Tournament Rules

Cash Prizes ($300 for first place, $200 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd place) and prize packs worth over $200- generously donated from WAKA, Fireball, and Lagunitas

POOL PLAY: Teams are guaranteed 3 pool play games, which will determine their seeding for the single elimination bracket

OVERVIEW – THE BASICS
Each team consists of no more than 5 players on the court at one time (5 vs. 5- teams have the option of playing with 4 players on the court, but must indicate prior to tournament start which format they will be playing with)
Must have at least 2 players of each gender on the court during play
Teams will have an 1 hour of time to play 1 match
1 match is 3 total games to 21 each
All games will play using all-rally scoring rules- each serve is worth a point
Players may play barefooted, or in appropriate footware.
Standard rotating rules will be used, if your have more than 5 players, they will rotate out after each side-out.
Games are to 21 points

BEGINNING OF 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). Each
match will consist of three games. Each game will count in the overall standings for bracket seeding- higher seed can choose whether to have serve or side of court.

RULES
A legal serve in WAKA play 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. 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. There are no male/female hitting rules.

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. 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 fisted. set (as long as the ball is not caught or carried- a carry is defined as a catch, lift, or throw).

No part of the body may touch the net at any time during live play, and is a violation.Which  will result in the following:1st contact = warning, 2nd contact = overturn of serving.

Contact of the ball when spiking is legal only if a portion of the ball is in contact with the
plane of the net or on the spiker’s side of the net.  Spikers may follow through over the net after legal contact.

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.

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

A player may touch but not completely cross over the center line with his/her foot.

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

USA VOLLEYBALL rules apply unless stated otherwise.

Refrain from smoking on the courts out of respect for players.