1. First and foremost:

Each game has a referee, the ref’s duties are to govern the rules of the sport as well as tracking scores for both sides. In all sports there are close calls (which may be correct/incorrect), it is your duty to respect that the umpires call is final, regardless of agreement. Arguing or abusing the ref can result in a ‘-1’ point deduction for your team, further altercations can result in the player being sent off, at the ref’s discretion.

2. Teams on Court:


Rotations must always occur in a clockwise fashion. Maximum 6 players on one side of the court at a time. Players may sub players on or off at the end of a set.

3. Serving:

The ball must be served approximately 1.5 metres from the back-right corner of your side of the court. The ball may be served under-arm or over-arm. The ball may not contact any nets on service, otherwise the serve is a deemed a foul. Your team must rotate when you win the rally off of the opponent’s service. When serving you must maintain service order, or you’ll be fouled by the referee. Your team must play at least 2 shots when receiving the ball off service, if the rally is still alive after the first return, the ball may be returned over on the first shot.

4. Double Hit or 2 Hits:

Balls that contact the same person twice will count as a double-hit (regardless if the ball is hard-driven). Any overhead set that has severe side spin/back spin/top spin may also be deemed a double-hit. Leniency is given for lower division teams (but 2 distinct hits should always be called a foul).

5. Carrying:

Any ball that has been raised in a lifting motion may be deemed a carry.
Any overhead set performed below the chin may be deemed a carry.
Any dunking/scooping-like motion may be deemed a carry.
Any ball that is lifted off of the fingers may be deemed a carry.

6. Blocking:

Players are allowed to block. Players may reach over the net during a block, but are not allowed to contact the net at any point (otherwise they’ll be called for a net foul). Players are allowed to block with either 1 or 2 hands. You may touch the ball twice if you were the blocker and the ball lands on your side after the touch (the block does not count towards your 3 hit counter).

7. Aggression:

Acts of aggression, whether a heavy kick or hit of the ball when returning the ball after a dead rally, or verbally berating the umpire or other team are not socially acceptable, and as such can result as -1 points to your team at the referee’s discretion. Further instances of this can reflect negatively on your team. If Rebound are unhappy with your team’s behaviour, your team may be disbanded at our discretion.

8. General Play:

The rally is deemed over once the ball has touched the floor, or the team’s 3 shot limit has expired (or referee has called a foul during play). Players may not physically use the nets to assist the ball’s flight path. Player’s may not interfere with opposition players during rally (as this can be called a foul). The ball is allowed to contact the top net (except during serve), but the ball is not allowed to hit the top net and land on the opponent’s side of the court. If a player is bleeding, he/she must immediately get off court and seek assistance from staff as we would like to keep the environment and our volleyballs clean.