Indoor Volleyball Rules

Official Play In The Bay Sport & Social Indoor Volleyball Rules : Co-ed 6's


The beginning of the game will start with the PBSSC staff using an odd/even, or coin flip. The winning team will have one of two options, choose to serve first or choose which side they prefer to play on, (not both). Each match will consist of three games. Each game will count in the overall standings for regular season standings.



Matches will be played within the allotted time, (warm up time included). All games are played to 25 win by 2 or first to 27. One time-out per game, per team is allowed. Rally/speed scoring will be enforced. In Playoffs games will be played as the best 2 out of 3 to 25 win by 2 or first to 27. One time-out per game is allowed. The third game is subject to be shortened if time requires it.



Each team consists of 6 players on the court at one time (never more than 3 men on the court). If a team has either 5 or 4 players with a minimum of 2 women it will be considered a legal game. Teams may have as many players on their roster as they want. There is no maximum limit on the amount of females on the court at one time. All rosters must be finalized by the second week of the regular season. Players added after the second week not on the team roster or waiver will not be eligible for playoffs.



Teams will forfeit 1 game for every 10 minutes past the designated start time that they do not have the legal amount of players. If no players are present from a team by 15 minutes after the designated start time the entire match will be forfeited and the team that is present will receive all three wins of the match. Shorthanded teams may play a legal game with a minimum of 4 players (at least two females are needed). Teams fielding less than 4 players or without 2 women will receive a forfeit. Exception: Teams with less than 4 players or without 2 women may still play a legal game but only with the opposing teams consent. All teams consenting to play a legal game with less than the allowed minimum waive their right to a forfeit win. Teams may pick up players during the regular season in order to field a full team. Substitutes will not be allowed during playoffs.  Addiontionally, teams that do no show or give less than 24hr notice will be charged $50 and that will be sent to the offended team.



Teams will receive a schedule that will list when their team will play each week. Teams will be given an allotted amount of time (1 hour) to play 1 match (3 games). There is no designated warm-up time. Warm-up time is to be included in the allotted amount of time that teams will have for their match. Teams will decide if they wish to warm-up or not. The longer teams take/choose to warm-up the less time they may have to complete their match. Teams will have 10 minutes to field a team before they receive their first forfeit.



  • New Rule: Setting the serve is legal as long as the ball is not caught or carried.


  • A legal serve in PBSSC play is one that crosses the net and is either touched by an opposing player or lands within the opposing teams area of the court within the boundary lines. A serve that makes contact with the net and carries over to the opponents side of the net is a live serve and must be returned.


  • The server may not step on or over the end line until the ball has been contacted. The width of the service area is from sideline to sideline. The depth of the service area is infinite.


  • There is no male/female hitting rules. There can be no more than 3 males on the court at any time.


  • A defensive block does not count as one of the allowable contacts. A player may not reach over the net and touch the ball when it is on the other side of the net.


  • The serve may not be blocked or spiked.


  • Players can return the serve by:
    a. Bump pass

    1. Clasping their hands together
    2. A closed fist


  • No part of the body may touch the net at anytime unless a ball or person driven into the net causes the contact. Player contact with the net in a manner not directly relating to or affecting the course of play is not a violation. Contact with hair or part of the uniform will not be considered a fault.


  • Contact of the ball when spiking is legal only if a portion of the ball is in contact with the plane of the net or on the spikers side of the net. Spikers may follow through over the net after legal contact.


  • The ball must be cleanly hit when spiking with an open hand. Guiding or carrying is illegal.
    A carry is any use of an open hand(s) while making contact with the ball that is not in a firm manner.


  • Out of bounds is the area outside the designated court line, (some facilities may also have antennas attached to the net, at these facilities the antennas will be considered out of bounds as well). The line is in bounds.


  • If the ball hits the ceiling or basketball hoop it is still live if it comes back down onto the teams side that just hit it. If it lands on the opposing teams side, then the ball is dead and the team who hit the ball into the ceiling or basketball hoop loses the point. The ball is automatically dead anytime it hits the walls.


  • A player may touch but not completely cross over the center line with his/her foot.


  • The ball can contact any number of body parts down to, and including the foot.


  • USA VOLLEYBALL rules apply unless stated otherwise.




ALL GAMES WILL BE SELF-REFFED. There will be no obligation on the part of any participants or the on site staff to referee the games, however, the on site staff will be made available to help interpret rules or if there are any discrepancies between the two teams that need to be addressed.



If your team forfeits a match during the season, the following rules apply:

First Offense: Loss of three games and warning issued.

Second Offense: Loss of three games and staff reserves the right to remove team from playoffs.

Third Offense: Removal from the league.


If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game, we encourage you to inform us ASAP so as to help us schedule your opponent a game, however this does not mean that your team will not receive the loss as a forfeit.



