Santa Clara First Baptist Volleyball League

2018 coed Winter Volleyball

League Rules

New rules are in bold

  1. Teams are separated into divisions called: Recreational, Intermediate, and Advanced based on their skill level. Within each division there might be Lower, Middle, and Upper divisions.
  2. Each Recreational and Intermediate team may have no less than four (4) players or no more than six (6) players on the court for any game. A minimum of ONE female player is required to be on the court at all times. In the Recreational and Intermediate divisions one (1) female player may be substituted for by a 13 or 14 year old player regardless of sex. The Advanced division is an OPEN division and the teams may be made up of any combination of men and/or women.
  3. At game time, players must be at least 13 years old for games in the recreational and intermediate division and 15 years old for games in the advanced division. Age exceptions must be agreed to by both coaches prior to the start of a match.
  4. The League will use the 2017 (or most recent) Official United States Volleyball Rules as authorized by the FIVB (International Volleyball Federation).
  5. Each team shall provide its own indoor volleyball. The game ball will be selected by the team coaches prior to the start of the match.
  6. Team captains will rock-paper-scissors for choice of serve or receive before the first and third sets. For the second set the choice of serve or receive will go to the losing team captain of the first set's rock-paper-scissors match.
  7. Teams forfeit 1 set for the first 10 minutes past game time that they do not have enough players on the court. Teams forfeit match if not enough players after 20 minutes. Game time is the time listed on the schedule.
  8. All matches must conclude and the court cleared no later than ten (10) minutes before the next scheduled match.
  9. All scoring will be done using the "Rally Scoring" method. Sets will go to 25 points, you must win by 2 points, and win 2 out of 3 sets to win the match. If needed, the 3rd game is played to 15 points.
  10. If the ball hits the net on a serve and goes into the opposing teams playing area, it is legal. There is no blocking or attacking of the serve. The ball must break the horizontal plane of the top of the net on the serve before any attempt at returning the serve.
  11. The height of the net should be set at women's height 7' - 4 1/8" for all Recreational and Intermediate games. Advanced games should be set to men's height 7'- 11 5/8".
  12. All fixtures and the ceiling are in play on your side of the court, except on the serve. Side walls and back walls are out-of-bounds. All fixtures and the ceiling are out-of-bounds on a serve and when they strike on your opponent's side of the court.
  13. Games immediately adjacent to each other are out-of-bounds. Players may not dive, jump or slide into an adjacent court to return the ball if there is an adjacent game in progress.
  14. Only the two team coaches are responsible for rule interpretation and resolving any disputes that may arise. Any disputes that cannot be settled by the coaches will be decided by the league coaches and/or committee with final decision by the league director.
  15. Team prayers and devotionals are to be given to both teams. Before the game the visiting team will lead the prayer. After the game the home team (listed first on the schedule) will lead the devotional after the last game of the match.
  16. Players may only play for one team but can switch teams once during the season if both the sending and receiving team coaches agree to the switch. Once the switch is made, that player must remain on the new team. To be eligible for the playoffs a player must play in a minimum of 3 regular season games with the new team. Forfeits do not count as a played game. Players can switch teams, or play on multiple teams during the first two season games without penalty.
  17. The top 4 teams in each division will have (1) playoff week at the end of the regular season. The championship game will be played following the playoff game. A tournament schedule will be posted on
  18. All teams must report the results through or the gym host not later than a day following the match. Any problems, disputes, questions, or issues that arise need to be reported to the league director for resolution, Jerry Cintas,, 408-390-4696.
Last Updated: 11/1/2017