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Sand Volleyball 6’s League Rules

Last updated:  2019 January

    Updated Rules:

  • 3/10/2019 - Roster check rule 
      ****** SPECIAL FOR FALL 2020 ONLY ******         added July 31st 2020  UPDATED 10/9
      The following changes override other legacy league rules
 1.  Games will be played at Babes of Carytown     3166 W Cary St, Richmond Va 23221

 2.  Richmond places greater COVID-19 restrictions on locations, companies, and people that will need to be adhered to

 3.  The match time limit of 55 min will need to be strictly enforced; game timers will start per the posted scheduled time.  Teams will get 4 minutes warmup, 55 min game play, 1 min to exit the court.

 4.  A typical SVB court is 30x30.   At babes the courts are 30x24.  So minimum team size has been reduced from 7 to 6

 5.  No outside food or drink may be brought into the location.  Babes will offer food and beverage services where we play (you can NOT bring your own food or beverages)

 6.  All players will need to enter the front of Babes wearing both their league tshirt and a mask
     The mask can be taken off as soon as you get out back to the court

- BSR conditionally allows subs to play; if your team needs a sub one night be sure to read rules below in the rules  



The focus of the league is to have fun. Teams are encouraged to help each other and make games as enjoyable as possible.


Participating Players

  • Teams must have at least 2 players before a game can begin (at least 1 player must be female).
    • Teams may start with 2-6 players on the court.
    • Of the players on the court, at least 1 player must be female.
    • Teams may choose how to rotate additional players beyond 6 in during games (they just need to do that rotation in a consistent manner).
  • Players are only able to legally hit the ball as long as they have at least 1 foot in their court.



  • You can have as many players as you want on a roster, but the minimum number of players is 7
    • We recommend having a team size of 8.
    • Players who register as free agents may be added to teams with rosters smaller than 8 players (captains will be notified first).
  • Additional players, including players who register as free agents, can be added to the roster anytime until the third week of the season.
  • Teams can be etiher coed for all female with at last one woman playing at all times.
  • Captains are responsible for the conduct of teams. This means they’ll need to make sure all players are legal and conform to league play standards.
  • All players must meet league player requirements. (FAQ - League Information - Player Requirements)
  • All players must wear their league tshirts to participate. (FAQ - League Information - What if I paid late and have not received a league tshirt or forget my league tshirt one night?)
  • From time to time for various reasons players may become upset and curse, complain, and more.  When this occurs, our staff will respond and take actions from issuing a warning, to taking a time out, up to ejecting a player form the game.  For more info reference our FAQ. (FAQ - League Information - Ejections)
  • Team captains can request the referee for a roster check on thier opponents.  The roster check must be requested before the game begins.  Exception: a player who showed up and joined in after the game began, in this case the team captain needs to request the check when that new player first enters the game.





















When playing






Equipment & Field Setup

  • All equipment will be provided by Be Social Richmond.
    • Sand volleyballs
    • Sand volleyball court setup with net and lines


League Scoring, Standings, Seeding

Regular Season and Overtime

  • Teams three games each regular season week
  • Games should not end in ties


  • Teams with 1+ forfeit during the regular season will be excluded from the playoffs.
  • Teams caught using players that are not on their roster or who were not signed up as legal subs will be excluded from the playoffs.
  • Seeding details this multi-game per night sport can be found in the FAQ (FAQ - League Information - How are standings calculated for the regular season?)
  • The single elimination match format will be unique to each season
    • Typically best of 3 to advance
    • Games will start at gametime posted on the website, every 5 minutes a forfeit will be recorded for teams w/o a valid team ready to play


Game Rules


Nightly Games

  • Teams will play 3 games vs. another team.
  • The home team will have the choice of serve or side.
  • Teams alternate serve/side each game.
  • Games are played using rally scoring (meaning a point is awarded every serve).
  • Games are played to 21 points
  • Teams will score their games, make their own calls, and report final results to BSR staff.
  • Each team needs to clearly call out the score before serving to insure both teams know and agree.
    • In playoffs teams with the better records get the choice.
    • Win by 2
    • Max 27 point

Game Play

  • Players may stand where they choose (no on court rotation is required).
  • Although player on court rotation is not required, teams must set a serving rotation of their players in the game and maintain that rotation for the game.
  • There are only two (different) actions when you are permitted to reach beyond (over) the net:
    • Hitting - After making an attack hit, you are allowed to pass your hand beyond the net, but the contact must have been made within your own playing space (your side of the net)
    • Blocking - After the opposite team made its attack hit, you are allowed to block it, whatever the position of the ball (and your contact with it) is, i.e. you may reach beyond the net, and touch the ball there
      You are not allowed to touch the ball beyond the net if it would interfere with the opponent’s play before or during their attack hit
  • Standard indoor rules will be used.
    • Teams can set the serve.
    • Doubles on sets will be called if the ball has excessive rotation.
    • Gender Play Rule: if a ball is hit 1+ time(s) on a side, a girl must touch the ball at least 1 of the times before it goes back over the net.



Rules are subject to change when and as needed by BSR staff.