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LESAA Volleyball Playing Rules


The rules of Volleyball Canada (VC) shall govern play at the LESAA Division Tournaments with the following exceptions:

Participants
Team Composition: Teams can carry an unlimited amount of players on their roster
A/B Teams: "A" teams must carry at least 12 players during the division tournament.  If an "A" team comes to a tournament with less than 12 players, their games will be forfeited.  If an injury or an unforeseen departure from a player occurs during the tournament, the team does not need to fill in their roster spot.  If an "A" team makes a final, 12 players must be on the roster

Equipment
- Jersey numbers do not need to be between 1 and 20
- The type of ball is not restricted to the Tachikara SIX.VC or the MIKASA S2000
- The net height will be set at 2.20m for boys and 2.15m for girls

Procedure
Warm-up: Teams will receive up to 5 minutes on the court before each game
Time-outs: Teams can use up to two time-outs per set. There are no technical time-outs.
Substitutions: Coaches will have up to 12 substitutions per set
Fair Play: LESAA strongly encourages coaches to get every player into every match (not set)

Playing Actions
Execution of the service: A second toss or release is permitted when performing an overhand serve. The players must let the ball hit the floor to be granted a second attempt.  If a player touches or catches the ball, they will lose the serve
Step in on serve: If there is less than 3 meters behind the service line, a player may step into the court with only 1 foot.  The drag foot (back foot), cannot enter the court until the ball has been served
5 serve maximum: When a player successfully serves 5 in a row, the team will rotate a full position

Tournament Format & Style of Play
Competitive
- Format: Pool round-robin play. Playoffs: 1st in A plays 2nd in B and 1st in B plays 2nd in A
- Style: Regular volleyball style of play for all competitive divisions
Recreational
- Format: 2-straight sets round robin. No playoffs
- Style: Triple Ball style of play
Junior
- Format: 2-straight sets round robin. No playoffs
- Style: Triple Ball style of play

Fair Play (All Divisions)
-Any player on the starting scoresheet who does not start the first set must start the second set
-In the case of a team with less than 12 players on the game roster, players who played the first set and who are starting the second set can be substituted at any time during the second set
-In the case of player safety, an Exceptional Substitution may be made.  The injured/ill player may not return to the same set but may return to play in subsequent sets
-Fair Play Clarification due to rosters above 12 players (12 different players must start either the first or second set)
-There are no restrictions on who can play the third set (4th and 5th in 5 set games).  Any player from the roster may start or be substituted
-A player who did not start the first set cannot be substituted out in the second set
-Substitutions in the 3rd set are paired and limited (one entry and one exit per player)
-For an example of LESAA Fair Play, please click here.

Rule Clarification - Net and Centre Line Rule

Reaching beyond the net:
- In blocking, a player may touch the ball beyond the net, provided that he/she does not interfere with the opponent's play before or during the latter's attack hit
- After an attack hit, a player is permitted to pass his/her hand beyond the net, provided that the contact has been made within his/her own space

Penetration under the net:
- It is permitted to penetrate into the opponent's space under the net, provided that this does not interfere with the opponent's play
- Penetration into the opponent's court, beyond the centre line:
- To touch the opponent's court with a foot (feet) is permitted, provided that some part of the penetrating foot (feet) remains in contact with or directly above the centre line
- To touch the opponent's court with any part of the body above the feet is permitted provided that it does not interfere with the opponent's play
- A player may enter the opponent's court after the ball goes out of play
- Players may penetrate into the opponent's free zone provided that they do not interfere with the opponent's play

Contact with the Net
- Contact with the net by a player between the antennae (standards if not installed), 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 safely, ready for a new action
- Players may touch the post, ropes, or any other object outside the antennae, including the net itself, provided that it does not interfere with play. When the ball is driven into the net and causes it to touch an opponent, no fault is committed.

Players Faults at the Net
- A player touches the ball or an opponent in the opponent's space before or during the opponent's attack hit
- A player interferes with the opponent's play while penetrating into the opponent's space under the net
- A player's foot (feet) penetrates completely into the opponent's court
- A player interferes with play by (amongst others):
- Touching the net between the antennae or the antenna itself during his/her action of playing the ball
- Using the net between the antennae as a support or stabilizing aid
- Making actions which hinder an opponent's legitimate attempt to play the ball
- Catching/holding on to the net
- Any player close to the ball as it is played, and who is him/herself trying to play it, is considered in the action of playing the ball, even if no contact is made with it. However, touching the net outside the antenna is not to be considered a fault