Rules of play
Each team must consist of a maximum of four (4) players, with no more than 2 males on court at any time. Substitutes are permitted. Umpires must be advised before any substitution can be made.
- The game shall consist of two (2) 18 minute halves, with teams swapping ends at the half time break.
- Teams must ensure they arrive early enough to fill out there team sheet and have their game fee paid before the allocated start time for the game. Teams that are late on court will receive a penalty of -2 points per minute late. After 10 minutes have elapsed, the offending side will forfeit the match.
- Teams must play in matching uniform as outlined in the Stadium Policy. Any team at the commencement of round 5 not playing in matching shirts will be penalized -2 points per offending shirt.
- Games will be scored by points. The team with the greater number of points at the end of the delegated time will be the winner. Finals games must be decided by a minimum of 2 points; play will continue until a team is 2 points ahead regardless of whether there is time left on the clock.
- For a point to be awarded a team must be serving. The receiving team will win the exchange of serve.
- The server must serve the ball from the designated service area marked out on the court. At the point of contact with the ball, the server must have part of their foot on, or behind the line. (This does not mean the foot has to be grounded) Failure to do so will result in loss of serve.
- The ball must be cleanly served into the opponents half of the court without hitting the centre net, top net, side nets or any members of one’s own team. Serves can be performed in any way proving that the ball is contacted with only one (1) hand. A ball that lodges between the net and ground, or touches the line, will be called ‘in’.
- When receiving the ball from a serve, the ball must be passed to a teammate before it can be returned back over the net. A player returning the ball from a serve without contact by a team mate will have the point awarded to the opposing team.
- The ball is live at all times until the umpire signals otherwise.
- Each team is allowed three (3) contacts (in addition to the block) to return the ball over the net. The ball may be hit with any part of the body above the waist, but must be hit cleanly and not lifted, carried or thrown. Two players may contact the ball simultaneously without penalty.
- One person cannot have two contacts in a row, with the exception of performing a block.
- Any ball contacting the top net (Netted roof of the court) and finishing in their opponents half of the court shall be called ‘out’ and the point/exchange will be awarded to the opposing team.
- A ball contacting a team’s own net may be hit legally into the opponents half of the court, providing that that ball doesn’t touch any part of the top net on its path. The ball is ‘out’ if it lands outside of the set court area. A ball landing on the line will be ‘in’.
- A ball hitting the net pole will be ‘play on’.
- Any player contacting the centre net or stepping into the opponents half of the court during the course of play will result in the opposing team being awarded the point/exchange.
- A player may over-reach the net only when performing a block.
- Any player bouncing off, or climbing the nets unnecessarily, will result in the opposition team receiving a point/exchange of serve.
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