstances all scores will be reported by the end of the following business day
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