Court Volleyball Rules

Court Volleyball Rules

Game Duration

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


  • 6 vs 6 coed
  • A min of 1 females will be on the court at all times, a max of 4 male players will be on the court. (typically 4 males 2 Females)
  • 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 game (one has to be female).
  • All players must be registered with Niagara Rec Sports and sign a waiver in order to play.


  1. The first serve of the first set is determined by a coin toss.
  2. Server must serve from behind the restraining line (end line) until after contact.
  3. Ball may be served underhand or overhand.
  4. Ball must be clearly visible to opponents before serve.
  5. Served ball may graze the net and drop to the other side for point.
  6. Front row players can not attack the ball until the ball has dropped below the top 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. Rally scoring will be used.
  2. There will be a point scored on every score of the ball.
  3. Offence will score on a defence miss or out of bounds hit.
  4. Defence will score on an offensive miss, out of bounds hit, or serve into the net.
  5. Game will be played to 25 pts.
  6. Must win by 2 points.
  7. 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.


  1. Team will rotate each time they win the serve.
  2. Players shall rotate in a clockwise manner.
  3. There shall be 4-6 players on each side.


  1. Maximum of three hits per side.
  2. Player may not hit the ball twice in succession (A block is not considered a hit).
  3. Ball may be played off the net during a volley and on serve.
  4. A ball touching a boundary line is good.
  5. A legal hit is contact with the ball by a player body which does not allow the ball to visibly come to a rest.
  6. The ball may touch any part of the body.
  7. If two or more players contact the ball simultaneously, it is considered one play and the players involved may not participate in the next play.
  8. A player must not block or attack a serve.


  1. Stepping on or over the line on a serve.
  2. Failure to serve the ball over the net successfully.
  3. Hitting the ball illegally (Carrying, Palming, Throwing, etc.).
  4. Net Fault: Touching any part of the net during the action of playing, attempting to play or faking a play on the ball is a NET FAULT.
  5. Reaches under the net (if it interferes with the ball or opposing player).
  6. Failure to serve in the correct order.
  7. A back row player cannot block or attack the ball above the height of the net while they are in the front zone.


  • Matching team shirts are recommended, if your team does not have team shirts they can be purchased through Niagara Rec Sports for 9.00/ shirt.  Seasonal costumes is permitted, ie. Halloween or Christmas themed costumes.
  • Good quality court shoes must be warn.
  • Please wear shoes with non marking soles only. If you are wearing shoes that leave marks on the floor you will be asked to take them off and wear non marking sole shoes.  If you do not have shoes with non marking soles you will not be permitted on the court.
  • Knee and Elbow pads are recommended.


  1. Even if you are knocked out of the playoffs you still have games for the remainder of the season.
  2. Quarter and Semi-finals are best 2 our of 3 to 25 no cap (the tie breaker is to 25 as well if needed).  If you finish your games early you can still play for the remainder of the time for fun if teams wish.
  3. Championship games are best 3 out of 5 win by 2 no cap (tie breaker is to 15 if needed).


  • Understand, appreciate and abide by the rules of the game.
  • Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials and NRS staff.
  • 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!