NYC Social Indoor Volleyball Rules
- Remember, this is a social league. Keep a relaxed attitude, meet some new people, and have a good time.
- There should be equal playing time for all players, regardless of gender.
- You always need your team T-Shirts. They are our only way of identifying you and not having them hurts your team’s ranking!
- Please treat our referees with respect.
- Any aggressive behavior will not be tolerated and may result in suspension or expulsion from our leagues; let’s avoid that.
- Please be on time. We recommend showing up at least 15 minutes early to avoid any confusion and the chance of Forfeiting.
|Number of Players
A team consists of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 14 players. 6 Players will play at once; at least 2 of which must be women.
A minimum of 4 players from your roster and/or pre-registered substitutes is needed to start or continue a game.
If a team is short of the required number of women, they may play down at 4 men/1 woman or down 2 Players at 3 men/1 woman. Teams may not play with 4 men/0 women.Game Length/Structure and Scoring
Each match consists of 3 games played to 15 points. Points can only be scored by the serving team (exception: rally scoring). The server will continue to serve until the Referee calls a ‘side-out’. Regular scoring will be used for the first 10 minutes of each game, after which games will switch to rally point scoring (point is awarded for each side-out, regardless of which team served). Teams must win by 2 points.
Beginning the Game/Serving
Service of the first game will be determined by a coin toss. The team that did not begin serving the first game will begin serving the second game. The winner of the second game will begin serving the third game.
The serving player shall not serve until signaled to do so by the referee. Service may be either underhand or overhand with either a closed or open hand. If a player serves before the whistle is blown, the serve shall be replayed. If a player is serving and catches a bad toss, the serve shall be replayed. A served ball must pass over the net (and can hit the net) as long as it lands within the out-of-bounds lines. A served ball may not be blocked or attacked by the receiving team. The server will continue to serve until the referee calls a “side-out”.
Playing the Game
If a foul is committed, penalty will be side-out point (dependent upon scoring structure at the time).
Each team may call one one-minute timeout per match, if needed.
Substitutions can only be made into the server position upon rotation. There is no limit on the number of Substitutions per game.
No player may have a foot entirely over the centerline at any point. A foot on the line is legal.
All game equipment will be provided on site.
There must be a fair rotation of all players through court positions. This means both men and women get time both on the bench and on the court. Referees may require Substitutions to ensure this.
Teams should report to the gym at least 15 minutes before their scheduled starting time of the match. A game will be ruled a forfeit if any of the following occur:
Teams will receive a forfeit loss of 3-0 in the official standings, if they have not shown up by the scheduled game time.
Teams will forfeit the first game of the match if they have not shown up by their scheduled time. After 10 minutes from start time, if the team still cannot meet the minimum requirement, the entire match will be called a forfeit. Exceptions can be made if a team is waiting on a couple of players (e.g. transit issues) with the understanding that the delay will cut time from the end of their match, and that the final decision is subject to the Referee’s discretion.
Registered teams that miss two weeks of play will be considered to have abandoned their place in the league. Teams in this category will be contacted by a NYC Social Sports Club staff member to confirm their status. Teams failing to respond within two business days will be removed from the Season schedule and will forfeit their registration fees. Teams that do respond will be required to supply reasoning for lack of attendance and petition the league for reinstatement. Season abandonment and reactivation decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the league management and must be resolved before returning to play in the current Season or in subsequent Seasons.
Each player on an official team roster will receive a league-issued Team T-Shirt at the start of the Season. The shirt must be worn and visible during each and every game of the Season.
Team T-Shirts are also used by staff at the sponsor bar to determine whether a player is eligible to receive league discounts.
While shirt customization is allowed, teams/players must abide by the following rules when personalizing shirts:
Names, nicknames, numbers, and team logos are all welcome additions to the Team T-Shirts. Please also feel free to bedazzle, tie-dye, or apply patches to them, if you are so inclined.
Alcohol, Controlled Substance, and Safety Policy
Individuals (players, fans, or friends of players) will, at the discretion of NYC Social Sports Club, be ejected immediately if any of the following are true:
Anyone who is ejected from one of our venues or sponsor bars will be required to petition the Club for reinstatement before participating in or attending any subsequent NYC Social Sports Club event.
These policies are in place for the safety, enjoyment, and continued camaraderie of all players, the sponsoring venues, sponsor bars, and the entire Club.
Note: Players must wear appropriate colored, league-issued Team T-Shirts during games.
Any ejected individual must get approval by NYC Social Sports Club prior to attending or participating in future Club games, leagues, or hosted events, including Post-Game Parties. Attempted participation without approval is subject to further penalties. Rulings may include, but are not limited to, probation, game/league suspension, or permanent expulsion.
THIS IS A SOCIAL LEAGUE: Have fun and make new friends. The game may or may not go your way, but the beer is still cold and cheap afterwards!