Kitchener Co-ed Volleyball League
League Operations
League Executive
Rules are governed by FIVB - you may review these rules in their entirety here. Exceptions to FIVB rules and clarifications follow:

League specific game and season rules

  • All players must be 18 years of age or older.              
  • Hours of play: Play will begin at 7:15 pm and end no later 10:00 pm.
  • There will be 3 matches per evening. A match will consist of 3 games. The 3rd game will ALWAYS be played. (updated 9/26/2014).  Exception: in C Division, matches will be best 2 out of 3 - 3rd game played only if match is tied 1-1.        
  • Format: Three teams will be placed in a gym. The 3 teams will all play against each other throughout an evening according to the schedule. Play shall be halted 5 minutes before the next scheduled game to allow for warm-ups. The team not playing will referee. The team must provide a minimum of three (3) people; one to act as referee and two to call the lines. One (1) time out per team per game will be allowed.   
  •  Line-ups: A minimum of 5 players per court and maximum 3 males.        
  • Substitutions: (7 or more players) - Teams with more than 6 players have the following three options:                 
    • 1. Player sits the entire game
    • 2. Player sits for one full rotation then subs for one other player (see Rotation), again full rotation. (works out to about half a 25pt game)
    • 3. Players enters the rotation from either the 1 or 6 positions only (see Rotation)                  (updated 11/25/08)     
    • 4. LIBERO will be allowed in C Division ONLY. (updated 9/14/2017)        
  • Rotation: A team has two (2) options of where players may enter the court: A player may enter at the middle back position (#6) and then exit after serving (#1) or a player may enter at the serving position (#1) and exit from the front right (#2) position.             
  • (5 players) - Teams with 5 players can only play with 2 in the front row.  There will be No rotating Hole and No loss of serve.  You can have a setter come up from the back row to set, but only the front two can block or hit (updated 10/06/09).  All back row players must line up behind AT LEAST ONE PHYSICAL front row player (updated 3/31/10).         
  • Teams must have a minimum of 5 players to begin the first game. Teams have a 10 minute grace period before a forfeit for the first game is declared. A subsequent 10 minute grace period is allowed before the second game is declared forfeit and also for the third. At such time the match would then be forfeit.           
  • Late arrivals: Late arriving players may enter play once all players and substitutes have entered play in that game. If a team is playing with 5, the arriving player may enter play immediately                
  • Net height: The net shall be placed at the Senior Men's Level (2.35m).                
  • At any point in the season, the Executive Committee may determine that the competitive balance would be better served by having 2 teams switch divisions.  The teams that move will have their record reset to 0-0, while all other teams will continue with their record as is.  Final standings are based on winning percentage. (updated9/14/2017)          
  • Only the top 8 teams qualify for playoffs.  Tie-breaker:  If there is a tie for any position in the final standings (teams with equal winning percentages), the following procedure will be used to break the tie:
    •  1. Most number of wins over the entire season
    • 2. One game playoff between the two teams that are tied
  • Before the beginning of the new season, any movements of teams between divisions will be at the discretion of the executive, in order to place teams in the most appropriate division, taking into account final standings, perceived team skill level, changes in team rosters, and new teams to the league. (updated 09/14/2017)
  • Team in Charge: Should arrive early, set up the nets, have score-sheets prepared and get play under way as outlined on the schedule on time. Will monitor school doors until the other teams arrive.
  • Team Taking Equipment: Take down nets at the end of the last match. Return school equipment to the proper storage area and return league equipment to the equipment bag. Collect the score-sheets and email them, no later than the following day (or send a photo) . 


Rule Clarifications

  • Scoring: Rally PointA rally is a sequence of playing actions from the moment of the service hit by the server until the ball is out of play.If the serving team wins a rally, it scores a point and continues to serve;If the receiving team wins a rally, it scores a point and it must serve next.The first 2 sets are won by the team which first scores 25 points with a minimum lead of two point.  In the case of a 24-24 tie, play is continued until a two point lead is achieved.The 3rd set is played to 15 points with a minimum lead of 2 points.
  • Contact with the net by a player between the antennae, during the action of playing the ball, is a fault. The action of playing the ball includes (among others) take-off, hit (or attempt) and landing. (updated 12/13/16) center-line violations only occur now if one foot completely crosses the center line which means that the whole body excluding the feet can fall across the center line provided that the feet remain on, above or behind the center line and provided that the player does not interfere with any opposing player
  • Back court attack hits are permitted. Player must be behind the attack line before leaving the floor to make the hit, and can land anywhere on their own side of the net. If there are not volleyball specific lines on the gym floor, please identify via other lines where the attack line will be judged.
  • Double hits are allowed in these circumstances: when blocking or receiving an attack hit by the team, as long as it is during one action by the player.
  • These are all faults:
    • Assisted hit: whenever a player takes support from a team-mate or structure/object (eg. Wall) in order to hit the ball.
    • Catch: the ball is caught and/or thrown; it does not rebound from the previous hit (look for a pause during the hit from when the ball touches the player till when it leaves the player  if there is one, it's likely to be a catch and/or throw). This applies to sets and what we've always referred to as lifts. 4 hits.
    • Double hit (except as noted above). In blocking, the player may place his/her hands and arms beyond the net, provided that this action does not interfere with the opponent's play. Thus, it is not permitted to touch the ball beyond the net until an opponent has executed an attack hit. An Attack Hit is defined as all actions which direct the ball toward the opponent (except serves and blocks), and during an attack hit, tipping is allowed only if the ball is cleanly hit, and not caught or thrown.
  • The ball is "out" when: the part of the ball which contacts the floor is completely outside the boundary lines; or it touches an object outside the court; or it crosses completely under the net; or it touches the antennae, ropes, posts, or the net itself outside the side bands. If there are NO antennae or side bands, the lines people will assist in making these "out" calls.