CYAS Beach Volleyball Rules
©2014 CYAS, all right reserved, last rev. 4-22-2014
CYAS CODE OF CONDUCT
Sportsmanship is required in this league. Such as:
• The officials, if applicable, are volunteers that give them time to make your game more enjoyable; please thank them after every game for offering their time! We encourage you to buy them food/drinks after the games (it doubtfully will help you on the field, but can’t hurt).
• All games are in the hands of the officials. Any questions/discussions about the rules should go through the team captain.
• Call your own fouls (the volunteer refs won’t catch everything and this really helps create a friendly environment)
• Pray before and after games, and also shake hands after games
• Be conscious of who you are guarding (an experienced athlete should not play rough against a novice)
• Go out to the socials and comingle with other teams
• Encourage and engage players that are not as athletic, these are rec. leagues!
Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated and may result in ejection from games or the league. This includes:
• Recruiting stacked teams & running up the score
• foul language, racial slurs and verbal abuse
• unnecessary roughness and/or physical abuse
• acting out of anger, including throwing equipment or personal items
• arguing with officials, staff, participants, or fans abuse of the honor system
• understand, appreciate and abide by the rules of the game
• show good sportsmanship whether victory or defeat
• Respect the integrity and judgment of CYAS representatives and be responsible for your own actions.
● ALL TEAMS WILL BE GIVEN SPORTMANSHIP RATINGS AFTER EACH GAME - CAPTAINS MUST SIGN OFF ON THEIR RATINGS
● The Sportsmanship Rating will be added into the league standings. The end of the season tournament standings are determined on the point system that a win is worth 6 points, a tie is worth 3 points, and a loss is worth 0 points. With the sportsmanship rating, during each game, every team is able to receive a maximum of 10 points per game.
● Sportsmanship Policy: Teams will be given a sportsmanship rating by the officials & commissioner after each game. The scores are determined as follows:
○ 4 - Excellent Conduct and Sportsmanship – Players cooperate fully with the officials and the opposing team’s members. The captain calmly converses with officials about rule interpretations and calls. The captain also has full control of his/her teammates.
○ 3 – Good Conduct and Sportsmanship – Team members verbally complain about some decisions made by the officials and/or show minor dissension. Teams that receive 1 severe behavioral penalty will receive no higher than a 3.0 rating.
○ 2 - Average Conduct and Sportsmanship – Team shows verbal dissent towards officials and/or the opposing team. Captain exhibits minor control over his/her teammates, but is in control of their own temper. Teams receiving multiple behavioral fouls will receive no higher than a 2.0 rating.
○ 1 – Below Average Conduct and Sportsmanship – Teams constantly comment to the officials and/or the opposing team from the field and/or sidelines. The team captain exhibits little or no control over teammates and/or himself/herself. A team which receives an ejection can receive no higher than a 1.0 rating.
○ 0 – Poor Conduct and Sportsmanship – Team is completely uncooperative. Captain has no control over teammates, and/or their own temper. Any team causing a game to be forfeited, other than by not showing, or receives multiple ejections shall receive a 0.0 rating.
● A team that receives a 0.0 rating must have their captain meet with a CYAS representative before they are eligible to play their next contest.
● A team winning a contest by Forfeit or Honest Effort Forfeit will receive a 4.0 rating
● A team that does not provide any required refs/timers/scorekeepers where assigned will receive a 0 sportsmanship point rating on their previous game, or next game if it is the first week.
Number of Players
1. Each team is allowed a maximum of 8 players on their roster.
2. A full team consists of 4 players on the court, and a minimum of 2 players are required for a game.
3. When playing with a lineup of 4 players, a minimum of 2 must be female/male.
4. When playing with a roster of 2-3 players, a minimum of 1 must be male/female.
5. The gender ratio may be changed only if agreed upon by both captains prior to the start of the match. There will be no forfeits; a team may have to play short.
SUBSTITUTIONS - If a team does not have enough players to field a team, they may get a substitute:
Length of Game
Games will be 50 minutes long, or played to best out of three games, whichever comes first. The third game will always be played, because it is taken into account for standings.
Starting the Game
1. League games will begin promptly at the scheduled time.
2. If any team cannot field the minimum number of required eligible players after the scheduled start time, that team will forfeit the game, unless an alternate agreement is reached by the captains.
3. If neither team can field the minimum number of players, the game will be a double forfeit and each team will be scored a loss for the game. The game will not be replayed.
4. A representative from each team will (paper, rock, scissors-best of 1).
The winner chooses (the losing captain gets the remaining option):
a. to serve or receive
b. which side to defend first
Playing the Game
1. Both underhand and over hand serves are allowed, but no throws.
2. There is absolutely no net touching on block, spikes, or during game play. Any infraction is a loss of point. PLEASE CALL YOUR OWN NET INFRACTIONS! If the net moves and the ball didn’t hit it, someone is at fault or the point is a redo.
3. Teams must rotate subs in normally so everyone gets equal playing time.
4. Games will be played with rally scoring (every serve is a point for one team or the other) played to 21 points win by two. To cut down on time, during season play games will go only to the first team to get 25 points, if a win by two has not been achieved prior to 25.
5. Teams will switch sides every 7 points up to 21, after which they will remain on their side until the game ends if it a winner has not been determined.
6. If there is a disagreement on a point (i.e. out or who hit it last), the point will be replayed.
7. If a rule needs to be clarified, a game timeout may be called to ask the commissioner. There will be no refs, so please call your own penalties and play with charity.
Please remember that this is recreational volleyball. Please play with charity and do not spike/serve hard on those who are new, or less skilled. If you feel you were spiked on too hard, please kindly ask for a re-serve of the point. We are all here to have fun!
All players must play bare foot and dress appropriately while playing (shirts & shorts required).
Volleyballs and nets will be provided by CYAS. Teams must use the equipment that is provided.