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Sand Rules

Please familiarize yourself with sand rules posted at the following site under beach ref manual: http://usavolleyball....

Below is an overview of the rules from the website listed:
During the team's first contact it is legal for the ball to strike two or more parts of a defenders' body during a single action to play the ball.

In Beach Volleyball, however, there are exceptions that come into play:
1) Double contact with overhand finger action is NOT allowed unless;
2) the double-contact was in defense of a "hard-driven attack"

Defensive Plays:
If a player DELIBERATELY uses open-hand finger-action to contact ANY ball, that contact must be judged as a set. (The "hard driven" ball is considered to move too fast for "deliberate decision" to employ setting action...that's why we don't call the defender's "double" if we declare a ball hard-driven).

In judging defensive actions involving finger action, the following must be evaluated:
1) Speed: Was the ball hit very hard?
2) Distance: How far did the ball travel? Thus: How much time was there? and ultimately;
3) Did the defender "decide" to employ overhand setting action?

Net Contact:
Net-contact is not a fault unless it's during the action of playing the ball or unless it interferes with play.

Small contacts away from the play must be overlooked.

Attack Hits:
Serves may not be attacked while still higher than the top of the net from anywhere on court.

"Open hand" tipping is illegal (signal "illegal attack")

To DINK LEGALLY, all fingers in contact with the ball must be "rigid and together".

Knuckles are exempted. The rule is intended to address fingertip control.

Setting over:
For indoor play only

Open Hand:
The following will not be allowed:
1) Any pass with the palm(s) facing up (you can make contact with your palms facing up if your hand is clenched). Any pass with palms facing up will be considered a carry and will not be allowed.
2) If the ball is below your neck and you use open hand to "pass" the ball, UNLESS the defensive contact was due to a hard driven ball.
3) If the ball is overhead you can not open hand "push" it as a pass, RATHER you will need to pass the ball hand over hand or clenched fist
4) You can not open hand push the ball into the opponents court

Table of Contents

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Group and Courtesy Rules March 26, 2012 1:45 PM anonymous
Sand Rules March 26, 2012 11:29 AM anonymous
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About Triangle Sand Volleyball Club - A Level April 11, 2011 7:57 AM anonymous

Cary, NC

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