Great Lakes Region Beach Volleyball Rules of Play
From the USAV Great Lakes Region website:
(Changes to the USAV rules are based on the Great Lakes Region's belief that they enhance play. We constantly evaluate our rules.)
Officiating: Teams self-officiate their games. Players are on the honor system. That means players call their own faults, not the opposing team.
What happens if a team fails to call an egregious fault? In this situation, the opposing team may courteously ask, “Any fault?” Further, the unbiased team keeping score will have the right to demand a replay but can never call a fault. If bias among the score-keeping team is alleged, the tournament director will have the right to replace the team keeping score.
Special Safety Rules
1. To avoid injury, players may never touch the net when the ball is in play (except hair - not head).
2. To avoid injury, players may not enter another court, if occupied, to chase down a ball that's in play.
3. To avoid injury, when a ball enters the court and poses a safety threat (good faith belief), any participant in the match (players and scorekeepers) can (and should) call "ball on," thus ending the rally. The result is a replay.
Specific Rules of Play
As noted, USAV Beach Rules of Play govern, with the following changes, clarifications and modifications:
1. The winner of a game of chance (rock-paper-scissors) chooses side or serve.
2. Switch sides at each 7-point interval.
3. Teams get two 60-second timeouts per game.
4. A block counts as a contact.
5. Open-hand dinks/tips are faults. Fists, knuckles and rolls are legal.
6. Players get one toss per serve (except for 14 and 12 and under in some cases).
Key Rules Highlighted
1. The Successive Contact Rule: On the team’s first contact, it’s legal for the ball to strike two or more parts of a defender's body during a single action to play the ball as long as it’s a ricochet/bump (fingers/open hand action is not involved.) USAV R.13.4.3b
2. The Sand Dig. A hard-driven ball may be momentarily held and/or doubled with finger action. USAV R.13.4.2a
The BEACH BALL Hand Set Rules:
1. We encourage handsets. Our guidelines: Sets must be made from in front of the player's head and above the chin (and with limited spin).
2. To avoid disputes, players on defense may not hand set the serve.
3. If setting the ball over the net, the player must set the ball in the direction s/he is facing, or directly behind, with shoulders square to the body (perpendicular to the line of one's shoulders) and without twisting the body. USAV R.17.2.5.
4. An inadvertent set, a hand set to your partner that drifts over the net, is a fault.
The BEACH BALL "No Hands" Rule
Either team may impose the "No Hands" Rule whereby handsets in that game for both teams are banned. That means all hand sets are faults. This rule may be implemented at any time during the game. Sand digs are still allowed.
Spectator Code of Conduct
Parents, coaches and spectators may cheer but not interfere. Coaching may take place during timeouts and between games. Derogatory comments directed towards anyone are banned. Violations can result in a loss of points or even the match.
Sometimes the line between cheering and coaching becomes blurred. Here are some guidelines to help distinguish between the two.
Cheering: Positive, abstract comments to motivate the players:
“Flush away that mistake.”
Coaching: Specific instructions:
“Guard the line.”
“Put up a block.”