November 6, 2014

1: Facility Information:

It is prohibited to possess alcohol or illegal drugs in the Fastbreak Sports Center or in the parking lots.

2: Registration

All registrations are final. No refunds will be offered. If a player chooses to not to play in the league after they are selected for a team, for a reason other than a change in situation (e.g. injury or work), the league directors reserve the right to ban the person from future registration.

3: Conduct:

Rude behavior or offensive conduct is not permissible. Such behavior may lead to immediate match suspension by the referee. Suspension from the league, due to repeated poor conduct, will be recommended by the league officials on a case by case basis. Multiple suspensions can lead to a permanent ban from the league.

4: Interpretation of USA Volleyball Rules are a modified version of the USA Volleyball rules. They are interpreted as strictly as the referee deems reasonable. For any circumstances which these rules do not address, the decision will be based upon the USA Volleyball rules.

5: Rule Changes:

Any of the rules contained herein, as well as rules covering items not explicitly stated within these rules, may be modified as deemed appropriate by the league officials.

6: Team Spokesperson:

One of the players on the court shall be designated as the floor captain. The floor captain is the only player who may approach and address the referee as the spokesperson for the team. Floor captains may ask for rule clarifications.

7: Protesting a referee call:

If a team spokesperson disagrees with the validity of a referee’s call (eg: a misinterpretation of a rule; failure to apply the correct rule; failure to charge the correct sanction; not decision of a referee as to the level of a carry or a lift, or whether the ball was in or out) they should immediately state they would like to protest the call. Play should stop and the league representative on duty should be called in to make the decision based on the rules in play.

7a. Referees- additional information

A captain can call a foul on another player, if the referee did not see the play or if there is no referee present.  However, the other team must agree to the Captain’s call.  If the fouling team does not agree with the call, a replay would generally be the default call.  Any player can call a foul on themselves or their teammates.

8: Time-out Requests:

Requests for time-outs may only be made by the floor captain. Each team is allowed one time-out per game. The time-out is limited to 30 seconds.

Commissioner Time-out:

When team captains require the assistance of a league official who is actively playing in a match, those captains must approach the referee who is officiating the game in which the league official is playing. when the ball  is not in play, they may request to speak with the official. The referee should then call an official’s time-out for this purpose. The time-out will NOT be charged against either team.

 Note: Please do not disturb the league officials during their scheduled matches unless it is absolutely necessary. Before disturbing a scheduled match, please try to find another league official who is not playing.

9: Player’s Uniforms:

Members of a team are not required to wear a team uniform. This is an exception to the USA Volleyball rules. Team captains may elect to request that their players wear similar jerseys.

10 : Team Composition

Each team will have a roster with a maximum of 8 players.  The actual composition of players on the floor will be determined at a future date.

11: Substitutes:

A substitute list will be maintained by the league commissioner(s) and will be available to captains for help with suggestions. Captains may choose a substitute to play from this list or any other person if a regular player from the team will be missing AND the opposing captain agrees.

No team may choose as a substitute any regular player currently in the league if that player is scheduled to play in a match at the same time (i.e. a lower division player may not abandon his/her team to substitute for another team at a higher level.)

Team captains must notify opposing captains, at the beginning of a match, of any substitute players who are participating in the match.

12: Permanent Substitutes:

If a player is unable to participate on the team for the remainder of the season, a permanent substitute may be obtained. The permanent substitute will assume the position of the player that is being replaced on the team’s roster.

A permanent substitute may be added to a team’s roster, prior to the beginning of the playoffs, either by unanimous approval of the remaining team captains or by approval of a majority of the remaining team captains and either the league commissioner or the league director. The permanent substitute may not be a player on another roster in the current season.

Once the playoffs begin, no changes may be made to a team’s roster except as provided below in playoff rules.

13: Scoring Rally scoring is used during the matches. Games will be played to 25 points with a cap at  25 points.

Let Serves which contact the net and land in the opponents field of play are legal.

An accurate game score is the responsibility of both captains (and their teams) who are playing in a match. Scores are kept by the referee during each game. Final game scores should be recorded on the score sheets.

Captains, or a player designated as the captain if the captain is not available for a match, should verify that the scores are recorded at the completion of the match. If score sheets are not available, it is the captain’s responsibility to insure that the results of the match are communicated to the league commissioner.

