Grande Prairie Beach Volleyball League rules are based on Volleyball Canada rules which are based on FIVB rules. FIVB rules are international rules applying to the FIVB pro beach tour and the Olympics. Some of our rules have been created to work within our time constraints or to compensate for the fact that our leagues and tournaments are not refereed. Where there is a discrepancy between the three sets of rules, Grande Prairie Beach Volleyball League rules will be deemed correct. You can buy a copy of
** Rules highlighted in PINK are new or updated for the 2023 Season **
League deposits ($50) are collected with registration fees and are returned at the end of the season. Teams will not receive their deposits back if:
a) they did not show up (default) for a scheduled league game
b) they do not rake their courts after last match
c) they do not play in playoffs during last week of play (without notice)
1. The Court
1.2 The net height is approximately 2.43m for Mens and Co-Ed 4s (top hook on posts) and 2.24m for Reverse Co-Ed 2s, Ladies 2s & Junior 2s (bottom hook on posts). Nets will be lowered slightly more for Junior 2s.
1.3 We will be using antennas on the nets. If antennas are not available, the net supports (posts) will act as the antennas. Inside the posts are considered live.
2.1 Players must not make derogatory remarks about or to opponents, other players or spectators.
2.2 Players must refrain from intentionally trying to distract an opponent who is playing or about to play the ball (
2.3 Players may not commit any act that delays the game unnecessarily.
2.4 Players must refrain from intentionally kicking or hitting the ball out of the play area.
2.5 Players may not intentionally or unintentionally screen an opposing player and must move if asked to do so.
2.6 Players are expected to behave appropriately and abide by all rules set out by Grande Prairie Beach Volleyball League.
3. Player Responsibility
3.1 Players must be on the court for the scheduled start of the match.
3.2 Players must call their own infractions/faults (
3.3 Each set/game will be played entirely on one side of the court. Teams will switch in the second set and may switch at 8 points in the third (if decided ahead of time).
3.4 Each team is allowed one (1 minute) timeout per game/set
3.5 Players must keep track of own score. Winners of each match must report scores to
4. Substitutions & Players per Team
4.1 Teams may have additional players on their roster (max 8 for Co-Ed 4s & max 4 for 2s teams). Rosters must be updated & completed by June 1, 2023.
*All Grande Prairie Beach Volleyball League participants (including subs) must read and agree to the GP Beach League Waiver Form in order to be sanctioned members of GPBVL. The waiver form needs to be submitted to league organizers prior to playing. Teams who are found with non-sanctioned players could be asked to leave the league without refund or warning. All participants (including subs) MUST complete both forms before playing any matches
*It is the responsibility of the Team Captain to inform all players (including substitutions) of any league updates &/or changes. Team Captains are also responsible for making sure that every player on their
4.2 Substitutions (players on your
4.3 Substitutions (players not on your
4.4 Substitute players
4.5 Substitute players may play on more than one team throughout the season (as long as they have signed our league waiver). However, a league player (player on a
Example: A league player
4.6 Players must be on the roster and have played at least 2 matches to compete in
5.1 The ball may be served from anywhere along the end line and between the outside edges of the sidelines.
5.2 Teams must alternate servers in order when they earn a side out. This does not mean that each person must play a certain position on the court. You may play the same position at all times (
5.3 Starting server must be determined for the first and third games/sets. We recommend spinning the ball to determine choice of
5.5 No player is allowed to screen the serve. If an opponent asks you to move because you are screening the
5.6 Let serves are permitted (
5.7 Eye contact will ensure opponents are ready before the serve.
6. Ball Contact
6.1 A ball may be contacted no more than 3 times per side.
6.2 A block counts as a contact EXCEPT in Co-Ed 4s.
6.3a Hard-driven balls (first contact) may be contacted multiple times if executed in one motion.
6.3b Non hard- driven balls (first contact) may not be received
6.4 Service reception may not be a set (overhand pass).
6.5 Service reception may not be a block, or an attack made when the ball is entirely above the top of the net.
6.6 The ball may contact any part of the body.
6.7 The ball may not be lifted, held, or come to rest in a players hands. This will be called a carried/held ball. This does not apply when in defense of a hard driven ball which can be held momentarily overhead with fingers.
6.8 Open hand tips are not permitted. An open hand tip is any ball that is played over the net with the fingertips of one hand.
7. Setting (Overhand pass)
7.1 The ball must be contacted simultaneously
7.2 Players in all divisions may set the ball over the net provided their shoulders are perpendicular to the ballâs line of flight (front and back sets apply).
Example #1: You set a ball over the net, deep into the back of the court.
The ball is live provided it is pushed forward or backward perpendicular to your shoulders.
Example #2: You set a ball at a sharp angle to the net and it just goes over. Your partner may or not be near.
The ball is live provided it is pushed forward or backward perpendicular to your shoulders.
8.1 A player, through his/her own momentum may not contact the net. NO CONTACT WITH THE NET IS PERMITTED AT ANY TIME.
8.2 Net contacts will be permitted provided it was caused by a force other than the players momentum (
8.3 Hair does not count as net contact.
8.4 Contacts with the net supports (posts) are not faults.
9. Play Around the Net
9.1 A ball completely crossing the net below the net or entirely outside the antennas (posts) may be recovered within the limits of the 3 team contacts.
9.2 A ball completely crossing the net above the net and within the antennas (posts) may not be recovered.
10. Reaching Beyond the Net
10.1 A player is permitted to pass his/her hand beyond the net after his/her attack hit, provided that his/her
11. The Block
11.1 A block is defined as an attempt by a player(s) to interrupt the ball before, as, or just after it crossed the net.
The blocker must be within arms length of the net with his hand(s) over his shoulders.
