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Volleyball Rules

Players / Rosters

  1. ROSTER SIZE - Rosters will be allowed an unlimited amount of players.
  2. SIGNED ROSTERS – Captains are responsible for making sure that each player signs their roster, registers his/her social security number and supplies a valid Coyote One card at game time. The captains also understand and realize that the Department of Campus Recreation DOES NOT HAVE OR PROVIDE MEDICAL INSURANCE in the event a player is injured during the course of the season. In addition, the team captain is responsible to assure that each player reads and fully understands the entire waiver form and that each participant signs and completes the waiver form. Players not filling out their roster sheet or waiver form will be ineligible for that week's game.
  3. ADDITIONAL PLAYERS - Teams may add or delete players on their rosters until the end of the third week of the season. These changes must be made the day prior to your game.
  4. MINIMUM PLAYERS (Men division) - 6 rostered players shall constitute a full team. Teams may start with 2 players and must maintain a minimum 2 rostered players in the game at all times, otherwise a forfeit will occur.
  5. MINIMUM PLAYERS (Coed division only) - 6 rostered players shall constitute a full team. Teams may start with 2 players and must maintain a minimum 2 rostered players in the game at all times, otherwise a forfeit will occur. The following are the only combinations allowed:
Roster Combinations
Women Men
4 1 or 2
3 1, 2 or 3
2 1, 2 or 3
1 1


Forfeit Fees

All teams that fail to show up for their games automatically forfeit the game.  Teams that do not inform the Intramural department at least one full day before their game that they are unable to attend will be assessed a forfeit fee.  Teams will not be allowed to play in the league until that fee has been paid.  Two forfeits from a team regardless if they are consecutive or not will result in that team being removed from the league.


  1. Pants, shorts, sweats, etc. may be worn with pockets and belt loops as long as safety is not put at risk. In general, any kind of attire is acceptable to participate in as long as the safety of the individual and other participants is not put in question.
  2. Jewelry is not allowed - PERIOD! Placing tape over any type of jewelry on any part of the body (ear, nose, eyebrow, etc.) is not allowed, as the jewelry is still present, and presents a safety concern to both the player wearing the jewelry as well as the opponent.
  3. Shoes - All players must wear an enclosed "tennis-type" shoe. Shoe that mar floors or leave marks may not be worn.
  4. The Department of Recreational Sports will provide the game balls for all scheduled games.

Special Rules


  1. Serves cannot be blocked.
  2. "Dinking" the ball is allowed.
  3. A player may cross under the net as long as no physical or visual interference occurs.
  4. SERVING: a coin flip decides who serves first. In the event of a 1-1 game tie, a coin flip will decide who serves first in the rally game.


  1. The net height shall be 7' 4".
  2. Men can hit the ball at or behind the 10' line.
  3. Any player can block any non-service ball.
  4. A minimum of 2 players constitutes a team (please refer to section 13 on Players/Rosters).
  5. The serving order must be alternated, male, female, etc. or female, male, etc.
  6. There are no restrictions on which players must make ball contact. There are no penalties on only men making ball contact.
  7. There are no restrictions on the positioning of males and/or females on the court.


All teams (with the exception of teams dropped due to 2 forfeits) will have an opportunity to qualify for the playoffs.

Banned Players

The Department of Recreational Sports reserves the right to ban any player, coach, spectator, or participant from further participation for an indefinite time period due to any misconduct and/or unsportsmanlike conduct.


Only CURRENT students, staff, faculty, and alumni association members are eligible to participate. A student must have paid his/her fees, which include a portion that is directed toward the Department of Recreational Sports.

A player may play for only one team per league/per day. A player who has played on more than one team without explicit authorization will have all games they played in count as losses, including games played on for their "original team".

If any player is found ineligible for any reason all of the games that he/she has participated in will count as losses.

Teams who have players on their roster who have either been a member of a collegiate team or a professional team must get approval of Recreational Sports before the season begins.

Any team with two or more current or former collegiate and/or professional players, of the sport being played, on their rosters must advise the Department of Recreational Sports in advance and before the program begins. If this is not done, all games played with or without the current/former collegiate and or professional players will be considered losses. The intent of this rule is to make all other participants aware of the circumstances, and to make modifications (if necessary) for championship awards.

Further Information

If you have further questions or concerns please contact us.


Each member of the championship team will receive a Department of Recreational Sports Intramural Championship t-shirt at the conclusion of the program

Communication With Officals

COMMUNICATION WITH OFFICIALS - Only the team captain/coach is allowed to have communication with the game officials. Should a certain player(s) have questions/concerns, they should be directed to the officials via the captain/coach ONLY.

Line Judges

Each team playing is requested to provide a person to assist the head official in calling lines. If neither team can provide a Line Judge, the head official will call lines the best as they can from their vantage point. Head official has final call over line judges.


Sec. 1 The notification of the intent to protest must be made immediately before the ball is put into play, or the play will no longer be protested.

  1. The captain of the protesting team should immediately notify the official(s) that the game is being continued under protest. Officials will notify the opposing team captain or manager.
  2. All interested parties shall take notice of the conditions surrounding the making of the decision that will aid in the correct determination of the issue.

Protest shall be handed in writing to the Recreation Office the next working day. Failure to do so will also negate the protest.


The Referee will keep the official game score.

  1. A game consists of the first team to get 15 points. Teams must win by at least 2 points.
  2. Points may be scored only when you are serving during the first two games.
  3. A match consists of winning 2 out of 3 games.
  4. If the match goes to a 3rd game, rally scoring will be used (any team not faulting scores) to 25 points.

Student Identification

Every participant (faculty, staff and students) must provide evidence that they are members or have paid for a day pass.  All participants will be required to go to the gym and receive a wristband after passing through the turnstiles before their games. In an effort to simplify and make participation more accessible to all, the Intramural department of Recreational Sports requests that all team captains completes their rosters for each sport they are participating in (Names and Student ID number for each player) before the first week of contests. All players must also fill out a waiver form before they are allowed to play.

Rules of Play

Official volleyball rules as published by USA Volleyball, with certain exceptions as noted here in, will be used during league play.