league rules - sand

League Divisions Defined




Upper Competitive

Lower Comp / Upper Rec


• Tight set calls, < 2 rotations
• No double contact 
• Teams should attempt 3 hits

• Excessive rotation will be called
No double contact

• Loosest set calls
• Excessive double contact will be called






**Teams of 4 (quads) may register and play with any sixes league if they prefer 


LEAGUE GAMES: 3-games with rally scoring. Sets #1 & #2 are played to 21 pts – win by 2 (no cap). Set #3 is played to 15 pts – win by 2 (no cap). Refs may shorten sets if behind schedule.

TOURNAMENT: best 2 of 3. Sets #1 & #2 play to 21 pts (win by 2, cap 25). Set #3 if needed plays to 15 pts (win by 2, cap 17). During the tournament, you may only play on one (1) team per league.

QUADS: 4 players (2 min). Coed Quads must play with >50% females on the court.

SIXES: 6 players (3 min). Coed Sixes must play with >50% females on the court.

THE SERVE: The server must be completely in the service zone at the moment of contact. On the serve, your foot cannot contact the line or go under the line.

SPIKING & BLOCKING: The receiving team is not allowed to block or spike a served ball. The team that has affected the block is allowed 3 more contacts. There is no "10-ft rule" in sand.

NET PLAY: Players may not touch the net while making a play on the ball. If the net touches a player off a ricochet, there is no fault. If 2 opposing players touch the net simultaneously, the ball is replayed. You may go under the net as long as there is no interference with the opposing players.

LEGAL PLAY: It’s legal to contact the ball with any part of the body as long as the ball rebounds immediately. If 2 teammates contact the ball simultaneously, it counts as 1 contact, and any player may play the ball. 

ILLEGAL PLAY: Players are not permitted to lift, carry, or throw the ball in any division. The ball may not be contacted with an open underhanded motion. Judgment calls are at the discretion of the referee – NO REBUTTALS. 

LINEUP / ROTATIONPlayers rotate clockwise when possession changes to their side. Only players in the front row (near the net) may switch positions, and only after the ball is served.  They must switch back to their original spots at the end of the volley.

ROSTER: Rosters should not fluctuate throughout the session; however, substitutes may be used in order to field players. Subs not listed on the original roster are required to sign the team roster (located in the court binder) before playing. During the tournament, you may only play on one (1) team per league.

SUBSTITUTIONS: Teams may make player substitutions at any dead ball but should not delay the game. There is no minimum or maximum number of substitutions. 

BUCKET POINTS: 1 pt awarded every set (3 pts awarded every match); Team that wins best 2/3 pts each match will be awarded one domestic bucket (6 cans) at the Concession Stand with a valid ID *ONLY VALID THAT NIGHT*. Craft upgrades are $1/beer. Teams with the most BPs at end of league play will get 1 bucket on tournament night. If the winners can’t make the tournament, the team with the next highest points will be awarded. 

CONDUCT: Nobody should act in an unsporting manner while on or near the court. Unsporting conduct is penalized as follows: 1) Verbal warning from a referee 2) Final warning 3) Ejection. Any player ejected will be required to leave the premises. Any player who accumulates 2 ejections throughout the season will be immediately suspended from the league. NO CUSSING. NO FIGHTING. NO VERBAL ABUSE or TAUNTING. THIS IS A FAMILY FACILITY. 

FORFEITS: Teams are strongly encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early for their games. A forfeit will be declared if a team does not field the required number of eligible players by the designated game time. Forfeiture may also result in the team being dropped from the tournament; teams that are removed due to forfeits are not eligible to receive refunds. 

NO TOBACCO: Tobacco products are prohibitted on the premises; this includes but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, dip, chew, vapes, etc.

ALCOHOL/FOOD: No outside food or alcohol is allowed. It may be purchased at the concession stand. 

ATTIRE: Bathing suits are allowed as long as they are family appropriate. Bringing sandals is recommended. 

Rules Updated 7.7.20