Rules

Official USA Volleyball rules apply including;

Each team consists of no more than 6 players on the court at one time (at least 2 female.)
Teams will have an allotted amount of time to play 1 match (3 games). All games will play using All-Rally Scoring Rules. There are no side outs and matches consist of 3 games to 25. Teams must win by 2 and there is a cap at 31.

Teams will forfeit 1 game for every 10 minutes past the designated start time that they do not have the legal amount of players. If no one is present from a team by 15 minutes after the designated start time the entire match will be forfeited and the team that is present will receive all three wins. Team that forfeited owes ref fee’s for both teams - $20.


 

GAMES

Each match will consist of three games. Each game will count in the overall standings for regular season standings.

Matches will be played within the allotted time. (Penalties for every 5 min. a team is late past the scheduled start time) All games are played to 25 win by 2 or first to 31. One time-out per game, per team is allowed. In playoffs, games will be played as the best 2 out of 3 to 25 win by 2 or first to 31. One time-out per game is allowed.


 

TEAM SIZE

Each team consists of 6 players on the court at one time (never more than 4 men on the court). If a team has 4 players with a minimum of 1 woman it will be considered a legal game. However, the opposing team will have the option to utilize the ghost rule. Teams may have as many players on their roster as they want. There is no maximum limit on the amount of females on the court at one time.

Be aware that if you have players that play on multiple teams in the same league (same division) come playoffs you must choose which team you want to play for. If that team loses you may not play for the other team.

FORFEITS

Teams will forfeit 1 game for every 10 minutes past the designated start time that they do not have the legal amount of players. If no players are present from a team by 15 minutes after the designated start time the entire match will be forfeited and the team that is present will receive all three wins of the match. (Exception: Teams with less than 4 players or without 2 women may still play a “legal” game but only with the opposing teams consent.) All teams consenting to play a legal game with less than the allowed minimum waive their right to a forfeit win. Teams may pick up players during the regular season in order to field a full team. A team that forfeits their match is charged with a $20 forfeit fee. $10 for your team’s ref fees, $10 for the opponent.

 

RULES

A legal serve in MSSC play is one that crosses the net and is either touched by an opposing player or lands within the opposing team’s area of the court within the boundary lines.

The server may not step on or over the end line until the ball has been contacted. The width of the service area is from sideline to sideline. The depth of the service area is infinite.

A defensive block does not count as one of the allowable contacts. A player may reach over the net to block a ball if any portion of the ball breaks the plane of the net.

You cannot block a set.

The serve may not be blocked or spiked.

Players can return the serve by a bump pass, clasping their hands together, a closed fist, a set (AS LONG AS THE BALL IS NOT CAUGHT OR CARRIED)


No part of the body may touch the net at anytime unless a ball or person driven into the net causes the contact. Player contact with the net in a manner not directly relating to or affecting the course of play is not a violation. Contact with hair or part of the uniform will not be considered a fault.

Contact of the ball when spiking is legal only if a portion of the ball is in contact with the plane of the net or on the spiker’s side of the net. Spikers may follow through over the net after legal contact.

The ball must be cleanly hit when spiking with an open hand. Guiding or carrying is illegal.

A carry is any use of an open hand(s) while making contact with the ball that is not in a firm manner. If the ball sits in your hand at any time it is a carry.

A player may touch but not completely cross over the center line with his/her foot.

The ball can contact any number of body parts down to, and including the foot.

USA VOLLEYBALL rules apply unless stated otherwise.

 

MSSC reserves the right to revise the rules for this sport at any time to provide a smoother social sport experience.