The updated standings will be posted weekly online. The standings will display each teams rank within its skill level. Rank is based on winning percentage.



Playoffs will begin immediately following the end of the regular season and will typically last between 2 and 3 weeks. After teams have been seeded according to their records all captains will receive an email with the 1st week of playoff game times roughly 3 days before their league. Teams will not receive an email for any other weeks of playoffs! It is ALL TEAMS responsibility to check the playoff brackets at the league or online to find out what time they will be playing the following week if they win. In playoffs it is not uncommon, (and in some cases will be necessary), for teams to have more than one match in a given night. No substitues will be allowed during playoffs. All players must have signed the waiver by the second week of the season in order to be eligible for playoffs. All eligible teams will make the playoffs. Playoff eligible teams will be determined on a league by league basis. Teams that have violated the forfeit policy during the course of regular season will not be eligible for playoffs. In certain situations teams at or near the bottom of the standings may not advance to the playoffs. Check with GGSSC office to see if this applies to your league. Playoffs are single elimination and games are a best 2 out of 3 with a cap at 27. During playoffs teams will receive one forfeit every 10 minutes that they are unable to field a legal team. After they forfeit their second game the winning team will advance to the next round of playoffs. Substitutes will not be allowed during playoffs. Rally/speed scoring will still be enforced.


Seeding: Teams are seeded according to winning percentage and strength of schedule.

Teams may be dropped from their regular season level based on the above criteria. Teams may be moved to a higher division during the playoffs only if permission is granted by the PBSSC full time staff. Skill levels may be divided into separate divisions based upon size of level. Teams may play more than one game per day/night, and/or play games on days/nights other than your regularly scheduled league day/night if necessary. PBSSC reserves the right to schedule playoff games on days other than teams regularly scheduled league night. Any questions regarding rules, policies, or eligibility of players must be addressed before the start of the game. Any team that would like to challenge the eligibility of an opposing player must do so before the start of the playoff game. No protests will be considered valid after a game has started.



In order to participate in the league, each participant must sign the team waiver. Waivers are provided and must be completed and handed in no later than the first night of play. Players not present the first week of play will still be required to sign a waiver with our staff before participating. Players must sign the waiver in order to be eligible for playoffs.



Players who have been placed on the roster and signed the waiver are eligible for playoffs. A formal protest may be filed before a playoff game if an opposing players eligibility is in question. The player in question will be required to provide his/her player information (name, address, phone #, signature) in writing to a PBSSC staff member prior to the start of the game. This qualifies as an official protest. Any protest made during a game or after a game will NOT be considered a formal protest. The game will then be played in its entirety as scheduled. Teams will be notified of all rulings on the identified eligibility discrepancy by the following business day, decisions will not be made on site. If the protest is proven to be legitimate, it will result in the forfeiture of the game in question. Games subsequent to the protested game may be rescheduled. The above procedure will also apply for any other logged protests. All rulings by PBSSC staff are considered final.



The idea of PBSSC is to have fun. We hope that all participants keep that in mind when becoming involved. Although the games may become intense, you still can be competitive while maintaining good sportsmanship. With this said, any behavior deemed unacceptable by staff may result in suspension and/or ejection from a game or the league. Abuse of staff will not be tolerated. PBSSC reserves the right to remove a player from a game or a league if they are considered to be bringing down the quality of the league. PBSSC will not tolerate fighting! Fighting will be an automatic ejection from any game and in most cases ejection from the league for the remainder of the season.



To coordinate and run the league, our refs and/or staff will be available at all times to help the league run as smoothly as possible. If you have questions regarding schedules, policies, rule interpretations, directions to the bar, etc. please ask.



Leagues may be cancelled due to existing weather conditions, dangerous or unplayable field conditions, facility constraints, etc. PBSSC staff makes every effort to play all scheduled games, thus we will not cancel games until absolutely necessary. Therefore, if you are calling concerning a decision on a cancellation, remember we will not have an answer until close to the start of the league.

If the league is cancelled, PBSSC staff will change the weather hotline immediately. PBSSC will then email/text all of the captains to let them know if possible. It is then the captains responsibility to inform all teammates of the cancellation. If a league is cancelled on site, PBSSC staff will attempt to contact those teams still scheduled to play the remainder of the league day/night. Depending on the time of cancellation, some teams will have to be notified on site or not at all. If we do cancel, follow next weeks schedule (ex. If April 13 is cancelled teams should follow the April 20 schedule for their next game). The games that are cancelled will be made up towards the end of the season if time allows. In extreme circumstances, PBSSC reserves the right to run a shortened season without a refund. PBSSC also reserves the right to schedule games on days other than your regularly scheduled league day/night if necessary.