CHICAGO SPORT AND SOCIAL CLUB
BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – 2’S
Rules of the Game
A double-elimination Tournament bracket will be used. All matches will be the best of three sets. All loser’s brackets and matches from the quarterfinal on will be – the first two sets played to 21 with a cap of 25 and the third set to 15 with NO cap. All matches up to the quarterfinal in the Winner’s Bracket will be best of three to 15 (cap at 17 for the first two and cap at 21 for the third).
The Olympic Crossover will be used once the tournament is down to 4 teams.
*All players must wear tournament wristbands at all times!
Wilson AVP Balls supplied by Chicago Sport and Social Club must be used by all teams for all matches.
Men’s 2’s – 2 men on the court; NO subs allowed
Women’s 2’s – 2 women on court; NO subs allowed
Once the Tournament has begun all team pairings are final and cannot be changed under any circumstances, including illness or injury.
Two player teams must have two players on the court at all times.
A coin toss, even or odd or a Rock/Paper/Scissors will be played by team captains before the start of play. The winner will have the choice of service possession or side. The teams will then alternate service every other set during semi-finals and finals. Teams will switch sides of the court for every 7 points scored in sets to 21 and every 5 points scored in sets to 15.
Team members do not need to rotate position on the court. They do have to rotate service.
All divisions will use the “RALLY” scoring method. Every time the ball is served there will be a point scored. You do not need to be serving in order to score a point. All matches will be the best of three sets. All loser’s brackets and matches from the quarterfinal on will be – the first two sets played to 21 with a cap of 25 and the third set to 15 with NO cap.
The court size is 56’6”x26’3”.
Chicago Sport & Social Club will supply a Wilson AVP game ball for each match, these balls MUST be used for play by all teams.
PLAYING THE BALL
- THREE CONTACTS – Each team is allowed a maximum of 3 successive contacts of the ball in order to return the ball to the opponent’s area. For all 2’s divisions it is “block and two.”
- LET SERVE – All divisions will use the “let serve” format. Any serve that hits the net and crosses over will be considered a live ball that can be played. If the ball hits the net, goes over and lands out of bounds it will be considered a point for the non-service team.
- ATTACKING THE NET – Every player is eligible to attack the net.
- SIMULTANEOUS CONTACTS – When two non-blocking teammates touch the ball simultaneously, it is considered one contact, and any player may make the next contact. When two blocking teammates touch the ball simultaneously, it is not counted as a contact, and any player may make the next contact. When two opponents simultaneously and instantaneously contact the ball over the net, the ball remains in play and the team receiving the ball is entitled to another three hits. If such a ball lands “out”, it is the fault of the team on the opposite side of the net from where the ball lands.
- CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CONTACT – The ball can contact any number of body parts down to, and including the foot, providing such contacts are simultaneous and that the ball rebounds immediately and cleanly after such contact.
- HELD BALL – The ball must be contacted cleanly and not held, lifted, pushed, caught, carried or thrown. The ball cannot roll or come to rest on any part of a player’s body. It can rebound in any direction.
- HAND SETS – A contact of the ball using the fingers of one or two hands to direct the ball toward a teammate is a set. The ball must come into contact with both hands simultaneously and leave both hands simultaneously to avoid a double contact call. A player may set the ball over the net in front or behind them only in the direction in which their shoulders are squarely facing. Rotation of the ball after the set may indicate a held ball or multiple contacts during the set but in itself IS NOT A FAULT. Setting serve is NOT allowed at any level of 2’s.
- BEACH DIGS AND SETS ON THE FIRST CONTACT: For 2’s, Beach digs (open hand digs) are legal on hard driven attacks or blocks that have downward approach and the hitter had a full attack at the ball.
- ATTACKING THE BALL OVER THE OPPONENT’S COURT– A player is not allowed to attack the ball on the opposite side of the net. If the ball is hit above the hitter’s side of the net and then the follow-through causes the hitter’s hand and arm to cross the net without contacting an opponent or the net, the action does not constitute a fault. “Open hand tips/dinks” are not allowed in 2’s. An open hand tip/dink is described as using your finger tips to direct the ball over the net. To avoid this you must use a closed had to direct the ball over the net.
- Blocking is the action close to the net which intercepts the ball coming from the opponent’s side by making contact with the ball before, during or after it crosses the net.
- MULTIPLE CONTACTS – Multiple contacts of the ball by a player(s) participating in a block shall be legal provided it is during one attempt to intercept the ball. Multiple contacts of the ball during a block shall be counted as a single contact, even though the ball may make multiple contacts with one or more players of the block.
- PARTICIPATION AFTER A BLOCK – Any player participating in a block shall have the right to make the next contact. In 2’s, the team is only allowed two more contacts after a block touch.
- BLOCKING A SERVE – Blocking or attacking a serve is prohibited.
- BLOCKING A BALL ACROSS THE NET – Blocking of the ball across the net above the opponent’s court shall be legal provided that such a block is:
(1) After a player of the attacking team has spiked the ball, or, in the referee’s judgment, intentionally directed the ball into the opponent’s court, or has exhausted their third allowable hit.
(2) After the opponents have hit the ball in such a manner that the ball would, in the referee’s judgment, clearly cross the net if not touched by a player, provided no member of the attacking team is in a position to make a legal play on the ball.
(3) If the ball is falling near the net and no member of the attacking team could reasonably make a play on the ball.
PLAY AT THE NET
- PLAYER CONTACT WITH THE NET – No part of the body may touch any portion of the net at anytime unless a ball or person driven into the net causes the contact. Player contact with the net in a manner not directly relating to or affecting the course of play is not a violation. Contact with hair or part of the uniform will not be considered a fault.
- SIMULTANEOUS CONTACT BY OPPONENTS – If opponents contact the net simultaneously, it shall constitute a double fault and the point shall be played over.
- INTERFERENCE – Beach volleyball allows any and all parts of the body to cross the center line as long as there is no interference with the opposing player.
- AVP points (“AVP Points”) are points that may be used by participants toward AVP Tour events.
- AVP points shall be calculated and distributed as follows:
- AVP points (see table below) will be distributed to all teams at the completion of the Tournament
- Players are able to accumulate AVP points after each AVPNext tournament regardless of which zone the Tournament takes place.
- AVPNext Zonal Series Points (“Zonal Series Points”) are points that are given out after each tournament within the zone. These points shall be calculated and distributed as follows:
- The Zonal Series Points (see table below) will be distributed to all teams at the completion of the Tournament.
- Points will be accumulated by the TEAM and the TEAM with the highest point accumulation at the end of the zonal series will be named the Zone Champion and receive the main draw berth into the 2017 Manhattan Beach Open.
- If a player switches partners during the zonal series, that player’s new team series point total will only include those events that have been played with the new partner
- A travel stipend of $400 per player to the Zonal Series winner
- In the event that the player lives in Southern California, the AVP will provide them with a $100 travel stipend