At Shockwave Rebound Volleyball we encourage having fun and displaying good sportsmanship.
How the Game is Played
- Rebound Beach Volleyball is a game played by two teams on a sand covered volleyball court completely surrounded by nets. The ball is able to rebound off the nets keeping it in play.
- A match consists of 3 consecutive 15 minute games with teams changing sides between each game.
- The aim of the game is to score as many points as possible in each 15 minute game. The team that wins most games wins the match.
- The game follows the same basic rules of volleyball with some rules adapted to suit the faster, more social game of Rebound Beach Volleyball.
Serving the Ball
- The ball can be served under arm, over arm or side arm.
- The ball must be thrown in the air or released before being hit.
- The ball cannot be hit by two hands on a serve.
- At the commencement of each game a rally is played and the winner of the rally serves first.
- All players must serve. Players do not rotate until they have served.
- The server continues serving until there is a turn over.
- Players are to rotate one position clockwise on winning the serve.
- The ball must be served within a one metre square of the right hand corner of the rear net.
- The ball must not make contact with any net or any other person on the serving team during the serve.
A point is won by the serving team when:
- The receiving team returns the ball over the centre net off a serve without another player on the team touching the ball. The ball must be hit at least twice by the receiving team before being returned over the centre net on receipt of a serve.
- The receiving team fails to return the ball over the net.
- A player on the opposing team interferes with a player on the serving team, preventing them from playing their shot.
- An opposition player touches the centre net at any time during play with any part of their body.
- The ball touches the top net as it is returned over the centre net by the opposition. If you hit the ball into the top net and it falls back into your half of the court, your team can play on if you still have one of your three hits left.
- The opposition team hits the ball more than three times before it returns over the net. The exception to this rule is an attempted block. A block is where you have two hands up and are facing the centre net. If the ball contacts the block it is not counted as a hit and the team still has three hits to return the ball. The first hit after the block may be executed by any player including the one who has touched the ball during the block. If you only have one hand up and the ball touches it, this will be counted as one of your three hits and not a block.
A serve is lost when:
- The ball hits any net on a serve.
- The ball does not pass over the centre net.
- Players do not serve in rotation.
- The ball is served outside the service area.
- The ball is not served correctly by being released before being hit.
- The server uses two hands to hit the ball when serving.
- A player on the serving team interferes with an opposition player preventing them from playing their shot.
- A player on the serving team touches the centre net at any time during play with any part of their body.
- A player on the serving team plays the ball twice in a row (except in a block or simultaneous contact with an opposition player).
- The serving team hits the ball more than three times before it returns over the net. The exception to this rule is an attempted block.
- Each team is limited to three consecutive hits, other than in a block.
- The ball must be hit with the arms or hands. If the ball is unintentionally hit with any other part of the body above the waist it is not a foul, but will be considered one of the team’s three permitted hits. Deliberate heading of the ball is considered a foul.
- If the ball hits a player below the waist it is a foul.
- A player is only permitted to reach over the net when playing a defending shot with both hands.
- If the ball is hit with an open hand (or hands) it must be a clean sharp hit with one fluent motion and must not be lifted, pushed, scooped orthrown. All of these shots will be considered carries. If both hands contact the ball and they are not interlocked or overlapping one another this is also considered a carry. The exception is a set. The carry rule may be relaxed slightly for lower graded teams at the umpire’s discretion.
- A set is when the hands and ball are above the chin and the ball is hit simultaneously with the fingers on both hands, not with open palms.
- The ball must be controlled when set. The ball must not spin backwards. This will be called a double as the ball is deemed to have rolled off the hands rather than being hit cleanly. This rule may be relaxed for lower graded teams at the umpire’s discretion.
- If the ball hits one hand before the other in a set, this will be called a double.
- Teams can only score a point off their own serve. The serve passes to the opposing team when the point is lost.
- Substitutions in any match are only allowed between games unless an injury occurs.
- If there is any external interference with the game, play has to be stopped and the rally is replayed.
- All nets can be used in general play, except when serving.
- If the ball is driven into the net with such force that it causes it to touch an opponent, this is not considered a net touch.
- Kicking the ball is dangerous to other players and is not allowed at any time. An offence will result in an automatic loss of serve and if continued the deduction of a point or send off at the umpire’s discretion.
- Players unnecessarily abusing the centre or surrounding nets will be sent off.
- Climbing on nets will not be tolerated and can result in a send off at the umpire’s discretion.
- All players must remove excess sand from the ball before serving.
- Players must not intimidate or abuse the umpire or any other player.
Controlling the Game
- The game is controlled by an umpire who keeps score and keeps track of the time.
- In any sport, there are close calls where players will disagree, but the umpire’s decision is always final.
- Any arguing with or abuse directed at the umpire will not be tolerated, and can result in a point reduction or a send off at the umpire’s discretion.
- Players must accept the umpire’s decisions with sportsmanlike conduct.
Awarding of Points
- Points are awarded for each competition match and determined by a win and bonus points system.
- Points are awarded as follows:
2 points for each game won
1 point for each game drawn
1 bonus point for each 10 points scored in a game
- A team is awarded 6 points for a match where the opposition team forfeits. A fill-in team will be arranged to play in this situation and the game must be played to receive these points.