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General Info
Beach Rules

Beach Volleyball rules are very similar to indoor rules, but there are a few significant differences.


  1. Games begin by deciding serve and side. Serve and side can be determined by a coin toss, rock-paper-scissors, or other variations.
  2. When serving, a player may toss the ball only once.
  3. When receiving a serve, players must "bump"the ball, or receive with hands together. Players may not take the serve with open hands, double contact, or lift.
    1. A "down ball" may be taken as a double contact without a violation.
    2. A "free ball" should be taken as a bump. If taken with the hands, it must be clean
    3. (No double contact. This contact can be judged similar to the "set" or second contact)
  4. When setting, a player must be facing the way the ball travels - i.e. a player may set a ball forward or backward, but may not set a ball over the shoulder to the side. If wind redirects the ball, this is not a violation.
  5. When hitting, players may not open hand dink, or "redirect" the ball with the fingers. The hand must be closed or a "roll shot" can be used.
    1. Beach courts do not have a centerline. Players can go under the net, as long as they do not interfere with play on the other side.
  6. When blocking, if the block contacts the ball, it counts as a contact. The team then has two more contacts to put the ball over the net.
    1. The blocking player may play the ball up after blocking, i.e. take both first and second contacts (same as indoor).
  7. When refereeing, the team officiating duties are lined out in the tournament format. Parents are not allowed to officiate (or keep official score).
    1. Primary PlayerReferee Duties:
      1. keep score
      2. record results in pool sheet
      3. help with serving order
      4. help settle disputes (playing teams should call their own violations, and call out the score).
  8. Any competition disputes are first settled between the teams, then to the referee, if the dispute is not solved, then the teams should ask a tournament official at the tent.
  9. Court Dimensions: 8 meters by 8 meters per side, for all age divisions.
Preparation For A Tournament

Here's a quick list of items you could bring to an event, though we do send out a complete list with the event information after registration is complete.  What to bring?

  • Beach Wear - shorts, t-shirt or bathing suit, etc.  Whatever YOU'RE comfortable in!
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, visors/hats, socks (the sand can get HOT!)
  • Your outdoor volleyball (if you have one) for warm ups
  • A LOT of drinks & some snacks
  • A great attitude!
Wanna Host a Beach or Grass Event?

Are you (or is your club) interested in hosting another beach or grass event? Awesome! Let us know and we'll help you advertise it! Many cities have smaller sand courts and they could work perfectly for a single age division event. All you need are adjustable courts (net height varies by age division) and lines and you're all set! Our region also has some outdoor nets we rent out so if you're more interested in hosting a grass tournament...let us know and we can help you out with that as well.  

For more information please contact the Iowa Region Office: 515-727-1860.