Rules of the Game
- A set (except the deciding 3rd set) is won by the team which first scores 21 points with a minimum lead of two points. In the case of a 20-20 tie, play is continued until a two-point lead is achieved (22-20; 23-21; etc).
- The match is won by the team that wins two sets.
- In the case of a 1-1 tie, the deciding 3rd set is played to 15 points with a minimum lead of 2 points.
- Contact with the net by a player between the antennae, during the action of playing the ball, is a fault. The action of playing the ball includes (among others) take-off, hit (or attempt) and landing.
- When the ball is driven into the net, causing it to touch an opponent, no fault is committed.
- FIVB, World and Official Competitions must be played with FIVB approved balls which is in the 2016 season – MIKASA VLS 300
- Colour: light colours or a combination of colours.
- Circumference: 66 to 68 cm.
- Weight: 260 to 280 g.
- Inside pressure: 0.175 to 0.225 kg/cm2 (171 to 221 mbar or hPa).
- The teams switch after every 7 points (Set 1 and 2) and 5 points (Set
- 12 seconds shall be the maximum time from the end of a rally to the whistle for service under normal playing conditions
- Each team may request a maximum of one time-out per set.
- For FIVB, World and Official Competitions, in sets 1 and 2, one additional 30-second “Technical Time-Out” is applied automatically when the sum of the points scored by the teams
equals 21 points.
- All intervals last one minute
- the top of net is set at the height of 2.43 m for men and 2.24 m for women.
- the sand must be at least 40 cm deep
- The playing court is a rectangle measuring 16 x 8 m
- All lines are 5 cm wide