The following are some volleyball game rules for beginner players. Learn these basic rules and strategies for how to play.
The game of volleyball is played by two teams, six on each team. The teams are separated by a net. The teams compete with one another using an inflated ball.
How the Game is played
One team serves the ball over the net to the other team with the intention of placing the ball into the opponents court. The receiving team attempts to return the ball back over the net to place it back in the serving teams court.
Object of the Game
The object of the game is to win the match.
Volleyball game rules for high school volleyball
Common Strategies for Scoring Points
Court dimensions are 18 meters by 9 meters (60 ft. by 30 ft.). It is recommended that the area above the court be at least 7 meters (23 ft.) high.
The boundary lines form a rectangular shape around the court. The endlines are the short boundary lines on short sides of the court. The sidelines are the long boundary lines on the long sides of the court. It is recommended that the courts boundary lines be a color contrasting the color of the court. Lines should be 5 centimeters (2 inches) wide.
The Center Line
The center line extends from sideline to sideline underneath the net. The center line separates the courts playing area into two equal halves, each 30 by 30 feet.
The attack lines (3 meter line, attack line, or 10 foot line) are the lines placed 3 meters from the centerline of the court. The attack line extends from sideline to sideline.
The serving area is the area behind the endline where the server serves. The serving area is 30 ft. wide (equal to the width of the sidelines). Both serving areas should be at least 2 meters (6 feet) in depth. If 6 feet isnt available, volleyball game rules require the serving area be extended into the court the needed distance and marked.
The substitution zone is the area between the attack line and the center line. This is the area where substitutions take place.
Out of Bounds
According to the volleyball game rules, the ball is out of bounds if it touches
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The net is 1 meter (3 ft.) and 9.5 meters (32 ft.) long when stretched. The net is attached to upright standards that are 1 meter (3 ft.) outside the court. The standards may be padded to a maximum height of 5 and half feet. Front and sides of the referees platform must be padded, same as the standards.
Antennas are attached to the net inline with the outside edge of the sideline. Antennas extend upward at least 2 and half feet but no more than 3 and a half feet above the net. Antennas should be fasten securely to the bottom and top of the net. The antennas should be made of unbreakable material.
The volleyball game rules require the referee stand to be a stable platform that elevates the referees head to about 2 or 3 feet above the top of the net. The platform should be 18 inches long and 12 inches wide.
The volleyball must be spherical with a laceless molded cover of 12 or more pieces of genuine or simulated smooth leather. The ball is about 25 to 27 inches in circumference. The ball should weigh about 9 to 10 ounces and be inflated to 4.3 to 4.6 pounds.
In competitive volleyball, volleyball game rules require a scoresheet to be used to keep score. A scoresheet also provides space for lineups, individual scoring, team scoring, and timeouts. There is a comments section for recording warnings, penalties, unsporting conduct, and any other unusual events.
Official Rules for Play at the Net