Rules & Regulations

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Scoring
Co-Ed Play Guidelines
Scorekeeping
League Schedule
Setup & Breakdown
Promptness & Forfeiture
Substitution
Sportsmanship & Conduct
Dispute Resolutions

Scoring

Best of 2 out of 3 games, up to 25 points. No point spread; teams do not have to win by 2 points - first one to 25 points wins the game. One point is given if you get the ball on the opponents' court, regardless of who serves. The third game will always be played, up to 25 points, or "time" (when your hour is up) - whichever comes first. If a team has won the first 2 games, then they've won the match, and the third game is for fun. If each team has won one game, then the tiebreaking third game will be up to 25 points, or "time" (when your hour is up) - whichever comes first. If the latter occurs, then whoever has the most points, wins. If it's a tie at "time" then whoever scores the next point wins.

Co-Ed Play Guidelines

This is a co-ed league, and all teams have been set up so that they are basically 50% women, 50% men. The following rules have been developed to address the issue of fairness among players.

Rotating In:
Co-captains will set a line-up for each match, and players will be rotated in according to that line-up. The line-up should mix up the men and women, so that there are always both men and women on the court.

Plays:
A bump-set-spike play, or any other play, may be played by all women, or all men. However, a match may not be dominated by a small group of players. The co-captain will ensure that all players are given fair play, treatment and time.

Serving:
Co-captains determine the first serve by coin-toss, or other acceptable methods. Serves may be underhand or overhand. Jump Serves are not allowed.

Receiving Serve:
There must be a minimum one hit, and maximum of three hits to get the ball over the net. No blocking or spiking the serve. Note that according to the International Rules (Section 10.2.1) The ball may touch any part of the body. This means that kicked or even headed balls are actually legal hits.

Boundary Lines:
If the ball hits the line, it is in. If the ball hits the antenna on either end of the net, it is out. The ball may only hit the ceiling if it does not then cross the net. Hitting any other surface other than the net results in a point to the receiving team, whether or not the ball crosses the net.

Under/Over Net Positions:
Hands may go under or over the net, but may not touch the net (incidental touches will be overlooked if they do not interfere with the play).
Feet may not cross the line into the opponents' court.

Scorekeeping

Co-captains are responsible for keeping track of points and match results, and reporting those results to Bret Krasnov within 48 hours of the match. Bret will record results, and organize the playoffs (in May) in accordance with those results as scheduled (see the schedule). The match results will be posted here. The rankings are calculated every week based on the match results (although the games won and lost are also tracked on the results page). If there is a tie in the rankings that needs to be resolved prior to playoffs, the resolution will be handled by first comparing the total games won, and (if that does not resolve the tie) second by looking at the record of play between the two teams in question. If neither of those methods resolves the tie, it will be resolved with a coin toss.

Bret Krasnov
brett5355@verizon.net
(215) 743-0400

League Schedule (detailed schedule)

The captain of your team is responsible for notifying team members and permanent alternates of the league schedule. The league plays every Tuesday evening at the Friends Select School (16th and the Ben Franklin Parkway). Two matches will be played simultaneously, see team schedule page for times and dates.

Setup & Breakdown

One team member from each of the four teams scheduled to play the first game must arrive 20 minutes prior to play, to assist in setting up the poles, nets. The co-captains are to assign this responsibility. One team member from each of the four teams scheduled to play the last game should assist putting away the poles, nets. The co-captains are to assign this responsibility. The poles are kept in the corner of the gym. If the assigned member is not present on his/her day of set-up/break-down duty, then the permanent alternate filling in for that team member will assume that responsibility. If no permanent alternate is filling in, then it is the responsibility of the assigned member to arrange for someone to assume their set-up/break-down duty.

Promptness & Forfeiture

It is essential that all team members and permanent alternates are on time and ready to play at the designated time in order to avoid forfeiture. When 6 or more players are present, then 6 players must be on the court. If 4 players are present, then the game may proceed with just 4 players, and other players will be added and substituted in as they arrive. If 3 or less players from a team are present at 10 minutes after the designated hour for play, then the game is forfeited, and the opposing team wins by forfeiture. At that point, captains may use their discretion in playing a game with all present players, which would not count toward the records for playoffs.

Substitution

Substitution: Non-league members may not fill in for absent team members. League members from other teams may fill in for absent team members on a occasional basis (no more than 3 times per season). Teams may not bring in anyone from other teams during the playoffs.

Sportsmanship & Conduct

There will be no referees or line judges used in this league. Therefore, it is up to the players of this league to play fairly, cooperatively and to conduct themselves in a way that is conducive to the purely recreational, and fun nature of this league. At least one co-captain will be present at each game, who will be responsible for settling any disputes should they arise. A replay is the preferred method of resolving disputes. Any complaints regarding unsavory conduct should be registered with the co-captains.

If the issue is not settled with the co-captains, the complaint should then be brought to Alan Neilson. See "Dispute Resolution" for more information.

Dispute Resolution

If a complaint cannot be resolved by the co-captains, the issuer of the complaint should then approach Alan Neilson with the complaint. He will discuss the matter with the Board, and render a decision as to how to handle the matter. Such decisions may include expulsion or suspension from the league, without reimbursement of membership fees.

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