Beach Volleyball Rules


Match Start:

The first game will start with a coin toss by the Court Official. Winner chooses from Serve, Receive or Side. Serve and side then alternates between teams for each game thereafter.

Although this is a beach league, as there are 6 players on the court, VC Indoor Volleyball rules shall apply with some exceptions.

Match Duration

  • Matches will start sharply at their scheduled time. Please arrive early to ensure you are dressed for play and ready to start on time.
  • Matches will be 55 minutes long with a 5 minute warm-up.


  • 6 vs 6 coed
  • A min of 1 female will be on the court at all times,
  • A max of 4 male players will be on the court.
  • If a team only has one female they have to play short handed (1 female, 4 males).
  • Teams must have 4 players on the court or they will forfeit the match one of whom must be a female.
  • All players must be registered with Niagara Rec Sports in order to play.


  1. If a team for any reason is not able to start or complete a match they shall forfeit.  The opposing team will take their current score, or a 3-0 win (which ever is higher).


  1. Server must serve from behind the restraining line (end line) until after contact.
  2. Ball may be served underhand or overhand.
  3. Ball must be clearly visible to opponents before serve.
  4. Served ball may graze the net and drop to the other side for point.
  5. Front row players can not attack the ball until the ball has dropped below the top of the net.
  6. Blocking a serve is not permitted. Blocking of a serve is defined as contacting the ball near the net on service reception when part of the players body has extended above the height of the net.
  7. Serves are capped at 5 consecutive per player. After the fifth serve, rotate to the next server.  Serving order must be followed.


  1. Unlike standard Beach rules, a block will NOT count as a touch. If you block a hit and the ball remains on your side, you still have 3 more touches to get the ball over.
  2. Back row players may not participate in Blocks


  1. Attack On a serve, it is NOT permitted to return (attack) the serve to the serving teams court on serve reception (first contact) when the ball was completely above the net height on attack contact.
  2. You may play the ball off any part of the body.
  3. You may not attack a ball in the opponent’s space.
  4. Unlike standard beach rules, open hand attacks/tipping shall be permitted.
  5. A back row player must be behind the player directly in front of him/her in order to execute an attack.


  1. Contact with the net IS NOT an infraction unless it causes interference or creates an advantage.  An example of interference is contact with the top tape of the net AT PLAY – this shall be considered a net infraction.  At play is defined as any action around the ball (not necessarily touching it). This action ends when the player regains stability or prepares for the next action. Slight touches by the hair, nets pushed into a player by the ball or nets blow into players by wind are not infractions.
  1. There is no centre line rule in beach volleyball, therefore, crossing under the net into the opponents space is not an infraction unless it causes interference (such as, but not limited to contact with an opposing player).

Time outs: Each team is permitted ONE  30 second time out per game.


  1. Games are to 21
  2. The team that wins the most games wins the Match.
  3. Rally scoring will be used.
  4. There will be a point scored on every score of the ball.
  5. Offence will score on a defence miss or out of bounds hit.
  6. Defence will score on an offensive miss, out of bounds hit, or serve into the net.
  7. Must win by 2 points.
  8. A min of 10 total points must be scored for the game to be official.  At the final minute of game time the referee will let the teams know that the next serve is the last point to be played.
  9. Play as many games as possible within the time limit.
  10. One minute break between games.  If a game is tied at the end of the time limit, one more rally shall be played to determine the winner.


  1. Team will rotate each time they win the serve.
  2. Players shall rotate in a clockwise manner.


  1. Officials shall call the lines to the best of their ability but may require the honest assistance of players as view of ball contact is often blocked when there are 6 players on the court.
  2. Officials have sole discretion as to whether they conduct a Ball Mark Protocol.
  3. Team Captains may respectfully request an explanation of an Official’s call but shall not delay the match in so doing.
  4. Maximum of three hits per side.
  5. Player may not hit the ball twice in succession (A block is not considered a hit).
  6. Ball may be played off the net during a volley and on serve.
  7. A ball touching a boundary line is good.
  8. A legal hit is contact with the ball by a player body which does not allow the ball to visibly come to a rest.
  9. The ball may touch any part of the body.
  10. IF two or more people contact the ball at the same time, it counts for a hit each, unless it’s a block, which can be a combination block considered as one contact, which is not considered one of the three “hits” on each side


  • Understand, appreciate and abide by the rules of the game.
  • Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials and NRS staff.
  • The referee has final say in all calls.
  • Respect your opponent and congratulate them in a courteous manner following each match whether in victory or defeat.
  • Be responsible for your actions and maintain self-control.
  • Refrain from using foul or abusive language.
  • Have fun!