Tournament Rules

Download a full copy of the Platinum Sports SA Tournament Rules.

We reserve the right to make changes or adjustments to the rules at the tourney site depending on location, teams, captains’ vote, etc.  Our tournaments are friendly, social, and competitive, and players are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and have fun!

All players are required to sign waivers before their first game.  Captains are required to turn in the completed waiver and team fee.  Everyone playing MUST sign the waiver and pay BEFORE THEY PLAY.

WARNING!  Risk of injury/death from flying objects, equipment, or players incidental to the sport of volleyball may occur at this event.  Attend at your own risk (includes players and spectators) as we have no liability. Please pay close attention to your surroundings and be on alert at all times, especially during active play.

These premises are not monitored to ensure the security of personal property of participants or attendees at our events. You are responsible for the security of your own belongings.  The event organizers nor facility shall have no liability for any theft or damages.

  • Pay and sign waivers at the tournament with your captain.  Captains turn in the completed waiver and team fee.  Everyone playing MUST sign the waiver and pay BEFORE THEY PLAY. Otherwise your team will not be entered in the drawing for door prizes. Unlimited players are allowed on a team but each player must pay no matter how much playtime. Players MUST have played in at least 2 sets prior to playoffs. Numbered jerseys or matching tees are not required.  The libero does not need to wear a special jersey.
  • Please help us keep the tournament running on time!  10 minutes warm-up for teams playing their first match, 2 minutes to NO warm-up time after that depending on how timely the tourney is running. If running behind some sets/games may be shortened (to 15 points instead of 21). Ref teams are responsible for getting the next match going!  We usually do not schedule a lunch break during the day so plan accordingly.  Rules dictated by the facility/location must be followed.
  • Net Play: Contact with any part of the net by a player between the antennae, during the action of playing the ball, is a fault. The action of playing the ball includes (among others) take-off, hit (or attempt) and landing.  This includes the setter.  If the setter hits the net digging the ball out of the net, or they brush up against it before/during/after playing the ball it IS A VIOLATION.
  • Center Line: A player’s entire body can cross the center line under the net as long as ANY PART OF THE BODY is above the center line and player does not interfere with play.
  • Mens teams are allowed female players in any of our tournaments EXCEPT for tournaments we sponsor for the Texas Senior Volleyball Association (TSVA) (Senior Tournament divisions in September).
  • Libero: All teams are allowed to play with a libero.  Keep in mind that Coed teams must maintain at least 2 ladies on the court at all times. The libero is allowed to serve for the same single player in a set.
  •     Walls and bleachers are all out of bounds. Any hanging obstacles (beams, lights, banners, basketball hoop if in playing area) are playable on the same side of the court only. The adjacent court boundary line is considered a “wall” for safety reasons. Absolutely NO crossing over the line at all EVEN IF a player plays the ball first then crosses the line…it is a side out.
  •      Referees – All teams take turns reffing and being the draw team. When reffing please be considerate and pay attention to the game you are reffing.  When playing remember, the refs are PLAYERS JUST LIKE YOU and not paid professionals.  Absolutely NO SHOUTING or YELLING at the refs will be allowed. Captains should be the only players approaching the ref to question or ask for clarification.
  •      Players may step into the court to serve if there is not 6′ of room behind the serving line.  A decision will be made at the captains meeting as to whether or not players will be allowed to step into the court when serving and not incur a foot-fault penalty. Players are allowed only ONE toss when serving.
  •      Net Heights:  Womens and Reverse Coed tournaments are played with a women’s net height of 7′ 4 & 1/8″.  Mens and Regular Coed tournaments are played with a men’s net height of 7′ 11 & 5/8″.  Senior divisions in our Seniors Tournaments are played on a Senior level height net appropriate to male or female division and age range.
  • Draw Process – Short-handed teams can draw up to 3 players to complete their team OR elect to play with a ghost player(s).  Players are “BLIND” drawn from the designated draw team for that match; each team takes turns being the draw team for a match. If one of the team’s players shows up, they may be substituted in immediately for the drawn player. If playing with a ghost player, the captain must inform the ref where the ghost player is located and the rotation must stay intact as if there were a player in that position, i.e., side out on the serve when the ghost player reaches the serving position.  Playing on a team you’ve been drawn on is a courtesy to the team playing short a player; you are not required to play if drawn.  Drawn team players should take turns being drawn so that the same player is not drawn all day.
  • Substitutions: Unlimited substitutions are allowed.  Players do not need to wait for the official’s approval, but should make substitutions quickly between rallies.  The team captain or player(s) coming into the game should alert the official by calling out “sub” if extra time is needed.  A player of the starting line-up may leave the game and re-enter only to his/her previous position in the line-up.  A substitute player may enter the game in place of a player of the starting line-up, and he/she can only be substituted by the same starting player.  [OPTION – If desired, teams may use “position substitution”, in which any and all players substitute in/out from the same court position (e.g. – when the team sides out, the player rotating into service position is replaced by a player from the bench).  If this option is chosen, it must be used for the entire set and, barring exceptional substitutions (injury, etc.), other substitutions will not be allowed.  In particular, a libero will not be allowed under this option.]
  • Divisions: Teams are placed in divisions based on team skill level and the number teams who have entered the tournament. Various levels are C (Recreational and family teams), B (low intermediate with good skills to bump, pass, spike and volley), A (high intermediate, a higher level than low intermediate, teams usually play with middle hitters and most overhand serve), and Open (advanced, our top performers/players, most have high school, college, and USAV experience and run various offenses) with possible variations in between each level.
  • Winners: are usually determined by most sets/matches won, then by head-to-head points, then by total points scored against. Prizes for 1st and 2nd in 5 or more team pools. Prizes for 1st only in 4 team pools. Playoffs for Advanced pools only, optional for other divisions.  There are usually no playoffs in other pools unless pre-determined in the Captains meeting.  Players must have played in at least two sets of round robin play before participating in playoffs.
  • Scoring/Schedule:  Refer to the Scoresheet/Schedule located at the scoretable near your court of play for number of sets and points to be played.  We make every attempt to post schedules before a tourney however if team makeup, entries, or team rosters keep changing the schedules may not be posted until late the night before or even DAY OF.  Schedules MAY CHANGE on the day of the tourney depending if a team is a no-show or a team shows up with stronger or weaker players than previously indicated.  Teams may be moved around so as to allow the most fair and even competition as possible within a pool.

