Ottawa Hospital Civic Volleyball League: Rules

Ottawa Hospital Volleyball League Rules
We will follow the Canadian Volleyball Association’s rulebook, with the exception of the following changes:

·Maximum 5 consecutive serves by a server during the regular season. This rule will be eliminated for all playoff games.

·A server is allowed 2 attempts with 5 seconds each to complete the service. The ”new” rules only allow for one service attempt with 8 seconds to complete the service.
·The server may take one step into the court on the bleacher-side of the gym.
·We will not use the defensive specialist player. The “new” rules allow a defensive specialist (called a Libero) to freely run in and out of the game in between rallys, the Libero and the player they are temporarily replacing do not have to substitute through the referees. The Libero player is used to play defense and serve receive. The Libero must play in the back-row only, can’t play the roll of setter, back-row spiker, or serve.
.We will use the rally point system; each game to 25, cap at 27

.Net serves are playable

·Extra players may rotate into the game after a side-out (earning the service). Extra players may rotate into the game in the back middle position (position 6). Players may also rotate into the back right position / servers position (position 1) However, teams that rotate in and serve tend to miss more serves than teams that rotate in, play 6 rotations of volleyball, then rotate off after serving.



·The ball shall be hit with one hand or any part of the arm after being tossed or released from the hand(s), and before it touches any other part of his/her body or the playing surface.

Bump and Volley:

·The ball may touch any part of the body.

·Held ball or Lift: The ball must be hit, not caught and/or thrown. It can rebound in any direction.

·Double: The ball may touch various parts of the body, provided that the contacts take place simultaneously. EXCEPTION: At the first contact of the team, the ball may contact various parts of the body consecutively provided that the contacts occur during one action.

The ball may be played by any part of the body, including the foot, on any contact (except serve). The ball can’t come to rest in the players hands or on any part of the body. There is no such thing as “directing.” A player may face one direction and contact the ball to another direction, providing the ball does not come to rest during the contact.   The ball may touch more than one part of the body simultaneously (i.e. both hands while setting). During any first contact the ball may contact one part of a players body and then another (i.e. hand and shoulder on a dig), providing the multiple contacts were made unintentionally during one attempt to play the ball.


·All playing actions, which direct the ball towards the opponents’ court, with the exception of service and block, are considered as attack-hits.

·During an attack-hit, tipping is permitted if the contact is clean and the ball is not accompanied by the palm.

·A front row player may complete an attack-hit at any height, provided that the contact with the ball is made within the players’ own playing space.

·A back-row player may complete an attack-hit at any height providing that, at take-off, the players foot (feet) must neither have touched nor crossed over the attack-line. After the back-row player attacks the ball, the player may land in the front row.

·A back-row player may also complete an attack-hit from inside the front row, if at the moment of the contact any part of the ball is below the top tape of the net.

·No player is allowed to complete an attack-hit on the service, when the ball is in the front row and entirely higher than the top of the net.

·A player is permitted to pass his/her hand beyond the net during a follow-through, provided that contact with the ball took place within his/her own playing space.

Any contact to direct the ball to the opponents’ court, except serve and block, are attack-hits; including volleys, tips, and bumps. The ball may be “tipped” using the fingertips without the palm. A front row player may not attack a ball that is completely on the opponents’ side of the net.   A ball directly above the vertical plane of the net (part of the ball on each side above the net) is playable by both teams and may be attacked by either side. A back-row player jumping from behind the attack-line (line 3 metres from center line) may hit the ball from any height and land anywhere in the front row. A back-row player may jump and complete an attack-hit from inside the front zone, providing that any part of the ball is below the top of the net. When a back-row player is completing an attack from inside the front row, jumping is not the issue, where the ball is contacted is what’s important (even when standing for those taller players). The whole ball has to be above the top of the net for a fault, any part of the ball below the top tape of the net and the attack is legal.


·A block attempt is the action of blocking without touching the ball.

·A completed block occurs once the ball has touched a blocker.

·A collective block is executed by 2 or 3 players close to each other, and is completed when any one of them touches the ball.

·Only front row players may complete a block.

·Consecutive (quick and continuous) contacts may occur by one or more blockers provided that the contacts are made during one action. These may occur with any part of the body.

·In blocking, the player may place his/her hands and arms beyond the top of the net into the opponents’ space, provided that this action does not interfere with the opponents’ play. Thus, it is not permitted to touch the ball beyond the net until an opponent has executed an attack-hit.

·A block contact is not counted as a team hit. After a block contact the team is allowed 3 more contact hits. The first hit after a block contact may be executed by any player including the blockers.

·To block an opponents serve is forbidden.

Only front-row players may “complete” a block. A back-row player may “attempt” a block, but if he/she “completes” the block or any other player in a collective block “completes” the block, a fault has occurred (regardless of whether or not the contact was made by the back-row player). The ball may touch any part of the body and more than one body-part while blocking. The ball can go from one hand to the other, or hand to head/ shoulder, providing it is not a separate attempt to play the ball. A player is allowed to reach over the top of the net into the opponents’ side to block any attack-hit. REMEMBER: An attack-hit is any contact to direct the ball to the opponents’ court. The blocker may not interfere with the set as this is not an “attack-hit”. If the setter plays the ball so that it is heading directly over the net and not to a spiker (i.e. setters dump), that ball may be blocked on the opponents side. If the ball is set to an attacker, the blocker may not reach over and make contact until after the attack-hit. A blocker reaching over and touching the ball at the exact same time as the attacker is also illegal. Either the blocker or attacker may play a ball directly above the top of the net (part of ball on each side). Any player can dig the ball that touches the block, including the blockers, and the team has 3 more contacts.


·When digging, the contact must not come to rest (lift, carry, held) in the hands or on any part of the body.
·Unintentional multiple hits on any first contact including serve receive are legal, providing they are made in one attempt to play the ball (i.e. ball going from hand to hand or arm to head etc.)
·These rules apply to any first contact whether it’s the hardest spike or the softest volley.
·The first contact in serve receive may be a bump type action or a volley.
·A player may not recover a ball using the wall to jump and play the ball.
·A ball that has crossed the centerline into the opponents’ free-zone (space outside the court) may be played back. The ball, after first contact must cross the centerline outside of the antenna (posts, since we don’t have antenna), and played back into play with the second contact outside the posts again. The opposing team may not interfere with this attempt.   

Players at the net:

·It is permitted to penetrate into the opponents’ space under the net, provided that this does not interfere with the opponents’ play.

·To touch the opponents’ court, over the centerline, with a foot (feet) or hand(s) is permitted, provided that some part of the penetrating foot (feet) or hand(s) remains either in contact with or directly above the centerline.

·To contact the opponents’ court with any other part of the body is forbidden.

·A player may enter the opponents’ court after the rally is over. The rally is considered over when the ball hits the floor or any other part of the gym or a fault is committed.

·A player may penetrate under the net and into their opponents’ free-zone (space outside of court), provided that they do not commit a centerline fault, nor interfere with the opponents’ play.

·Contact with the net is a fault.

·A player chasing down a ball may make contact with the poles or ropes/cables, provided they touch the ball first and that this contact does not interfere with the play. No part of the net may be touched.

·When the ball is driven into the net and causes it touch an opponent, no fault is committed.