Volleyball Rules

Waivers: All players and participants must sign a waiver before playing their first game.

Sportsmanship Goal: Providing a safe and fun environment for the players.
Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated

  • No swearing directly at another player or official
  • No intentional acts of violence (pushing, shoving or intentional physical contact)
  • No verbal threats or comments to instigate an altercation with any person

Player will be suspended immediately from play and the park, and further game suspensions may follow and will not necessarily include or be limited to the player.

If at anytime during a game if there are any concerns with the opposing team players, the team captain will address the issue with the other team captain with the presence of the official during a break or halftime. If the issue has not been resolved by the end of the game please forward any concerns to play@niagarasportandsocial.com

General Rules/Regulations

  • Time-outs are NOT permitted.
  • Games played are best 3 out of 5, no cap. Games to 21 (25 for Indoor) with 5th game to 15. 5th game, teams switch sides at 8 points.
  • Play will continue in all weather conditions. When lightening is present please meet at Chippawa Park (Welland) and/or Lakeside Park – Port Dalhousie (St. Catharines) and league officials will give direction. Any concerns please call 289-686-PLAY.
  • Teams unable to meet minimum player requirements 15 minutes after scheduled start time will default their first game.
  • After 30 minutes after the scheduled start time if the team is unable to meet minimum player requirements they will forfeit their second game.
  • After 45 minutes after the scheduled start time if they are still unable to have the minimum player requirements they will forfeit the entire match (scores will be 21-0, 21-0, 21-0).
  • Beach League = Players must play a minimum of 3 league games to play in the year end tournament.
  • Indoor League = Players must play a minimum of 5 league games to play in the year end tournament.

There is no limit to the number of players on a team. Extra subs/players can be used at anytime but must sign a waiver before playing.

Player may be borrowed from other teams if short only if agreed upon by both teams and official.

  • Court dimensions will be 9m x 9m on each side.
  • Start the game paper, rock, scissors for choice of serve or side.
  • If a serve touched the net on the way over, the ball is in play.
  • A serve can not be blocked.
  • Official will call if the ball hit the line to the best of their ability with the assistance of players. If the ball touches any part of the line, it is in.
  • Official will ref the game to the best of their abilities without bias.
  • No center line for under the net exists, unless interferes with opposing team player or near play.
  • Deflection off the block is not considered a touch, three touches allowed.
  • The ball may be played off any part of the body.
  • Imaginary 3m attack line (approximately) in effect (Ref’s Discretion) – This should prevent backcourt players coming into the front row to attack above the height of the net.
  • Competitive Divison ONLY – No Open Hand Tips – Competitive Division ONLY

The minimum on the court is as follows;

Beach 4’s
maximum 2 males, minimum 1 female
minimum players is 2 to avoid default (one male and one female or two females)

For example:
4 females
3 females and 1 male
2 females and 2 males
3 females
2 males and 1 female
2 females and 1 male
1 male and 1 female
2 females

Beach 5’s

maximum 3 males, minimum 1 female
minimum players is 2 to avoid default (one male and one female or two females)

For example:

5 females
4 females and 1 male
3 females and 2 males
2 females and 3 males
4 females
3 females and 1 male
2 females and 2 males
3 females
2 females and 1 male
1 female and 2 males
2 females
1 female and 1 male


Beach / Indoor 6’s
maximum 3 males, minimum 1 female
minimum players is 2 to avoid default (one male and one female or two females)

For example:

6 females
5 females and 1 male
4 females and 2 males
3 females and 3 males
5 females
4 females and 1 male
3 females and 2 males
4 females
3 females and 1 male
2 females and 2 males
3 females
2 females and 1 male
1 female and 2 males
2 females
1 female and 1 male

Player may be borrowed from other teams if short only if agreed upon by both teams and official before start of play.

INJURY SUBSITUTION: Player may be borrowed from other teams to help the team replace an injured player if no other teammates are available to replace the injured player. Please try to find a replacement player similar to injured players skill and ability if possible.

GHOST RULE ONLY APPLIES FOR TOURNAMENTS & SEASON-END TOURNAMENTS

GHOST RULE is: If a team decides to play with 5 players, the “ghost” (non-existing player) will start off the match in position six. When the “ghost” rotates into position one to serve, the team forfeits their serve, a point is awarded to the opposing team and the other team takes possession of the ball to serve. The rotational order of the six player lineup must be maintained including when the “ghost” rotates into the front row (positions 2, 3, 4,). Thus only 2 players would be permitted to attack in the front row when the “ghost” occupies the front row rotations (positions 2, 3, 4,). This process repeats itself for the duration of the match or until the sixth player arrives to play and than at that point in time a substitution is immediately made to sub-out the “ghost” for the active player no matter the rotation.

  • Court dimensions will be 9m x 9m on each side.
  • Start the game paper, rock, scissors for choice of serve or side.
  • If a serve touched the net on the way over, the ball is in play.
  • A serve can not be blocked.
  • Official will call if the ball hit the line to the best of their ability with the assistance of players. If the ball touches any part of the line, it is in.
  • Official will ref the game to the best of their abilities without bias.
  • No center line for under the net exists, unless interferes with opposing team player or near play.
  • Deflection off the block is not considered a touch, three touches allowed.
  • The ball may be played off any part of the body.
  • Competitive Divison ONLY – No Open Hand Tips – Competitive Division ONLY