5th & 6th Grade Rules
5th & 6th Grade Division
Standard Rules for all recreational grades
Standard Volleyball Rules Violations
- 6 players on a team. 3 in the front and 3 in the back. Positions must not overlap.
- Maximum of three hits per side.
- A player may not hit the ball twice in succession. A block does not count as a hit.
- Ball may be played off the net. May not play own serve out of net.
- A ball hitting a boundary line is "in".
- A ball is "out" if it hits
- an antennae
- the floor completely outside the court
- any of the nets or cables outside the antennae
- the referee stand or pole
- the ceiling above a non-playable area
- A player may contact the ball with any part of a player’s body.
- It is illegal to catch, hold or throw the ball.
- If two or more players contact the ball at the same time, the contact is considered one play and either player involved may make the next contact.
- A player cannot block or attack a serve from on or inside the 10 foot line.
- The officiating crew will be made up of one or two refs(if two refs, one designated the head ref), line judges, scorer, and scorer assistant.
- During competition, ref decisions will be final.
Rules Specific to LTYA Volleyball
- The result of a rule violation is a point for the opponent.
- When serving, stepping on or across the service line as you make contact with the serve.
- Failure to serve the ball over the net successfully.
- Contacting the ball illegally, i.e. lifting, carrying, throwing.
- Touching the net with any part of the body while the ball is in play. The exception to this is if the ball is hit into the net with such force that it causes the opposing player to touch the net, no foul is called and play continues.
- When blocking a ball from the opponents court, contacting the ball when reaching over the net is a violation if both:
- the opponents have not used 3 contacts and
- they have a player there to make a play on the ball.
- When attacking a ball coming from the opponents court, contacting the ball when reaching over the net is a violation if the ball has not yet broken the vertical plane of the net.
- Crossing the court centerline with any part of your body. Must be the entire body part for a violation. i.e. Whole hand or foot.
- Serving out of order. One warning per game will be given.
- Back row player blocking - when back row player is near the net and has part of his/her body above the net.
- Back row player attacking - when ball at contact point is inside 10 foot line.
- Court size shall be 60 feet by 30 feet.
- Net height will be 7 feet 4 inches for 5th and 6th grade and approximately 6 foot 10 inches for 3rd and 4th grade.
- Court sizes and net height may be adjusted as necessary based on playing facility.
- All games will use a Rally scoring method. One point scored for each time the ball is served in play.
- Matches are best 2 out of 3 games.
- First 2 games are played to 25 points. If a third game is necessary, it will be played to 15 points.
- A team must win by 2 points.
- At the beginning of the first game, a coin toss will determine which team serves first. The loser of the coin toss will serve at the start of the second game. A separate coin toss will determine who serves in the event of a tie breaker.
- Overhand, Underhand, and Sidearm serves are allowed as long as contact is legal.
- Ball must be clearly visible.
- Players will have 2 potential chances to serve on their first point they serve. If the initial serve fails to go over the net or land in play, the player will get an additional serve for the first point only. If the very 1st serve goes into play the player will only serve again if their team scores a point.
- Players may allow a tossed ball to drop only once. A second tossed and dropped ball will count as a serve. Any contact with ball including catching the toss will count as a serve.
- Players should serve within 15 seconds of the ref’s signal(whistle or hand).
- 5th and 6th grades will rotate servers after 5 points are scored.
- 5th and 6th grades will serve behind a mid court line (this may vary based on gym facilities).
- Foot faults will be called. Referees may give one warning prior to enforcement.
- Players will have a continual rotation. There are no substitutions with the exception of illness or injury.
- From the server position, players will rotate in a clockwise fashion after the serve is won. No rotation is required for the first point of the first game.
- At the end of the first and second games, players will maintain their positions and switch sides to the same position.
- The server at the end of game one or game two must rotate to a new position in the subsequent game regardless of the number of points they scored in the winning game.
- If a third game is played teams will maintain positions and switch sides after one team has achieved 8 points.
- Coaches are not allowed on the court at anytime during play.
- Referees, score keepers, and line judges may be parents, siblings or other volunteers. These positions may be filled by anyone as long as they are in 7th grade or older during 5th/6th grade games. And 5th grade or older for 3rd/4th grade games. (Adults with good vision, good integrity, good judgement and a cool head preferred).
- Each team may take two 30 second timeouts per game. Teams will be alerted at 30 secs with a buzzer or whistle to return to the court. A second warning if necessary will be given within 10 secs of the first warning. If players have not returned to the court the team will stand in violation.
- Teams may play a game with 5 players as long as all players are playing. A team with less than 5 players will be considered a forfeit.
- Violations are enforced by the referees usually by awarding a point to the other team. Loss of serve will occur with this. Excessive abuse by coaches or players may result in forfeit.
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