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Beach Volleyball Women's 4's

Sport Info

What you need to know about Beach Volleyball Women's 4's:

# of players on court

4 players

Suggested roster/individuals roster size

5-6 players

Equipment

Teams are required to bring 1 beach volleyball to every game.  Volleyballs will not be provided onsite.  

New! Scoreboards are available to rent from HSSC.

If you do not want to bring your own beach volleyball or scoreboard they are available to rent at the HSSC office. A $75 refundable deposit is required and payable with credit card, cheque or online registration at the time of league registration and in your shopping cart (see dates for team package & equipment pick-up).

Additional league information

All teams receive:

  • An HSSC key tag which gives you access to discounts and deals from our amazing sponsors and partners around town! See all the deals!
  • Free nachos, pizza, and wings any time when you visit our partner pub, Freeman’s!
  • An invitation to the HSSC end of season party and a chance to win amazing prizes on-site! An event NOT to be missed!

Winning teams in each pool and division will receive (post-season):

  • A personalized team trophy
  • Coveted HSSC champion team t-shirts!
  • Bragging rights

 

Rules

Download the full rules here: Beach Volleyball Women's 4's Rules PDF

Sport & Social Club General Rules

Score & Spirit Point Reporting

  • Game Scores (account for 75% of total points): Team captains are responsible for reporting the scores after your game by logging into your player profile and clicking on ‘My Team’ tab and selecting ‘Report Score/Spirit Points’.  Teams have a 48 hour window to report scores after the completion of the game.  Please be timely with your score reporting so league standings can remain updated for playoff positioning.
  • Spirit Points (account for 25% of total points): Spirit points are awarded to a team from their opponent after each game to encourage sportsmanship, honesty, integrity and fair play.  For more information and how to properly award spirit points, please see our section ‘All About Spirit Points’.

Standings/Schedules

  • Players can view league standings & schedules by logging into your player profile and clicking on ‘Standings/Schedule’.

Player Eligibility

  • All players must be added to the team roster by the team captain.  This process confirms that all players have electronically agreed (checked the box) to our policies and online waiver.
  • Substitute players are allowed, however they must be added to the roster (check the online waiver).  Adding a substitute player from another team in the same league is allowed, however, regular/consistent use of a substitute player in the same league is considered unsportsmanlike and not encouraged.
  • For a player to be eligible for a playoff game, the following criteria must be met or the team will default the game:
    • Be on the SSC online team roster.
    • Play a minimum of two regular season games in a 6-10 week season, or three regular season games in an 11-14 week season.
    • Play for only one team per league/pool in playoff games.  If a player plays for two teams, the second game will be defaulted.

Defaults

  • A default will occur if a team cannot field a squad by 15 minutes after the official start time.  If a team does not meet the standard eligibility requirements, team captains must confirm the outcome prior to starting the game.  Captains may agree to waive the rules regarding minimum players.  IF IT IS AGREED THAT THE GAME COUNTS, IT COUNTS!  In the event there is a default dispute and the game was played, the SSC ruling is that the game counts.
  • In the event of inclement weather, follow your sport specific foul weather policy below. To view our general foul weather policy click here.

Rough Play & Player Conduct

  • It is recognized that incidental contact between players is inevitable – however, all players should go out of their way to avoid creating unsafe play.
  • Any unsportsmanlike conduct may result in immediate expulsion from the league.  This includes, physical or rough play, verbal abuse, damage to facility property and/or loss of facility permit.  Fighting will result in immediate expulsion from the league.  To view our Unsportsmanlike Conduct policy click here. 
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages, use of drugs and smoking at your game site before, during, or after your game is strictly prohibited.  Offenders will be asked to leave the league without refund. No Exceptions. 

Game Coordinator (GC) On-site SSC Staff

  • A GC presence is dependent on sport, season, and/or facility locations.  They are not referees, as all games are self-officiated.  They are on-site to be a neutral supporter of both teams, clarify rules, manage equipment, start/stop games, and to inform players of league news.
  • Game Coordinators may stop a game before the full time has expired due to overly aggressive play, persistent unsportsmanlike conduct or a general violation of the rules of the game.

SSC Official Beach Volleyball Rules– Women's 4’s

Objective

  • Volleyball is a team sport played by two teams on a sand court divided by a net.  The objective is for each team to send the ball over the net attempting to ground it on the opponent’s court, and to prevent the ball from being grounded on its own court.

Game Length & Foul Weather Guidelines

  • Games are 55 minutes in length.   
  • Games start and end according to your online SSC schedule. 
  • If games start late, games must finish at the scheduled time (e.g. 6:15pm-7:00pm).
  • If a set is not complete when time runs out or a game is stopped due to lightning, then the team in the lead is considered to have won that set.  A team must have at least 5 points in a set to count as a win, otherwise it is deemed a tie. Similarly, if the third set is not played, then it is considered a tie.
  • Games are played rain or shine (please refer to our foul weather policy).
  • If one team shows up during foul weather to play and the other team is missing, or if one team leaves mid-game and there is an opportunity to continue play - it is an automatic win for the present team.   