If scores are not recorded, a double forfeit may be declared.

14: Injuries:

If a player becomes injured during play, play shall be stopped immediately. The injured player will be allowed a reasonable amount of time to determine whether or not to continue playing. If a player cannot continue play, a substitute player may be brought in. Once a player leaves the game due to an injury, that player may not subsequently return to play in the same game. Note that the player may return to play in another game during the same match.

15: Grace Periods:

For the first match of the evening, a grace period of 10 minutes after the scheduled start time of the match will be allowed before the first game will be forfeited. Each subsequent game will be forfeited every 5 minutes. Play will start as soon as each team has at least 5 players.

For matches other than the first match of the evening, the first game will forfeit at game time. Each subsequent game will be forfeited every 5 minutes. Play will start as soon as each team has at least 5 players.

The score of each forfeited game will be recorded as 15-0.

If a team forfeits, the games may still be played. The score, however, will still be recorded as stated above. The referees may choose not to officiate a forfeited game. It is the league officials view that a forfeit should be avoided as much as reasonably possible. If anyone is available to substitute, all attempts should be made to play the match as scheduled.

16: Length of Game:

Rally scoring will be in effect for all games.  There will be a 5 minute warm-up period before the start of the games.  Please prepare as much as possible before the previous match ends.

Note, the 1st game of the 7:30pm match should start at 7:30pm, therefore warm-ups should take place before 7:30pm if possible within the constraints of the Fastbreak Sports Center rental usage. The start of the match is defined as the end of the previous match.

17: Standings:

Standings will be determined by game win/loss records from each match. If two or more teams are tied for a position, positions will be resolved by the following criteria, applied one at a time, in order:

  • The team with the best game record against the teams with which it is tied.
  • The team with the best game record with which it is tied not counting any forfeits (if any).
  • The team with the best record in the division.
  • A coin toss between two representatives of the teams.

18: Court Setup/Takedown:

In general, the courts should already be set up and ready for play before the first match. If they are not, it is the responsibility of the teams playing in the first match to contact the Discovery Center personnel to set them up.

19.  Work Teams:

During the season, captains will be required to provide work teams for certain matches in which their team will not be participating. Work teams will be assigned based on a schedule drawn up by the league commissioner.

A work team may consist of up to 3 players: A net referee,at a minimum and two others to to call lines. All teams in the league will be required to provide referee.

Teams failing to provide a work team for the assigned matches will be penalized 2 points per missing player at the start of their work match in corresponding games of the work team’s next match. In other words, if a work team does not show up for an assigned match, 6 points would be awarded to the opposing team at the start of each game of the match. It is the team’s responsibility to be aware of when they are the assigned work team for a match. There is no grace period for the work team. A team of 8 players should be able to have 3 persons present for the beginning of their work match (including 7:30pm starts).

20. Additional “House” Rules

You may play a ball if it hits off ceiling but only if it falls on your side of the net. You cannot play it off the walls however

You cannot step over the line to retrieve a ball that is headed for the middle court.

Footfaults: On the walled side, you may serve, with both feet,  in the blue area but must not land in the brown area. On the nonwalled side, you can take one step with one foot into the blue area but cannot have both feet in the blue area. Similarly, you cannot land in the brown area.

When ‘Ball” is called, please stop playing and replay point.





1: Team Eligibility:

Playoff eligibility will be based on the standings.  Not every team mayl make the playoffs- this should make the regular season both important and exciting. Try to make all scheduled games.  You come here to play meaningful and competitive games- not pick up forfeit wins (or forfeit losses). The number of teams making the playoffs will be determined later.

2: Player Eligibility:

All players currently on the team at the start of the playoffs are eligible for the entire playoffs. However a player must have played in  a majority of the team’s games.  So if they are to play 27  games over nine nights, prior to playoffs, that player must have participated in fourteen games or five nights.  Exceptions may be made for injury or unexpected events at discretion of Anthony, Matt and Larry.

3: Playoff Structure:

Teams will be seeded according to the standings at the end of the regular season. It is anticipated that this will be determined later.

4: Match Format Playoff :

Matches will consist of the best 2 out of 3 games. The first team to win 2 games wins the match. The games will be played until 21 points with no cap.


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