Oklahoma Homeschool Volleyball League Official Rules and Guidelines

Reason for League:
  1. To give glory to the Lord
  2. To provide a fun, competitive league for the co-ed home school volleyball teams in the region;
  3. To encourage good sportsmanship
  4. To encourage Godly leadership;
  5. To encourage trust and selflessness.
  6. To encourage fellowship among the teams. We encourage complimenting opponents during matches. We do not encourage rivalries. Our purpose is to demonstrate to others that friendly competition exists.
  7. We consider our league a developmental league.

  1. Teams are comprised of 6 players, two of which must be of opposite gender than the rest of team. (Exception: a newly formed team may not have enough of a specific gender to qualify, please contact the League Organizer).
  2. Team must have at least 4 players present to begin a game and one of the 4 players must be opposite gender. *Note-if a team is going to play with LESS THAN 6 players, the following applies:
    1. 5 Player Teams: will have a mandatory side-out where the “6th” player should be playing. I.e.- Positions 1,2,3,4,5 are filled not ‘til AFTER a side-out & point awarded to opposing team, will Position 1 be allowed to serve. *Note-the opposing team must rotate according with side-out/change of possession rules.
    2. 4 Player Teams: will have a mandatory side-out where the “5th & 6th” player should be playing. I.e.- Positions 1,2,3,4 are filled not ‘til AFTER a side-out & points awarded to opposing team, will Position 1 be allowed to serve. *Note-the opposing team must rotate according with side-out/change of possession rules.
  3. Match is ruled a forfeit when the minimum amount of players (
  4. is not present to begin the game within 10 minutes after scheduled start time.
  5. Players must be 13 (12 if turning 13 before the end of the school year) to 18 years of age and must be active on an invited Homeschool volleyball club’s co-ed team. (Exceptions: Newly formed clubs may need a slightly younger player in order to form a team: a player may turn 19 during the league play as long as the player is a homeschooled 12th grader. Our intent is not to “exclude” but to establish guidelines. Contact the league coordinator if you have any questions.) This is an invitational league and all players must be homeschooled. Clubs must have regularly schedules practices in an established location open to all homeschooled students in their area ages 13-18.
  6. Only players recorded on the Entry Form Roster may participate in the matches.
  7. Pool play will be among teams in similar divisions, placed by the coaches. Pool play scores and the league coordinators will determine the final division a team will be placed in for the seeding matches.
  8. Uniforms must have numbers on at least one side.
  9. Roster Entry Form must include players’ numbers by their names. No repeat numbers even if in a different division/team.
  1. Matches are best 2 of 3 games. Games will not be timed.
  2. First 2 games will be to 25 points with a 2-point advantage – no caps.
  3. If a 3rd game is necessary, score will be to 15 points with a 17-point cap (Except for final tournament games, there is a not cap). Use a coin toss to determine server of this game and change courts after 8 points.
  4. RALLY SCORING is in effect for all games and NET SERVES are allowed.
  5. Tournament is a double elimination except for the Final Championship games will be best 3 out of 5.
  6. Team captains meet with official for a coin toss to determine first server. Warm-ups will be as follows:
    1. Combined 5-minute warm-up with each team confined to half a court (no over-the-net drills)
    2. Each team will then have a 4-minute warm-up using the entire court.
    3. Both teams will have a combined 2-minute serving warm-up.
    4. Total warm-up time: 15 minutes.
Other Rules of Note (besides the USA Volleyball Official Rule Book)
  1. Free substitutions are allowed beginner teams only (bronze and brass divisions)
  2. There is no requirement for male or female players to contact the ball regardless of the number of hits by a team. IF a team is obviously not allowing all players to contact the ball, (for example, if the 4 boys on the court are actively involved in every play but the girls are not being allowed to contact the ball) a warning will be given. All players must be actively involved in play. Two warning will be given, after the second warning the game will be forfeited.
  3. Player may have a maximum of 2 tosses on service. After 1st toss bounces on the floor, it may then be tossed a second time, but must then be served.
