Skidmore College

IM Volleyball Rules

Four team minimum to have a season.

Starting the Game: Six players will constitute a team. A minimum of five is needed to start/continue a game including at least two men and two women or the team will forfeit. The first 10 minutes will be used as a warm-up period. Any team not ready to play 10 minutes after the scheduled game time will forfeit. Any team with one forfeit will be disqualified from the tournament. Any team with two forfeits will be disqualified from further league play. There is an 10 player roster limit.
Equipment: The ball will be provided by the Intramural Department. Proper shoes are required.
Playing Time:Matches will consist of a two out of three game format. Each game will be played to 25 and rally scoring will be used. (i.e. each play will result in a point scored regardless of who serves). The winner must win by two. One 30 second time out is allowed per game.

Playing Area: Matches will be held in the main gym.


Choice and Change of Courts:

    For the first game of each match one of the captains of the two teams shall call the toss of a coin. The winner takes the serve or choice of courts.Teams shall change courts at the end of each game. There will be a one-minute break between games. The losing team will serve first in the next game.

    Should there be a third game, winner of a coin toss will have the choice of courts or choose to serve.

The Ball :

    The ball must be clearly hit, a carry or double hit is now allowed. A ball touching the boundary line is considered good. A ball may be hit from 1 to 3 times before going over the net. A ball may be hit by any part of the body above the waist.

    A ball that hits the ceiling and comes down on the same side of the court is considered to still be in play as long as the previous hit was not the team's third hit.

Position of the Players :

    Players must rotate clockwise. There must always be two female players per team on the court during play. There can only be two varsity players per team on the court during play.

    After the ball is contacted on the serve, the players may move from their respective positions.

    A back line player spiking from behind the 10-foot line may land on or in front of the line providing the takeoff was clearly behind the line. A back line player can play the ball in front of the 10 foot line provided that -- the ball is below the height of the net when it is hit -- the player does not strike the ball with a downward motion -- one foot is in contact with the floor. A player may be outside his or her court while the ball is in play if he or she does not cross the center line or its assumed extension.

    Unlimited substitutions may be used. A substitute shall take the position of the player who he or she is replacing. Substitutions can be made when the ball is dead.

    No player may touch the ball twice in succession unless that person has blocked the ball at the net for his/her first hit.


    A player may not serve out of turn. When returning the serve, the first hit can be made with fingertips but not blocked.

    A serve that hits the net is still in play.

Net Play:

    The game will be played with a women's height net. A player shall not contact any part of the net or its supports while the ball is in play. When a ball driven into the net and the net touches an opposing player it is not a foul. A player is allowed to step on the centerline but not beyond it.A ball may be played off the net. A ball, other than the serve, may touch the net when crossing it to enter the opponent's court. If the ball has broken the plane of the net, it may be spiked or blocked. Players may not touch or reach across the net except if their hands cross while spiking or blocking the ball. When players contact the ball simultaneously, above or on top of the net, each player may participate in the first of the three hits allowed his team. If the ball goes out of bounds on a simultaneous hit, the team on the opposite side of the net is at fault. When more than one player participates in blocking the same opposing player and such players make only one attempt to play the ball during the block, they may make successive contact of the ball during the play.

    Simultaneous contact of the ball by more than one player of the same team is allowed and is considered as two plays. Neither player participating in such a play may participate in the next play.

    The official N.C.A.A. Volleyball Rule Book shall govern all rules not covered by this supplement.

Officiating: There are no officials. Calls should be legitimate and in the spirit of the game.

Playoffs: The top four teams will enter into a double elimination tournament.

Conduct: The "Honor System" will be used among the players in place of officials when officials are not present. Only the captains may speak to the commissioner and/or official about a questionable call.

The commissioner has the right to throw out a player for any reason the commissioner deems appropriate, including consistent arguing, obscene language, etc.

Disqualifications/Forfeits: If a player is disqualified for any unsportsperson-like act, he/she will be suspended from league play until reinstated by the Recreation Sports Department. Any player suspended from league play will not receive a championship t-shirt should his/her team win.

Any team with a forfeit will not be eligible for any playoff game regardless of record.Any team with two forfeits will be disqualified from further league play.

To qualify for a championship t-shirt, a player must have competed in at least two league games and the championship game.

Any disputes should be taken up with the commissioner on site. Any further discussion should be directed to the Intramural Director immediately following the game at ext 5394.

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