Beach Rules

General Rules

  • Official house ball is the Spalding King of the Beach volleyball.
  • Absolutely no spitting or bodily fluids on the courts indoors, we don’t have the luxury of rain and  high tides to flush out the sand.
  • No food or drinks (other that water on the courts)
  • No throwing sand

League Rules

  • Coed leagues – 2 men maximum on a team
  • No “woman must hit” rule
  • Rally scoring – 3 games to 21 points
  • No spiking, blocking, or volleying a serve
  • Ball may be hit with any part of the body
  • Players must maintain service rotation, but players do not have to rotate position
  • You may serve anywhere along the back line within the sidelines
  • Players are allowed 2 tosses of the ball to serve as long as there is no contact on the first attempt
  • No open hand dinks (you cannot use your finger tips to redirect the ball when it is going over the  net)
  • Serves can not be received with two hands that are not connected
  • Receiving a ball coming over the net with an overhead open hand set is not allowed in any of our  leagues or tournaments. So that means roll shots, forearm passes, chips, pokes, or any hit that  goes up before it goes down can NOT be received with an overhead open hand set.
  • Receiving the a ball coming over the net with an open handed dig or overhead open hand set is  LEGAL only when receiving a HARD DRIVEN ball that has a downward trajectory after it was hit.
  • Roll shots must be received with a pass, poke, two connected hands and NOT with an open hand set
  • Setting the ball over the net with an open hand set is only allowed if ALL of the following conditions are met:  1) Your shoulders are perpendicular with the direction of the path of the ball, 2) The set is perfectly clean (absolutely NO spin on the ball, 3) The player’s feet are set and planted when the ball is contacted, and 4) The set is intentional. An open hand set that unintentionally goes over the net is  usually an indication of a bad set . We encourage people to practice hand setting and the quality of the hand set depends on the particular league. Please call bad sets on yourself or your team  but continue playing even if you think there was a bad set by the opposing team.
  • A block counts as a touch – the blocker can dig his block for the second touch, but the next contact must send the ball over the net
  • The antennaes (and the vertical line extending from the top of the antenna) are out of bounds
  • All boundaries, meshing around court, roofs, poles, etc., are out of bounds
  • Ball is in if it makes any contact with the boundary lines.
  • Any player who participates in a reckless manor runs the risk of suspension from game by Sandbox Sports staff if the staff believe they could cause injury to themselves or someone else, one  warning may or may not be given.
  • Sandbox Sports staff also has the right to suspend or eject anyone at our discretion (not just for
  • Lifts and carries are NOT allowed….please call this on yourselves
  • Touching the net at ANY time during play is not allowed….please call net violations on yourselves
  • Going under the net IS allowed as long as it doesn’t interfere with the play.  Please be conscious  of players on both sides of the net!
  • We are all out there to have fun so if there are any disputes, please replay the point.  Any conflict resolved by Sandbox Sports staff will require 3 laps around the court, 20 push ups, a pint of beer, and a shot of tequila!