City of Show Low

Recreation Services

Volleyball Rules




1.          REGISTRATION


A.            Minimum number of players to register is SIX.


B.            Maximum number is TWENTY.




Every team must submit a team roster prior to their first scheduled game.  A player may be added or deleted from a roster until the date printed on the game schedule. At this time rosters will be frozen.  To add or delete players from a roster, a team representative must do so in person with the gym supervisor.  A player is not considered an “eligible player” until they have signed the roster/waiver.


A.        Any player information, which is not correct on a team’s roster, could result in the dismissal of that team from the league.  Coaches should, at all times, keep up-to-date records of their team's roster.  This practice can eliminate any questions as to whether a team member is eligible to play or not.


B.      Remember:  A player must be on a team's roster to play in any game.


C.          Players must have competed in at least two regular season  league games to participate in the season-ending tournament.  Forfeits do not constitute a played match.


D.         Players must be at least 15 years of age by the first game of the season to participate in the league or tournament.  A parent or guardian must sign the roster/waiver for those players under the age of 18.



4.         CONDUCT


All persons directly or indirectly involved in our program are expected to act in an adult-like manner.  Games may be forfeited due to poor behavior. 




Game time is forfeit time for the first game in the match.  Fifteen minutes past game time is forfeit of the second game.  Thirty minutes past game time is forfeit of third game and match.  A team may be dropped from the league after three forfeits.




Each league match will consist of 3 games and each game counts as 1 point in the standings.  In tournament play, best of 3 games will be in effect.  Third game will be rally scoring to 11 or 15 depending on time.


League standings will be updated and available to you after 1:00pm each day following your match at the recreation office.  You may call 532-4140 or stop by the Recreation Offices located at the Aquatic Center.  Standings will also be available from your gym supervisor.


We reserve the right, at anytime, to change your division or league to facilitate fair and balanced play.




A.         League:  Overall season record will determine the champion and the runner-up teams in league.


B.         Tournament:  All teams will generally participate in the post- season tournament.


8.         INSURANCE


Medical insurance is the responsibility of the team or individual.  The City of Show Low DOES NOT carry medical insurance for these teams.


9.         PROTESTS


League game protests are discouraged and will not be accepted on judgment decisions. Protests will be handled by gym supervisor. If protests cannot be settled at that time, complete the following process:


A.       Protest must be written and submitted to the Show Low Recreation Offices during the next business day.


B.       A $10.00 hearing fee will be required and must accompany protest...refundable if honored.


C.       All protests including illegal player protests must be made before match is completed.  NO PROTEST WILL BE ACCEPTED ONCE A MATCH IS COMPLETED.




The game referee will do the scorekeeping.


  1. GAMES


Three games constitutes a match.  The team that reaches 15 points with a two-point advantage wins the game.  The third game may be played to either 11 or 15 rally points depending on the time remaining.  The referee will determine the third game point structure. 




*  Play until the whistle is blown by the referee.  Teams that intentionally stop play will be issued a side-out.


A.   RULES:  National Federation of High School Rules will govern all matches, with the exception of the rules listed below.


B.    TIMING:  A 60-minute time limit will be in effect for each match. The third game will play rally scoring to 15 or 11 depending on time.


C.    TIME-OUTS:  Each team will be allowed two (2) thirty second time-outs per match.



D.  SUBSTITUTIONS:  A team may elect to substitute by rotation method or player method.  Notify official as to which method will be used.  When rotating in new players, men must rotate in for men and women for women.


E.   SERVICE/COURTSIDE:  A coin toss will determine service or courtside choice.  The team winning first service will be receiving in the second game.  If a third game is played another coin toss will be necessary to determine service or courtside.

F.    THE SERVE:  Players may serve anywhere between the sidelines and behind the back line.  Service is not limited to the server corner.  Players must wait for the referee to blow the whistle before serving the ball.  Serving before the referee whistle will result in a side out.  An errant toss must drop cleanly to the floor for a second service attempt to be allowed. The white lines around the perimeter of the court are the official game boundaries.  Foot faults will be called when the server’s foot touches the line before contacting the ball.  Setting or attacking a serve is ILLEGAL and will be called; however, players may block a serve. 


G.   SPIKING/BLOCKING:  Spiking and Blocking are allowed only when the spiker/blocker is in the front row.  All back row players may not attack the ball above the net in front of the 10’ line.  A player is not allowed to attack the ball on the opposite side of the net.  A ball may be attacked as soon as some part of the ball breaks the vertical plane of the net. 