  4. Each team may have two 30-second timeouts per game.
  5. Players may step under the net so long as it does not interfere with an opposing player only in the beginner divisions.
  6. The ball may be played off the ceiling or obstruction hanging from the ceiling on a teams’ own side. If ball touches the ceiling & carries over to the opponents’ side, it is judged out of bounds.
  7. The serve & first ball over the net, may be received by a set (over head finger action involve
  8. , a double hit CANNOT be called when finger action is involved on the first ball over. Only an obvious “lift” or “carry” could be called when finger action is involved.
  9. Alternates: Can only be used if you have no substitute
  10. Net height: 7’4 1/4” for Bronze and Brass Division, 7’11 5/8” Gold and Silver Divisions.
Player Requirements
  1. No hats or jewelry of any kind (no pierced earrings)
  2. No gum chewing during play
  3. Tennis shoes required
  4. Kneepads suggested
  5. Shorts: All shorts must have at least a 7 inch inseam (without stretching it!) No spandex shorts or skintight shorts, unless they are worn under loose shorts that meet the 7-inch rule. Any questions please contact the league coordinator.
  6. The athlete may not role down the waistband of shorts.
  7. NO skin rule: The athlete raises his/her arms above their head and jumps. NO SKIN should show.
  8. No sleeveless uniforms
  9. Report all injures to your coach.
Chain of Command:
  1. Team captain and/or Coach are the only ones allowed to approach a Referee with a question or concern during a match. The Referee may offer an explanation to the team captain and/or coach when necessary.
  2. The team captain and/or Coach may submit a protest to a ruling to the First Referee and/or Tournament Director during the match. The ruling of the Tournament Director is final.
  3. Coaches may bring their questions or concerns directly to the Tournament Director if it does not directly concern an ongoing match.
  4. Spectators/parents should bring their questions or concerns about matters involving players, teams or rulings directly to their team coach. Each team coach is responsible to handle their concerns or involve the Tournament Director. Spectators/parents should not be in the playing area during a match unless they have been authorized to act in a coaching capacity.
  1. The following Officials will be used during league: First Referee, Second Referee, Line Judges and Scorekeepers,
  2. Each category has designated duties outlined below,
  3. First Referees will be hired Officials whenever possible; otherwise, if necessary, volunteer team coaches may be used.
  4. Second Referees, line judges and scorekeepers are called the “Line Judging Team” and are composed of 5 players. Parents/spectators should only be part of this team when players are not available. We want to encourage players to take ownership and responsibility for their league,
  5. Coaches - responsible to give players written descriptions of their duties & how to perform them
  6. Players are responsible to be informed and carry out their duties with accuracy and fairness
  7. Whenever possible, teams will not be assigned to officiate over their own club in order to provide an atmosphere of fairness.
  8. Tournament Director may be consulted and be the final authority on any issue.
First Referee:
  1. Directs the match from the start of the official match protocol until the end of the match
  2. Has authority over other officials (Second Referee, Scorekeepers, Line Judges) and the members of the teams
  3. Has authority to overrule other officials if he/she is certain one of the officials made an incorrect decision/call.
  4. May replace an official who is not performing functions properly
  5. May decide any matter involving the game, including those not provided for in the Rules
  6. Team coach or captain may request an explanation of the application or interpretation of the Rules upon which the decision was based. The team coach or captain can immediately indicate disagreement with the explanation and reserve the right to submit an official protest about the incident. The First Referee must honor this request by submitting protest to the Tournament Director. Such procedure will be carried out at that time and not at the end of the match.
  7. Prior to the match, the First Referee:
    1. Inspects and approves the playing area, net, antennas, ball(s) and other equipment
    2. Performs the coin toss and conducts the conference with the team captains
    3. Controls the warm-up of the teams
    4. Determines whether conditions meet playing requirements
  8. During the match, the First Referee is authorized to:
    1. Sanction misconduct and delays
    2. Decide upon faults of the server and of the positions of the serving team, to include “screening” the server.
    3. Decides faults in playing the ball
    4. Determine whether the playing area, equipment and conditions meet playing requirements
    5. Authorize game interruptions, controls their duration and rejects improper requests
Second Referee:
  1. Performs functions standing near the post outside the playing court opposite and facing the First Referee and always officiates game play on the BLOCKING side of play.
