Intramural 6 on 6 Volleyball Rules

Section 1

Intramural Policies and Procedures

Eligibility, protests, forfeits and concedes, conduct, appeal, and attire are covered in detail in the Intramural Policies and Procedures Manual.

Section 2

Number of Players

Each team may register any number of players unless otherwise deemed by the Recreation Coordinator. A team may play a game with as few as 4 players without defaulting. Players cannot be added to the roster after the conclusion of the regular season. Special consideration may be obtained from the Recreation Coordinator.

Section 3

Transfers and Additions

No player, having played for one team, shall play for any other team during the league’s schedule. Special consideration, however, may be given to players on a forfeited team and players on overcrowded teams. All transfers have to be approved by the League Manager or Recreation Coordinator. Players that have not played during the regular season are not allowed to play during the playoffs.

Section 4

Game Play

  1. In general, play will be governed by the Official International Volleyball Rules, a copy of which is kept in the Intramural Office. Adaptations and changes will be necessary in regard to facilities, equipment, uniforms, etc. The League Manager or Recreation Coordinator will decide on questionable cases.
  2. Games will begin at the assigned time. A 10-minute grace period will be given to each team; after this time, a forfeit will take place. A forfeit constitutes a loss and -1 point in the standings. Teams can play with a minimum of 4 players to start a game.
  3. A match/game consists of the best two of three sets. The first and second sets are played to 25 winning by 2, with a cap at 27. The third set, if needed, is played to 15 with a cap at 17. All sets are rally point scoring. When the ball hits the ground, the play is over.
  4. During the regular season, games will end in a tie if necessary. If a third set is being played and time expires, whichever team is winning that set is declared the winner. During playoffs, if a third game is tied when time expires, a final point will be played to declare the winner.
  5. A member of the Recreation Staff will determine which team starts service. The other team will start service in the next set. In the event of a third set (in playoffs only), both teams will rally to determine who gets service.
  6. Substitutions can be made at any time.
  7. Serve is always performed by the player in position 1 (the back right corner). The server must serve the ball from behind the back line (i.e. the server’s foot cannot touch the back line). A serve is good if it hits the net, as long as the ball falls on the opponents’ side of the net.
  8. The ball may be played by any part of the body, as long as the ball is not "held". Two-handed service reception is allowed and counts as a single hit.
  9. Any ball that lands outside the boundary lines or hits the antenna, wall, or roof, is considered out of bounds. This results in the opposing team being awarded one point.
  10. Any ball that passes through the roof boundaries, but remains on the same side of the court, may be played. Any ball that passes through the roof boundaries, but crosses the net and goes to the other side of the court, is considered out of bounds and may not be played.
  11. It is forbidden for a player to contact the net; this includes the top tape, the mesh, the bottom tape, and the antennas. If such a violation is committed, a point will be awarded to the other team.
  12. Players are not allowed to contact the opponent’s court with any part of the body. Players are allowed to contact the opponent’s court with the foot, as long as part of the foot is on the own court side (either on the ground or above the court).
  13. Calls are made on an honour basis. The League Manager may, at any time, intervene and decide a call if he/she feels necessary. If both teams disagree on a call, a re-serve should occur.
  14. Players are allowed to switch positions after the serve, however, they must return to their own spot in the rotation before the next serve.

Section 5

Co-ed Rules

A team cannot play with less than 4 players on the court at one time. A team must have at least 1 person of each gender on the floor at all times. If a team is playing with 6 participants, the maximum number of males on the team cannot exceed 3. If a team has less than 6 players due to injury(ies), ejection(s) or absence(s), 1 person of each gender must remain on the floor at all times. If a team does not have 1 person of each gender on the floor, they will forfeit the game. Only a maximum of 3 male players may be on the floor at all times.

Section 6

Rotation Rule

When there are more than the 3 participants of one gender on one team, the players must rotate to ensure equivalent playing time. For instance, if there are 4 participants of one gender and 2 of another, the team will be playing with 5 players on the floor (as there must be a maximum of 3 people of each gender). The gender with 4 players must rotate off after they have served and lost possession of the ball.

Section 7


Teams and players are expected to exhibit sportsmanlike conduct throughout every contest. Delay of the game, obscene language or gestures, and arguing with the staff constitutes unsportsmanlike behaviour. Players may be penalized, ejected from the game, or possibly suspended from further games depending on severity.