BLOCKING:  Front line players only may take part in a block.  A block does not constitute a hit.  The team shall have the right to 3 more contacts with the ball in order to return it to the opponent’s side.  Any player participating in a block shall have the right to make the next contact with the ball.

BLOCK:  Player is defending an attack from the opposing side.  Skill is performed with a two-hand contact on the ball.  There is no wind-up and no follow-through.

SPIKING:  Player attacks the ball using a one-armed hit.  Motion begins with some type of back swing or wind-up and finishes with a follow-through of the arm.



It is suggested that teams have six players on the court at game time.  A team may play with a minimum of four players to avoid a forfeit.  In tournament play, a team must play with a minimum of five players to avoid a forfiet.



a.       The ball must be cleanly hit.  When, in the opinion of the official, the ball comes to rest at contact, the player committed a foul.

b.       Player can contact the ball with the heels of the hands or closed fists.


a.       Ball visibly comes to rest.

b.       Held Ball

c.       Carrying, pushing or throwing the ball

d.       Successive hits (i.e. hands then chest)

e.       Using fingers for underhand hit.

K.   THE NET:  A ball can be played off the net.  Stepping on or over the line under the net constitutes a foul.  Touching the net with a players hands or body is illegal.  A serve will be called a side-out if it touches the net.


L.   RETURN:  The ball may be played off the ceiling when hit by own teammate.  Any ball hitting the ceiling after going over the net is a dead ball as are any balls hitting the basketball backboard.




1.  Player Ration – There must be an equal (or more) number of women on the court as men or at least one man on the court to begin play.

2.   Return – In the event that a ball is hit two or more times before going over the net, a female must contact the ball at least once before it is returned.




A team that forfeits a game without 24-hour notice must pay a $10 forfeit fee to the Show Low Recreation Office, 1100 W. Deuce of Clubs, before their next scheduled game in order to play that game.  No further notification to pay this forfeit fee will be given.  A team with three forfeits may be dropped from the league without a refund.


Forfeits will de declared for one or more of the following infractions:


A.    Not having the required number of players ready at game time.


B.    Illegal players (players not on a roster, players using assumed names, or ineligible players) participating.  Teams using illegal players will have games affected declared forfeits.


C.    Misconduct on the part of the players, coaches, team managers or members of other teams in the program, before, during or after a contest.


D.    Failure to submit a legal roster prior to team’s first scheduled game.


E.    Failure to provide adequate supervision of young children.


All communication from teams to league supervisor and referee must come through team captain.  Captains shall be identified before each regulation game to your game official.


A.    Your league schedule will be available from the recreation offices or from your Gym Supervisor.

B.    Make sure our office has a correct mailing address and coach’s phone number for your team at all times.

C.    Once schedules are made the games will proceed as scheduled.  No game/games will be rescheduled for the convenience a team or teams.

D.   If a game is cancelled due to gym/field concerns or any other situation out of our control (i.e. weather, school scheduling conflicts, evacuations, etc.) the game will be rescheduled during the next available time for our gym/fields and staff.

E.    Tournament games may be played any night of the week (except Sunday).  There will be no rearrangement of the schedule for the convenience of a team


In order to remain on schedule each night at the gym, it is necessary that each team be responsible for the following:

A.    Arrive for your scheduled game at least 10 minutes prior to game time.

B.    Locate gym supervisor and fill out game line-up immediately.  No games will be played without line-up’s filled out.

C.   Coaches are responsible for player eligibility.  A player must be on your    

team’s roster to participate in a game.  


19.           AWARDS

Varies for season to season.

20.          UNIFORMS

Uniforms are encouraged but not required.

21.          CHILDREN AT THE GYM

Children must be supervised at all times.  Children are required to stay by the bleachers and cannot play with any of the apparatus in the gym.

            1st & 2nd offense – Warning

            3rd offense – 1 point awarded to opposing team

            4th offense – Forfeiture of game

22.           SUPERVISION

A.     Recreation Director:  Jason Mangum, 532-4133

B.     League Coordinator:  Terri Wade, 532-4143

C.     A gym supervisor/referee will be responsible for your game operation.

D.    Show Low Parks & Recreation, 1100 W. Deuce of Clubs, Show Low, AZ 85901, 928-532-4140



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