  2. Attends meeting of team captains and conducts the Coin toss.
  3. Works in conjunction with the scorekeeper by verifying the score, time-outs and sanctions
  4. Supervises the team members on each bench and reports any misconduct to the First Referee
  5. Controls the substitutes, bench and team in the warm-up areas
  6. Controls the number of time-outs used by each team and reports the second time-out to the First Referee and the coach/captain concerned
  7. Checks the floor condition, mainly in the front zone, and also assists the First Referee, during the match and ensures that game equipment meets specifications
  8. Controls the work of the ball retrievers, when and if utilized
  9. May whistle and signal:
    1. When a ball crosses the net, outside, over or touches the antenna on his/her side
    2. When a ball contacts an outside object that is out of play
    3. When an object enters the playing area or presents a hindrance to safety to the players
    4. Net Violations - players contacting the net while the ball is still in play/live
    5. Center Line Violations - any player who crosses the centerline with a body part other than their foot (arms, legs, hand, et
    6. . The foot/”shadow of the foot” is ALLOWED - this means a player can step on the center line. Shadow of the foot is defined as: the foot off the floor or extended above the center line IS LEGAL, play on. The entire foot must cross the center line for it to be a center line violation.
Line Judges:
  1. Each line judge stands at the opposite corners of the court, one to the right of the First Referee & one to the right of the Second Referee. Each line judge controls an end line and a side line.
  2. Line judges carry out their functions by using two hands or a single flag. Hold the signal for a moment to allow First Referee to confirm the signal:
    1. Signal the ball “in” and “out” whenever the ball lands near or on the line. A ball is “in” if it touches the line,
    2. Signal touches every time they see a touched ball
    3. Signal when the ball crosses the net outside the crossing space, over the top of or touches an antenna. It is primarily the line judge closest to the path of the ball that is responsible for the signal.
    4. Signal foot faults of players who are off the court at the time of service
    5. Signal foot faults of the server at their end line who step on the line while contacting the ball for serve
  3. They must repeat the First Referee’s signals every call. “Mirror” the First Referee
  4. Must remain Impartial during match. Do not eat, drink, talk or cheer during matches
  5. Should never be distracted or approached by a spectator/coach/player during a match
  6. Contested line judge rulings may only be done by a participating Coach or team captain during the match directly to First Referee. The First Referee or Tournament Director will be the final authority.
  7. First Referee may overrule or replay a point because of a conflicted line judge ruling
  8. First Referee may replace inattentive line judges
  9. Tournament Director may have final authority in any line judging issue when necessary
Scorekeepers and Libero trackers
  1. Performs his/her functions opposite and facing the First Referee,
  2. Records the points scored on the designated scoring sheet & ensures the visual score is correct
  3. Must remain for the full match (unless approved by the First Referee or Tournament Director)
  4. Records time-outs for each team and provides the number taken to the Referees
  5. Records team and individual sanctions
  6. Notifies the Referees of a request for interruption that is improper. (An improper interruption would be someone approaching them during a match to contest a scor
  7. Records all information for a protest. The participating coach or game captain may only give score protests during a match. The protest must be given directly to the First or Second Referee (Second Referee will direct the protest to the First Refere
  8. . No time out will be charged against either team. First Referee will determine correct score (may consult tournament director if necessary). Their decision is final
  9. Signals the Referees the ends of the games & the scoring of either point in the deciding game
  10. Reviews the score sheet and records the final result at the end of the match
  11. Verifies the results of the game by signing the score sheet at the end of the match
  12. May not be distracted or approached by anyone other than the First or Second Referee or Tournament Director during a match. The designated scorekeeper and libero tracker will be the only persons sitting at the scorekeeping table.
