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PSL Volleyball League Rules


Beginning The Match

Team captains will flip a coin to determine which team serves first.  The losing team of each game serves first in subsequent games. Teams must switch sides after each game. 

Disputed Calls

All calls made by the referee are final, cannot be disputed, and will not be overturned. During matches played without referees, disputed points will be replayed.

Game Balls

Games must be played with PSL League volleyballs distributed by the League Manager or referee. 

General Rules & Regulations

Please visit http://www.phillyleagues.com/pages/generalrules.

Match Rules

Matches, consisting of best-of-three games, will be one (1) hour in duration, including a five (5) minute warm-up period. Scoring will be rally scoring to twenty-five (25) points, win by two (2) points or the first team to score twenty-seven (27) points. All three (3) games in the match will be played regardless of the outcome of the first two (2) games. If there are fifteen (15) minutes or less in the scheduled match time at the start of the third match, scoring will be rally scoring to fifteen (15) points.

Net Play

Players may not contact any part of the net with their body, hair being an exception, while the ball is in play.

Balls may be played from the net.

While returning the ball, a player may follow through over the net, providing he/she first hits the ball above or on their side of the net.

A player may touch the center line with his/her foot, but may not cross the center line entirely. Contacting the floor across the center line is illegal. The center line does not extend beyond the posts.

Crossing the vertical plane of the net with any part of the body with the purpose of distracting an opponent while the ball is in play will be grounds for ejection from the game.

Players in the front line may switch positions after the serve. Players may not move until the ball has been struck by the server. Players must remain in their positions relative to their teammates. (Example: Center must remain between outer positions, outer positions must remain outside center.)

Only front line players may block or take part in a block. Back-row hitting is permitted behind the ten (10) foot line.

Playoffs

The top four (4) teams, based on regular season standings, qualify for a single elimination playoff tournament the last two (2) weeks of the season. Playoff Week #1, the team with the best regular season record will play the 4th seed and the 2nd seed plays the 3rd seed. Winners from playoff Week #1 face off playoff Week #2 for the championship. All teams outside the top four will play two consolation games to complete the season.  

Referee Fee (When Applicable)

Some of our leagues do no have referees.  For the leagues that do, each team is required to pay the referee $10.00 prior to the start of the first game.  Referees reserve the right to cancel any match due to non-payment. If a team forfeits, it is responsible for the payment of both referee fees, a total of $20.00. Teams have fifteen (15) minutes to field a team before a forfeit is declared.

Roster

Only those named on the website roster are permitted to play in games. No unregistered substitutes may play.

Rotations & Substitutions

Only one (1) player may rotate in prior to their team's serve.  The player in the front-right position substitutes out while the new player enters the game as the server.   

Service

The server is located at the back-right position. 

Serves may be underhand, overhand, or sidearm from anywhere behind the back boundary line between the side boundary lines. 

The server may not step on or over the back line until contact has been made with the ball.  The server must announce the score before

the ball may be served. 

The ball is allowed to hit the net on the serve, ruled a let serve, as long as it goes over the net into the opponent court, poles or players on the serving team.

Team Size (Ratio 3 Men: 3 Women)

Teams should consist of six (6) players on the court at a time. No more than three (3) men may be on the court at any time. If a team has either four (4) or five (5) players, with a minimum of two (2) women, the game will be considered a legal game. There is no maximum limit on the number of female players on the court at one time. Teams with less than four (4) players or without two (2) female players, may play an official game with the consent of the opposing team. Teams consenting to play an official game against a short-handed team waive their right to a forfeit win. Teams may use substitute players during the regular season in order to field a full team. Substitute players are not permitted during the playoffs.

Team Size (Ratio 4 Men: 2 Women)

Teams should consist of six (6) players on the court at a time. No more than three (4) men may be on the court at any time. If a team has either four (4) or five (5) players, with a minimum of one (1) woman, the game will be considered a legal game. There is no maximum limit on the number of female players on the court at one time. Teams with less than four (4) players or without one (1) female player, may play an official game with the consent of the opposing team. Teams consenting to play an official game against a short-handed team waive their right to a forfeit win. Teams may use substitute players during the regular season in order to field a full team. Substitute players are not permitted during the playoffs.

Timeout

Each team is permitted one (1) timeout per game.

USA Volleyball

Games are played according to USA Volleyball rules unless stipulated otherwise.

Volley Play

The serve may not be returned with a spike. Serves may not be blocked at the net.

All players must be within the playing court boundary until the server makes contact with the ball.

A player may go outside the playing court boundary while the ball is in play.

Any ball coming to a momentary rest in a player's palm or open hand shall be considered an illegal carry, lift, or throw.

During the first hit of the team, not blocking, the ball may contact various parts of the body consecutively, provided that the contacts occur during one action.

Balls that hit the ceiling during volley play may be played providing the ball stays on the attacking teams side of the net and they have hits remaining. Basketball backboards are considered part of the ceiling.

A served ball that hits the ceiling or basketball backboard may not be played.

Balls that hit any walls are considered out of play. If a ball hits the boundary line, it is  ruled in.

To be considered in play, the ball must pass over the net within the lines and their imaginary continuation to the ceiling.

A ball may be played off any body part, including the head or feet.  A ball struck with an aggressive kicking motion rather than by an extended leg will be ruled dead.






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