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Last Revised on June 18, 2018

1. Practice Schedule/Scrimmage Games

a. It is the responsibility of all coaches to ensure that “For the Sake of God’s Children” policies for the Diocese of Wilmington are being followed at practices and games. This includes coaches wearing CYM IDs at all practices and matches.

b. Practices, scrimmages and matches are not to be held on Sundays before noon.

c. Three (3) practices and/or scrimmages are permitted per week. Scrimmages are any match other than a CYM-scheduled or tournament match.

d. Practices are to be no longer than two (2) hours in duration.

e. Practices prior to Labor Day:

i. Teams may not practice more than three (3) days in a week

ii. Teams may not practice more than three (3) consecutive days in a week

iii. Teams may not practice longer than two (2) hours in any one day. Warmup, stretching, water breaks and cooldown are included in that time.

iv. Coaches are to monitor players for heat related symptoms and provide water breaks every fifteen (15) minutes.

v. When the temperature is above 95°, regardless of humidity, only stretches, walk-through and blackboard sessions are permitted.

vi. When the sum of the temperature and relative humidity equals or exceeds 170 (For example 85° 85% relative humidity), only stretches, walk-through and blackboard sessions are permitted.

f. It is strongly recommended that volleyball teams have at least one individual certified in CPR and one individual certified in first aid present at all practices and games. The individual may be a parent, coach or parish volunteer and the certification should be current and should have been completed by an accredited institution (i.e., Red Cross, American Heart Association).

2. General game rules – applicable to both Varsity and Junior Varsity. If a rule is not specifically addressed herein, NFHS (“Federation”) rules apply.  In the event of a conflict between sets of rules, these rules control.

a. Coaches are expected to act in a sportsmanlike manner, as well as assist game officials in ensuring sportsmanlike conduct of players and spectators.  Game officials, in their sole discretion, are permitted to award serves in response to unsportsmanlike conduct.

b. It is important for games to start on time. When all coaches and official(s) are available, the team meeting and coin flip will take place.  Visiting team captain calls the coin flip.  Coaches then provide their lineup cards to the official(s).  Lineup cards and scorebook should not be completed until after coin flip.

i. When matches end early, the following match will start as soon as possible. Teams are to report to the gym 15+ minutes prior to the start of their match in case an early start is possible.

c. Scoring will be by rally point rules.  For the first 2 games of a match, the winning score will 25 points and games must by won by 2 points. In the 3rd game, the winning score will be 15 points and must be won by 2 points.

d. Matches will be best of three 3 games. The first team to win 2 games wins the match. Playing additional games after the match is won will be at the discretion of the official. Additional games may not extend beyond 15 minutes prior to the start of the next scheduled match.

e. Net height will be 7’ 4⅛”.

f. There shall be no more than a three (3) minute intermission between games of a match.

g. Each team will provide one responsible person to act as line judge and assist the game official.

h. Teams are limited to a maximum of 18 substitutions per team, per game. Players must remain in the same rotating order.

i. The first position on a receiving team will be right front. Note – this may differ from score cards

3. Varsity & Senior Rules – If a rule is not specifically addressed herein, Federation rules apply.  In the event of a conflict between sets of rules, these rules control.

a. Division placement – coordinator(s) and volleyball committee have final discretion in placing a team in a division.

b. Libero – liberos are permitted in Varsity C division, and are not permitted in any other division.  Coaches are responsible for knowing the libero rules and having score keepers knowledgeable in scoring with a libero present.  A libero tracker is required – if neither team has an appropriate tracker, libero may not be used.

c. Varsity and senior service line will be 30’ from the net. Servers may use the entire width of the court to serve.  Players may not move up to the 25’ line.

d. Contrary to Section 2(d), during playoff matches additional games are not permitted if a team wins the match after 2 games.

e. There is no limit on the number of points that may be served by a single player.

4. Junior Varsity Rules – If a rule is not specifically addressed herein, Federation rules apply.  In the event of a conflict between sets of rules, these rules control.

a. The junior varsity program is intended to be instructional. All players must have the opportunity to play a meaningful amount of time in each match.

b. All junior varsity divisions will use Volley Light balls for matches.

c. Bump rule – it is not mandatory that a serve be received with a bump. However, junior varsity coaches are strongly encouraged to teach players to use the bump when returning a serve.  A set shot off a serve is rarely done properly, even at higher levels, and in the majority of situations will result in a violation and point/side out.

d. Red division service line will be 25’ from the net and within the 6’ hash mark. The server may not violate the 25’ service line.

e. For all other junior varsity divisions, no foot faults will be called. The former 15’ service line has been eliminated. Servers can serve where they are comfortable, except that underhand serving shall be within the 6’ hash mark. Officials have sole discretion to move a player back.

i. All junior varsity players have the option of moving back to the 30’ line. Servers using that line may use the entire width of the court to serve. From the 30’ line, foot faults will not be called as long as the individual is within the 6’ hash mark since the server has up to the 25’ line to serve. Outside the 6’ hash, foot faults will be called. Any type of serve is permitted.

ii. Notwithstanding the foregoing, overhand and side-arm serves may only be done from the 25’ line.

f. No one will be permitted to serve any more than 5 points in succession. If a server reaches the limit, the players will rotate to allow the next player to serve. The opposing team will not rotate in this situation. The serving team does not lose the serve.  This rule does not prevent a coach from substituting players after the 4th consecutive point to avoid rotating the servers, however, an official may modify the substitution portion of this rule if he or she feels it is being abused.

i. A player out of rotation during service will result in the serve being lost and the team losing any points connected to the serve.

5. Equipment

a. Kneepads are required for all divisions of varsity and junior varsity. Kneepads are optional for senior divisions.

b. It is recommended, but not required, that players with braces or dental equipment wear a mouth guard. 

c. Jewelry, face paint and/or glitter is prohibited.

d. All varsity and senior divisions will use standard weight volleyballs, at 9.0-9.1 ounces.  All junior varsity divisions will use lighter/featherweight (ex. – volley lite) volleyballs, at 7.0-7.1 ounces.

e. Visiting team will provide a scoreboard operator.  Home team will provide a scorer, and the home team scorebook will be considered official.  Both teams should keep a scorebook and compare scores throughout the game to ensure accuracy.  Game officials are not responsible for keeping score.

Related Policies:

All coaches (head and assistant) in the CYM program must become thoroughly familiar with the sport specific rules for the sports he/she coaches. It is CYM policy that all sport specific rules be followed for any CYM practice and/or game. 8266