Volleyball Rules

League Rules

Any issue that arises that is not covered in the league rules should be settled by the two team captains. The issue should then be brought to the attention of the rec league so information can be added to the league rules.


  • Although the WRL encourages participants to have a good time, alcohol and other controlled substances are not allowed at any sporting events. Any player found to be under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substances will be automatically ejected from the league.
  • Any and all fines will be the responsibility of the teams. Teams will lose every scheduled game and will not be scheduled any other games until all fines are paid.


  • WRL will provide volleyball nets and volleyballs for all games.
  • Any other equipment (court shoes, knee pads etc.) is the players responsibility
  • Players must wear appropriate court shoes.


  • The Rec League rents facilities in order to provide our leagues. Facilities are rented from the City and from privately owned facilities. Please respect the facilities so we can continue using them. If we lose our permits, the season will be cancelled.
    • No Outdoor Shoes in any facility.
    • No Marking Shoes.
    • Leave the gym the way you found it.


  • Roster size is unlimited. All players must be registered with the league.
  • 6 players on the floor. At least 2 players must be female. There is no minimum requirement for male players
  • A minimum of 4 players on the floor and 1 must be female to avoid a default loss. A default is posted as a 2-0 loss.
  • If a team defaults they lose their default deposit. If a team defaults twice they may be removed from the schedule.
  • The Rec League encourages teams of 7-9 players to avoid default.
  • If both Team Captains agree, the minimum requirement can be waived and the game be played and count towards the standings.
  • Teams should arrive at the gym at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to ensure games start on time. A game that starts late will be a short game; all games must end on time. No Exceptions.


  • All games are self-officiated. Players are responsible to make their own calls and keep their own score.
  • Teams should play fair and call their own fouls.
  • Any reckless, aggressive, threatening or unsportsmanlike behaviour will result in being ejected from the game. If this behaviour is repeated the player will be ejected from the league. If this is a team wide issue, the entire team may be ejected from the league.
  • The League Coordinator has the right to:
    • Warn a player
    • Ask a player to sit out
    • Ask a player to leave the gym
    • Recommend to the league that a player or team be ejected or suspended from the league
  • Judgement calls by the League Coordinator are final and should not be protested or argued under any circumstances. Players or teams that argue with the Rep will be subject to suspensions or ejection from the league.
  • League Coordinators are not referees. They are there to supervise the games, keep the games running smooth and to ensure players are making the correct calls. They have the right to ask a player to sit out or leave the gym. If asked to do either, you must do so immediately.

Game Play

  • Games are best of three in the 3 Set League and Best of 5 in the 5 Set League.
  • The first two game will be played to 25 and teams must win by 2 points up to a max of 27 and the third game will be based on the remaingin allotted time.  If there is at least 20 minutes remaining in the allotted time - the third game will go to 25.  If there is less than 20 minutes the third game will go to 15.  Teams must win by 2 points up to a max of 17 or 27.  Both team captains and the League Coordinator need to be included in the decision of whether the third game goes to 15 or 25.  All games must end on time.  No exceptions.
  • NEW 5 Set League: The first three game will be played to 25 and teams must win by 2 points up to a max of 27 and the fourth and fifth game will be will be played to 15.  Teams must win by 2 points up to a max of 17.
  • A five minute warm up will be available prior to the start of the first match.
  • Games must start and end on time.
  • Service and sides will be determined at the start of the match by a coin toss, rock paper scissors etc...
  • Players rotate clockwise prior to their teams serve.
  • Substitutes may rotate in at any time during a stoppage in play.
  • Any alternate is to rotate out players in the last position before service and rotate in players at service.
  • No more than three touches may be made per team before the ball is returned over the net.
  • A block at the net is not considered a touch; however a block on a serve is illegal.
  • The ball is considered "IN" if it strikes one of the court lines.
  • A serve may be over hand or under hand, as long as it is stroked legally
  • A player cannot touch; reach over or under the net to hit the ball.
  • Only when returning the ball may a player follow through over the net.
  • A player may step on the centre line, but may not step across the centre line.
  • Back row hitting is allowed as long as the player leaves the ground behind the attack line or does not leave the ground at all.
  • When hitting, male players are only allowed to leave the ground when hitting from behind the attack line. This includes front and back row male players. Male players can leave the ground to block or tip the ball.
  • Contact with the Net by a player is not a Fault unless it interferes with the play.


  • Rally Point Scoring - using this scoring system, a point is scored during any stoppage in play, unless it is a re-service. This means any team can score a point whether they are serving or not. Points are awarded to the opposite team when:
    • The ball touches the ground
    • A team has played the ball more than three times consecutively
    • The ball is held or pushed
    • The ball touches obstructions - such as basketball nets or ceilings
    • A player touches the ball twice consecutively
    • A player touches the net or a vertical marker on the antenna
    • A player completely crosses the centre line
    • A player contacts the ball above the opponents court
    • A back line player, while in the attack area hits the ball into the opponents court from above the height of the net
    • The ball lands outside or touches an object outside the lines of the court
    • The game is delayed persistently (taking longer than five seconds to serve)
    • The players wave arms, jump, or form groups of two or more, the purpose of which is to form a screen to conceal the servers actions
    • The served ball crosses the net with the help of a teammate
    • A service is blocked


  • This is a Rec League and we expect all players and teams to have a fun first attitude. To help enforce this style of play we ask all teams to report the sportsmanship rating of the opposing team after every game.
 +1 - Good, fun spirited team, respected their opposition and made the game enjoyable
 0 - Was not unsportsmanlike, but didn’t go out of their way to make the game enjoyable.
-1 - Was not a fun team to play. They made the game less enjoyable and did not respect the opposition
  • Teams that have an overall sportsmanship of less than +2 at the end of the season will be required to sit out one season before they can play again.


  • All teams get two playoff games regardless of where you finish in the standings or the result of the first playoff game
  • The top four teams in each division will play for the division championship. All other teams play for the final standings

Game Reports

  • Team Captains should confirm the score of the game with the League Coordinator  to ensure accurate standings


  • Registration fees are fully refundable up to 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the season, minus a $10.00 administration fee. After this, the league assumes you have committed and all fees are non-refundable.
  • Defaulted deposits are refunded at the end of the season if your team has showed up to all games scheduled with the minimum requirement of players to not default the game and all other scheduled meetings including the equipment pick up and drop off meetings.

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