BEGINNING OF THE GAME:
The beginning of the game will start with both team captains for rock/paper/scissor. The winning team
will have one of two options, choose to serve first or choose which side they prefer to play on, (not both).
Each match will consist of three games. Each game will count in the overall standings for regular season
standings.
TEAM SIZE:
Each team consists of 6 players with a minimum of 2 girls being on the court at all times. Teams are
allowed to play with a minimum of 4 players (2 guys and 2 girls)
GAMES:
Matches will be played within the allotted time of 45 minutes. First TWO games are played to 21 with a
win by 2 or first to 25. The THIRD game is played to 15 with a win by 2 or first to 20. One time-out per
game, per team is allowed. Rally scoring will be enforced.
SELF-REFFEREED:
All games will be self-refereed. There will be a Stay In Play Recreation, LLC staff member on-site
monitoring the games. The teams are asked to keep score out loud for every serve. At the end of the
game, scores will be given to the Stay In Play Recreation, LLC staff member on-site. Any disputes will
result in a replay of the previous point.
RULES:
A legal serve in Stay In Play Recreation, LLC play is one that crosses the net and is either touched by
an opposing player or lands within the opposing team’s area of the court within the boundary lines.
A serve that makes contact with the net and carries over to the opponent’s side of the net is a live
serve and must be returned.
The server may not step on or over the end line until the ball has been contacted. The width of the
service area is from sideline to sideline.
There is no male/female hitting rules. There can be no more than 4 males on the court at any time.
A defensive block does not count as one of the allowable contacts. A player may reach over the net to
block a ball if any portion of the ball breaks the plane of the net or after the offense has come in
contact with the ball on the third attempt.
The serve cannot be blocked or spiked.
Players rotate “clockwise” through each positions.. The order of rotation is set at the beginning of the
game and maintained throughout the game (excepting substitutions). You rotate after you win a point
off of the opposing team’s serve.
Players can return the serve by: Bump pass, Clasping their hands together, a closed fist, or a set (AS
LONG AS THE BALL IS NOT CAUGHT OR CARRIED)
No part of the body may touch the net at anytime unless a ball or person driven into the net causes the
contact. Player contact with the net in a manner not directly relating to or affecting the course of play
is not a violation. Contact with hair or part of the uniform will not be considered a fault.
Contact of the ball when spiking is legal only if a portion of the ball is in contact with the plane of the
net or on the spiker’s side of the net. Spikers may follow through over the net after legal contact.
The ball must be cleanly hit when spiking with an open hand. Guiding or carrying is illegal.
A carry is any use of an open hand(s) while making contact with the ball that is not in a firm manner.
Out of bounds is the area outside the designated beach court line.
A player may touch but not completely cross over the centerline with his/her foot.
The ball can contact any number of body parts down to, and including the foot.
FORFEITS:
Teams will forfeit 1 game for every 10 minutes past the designated start time that they do not have the
legal amount of players.
If no players are present from a team by 15 minutes after the designated start time the entire match
will be forfeited and the team that is present will receive all three wins of the match.
Shorthanded teams may play a legal game with a minimum of 4 players (at least two females are
needed).
Teams fielding less than 4 players or without 2 women will receive a forfeit. Exception: Teams with
less than 4 players or without 2 women may still play a “legal” game but only with the opposing
teams consent. All teams consenting to play a legal game with less than the allowed minimum waive
their right to a forfeit win.
Teams may pick up players during the regular season in order to field a full team. Substitutes will not
be allowed during playoffs.