Coed Tournament Rules – Unless otherwise specified all our Coed Tourneys are indoor 6 on 6 players

  • Played on a men’s height net (7′ 11 & 5/8″).
  • Minimum 2 women and 2 men on the court per team at all times (unless agreed upon otherwise by both captains, i.e., in the event there is only 1 female player).
  • A lady must play the ball if the ball is touched more than once on a team’s side.  A block does not count as a touch.
  • One back row male can block in the front row if there is only one male in the front row of the rotation. They are not allowed to attack the ball, simply to block.
  • No rotation can have 3 men in the front row (unless agreed upon otherwise by both captains, i.e., in the event there is only 1 female on the court with no ghost).
  • A back row player may jump and hit from the back row as long as his/her feet do not touch the 3 meter (10 foot) line prior to their jump or if when they contact the ball the ball is NOT completely over the plane of the net. He/She may land on or in front of the line after their jump.

4 on 4 Coed Team Rules

  • THESE RULES ARE UNDER REVIEW and may be changed prior to tourney date.  We will post here when rules are finalized.
  • Played on a men’s height net (7′ 11 & 5/8″).
  • Maximum four players on a team on the court, unlimited number of players per team roster however each player pays $25 to play.  Minimum 1 female on the court per team at all times, the other three players can be either female or male or a mix (2 females and 2 males OR 3 females and 1 male OR 4 females).
  • Players DO NOT need to rotate in position, however, they must rotate their turn in serve. Rotation DOES NOT need to alternate between male and female players.
  • A female player MUST play the ball if the ball is touched more than once on a team’s side.  A block does not count as a touch.
  • Any player may participate in a block or attack the ball in front of the 3 meter line.
  • Roll shots ARE acceptable. Oversets are legal and playable. Players may receive a ball using a bump pass, hands clasped together, a fist, or a two-handed set.
  • FOR SILVER AND LOWER DIVISIONS:  The ball must be cleanly hit with the palm of the hand.  Open hand tipping, dinking, or pushing with fingers is NOT allowed.
  • FOR GOLD AND HIGHER DIVISIONS:  Open hand tipping, dinking, or pushing with fingers WILL BE ALLOWED.

Reverse Coed Tournament Rules

  • Played on a womens height net (7′  4 & 1/8″).
  • Minimum 2 men and 2 women on the court per team at all times.
  • A male must play the ball if the ball is touched more than once on a team’s side.  A block does not count as a touch.
  • One back row female can come up and block in the front row if there is only one female in the front row of the rotation. They are not allowed to attack the ball, simply block.
  • No rotation can have 3 females in the front row.
  • Male players on or in front of the 3 meter (10 foot) line of the rotation directing a ball into the opponent’s court must ensure the ball has an upward trajectory immediately after contact. Male players are not allowed to block.
  • A back row player (either male or female) may jump and hit from the back row as long as his/her feet do not touch the 3 meter (10 foot) line prior to their jump. He/She may land on or in front of the line after their jump.
  • Sample video of Reverse Coed. This short video should give you a good idea of how the ladies are the front row hitters and blockers and the guys mostly set and/or are back row hitters:.     http://youtu.be/H2OjN0HXttg