OFFICIAL RULES
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BASICS

​BEFORE GAME

  • The ball should be inflated to 12in circumference.

  • The tension of the net should be consistent throughout. A ball dropped from 3 feet above the net should bounce up approximately 12-18 in.

 

DURING GAME

  • All players except the receiver must begin the point at least 6 feet from the net.

    • The receiver may stand at any desired distance

  • Once the server strikes the ball, players may move any where they choose.

  • Possession changes when the ball contacts the net.

  • Each team has up to 3 touches per possession.

  • Determine a serving order which alternates players from the two teams (e.g. Player 3 follows Player 1, etc.).

  • To equalize sun and wind effects, rotate starting positions 90 degrees counter-clockwise every 5 points if desired.

Scoring

  • Roundnet is played using rally scoring; points can be won by serving or receiving team.

  • Games are typically played to 11, 15, or 21. In tournament play, the tournament director specifies the winning score.

  • Games must be won by two points unless otherwise agreed upon or specified.

  • The rally ends and a point is awarded when:

    • The ball contacts the ground or otherwise isn't returned onto the net within 3 touches.

    • The ball is hit directly into the rim at any time, including on a serve.

    • The ball bounces and falls back onto the net or rim.

    • The ball clearly rolls across the net
       

Serving

  • If the receiving team wins the point, the next designated player serves according to the initial sequence. Otherwise, the server switches places with his/her partner and serves to the other receiving team member.

  • The receiving team sets their position first. The server stands 180 degrees across the designated receiver--the only player allowed to field the serve.

  • Serves may be struck with any amount of force; short serves are allowed.

  • If a server serves two faults, the receiving team wins the point. Violation of ANY of the following rules is a fault:

    • The server must toss the ball upward at least 2 inches.

    • If the server tosses the ball, he/she must hit it. Dropping, catching, or swinging at and missing a toss all count as a fault.

Rallies

  • Touches must alternate between teammates. Consecutive touches by one player result in a loss of a point.

  • The ball must be contacted cleanly, not caught, lifted, or thrown. Players may not hit the ball with two hands, even if placed together "volleyball style".

  • Players may use any individual part of their body to hit the ball.

  • After the serve, any unusual bounce (i.e. pocket) that does not contact the rim is legal and playable.

  • A shot which lands on the net, rolls into the rim and then off the net (i.e. roll-up) is played as a pocket, not a direct rim hit.

  • If teams cannot determine the legality of a hit, replay the point.

Infractions

  • Remember: Player safety is paramount

  • Defending players must make an effort not to impede the offending team's possession or play on the ball.

  • If an offender collides with a defender, or a defender's position prevents a markeable offensive play on the ball, the infracted player may call "hinder" to force a replay of the point.

 

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