Rules of the Game

The FIVB Official Beach Volleyball Rules 2013-2016 will be used for the 2013-2016s Beach Volleyball seasons with the exception of the Volleyball Canada Variations.

Volleyball Canada Rule Variations

1.1.1 For VC 12U competitions, court dimensions are 7m x 7m each side.

1.3.3 For VC competitions width of lines is 2.5 - 8.0cm

2.4 Net Heights

Age Females Males
12U, 13U & 14U 2.15m 2.20m
16U 2.20m 2.35m
All others 2.24m 2.43m

4.1.3 For VC competitions coaching is allowed only for age groups 16U and younger. Coaching may take place only during time outs and intervals between sets.

5.1.5 For VC competitions numbers are not required.

10.3.3 For VC competitions:

  1. The scorer must indicate the proper server order and correct any incorrect server. A scorekeeper's errors in service order are to be corrected when the fault is discovered, with no penalty to either team.
  2. A service order fault is punished by loss of rally or points scored if a team, prior to their service, has been correctly notified by the scorer, second referee or first referee, that they are out of order. If it is possible to establish the exact time of the fault, the points scored after the fault are cancelled.
  3. For VC 16U and younger competitions. After a team loses service, the last player to serve for that team, at the moment of service by the opposing team, must be positioned closer to the right sideline than their teammate. This requirement must be followed until that team regains the right to serve. During the rally each athlete has the right to position him/herself anywhere on the court. Outcome for violation: 1. Official ends rally immediately upon contact by the server. 2. Point awarded to the serving team.

Beach First Contact Rule

Volleyball Canada, 16U and younger competitions, receiving serve or a first contact with an overhand motion using the fingers (volleying/setting) is not permitted, regardless of the quality of the contact. The first referee will use the "double-contact" signal to indicate this infraction.