Facility Housekeeping and Parking:
  1. Coaches: You are responsible for clearing the court for the next teams. Make sure players have collected trash and personal belongings on the benches as well as bleachers before leaving the court following every match. Monitoring these regularly by all coaches will reduce the “lost and found” table and the trash that seems to accumulate by the end of league
  2. Players: Remove your water bottles, trash & personal belongings before leaving the playing area
  3. Spectators: Please help us keep the bleachers clear of trash. Make sure you have all your personal belongings before you leave the gym.
  4. Report any unsafe conditions (in the building or behaviors) to Concessions. Bathroom issues or supplies may also be reported to Concessions.
  5. Park on the North or South sides of the building. No parking on the East or West side of the building. No parking at the YMCA (vehicles will be towed.)
  6. Enter on the East or West sides. (Handicap drop-off on the West side only – but you may not park on the West side.)
REMINDER: We are guests of the Norman Optimist Club. Inappropriate behavior of players or guests may result in losing our privilege to use their facilities.

Inappropriate conduct by a player or coach toward officials or other players is classified in four categories according to the degree of the offense.

  1. Minor misconduct offenses are not subject to sanctions. It is the First Referee’s duty to prevent the teams from approaching the sanctioning level by issuing a verbal or hand signal warning to the team through the game captain. This warning is not a penalty and has no immediate consequences. It should not be recorded on the score sheet
  2. Rude conduct: Acting contrary to good manners, moral principles and/or expressing contempt
  3. Offensive conduct: Defamatory or insulting words or gestures. Please inform all students and parents that no substitute words for curse words will be allowed either (dang or darn for d*mn, shoot, crap for sh*t) the word suck/sucks is not allowed
  4. Aggression: physical attack or intended aggression
    Depending on the degree of the conduct and the judgment of the First Referee (and/or Tournament Director), the sanctions to be applied and recorded on the score sheet are:
  1. Penalty: For rude conduct by a player or coach, the team is penalized with the loss of a rally. The sanction is recorded on the score sheet with game score and the uniform number of the player or name of the coach involved. A side-out & point awarded to opposing team.
  2. Expulsion: Extremely offensive conduct or repeated rude conduct is sanctioned by expulsion. The player or coach must leave the playing area, bench and warm-up area for the remainder of the game. The sanction is recorded on the score sheet with the game score and the uniform number of the player or name of the coach involved. No additional penalty (loss of rally) will be charged. If an expelled player continues to engage in misconduct, he/she is subject to further individual sanction, and their team may be penalized additional points as well
  3. Disqualification: For repeated offensive conduct (expulsion) or for aggression, the player or coach must leave the playing area, bench, warm-up area and spectator area for the remainder of the match or remainder of league (determined at the discretion of the Tournament Director), if the player or coach does NOT comply, additional points maybe awarded and/or forfeiture of match as well. The sanction is recorded on the score sheet with the game score and uniform number of the team member or name of the coach involved
Sanction Scale:
The repetition of misconduct by the same player in the same game is sanctioned progressively as shown in the Misconduct Sanction Scale:
  1. A penalty for rude conduct does not require a previous sanction
  2. Expulsion due to offensive conduct does not require a previous sanction.
  3. Disqualification due to aggression does not require a previous sanction.
  4. The Tournament Director makes final decision on sanctions.
Misconduct Before and Between Games:
Any misconduct occurring before or between games is sanctioned according to the Sanction Rules; sanctions apply at the beginning of the following game.

Sanction Cards:
  1. Warning: Verbal or hand signal only
  2. Penalty: Yellow card (a side-out & point awarded to opposing team)
  3. Expulsion: Red card (a side-out & point awarded to opposing team)
  4. Disqualification: Yellow card + red card jointly (a side-out & point awarded to opposing team)
Misconduct of Spectators:
The First Referee or the Tournament Director may handle any misconduct by spectators by giving a verbal warning. A second offense will result in the spectator being asked to leave the area for the remainder of the match. A third offense will result in the spectator being asked to leave the gym for the remainder of league. No team penalty will be charged. We encourage good sportsmanship by all spectators.

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