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Double Elimination Bracket

Each team consists of no more than 5 players on the court at one time. At least one player on each team will be from the individuals list or a newcomer from the beach.

Games will play until 10 minutes are up or the first team who scores to 15 points; win by 2 and cap at 21 (If registration is less than anticipated, the time per games will increase from 10 to 15 minutes, and the points from 15 to 21.) 

All games will play using All-Rally Scoring Rules. 

Rally Scoring

In a double elimination volleyball tournament, rally scoring is used. This means that at the conclusion of each point, either the serving team or the receiving team will earn a point. If the serving team wins the point, it gains a point on the scoreboard and retains the serve. If the receiving team wins the point, it gets a point on the scoreboard and it gains control of the ball and serves the next point. Games are played to 15 points or at the conclusion of 10 minutes.

Winner's and Loser's Brackets

All teams are listed in the same bracket. However, after a game is over, the winning team advances and the losing team moves into the loser's bracket. Teams in the loser's bracket play a second game. If they win, they stay alive, but if they lose that game, their tournament is over. Teams in the loser's bracket advance until they lose a second game. Teams in the winner’s bracket move to the loser's bracket once they lose their first game.

Championship Round

After all the games have been played, the team that wins the original bracket will be undefeated. It advances to the finals against the team that has emerged from the loser's side of the bracket. Those two teams will meet in the championship round. If the undefeated team wins its match, it is the champion of the tournament. If the team from the loser's side of the bracket wins, a second game between the two teams is played. That's because both teams will have one loss on their record. In that case, the team that wins the second game wins the tournament championship & prize.

Tournament Play

There will be rounds consisting of games of 10 minutes each or first to 15 points. The Championship game will go to 21 points, and if the team of the Winner Bracket loses, there will be a second game to determine the winner of the tournament. After each round, the teams will be updated on the Tournament Bracket, which will be located on the beach by the food tent.

Beginning of each game

Each game will start with rock, paper, scissors. The winning team will have one of two options: choose to serve first or choose which side they prefer to play on (not both).

 Officials, Score Keepers, & Line Judges

There will be a rotation of members from both the boys and girls volleyball teams who will serve as line judges, score keepers, and officials. There will be no arguments or rebuttals on calls. 


A legal serve in is one that crosses the net and is either touched by an opposing player or lands within the opposing team’s area of the court within the boundary lines. A serve that makes contact with the net and carries over to the opponent’s side of the net is a live serve and must be returned.

Servers must rotate after each change of possession; failure to rotate servers will cause a re-do of play regardless of outcome. After the serve, players may move anywhere they like, but before serve, rotation must remain consistent (diamond or square formation)

Setting the serve is legal as long as the ball is not caught or carried.

The server may not step on or over the end line until the ball has been contacted. The width of the service area is from sideline to sideline. The depth of the service area is infinite

A player may reach over the net to block a ball if:

A. Any portion of the ball breaks the plane of the net.

B. After the offense has come in contact with the ball on the third attempt.

C. If on the second contact, the setter is NOT setting, but rather attacking

The serve may not be blocked or spiked. Players can return the serve by:

A. Bump pass

B. Clasping their hands together

C. A closed fist


No part of the body may touch the net at any time unless a ball or person driven into the net causes the contact. Player contact with the net in a manner not directly relating to or affecting the course of play is not a violation. Contact with hair or part of the uniform will not be considered a fault.

The ball can contact any number of body parts down to, and including the foot.

Out of bounds is the area outside the designated court line. 

The ball must be cleanly hit when spiking with an open hand. Guiding or carrying is illegal.

*A carry is any use of an open hand(s) while making contact with the ball that is not in a firm manner.