Equipment Rental

  • Teams are required to bring 1 beach volleyball to every game. 
  • Volleyballs are available to rent through SSC. A $75 refundable deposit is required, payable through online registration, cash or cheque.   

Players on Court, Gender Ratio and Defaults

  • Teams are comprised of 4 female players on the court. 
  • A team can play with a minimum of 3 players.   
  • Captains may agree to waive the rules regarding minimum players before the game starts. 
  • A default for the match (all three sets) will occur if any team cannot field a squad 15 minutes after the official start time (unless otherwise agreed by both captains). 

Game Set-Up

  • Volleyball nets will be set up by the SSC Game Coordinator or facility staff upon arrival to your game.
  • To determine who serves first, teams can either choose to play a rally game (minimum 3 crosses over the net), coin toss or rock-paper- scissors.
  • Teams are responsible for keeping score and time.

General Game Rules

  • Matches are comprised of three sets which equals one match.
  • A player may play the ball off any part of her body, including feet.
  • A player may not make two consecutive hits of the ball, except where the player has contacted the ball on a block, then the player may hit the ball a second time.
  • Tips are allowed. However, teams can choose to play without this rule (i.e. tips not allowed and players use a closed fist instead). This must be decided on before the game starts. 
  • Players are to call balls ‘in’ or ‘out’ of bounds.  If the ball touches any part of a court line, it is ‘in’.  The ball must completely pass the line to be ‘out’.  If there is a dispute, resume play by re-serving the ball with no point awarded.  If a disagreement escalates, any disputes should be discussed amongst the two team captains only.
  • Teams may call a 1 minute time-out per match if needed, except during the final 10 minutes of play.
  • If a match concludes early, the teams can continue to play, but the score of the fourth game will not be recorded.

Scoring

  • The first team to score 25 points by a two-point margin wins the set (with a hard cap of 27 points).
  • All three sets count towards each teams’ overall standings (e.g. – if a team wins the first two sets, the 3rd set still counts as it is not best out of three).

Player Rotation and Positioning

  • Players may play from any position and do not have to rotate, however players must maintain server rotation.
  • All 4 players may spike the ball from anywhere on the court.

Violations

  • Players are to call their own fouls and violations. If an obvious foul is missed, a player on the opposing team may politely point this out, assuming their opponent either does not know the rule or missed their own foul. Generally, teams should not call fouls against their opponents.
  • Obvious fouls include - carries, double hits (allowed on serves), touching the net band (see next point), going under the net and contacting another player.
  • A player is allowed to touch the net as long as it does not interfere with the play. Examples to clarify net rules:
  • Legal (provided it does not interfere with the play):
    • In the act of playing the ball (hitting, blocking, bumping, setting, etc.), players may make contact with the mesh or bottom band.
    • An offensive player that fakes a hit/spike may contact the top band.
    • Players are allowed to touch the posts, ropes or any other object outside the antennae or court lines.
    • If the ball is driven into the net causing the net to touch an opponent, no fault is committed.
  • Illegal (always results in interference with the play):
    • Touching the top band of the net in the act of playing the ball (hitting, blocking, setting, etc.).
    • Pulling the net down to lower it for a teammate or themselves.
    • Taking support from the net simultaneously while playing the ball.
    • Purposely touching the net to change the direction of a ball.
    • Creating an advantage over the opponent or making actions which hinder an opponent's legitimate attempt to play the ball.
  • A player is permitted to pass his/her hand above the plane of the net in the following scenarios:
    • While blocking an attack.
    • If a player is spiking the ball, their hand can cross the net as long as contact is initiated on their own side.
    • An infraction has occurred if a player interferes with their opponents attack (e.g. if a setter is trying to set their player, the opponent can't reach over the net and block that set).
  • Players are not permitted to penetrate fully into the opponent’s space under the net. Player’s feet must remain in contact with the ‘centre line’ and any part of the body above the feet. Players need to be as cautious as possible when crossing under the plane of the net, so as to avoid injury to themselves or their opponents.

Serving

 

  • A server may serve the ball from anywhere behind the baseline.
  • Only one toss or release of the ball is allowed per serve.
  • Players can open-hand volley a serve.
  • A player may NOT block or spike a serve.
  • Net serves are allowed. Meaning, if a serve hits the net but the motion of the ball carries it over, it is a live ball.
  • A double hit off of the serve is allowed (e.g. the serve hits the defender's arms and then chest).
  • The server does not rotate after 5 points. The same server continues to serve as long as his/her team successfully wins the point.

Playoffs

  • The first team to score 25 points by a two-point margin wins the set (with a hard cap of 27 points).
  • Team playoff position: Ties in the standings will be broken first by head-to-head play. If there are more than 2 teams that are tied, all the teams must have played each other in order for the results to go to head-to-head. Otherwise, least points against, then +/-, then most points for will determine the placement in that order.
  • The SSC office will update the playoff schedule once all scores have been submitted and after the last regular season game.  Please do not assume the time/location of your playoff game until team names have been posted into the schedule. 

 

Remember… Always have fun!

Location

All HSSC game sites will be played within a 20km radius of the downtown core.

Beach Volleyball facilities include: Volleyball Nova Scotia Beach Courts - 261 Commodore Drive.