All normal volleyball rules apply with the following exceptions:
Games are played with 6 players on the court (with a min of 2 males & 2 females in the court at all times). Teams may play with less players, but the gender requirements should try to be met. If the minimum gender requirements cannot be met, then a forfeit can be enforced, or captains can come to an agreement prior to the game starting to alter the rules to get the game played (to try and avoid a forfeit). All forfeits must be enforced prior to starting the game. If a forfeit is not explicitly enforced before the game begins, then the game will count.
Games are 55 minutes in length, and can consist of as many sets as possible within that time frame. This includes warm up time. If you choose to warm up for 15 minutes or 5 minutes, you still only have a total of 55 minutes on court. The team who wins the most sets in that time, wins the game. All sets are played to 25 points with rally point scoring (a point is scored on every serve) and must be won by 2 points. All sets are capped at 27 points. If a final set is started, but not completed, the set will only count if a total of 15 points or more is reached (e.g. 10-5, 9-6).
Before tip-off, teams should appoint a player from either team to keep score. (Conveners can be asked to do this, but it's ultimately up to teams to keep track).
Once games are complete, captains should enter game scores online by number of sets won/lost. Typical scores are 2-1 or 3-0. However, if a 4th set is played please enter it (2-2 or 3-1). Note: come playoffs, only 3 sets should be played so that a game doesn't end in a 2-2 tie.
There are no referees, so teams are required to call their own violations, and are expected to be honest and foster a high level of sportsmanship at all times. If there is a dispute, please re-serve the point.
A player may not block, spike or double-fist to return a serve.
The serve is allowed to contact the net. (e.g. a serve contacting the top of the net and goes over the net, it is still in play).
Should the ball hit an object during play (sidewall, roof/rafters, basketball hoop) it should be considered "out of bounds". However, captains may agree (prior to the game) to alter this rule depending on the object. For example, if the ball contacts a basketball net overhanging the middle of the court, it may be considered a re-serve.
A player is allowed to volley a serve, and is allowed to volley any ball over the net. When volleying, you do not have to be square to the path of the ball.
Open hand tips and directs are allowed.
If a player blocking touches the ball on the block, it is not counted as the first touch. The blocker may play the ball off his/her own block. These two contacts are counted as one touch.
Players may play the ball off any part of their body. Please be careful should you decide to kick the ball.
Players may not touch the net at any time during play.
There is a serve limit of 5 serves. See area specific notes below. (Teams can choose to play either method outlined below - regardless of area - as long as both team’s agree prior to the game starting.)
For Milton leagues, after a player's fifth serve, the team retains service possession but must rotate to another server.
For Mississauga, Burl/Oak and Hamilton leagues, after a player’s fifth serve, the ball is turned over to the opposing team.
Players rotate off when rotating after their serve.
Intermediate Plus Exceptions
Only when receiving a serve or a spike, it is permitted for one player to touch the ball twice. For example, you bump the ball with your forearms and it comes back and hits your chest, this is permitted but still counts as two hits so the ball must go over the net on the next touch by another player.
It is permitted to contact the net, provided that it does not interfere with the opponent’s play (E.g. a blocker hits the mesh of the net with their stomach or brushes the net on the way up or down). Examples of interfering with the opponents’ play:
A player interferes with the opponent’s play while penetrating into the opponent’s space under the net
Touching the top band of the net
Taking support from the net simultaneously with playing the ball
A player touches the ball or an opponent in the opponent’s space before or during the opponent’s attack hit