Grass Tournament Rules

NOTE: Some rules differ from AVP, FIVB, or other commonly-used rule sets. Please make sure to read through the rules thoroughly before playing.

These division types may not be included in every tournament. See tournament info or registration pages for divisions available in each tournament.

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Game Type Gender Net Height Let Serves Other Rules
Juniors (Gender-Blind) No Gender Requirement Men’s No 18 & Under. Kids will ref. Parents may not ref or argue calls.
Adult Doubles (Gender-Blind) No Gender Requirement Men’s No
Reverse Co-ed Doubles 1 Male and 1 Female Women’s No  Guys may jump serve, can only hit behind the 10 ft. line, and cannot block.
Quads (Gender-Blind) No Gender Requirement Men’s Yes Unlimited substitutions (registered players only), roster can have more than 4 players (no max). Power 4’s- Only server needs to rotate, no back-row attack rule (everyone can hit front row).


Sitting teams listed on the schedule sheet will ref. There must be one ref provided for each game from that team. Losing team in playoff rounds must provide a ref for the next playoff round (as listed on schedule sheet). If you can’t find the team that’s supposed to ref, please ask tournament staff and we’ll find you a ref.

The tournament organizers have final say on all calls and rule issues.

RESPECT all ref calls. Teams can ask for rule clarifications, but refs make the calls and have final say (unless overruled by an organizer). If you’re not happy with a call, let it go. If you think a rule is being interpreted wrong, isn’t listed here, or is ambiguous in any way, please see an organizer and ask for clarification.

Disputes: Please bring all disputes to the organizers (check the organizer table if you don’t see us).

Teams must be ready to start at the stated match time. A 2-minute courtesy applies after any start times listed on the schedule sheet, but after that there is a 1 point penalty per minute (the round must still finish on time if an end time is listed on the schedule sheet). If a team is not ready to start 10 minutes after the start time, the first game is forfeited. If they’re not ready to start within 20 minutes, both games in that round are forfeited.



Double contact calls: Strict calls for all teams. Double contacts should be called based on whether the ball contacts or comes off of both hands at the same time. 1.5 rotations or more is a double contact.

Sets over the net are allowed as long as shoulders are square to the direction of the set and the set is clean (to the same standard as the double contact calls). A clean, square set that gets blown over the net by wind is allowed. The first contact (on serve receive or any other first contact) can be set over the net as long as it’s a clean set, shoulders are square to the direction of the set, and the ball is not above the height of the net when the ball is released.

First contact can ONLY be an open-handed set if it’s set clean (to the same standard as the double contact calls), or to receive a hard-driven ball (not including the serve).

Open-hand receive with palms facing toward ball and ball contacting palms (not fingertips) is allowed as long as the ball comes off both hands at the same time. Hands DO NOT have to be together or overlapping on first contact. Spin is not an indicator of a double contact here (just like a regular pass, where spin does not indicate double contact). If this is unclear, see event staff for clarification.


Use of fingertips with prolonged contact to redirect a ball while blocking is NOT allowed. The ball can rebound off your hands, but you can’t use your fingertips to direct the ball.

Screens: Screens are not allowed. If requested by the opponent, a screening player must move sideways or bend down to avoid screening.

Blocking does not count as one of your three touches.


ALL net touches result in loss of point. This includes the poles. Touching the guy wires is allowed.

Poles are considered antennas for the purposes of determining whether a ball crossed over the net within the playing area.

Any issues with the net or court (net falling or suddenly becoming loose, stakes coming out, lines coming out, etc.) result in an immediate re-do of the point. A player may not purposely cause such an issue.


Full court (9m x 18m) for all divisions.

No open-hand tips (you can swing, roll it, knuckle poke, or bump, but can’t push/have your fingertips guide the ball except while blocking).

Serving: The service toss may be dropped dropped with no fault (regardless of where the ball lands) once per point. A subsequent drop of the service toss results in a loss of point for the serving team.

Service order: If a team is determined to be serving out of order, the point will not count and will result in a re-do. If the same team serves out of order more than once, each subsequent time will result in a loss of the point.

If a player is near the net and attempting to play a ball up from below the bottom of the net (on the first or second hit), the opposing players may not intentionally make motions intended to distract, ‘psych out’, or otherwise interfere with their opponent’s ability to play the ball. Players are allowed to be near the net to be ready to make a play or let the opponent know that they’re there.

Players showing unsportsmanlike conduct and/or disrespect to any other person at the event (player or not) may, at the discretion of the event organizers, be disqualified from a game, a set, or the rest of the tournament, and may be asked to leave the event. In this case, no refund will be provided. Tournament prizes may be withheld from teams behaving poorly, at the sole discretion of the organizers, for any reason, even if you finish the game.