U.S. Beach Volleyball Update: Rules of the Game

Dec. 19, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Communications
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 19, 2012) – The FIVB has published its updated book of beach volleyball rules for 2013-16.

"A major consideration in the deliberations of the Rules of the Game Commission was the integration of beach volleyball and volleyball under a single umbrella, with a coming together of common themes," Rules of the Game Commission president Sandy Steel said in an FIVB press release.

To bring beach volleyball and volleyball into harmony when it comes to sanctioning, volleyball has reverted to the previous use of the yellow and red cards.

For beach volleyball, the captain’s role has been strengthened.

The team captain is responsible for maintaining team conduct and discipline.

5.1.1 PRIOR TO THE MATCH, the team captain:
a) Signs the score sheet.
b) Represents his/her team in the toss.

5.1.2 During the match, only the captain is authorized to speak to the referees while the ball is out of play in the following three cases: to ask for an explanation on the application or interpretation of the
Rules; if the explanation does not satisfy the captain, the captain must immediately inform the 1st referee of his/her wish to Protest; to ask authorization:
a) to change uniforms or equipment,
b) to verify the number of the serving player,
c) to check the net, the ball, the surface etc.,
d) to realign a court line; to request time-outs.
Note: the players must have authorization from the referees to leave the playing area.

5.1.3 AT THE END OF THE MATCH: Both players thank the referees and the opponents. The Captain signs the score sheet to ratify the result; If the captain previously requested a Protest Protocol via the 1st referee and this has not been successfully resolved at the time of the occurrence, he/she has the right to confirm it as a formal written protest, recorded on the score sheet at the end of the match.

The net rule, which has been successful in volleyball, is now to be extended to beach volley. Its purpose is to prevent artificial stoppages and allow longer rallies to be played.


11.3.1 Contact with the net by a player is not a fault, unless it interferes with the play.

11.3.2 Players may touch the post, ropes, or any other object outside the antennae, including the net itself, provided that it does not interfere with the play.

11.3.3 When the ball is driven into the net, causing it to touch an opponent, no fault is committed.

To view the Official Beach Volleyball Rules 2013-2016, click here.


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