11.2 A blocker may block a ball on the
A. After the opposing team has made its final
B. Any time the attacking team has directed the ball towards the opponents court
11.3 Players reaching over the net to block their opponents attempt to set up the ball will result in a fault.
11.4 A ball may be directed by a
11.5 Blocking the serve is not permitted.
12.1 Matches will be best of 3 sets, using
12.2 Winner of a set will be the first to 21 points for the first 2 sets and first
12.3 Reporting Scores - WINNERS of each match (including default wins) must record scores on schedule that is posted on our shed each night. Failure to do so, may result in a loss. If no scores are recorded, it will be assumed that the higher ranked team won. Please circle the team name that won the match, followed by scores of each set.
13.1 If a team is 10 minutes late
13.2 If a team fails to show up for a league match, they will receive a warning from league organizers and a $50 default fine. If the same team repeats this
13.3 Reverse Co-Ed 2's will default unless they have 2 players on the court at all times (maximum of 1 guy).
13.4 Co-Ed 4's will default unless they have a min of 3 players on the court at all times (maximum of 2 guys).
14. Schedule & Tiering
14.1 Sundays: Reverse Co-Ed 2s
Mondays: Junior 2s (Tiers 1-3) & Co-Ed 4s
Tuesdays: Ladies 2s (Tiers 7-12)
Wednesdays: Ladies 2s (Tiers 1-6)
Thursdays: Junior 2s (Tiers 4-6) & Mens 2s
14.3 Teams will play 2 matches each league night/week (except Junior 2s, they play 3 matches).
14.4 All divisions are tiered and most have five teams in each tier. Teams will move or re-tier every 2 weeks (except Junior 2s, every week))
14.5 Top 2 teams from a tier will move up to the next highest tier and the bottom 2 teams will move down to the next lower tier. Teams that finish 3
14.6 Teams will be moving (re-tier) after weeks 2, 4, 6 & 8.
14.7 League schedule will be posted every 2 weeks as we re-tier.
14.8 Schedules & all league information
15.1 Official GPBVL ball is: Mikassa VLS300
15.2 League balls will be set out prior to the first match & must be put into
15.3 League balls are for league matches & teams warming up for the next match ONLY.
15.4 Team uniforms are encouraged, but not mandatory.
15.5 Nets will be up prior to first
15.6 Raking: Teams will be scheduled to rake the court after the last match of the evening. Teams that do not comply with this rule will be fined.
16. Standings &
1. Head to head match record
2. Head to head game/set record
3. Head to head point differential
4. Point differential for all league play in that
16.2 Playoff positions are determined by standings from the last
Playoff schedule will be available after Week 10.
16.3 After the playoff round, league championship awards will be given to teams winning GOLD in each division.
17. Weather & Rain Outs
17.1 League matches are played in RAIN or SHINE. Weather can change very quickly so do not assume that your scheduled match has been cancelled.
17.2 Teams must show up for their scheduled league match times. In extreme weather cases, a decision may be announced ahead of time. League matches will be cancelled ONLY if lightening or extraordinary weather conditions is threatening the area surrounding the South Bear Creek beach volleyball courts at the start time of league & not before. DO NOT play in lightening. If you start your match and then it begins to
Our Lightning Policy is being updated for the 2023 season and we are planning to implement the 30/20 Rule during game play (set out by the Canada Safety Council).
If thunder is heard within 30 seconds of seeing lightning, games will be postponed. All participants must leave the playing area and seek shelter in a building or an automobile. Never stand under trees, in an open field, or under an umbrella. Games will resume 20 minutes after the thunder and lightning have moved away. If thunder and lightning are still present 20 minutes after, the game will be cancelled and the score counts as it was when the game was stopped. Halfway point of the game must be reached (11 points by one team) for the game to count towards the league standing.
17.3 Air Quality Policy *new for 2023:
*If the AQHI is above 7, league play will be canceled or rescheduled
*If the AQHI is 4-6, adjustments can be made such as: additional timeouts, shortening match play (modify points)
18.1 League organizers & volunteers are not responsible for supervision of players during league matches (exception is Junior 2s Division).
18.2 Coaches and/or supervisors are not directly assigned to players and/or teams of this league (exception is Junior 2s Division) Parents & spectators are encouraged to watch during league
18.3 If you wish to learn more about how to play beach volleyball, check our website for beach clinics, camps and tournaments that may be offered.
19. Reverse Co-Ed 2's Rules:
19.1 Will be played on
19.2 Men must hit behind "attack line" (will be marked
19.3 Men (or players designated as men) CANNOT attack the ball in any way before the "attack line". A free ball can be sent over the net, but it must travel (at minimum) the height of the antenna.
19.4 Men can only block men, ladies can block men or ladies
19.5 All other GPBVL 2's rules apply
20. Junior 2's Rules:
20.1 Scoring: teams will play 1 set to 25 points matches (cap at 25) and play 3 matches each day
20.2 Net Hight: nets will be set on bottom hooks on posts and lowered slightly for Junior 2s Division
20.3 Substitute Players: teams must start 2 players for each match and can sub players into the game once your team has 15 points. Players are only allowed to enter the game once per set (not enter the game, then sub off again).
20.4 Modified Rules: Organizers reserve the right to modify any rule for Junior 2s Division. Example: Tiers 4-6 may have 1 step into the court while serving
20.5 Tiering: Tiers will each have 4 teams. Teams will move up or down based on how they finish in the tier that week. For example:
1st & 2nd teams will stay
3rd & 4th teams will move down to Tier 2
1st & 2nd teams move up to Tier 1
3rd & 4th teams move down to Tier 3
1st & 2nd teams move up to Tier 2
3rd & 4th teams move down to Tier 4 (played on Thursdays)
20.6 All other GPBVL 2's rules apply
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