Volleyball Tournament Rules and Policies

Mini-Tournaments

Mini-tournaments are structured to complete in approximately 4 hours.

Registration and Tournament Fees

We prefer you register for all tournaments through our online registration system which offers the ability to register only then pay cash, check or credit card during tournament check-in or register then pay credit card online immediately (more info).

Check-In

Tournament check-in begins forty-five (45) minutes prior to tournament start time.  Approximately 10 minutes prior to starting play, Tournament Director will have a brief meeting with the teams to discuss rules and answer any questions.

Tournament Play

Round Robin Pool Play.  Teams will be placed in pools according to their age (youth) or skill level (adult and family).  Each team will play other teams in their pool and will be guaranteed to play at least to a total of 63 points.  For 3-team pools, two rounds of one games to at least 16, no win by 2; 4-team pools, one game to 21, no win by 2; 5-team pools, one game to at least 16, no win by 2.  We may make adjustments to scoring in pool play based on number of teams registered in each division and time constraints.  Pool play usually concludes between 2 and 2 1/2 hours.

Single Elimination Bracket Play.  All teams usually go to bracket play but we may have to subdivide age groups based on court availability and time constraints.  In the event teams are tied after pool play, the teams will be seeded based on head to head then point differential – no play-off sets.  Bracket play is single elimination with teams playing one game to 21, win by 2 but cap at 25.  We may make adjustments to scoring in bracket play (i.e. do best 2 out of 3) based on number of teams registered and time constraints.  Pool play and bracket play should complete in approximately 4 hours.

Deciding Serve or Receive.  Rock, paper, scissors determines right to serve or to receive the serve

Tournament Desk.  A tournament director will be located at the tournament desk.  The tournament director will maintain the pools and setup the brackets based on pool play.  Teams will be given clipboards containing a score sheet, court numbers and teams. The scores of each game will be recorded on these score sheets. The score sheets for subsequent games on a particular court will be located at the tournament table too.  After each game, the winning team should make sure the score sheet has the scores for the game and return the completed score sheet to the tournament desk

Required Number of Players.  A team may play with five players in the 6×6 format, three players in the 4 x 4 format and with two players in the 3 x 3 format but note with coed division, rules apply with respect to number of gender required on the court (see Divisions for detail).  No substitutions are allowed with 2 x 2 format.

Service.  Server rotation is required. Teams may not attack a serve. The service line is the back end line on both sides of the court and runs the length of the end line. No screening is allowed, (blocking path of vision to the server). The ball may touch the net on serve as long as it goes over the net.

Switching Sides.  Due to certain conditions (i.e. sun in eyes, wind), teams switch sides every 8 (for games to 16), 6 (for games to 18) or 7 points (for games to 21 or any other score).

Time Outs. Each team is allowed one thirty second (:30) timeout per game. Time out may be called prior to server receiving ball on either side of court (between plays).

Referees.  Sand volleyball is self-managed.  For youth tournaments, we require youth to ref/score matches per a determined schedule.  For family and adult tournaments, we often waive this requirement.

Ball in Play.  Each team has up to three contacts at the ball before the ball returns to opposing team’s side of the court; blocks do not count as a contact in all divisions except 2×2 where the block does count as first contact. A player may not contact the ball two times in a row. Two players may contact the ball at the same time; however it is considered two hits. You cannot lift, double contact or throw the ball. A double contact is only allowed on a hard driven ball. On the service receive a “Single Contact” is required when playing the ball above the shoulders.   Technically you can receive a serve with your finger tips (“set the serve”) if perfectly clean but since this is primarily a self-ref sport and too subjective, we do not allow you to set the serve.  You can spike, roll, fist, knuckle or cobra a ball with your hand but you cannot push, tip or throw. If you set the ball over the net, the ball must travel directly in the path the shoulders are facing, with back or front (no deceptive setting).  USAV Outdoor Rules apply if not stated here.

Rainouts/Postponements/Other Tournament Cancellations

Our courts rarely rain out if heavy rain prior to start of a tournament due to its great drainage system.  However, we postpone tournaments if heavy rain and/or lightning during tournament and sometimes cancel tournament depending on how long the heavy rain and/or lightning will last.  Any notice concerning a rainout or other tournament cancellation or postponement prior to the start of the tournament will be emailed or texted to the team leader, whichever he or she prefers AND posted on The Beach’s home page (right sidebar – “Weather Updates”)  as soon as a decision is made.  If you have not received notification and unsure of the status, please call (469) 854-6800 or check the Website again before heading to The Beach for your games. The Beach does its best to provide you as much advance notice as possible but please keep in mind that weather is very unpredictable so we may not be able to make a weather decision until closer to a scheduled tournament time.  In the event a tournament has to be cancelled prior to the start of the tournament and the tournament cannot be rescheduled, all tournament fees will be refunded.

Uniforms

Uniforms are not required. Players must play barefoot or use some approved sand sock.