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Walleyball Rules

Walleyball matches are self-officiated, with scores being reported to the IM East Building supervisor at the end of each match.

  1. Each match is played best 2 out of 3 games. Each game ends at 25 points (rally scoring), must win by 2 points.

  2. The service area is 3 feet from each end of the court.

  3. Time outs must be called by team captains, only at end of point played.

  4. Limit: 2 time outs, 30 seconds each per match.

  5. If more than 2 time outs are called then other team is awarded one point or a side out.

  6. Rock/paper/scissors will determine the first service. Second game service is awarded to the other team. Third game service, if necessary, is awarded to the team that did not serve game 2.

  7. Out of bounds is when a ball while crossing the net hits the ceiling, back wall of opponent’s side or two walls consecutively on a service, volley, or block.

  8. Ceiling and back wall on own side is in bounds if own player touches it.

  9. Server cannot spike or block in four person play.

  10. If the sever catches the ball on service toss, the sever can replay the serve.

  11. The service must be a clean contact with the ball. Pushing the ball or rolling the ball off the fingers (paint brush) is not allowed.

  12. If the ball is only partly across the net, and the opponent hits it, it is good.

  13. Touching the net is not allowed by players, unless the ball is driven into the net and the net hits the player.

  14. In the attack, the player must contact the ball before the ball has completely crossed over the net.

  15. Blocker(s) can reach over the net to block, providing the other team has made its third contact of the ball.

  16. The opponent cannot block the set or serve. If any part of the ball has crossed the vertical plane, a free ball is in effect, and both teams are entitled to it.

  17. If two opposing players touch the net simultaneously the point is replayed.

  18. A ball crossing below the net, across the vertical plane, can be played back by your side it as long as it does not exceed three hits.

  19. A ball on the vertical plane above the net is open to both sides.

  20. A Ball passing through the side openings of the net on any contact is a side out.

  21. A double hit is only allowed on a block, or the return of a hard driven hit.

  22. If a ball is touched on a block, the team still has 3 hits and the blocker can make any of these hits.

  23. Contacting two or more walls is allowed only by the team in possession of the ball on their own side, provided a player on that team touches the ball first. The ball must also be touched by another player before going over on multiple wall hit.

  24. Holding, pushing, scooping, lifting, or carrying the ball is not allowed, it must be a clean hit.

  25. Holding the ball at the top of the net by both sides is a replay.

  26. If two players on the same team, hit the ball simultaneously, it counts as one hit and either player can play the next hit.

  27. No climbing, using the walls, or players assisting each other to gain height at the net.

  28. A ball can hit the back wall and over the net directly (when being played by your side), but if two walls are touched, another player must touch it before going over the net.

  29. If a ball spins across to the opponent’s side of the net and back to yours on the 1st or 2nd hit, you can play your 2nd or 3rd hit. If it is on the 3rd hit that it spins back, loss of point occurs.

  30. An open hand dink of the ball is illegal; it must be a paint brush hit, a clean hit, closed fist, knuckle, cobra shot or spike.

  31. A ball cannot be contacted using the legs or feet.

  32. On a block, if two players touch the ball, the teams still has 3 hits.

  33. On a spike return, a double hit is allowed by the first player, but that player cannot make two attempts.

  34. Blocking or attacking a serve is legal.

The above basic rules are only to simplify the understanding of the game and should not in any way replace the interpretation of the official rule book.