Basic volleyball rules

6 players on a team, 3 on the front row and 3 on the back rowimage

Maximum of three hits per side

Player may not hit the ball twice in succession (A block is not considered a hit)

Ball may be played off the net during a volley and on a serve

A ball hitting a boundary line is “in”

A ball is “out” if it hits…

an antennae,

the floor completely outside the court,

any of the net or cables outside the antennae,

the referee stand or pole,

the ceiling above a nonplayable area

It is legal to contact the ball with any part of a players body

It is illegal to catch, hold, or throw the ball

If two or more players contact the ball at the same time, it is considered one play and either player involved may make the next contact (provided the next contact isn’t the teams 4th hit)

A player can not block or attack a serve from on or inside the 10 foot line

After the serve, front line players may switch positions at the net

At higher competition, the officiating crew may be made up of two refs, line judges, scorer, and an assistant scorer


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