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Rules for Play

Player position, rotation

1. At the moment of serve, each team must be within its own court except the server.
2. When a team gains the right to serve, the team player must rotate one position clockwise. (This includes the first sideout.)

Playing the ball

1. The server (or team mate) must announce the score of the game before each serve loud enough for both teams to hear the score.
2. The server must insure the other team is ready to receive the serve before serving.
3. Attacking the serve is not allowed. If a player plays the ball above the net on the serve the ball must remain on his team's side of the net. When a serve is returned with one hit, the entire ball must completely fall below the top of the net before it is played.
4. 'Let serve' is good. A serve going over the net is allowed to contact the net and should be played by the opposing team.
5. Setting the serve is allowed.
6. Players may serve from anywhere behind the serving line, as long as the ball is served within the side boundary. If the server's foot touches or crosses over (touching the court) or crosses under the the back boundary line during the serve, it will be considered a foot fault.
7. A team is allowed 3 contacts to return the ball in-bounds to the opposite side of the net. A block does not count as one of the three hits (except in 2 on 2 competition).
8. Double hits must be called. A player may not contact the ball on 2 consecutive contacts, except for blocks and hard driven spikes.
9. One-handed bumps and digs are allowed. The ball may not be lifted, thrown or carried with an open hand(s).
10. Overhead sets must be simultaneous contact of both hands or one-handed. Directed finger setting is allowed.
11. Directional tipping is allowed as long as the player does not change the direction of the ball more than once.
12. If the ball comes to visible rest on any part of a person's body, it is considered a lift/carry.
13. The ball may be contacted with any part of the body including the leg or foot. Please use caution!
14. You cannot reach across the net (break the plane) except for blocking an attack hit. Interference with the attack hit or set is not allowed. Any hit that will clearly cross the net is considered an attack hit.
15. A player may not cross the plane of the net to retrieve or spike a ball that was previously contacted by his/her team.
16. A spiked ball that does not break the plane, but has been blocked or touched by the blocking team can be played by the spiking team. The blocker is encouraged to immediately announce "touched".
17. In sand only, a player may cross underneath the net, but if he/she makes bodily contact with a player on the opposing team and/or interferes with the opportunity of the opposing team to play the ball, it is a fault.
18. In grass, the center-line may not be crossed or touched anywhere between the poles supporting the net.
19. Anytime a player contacts the net (clothing included), it will result in a fault. Anytime the ball hits the net, forcing it to touch a player, it will be considered incidental contact and not a fault. Hair may touch the net and is not a fault.
20. If the ball hits the line, it is good (if the line moves, the ball is in).
21. A ball contacting the top or bottom net support cable beyond the end of the net is out of bounds.
22. A ball crossing to the opposite side of the net must pass between the poles (or imaginary extension of the poles).
23. Anytime something enters the court that can be hazardous to players, play will be immediately stopped by calling "ball on" (ball on the court). Extra caution is urged to stop a spike during a ball-on, so as not to drive the ball at a distracted player or come down and step on a stray ball. The volley will be replayed after the court is cleared.
24. Deceiving the other team by yelling "IN" or "OUT" or making any noise in order to distract an attacker are all faults.

Table of Contents

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Team Picker Instructions July 19, 2013 10:16 PM anonymous
4th of July JBVG 2’s Tournament Rules July 1, 2013 7:53 PM anonymous
Rules for Play December 20, 2015 3:36 PM anonymous
The Code December 20, 2015 3:44 PM anonymous
About Jacksonville Volleyball Group March 7, 2016 5:01 PM anonymous

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