Beach Volleyball Mania

Game Rules

How the Game is Played
Rebound Beach Volleyball is a game played by two teams on a sand covered volleyball court surrounded by netting.
The ball is able to rebound off the nets keeping the ball in play.
The ball may be hit with any part of the body above the waist, but each side is limited to three consecutive hits only.
Teams can only score a point off their own serve. The serve passes to the opposing team when you lose the point.
A match consists of 3 consecutive 15 minute games with teams changing ends between each of the games.

The game is controled by an umpire who keeps score and keeps track of the time. In any sport, there are close calls where players will disagree, but the umpire's decision is always final.
Any arguing with or abuse directed at the umpire will not be tolerated, and can result in a point reduction or a send off at the umpire's discretion.

Ball and Net Abuse
Kicking the ball is dangerous to other players and is not allowed at any time.
An offence will result in an automatic loss of serve and if continued the deduction of a point or send off at the umpire's discretion.
Players unnecessarily abusing the centre or surrounding nets will be sent off.

Loss of Point or Serve
The point or serve is lost when:

  • The ball touches the sand on your side of the court.
  • The ball touches one of your players below the waist.
  • One of your players touches the centre net at any time during play with any part of their body or clothing.
  • The ball touches the top net (the net above the court) as it goes over to the oppositions half of the court. It is allowed to touch the top net provided it falls back into your half of the court and you still have one of your three shots left.
  • One of your players hits the ball back over the net off a serve without another one of your players touching the ball, i.e. the ball must be hit at least twice by the receiving team before being returned over the centre net. (This is optional for private hirers).
  • The ball hits any net when served by your team.
  • The ball does not pass over the centre net (without touching it) on your server's first attempt.
  • Each of your players does not serve in rotation. Players are to rotate clockwise on winning the serve back. However, at the commencement of each game a rally is played and the winner serves first. The players standing in the serving position during the rally do not rotate until they have served
  • If your team does not serve the ball from within one square metre of the right corner of the rear net. (The ball can be served over or under arm.).
  • If your server does not toss the ball into the air or release it before being served.
  • If your server uses two hands to strike the ball.
  • Your team plays the ball more than three times in succession. The exception to this rule is an attempted block. A block is where you have two hands up and are facing the centre net. If the ball touches the block it is not counted as a shot. If you only have one hand up and the ball touches it, it will be counted as one of your three shots.
  • One of your players touches the ball twice in a row (except on a block or simultaneous contact with an opposition player).
  • One of your players reaches over the net when playing an attacking shot (even though they do not touch the net). Reaching over the net is allowed when blocking.
  • One of your players "carries" the ball. If the ball is hit with an open hand it must be a clean hit (i.e. it must bounce and not be carried or scooped) or it may result in a "carry" being called by the umpire. This rule is relaxed slightly for "C" and lower graded teams at the umpire's discretion.
  • When both hands contact the ball and they are not interlocked or overlapping one another. The exception is a "set" when the hands and ball are above the chin.
  • One of your players kicks the ball.
  • One of your players interferes with an opponent's player.
  • One of your players intimidates or abuses another player (opponent's or yours) or the umpire.
  • Everyone must smile and have fun while playing.

Penalty Points Awarded
There are two actions of the other team that will result in your team being awarded penalty points. Theses are:

Teams Late on Court

  • It is important that games start on time. If one team is on court and the other isn't, the umpires have been instructed to award the team on the court one point for every minute the other team is late.
  • The start time is determined by the clock at the court which is set to the Telstra time service.

Teams on Court but Playing Fees Not Paid

  • Both teams must have paid their playing fees to the office before the game commences. If a team has not, they are to leave the court and pay before they play. The umpires have been instructed to award 3 points (added to your score for the first game) to the team waiting on the court.
  • If a team tells the umpire that they have paid and they have not, requiring the administration staff to follow up at court side, then a further 3 points (a total of 6) will be awarded to the team waiting on court.

Calculation of Points
Points are awarded for each competition match played by your team. These are calculated as follows:

  • 2 points for each game won
  • 1 point for each drawn game
  • 1 bonus point for each 10 points scored in a game (each game is calculated individually and no part points are awarded)
  • If a team plays and does not receive any points as calculated above they will be awarded one point for playing.
  • A team is awarded 9 points for a match where the opposition team forfeits or the draw schedules a "Spare". Centre management will arrange a fill-in team in this situation. The game must be played to receive the points.
  • A minimum of 3 REGULAR team players are required to receive points for the match.


Number of players

  • A team consists of between four and six players. Teams with 3 or fewer regular players attending on a competition night can use fill-in players so they have at least 4 players on the court at all times. In the case of mixed teams, there must be no more than three males on the court at one time. The exception is junior players under 16 years of age. Substitutions are only allowed during the changing of ends after each game.

Using Fill-In Players

  • Fill-ins players must be of the same or lower grade. Players filling in on the nights they don't normally play must pay for their games. Team members must play at least 5 matches during the season with the team to qualify to play in the finals.

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