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Coed 6’s Indoor Volleyball Rules

OVERVIEW:
Each team consists of no more than 6 players on the court at one time however, bench players are allowed.
Teams will have 50 minutes of time to play 1 match (3 games). All games will play using All-Rally Scoring Rules. There are no sideouts and matches consist of 2 games to 25 and 3rd game to 15. Teams must win by 2 and there is a cap at 30 (first 2 games) or 20 (3rd game) depending on the games.

BEGINNING OF THE GAME:
The beginning of the game will start with both team captains for rock/paper/scissor. The winning team will have one of two options, choose to serve first or choose which side they prefer to play on, (not both). Each match will consist of three games. Each game will count in the overall standings for regular season standings.

TEAM SIZE:
Each team consists of 6 players on the court at one time with 3 males and 3 females. Can have more than 3 females but never more than 3 men on the court. If a team has either 5 or 4 players with a minimum of 2 women 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. All rosters must be finalized by the second week of the regular season. Players added after the second week not on the team roster or waiver will not be eligible for playoffs.

GAMES:
Matches will be played within the allotted time of 50 minutes. First two games are played to 25 with a win by 2 or first to 30. The 3rd game is played to 15 with a win by 2 or first to 20. One time-out per game, per team is allowed. Rally/speed scoring will be enforced.

SELF-REFFED:
All games will have one referee to keep score. The teams are asked however, to keep score out loud for every serve. At the end of the game the scores will be recorded by an LTS Chicago staff member on-site.

RULES:
• Ghost Rule – If a team has 5 players, for example, they must forfeit their serve after every 5th rotation. This will allow the team with a full squad to receive back-to-back serves. If a player(s) arrives after the start of a game they will be allowed to enter immediately. (To avoid confusion we ask that all games utilizing the ghost rule be cleared with staff member on site.) All the above options must be addressed before the start of the match otherwise the game will stand as started.
• A legal serve in LTS Chicago 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. A serve that makes contact with the net and carries over to the opponent’s side of the net is a live serve and must be returned.
• 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.
• There is no male/female hitting rules. There can be no more than 3 males on the court at any time.
• A defensive block does not count as one of the allowable contacts. A player may reach over the net to block a ball if: a.- Any portion of the ball breaks the plane of the net.
b.- After the offense has come in contact with the ball on the third attempt.

• The serve may not be blocked or spiked.

• Players can return the serve by: a. Bump pass
b. Clasping their hands together
c. A closed fist
d. 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.

• Out of bounds is the area outside the designated beach court line.

• 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.

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. Shorthanded teams may play a legal game with a minimum of 4 players (at least two females are needed). Teams fielding less than 4 players or without 2 women will receive a forfeit. 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. Substitutes will not be allowed during playoffs.