Download + Print Rules
// PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
1. All Players must be at least 21 years of age and have current, adequate health insurance.
2. All players must be properly registered on a team during the season for which they are playing.
*If a player is registered on more than one team within the league, they may only play for one team in the playoffs.
*All players must agree to the Fray Liability Waiver as described in the Fray Terms and Conditions section of Player Registration.
3. Any use of an ineligible player will result in a forfeit.
// GAME PLAY
1. A maximum of three consecutive contacts per side after a serve or block attempt are allowed to return the ball.
*A block attempt is not considered a contact.
2. No player may hit the ball twice in succession, except after a block.
3. No part of the body may touch the net at any time 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.
4. When executing a block or spike, a player may follow through over the net, as long as the individual does not interfere with players on the other side of the net.
5. Out of bounds is the area outside the designated court line. The line is IN bounds.
// GOLDEN RULE
First and foremost, all Fray leagues are 50% Social and 50% Sport. While we have staff // officials, we expect individuals to respect the league’s culture of fair and fun play. Foul language and rough play will not be tolerated. Individuals who cannot adhere to our standards of fair play and sportsmanship may be asked to leave the league. We want everyone to have fun and be social while enjoying a great sport. We will do whatever we can to make sure all players are having fun!
// GENERAL POLICIES
We accept individual player payments and allow prepayment for additional players and/or full teams. We are also proud to welcome those who do not have a full team (small groups and free agents) to participate in our league.
Because our mission is to make fun possible, these policies make it easier for people to get involved with and build community through social sports.
All registrations are on a first come, first serve basis. Any roster that does not reach our official size (based on each sport) is eligible to receive free agents and/or small groups. Rosters made up of primarily free agents and/or a collection of small groups may have more players than the standard roster size. This policy is in place to help ensure free agent teams are able to consistently field a team each week.
// Roster Size Chart
||Max Roster Size
|Volleyball – 2v2
|Volleyball – 4v4
|Volleyball – 6v6
// Teams & Substitute Players
1. 2v2 Leagues: A maximum of 2 players can be on the court. Teams must have 2 players present to start the game.
2. 4v4 Leagues: A maximum of 4 players can be on the court (CoEd – 2 players must be female). Teams must have a minimum of 3 players present to start the game. (CoEd – 1 player must be female)
3. 6v6 Leagues: A maximum of 6 players can be on the court (CoEd – 3 players must be female). Teams must have a minimum of 5 players present to start the game. (CoEd – 2 players must be female)
4. Substitute players (players not on the roster) may be used at any time in the regular season. Substitutes are not permitted during playoffs.
*All substitutes must be a registered player on another team and/or in another Fray league that is currently in play.
*Teams may use additional substitute players above the player minimum with the opposing team’s consent. Teams who agree to play under these conditions must notify the Host before the start of the game and the outcome of the game will stand as is.
5. Teams have until 10 minutes past the designated start time to field the minimum number of players. The 10 minute grace period is considered part of the overall game time. If a team is unable to reach the minimum number of players, the game will be deemed a forfeit.
*Teams may play a “legal game” with less than the required minimum number of players with the opposing team’s consent. Teams who agree to play under these conditions will lose the option of receiving a forfeit win and the outcome of the game will stand as is. Team’s must notify the Host before the start of the game.
6. Teams must designate a captain prior to the start of the game. They are the only team member allowed to discuss calls with officials. Judgement calls by an official may not be disputed.
// Game Substitutions & Rotations
1. Teams are allowed an unlimited number of substitutions per match.
2. All team members must rotate on the court and remain in that position until the serve has been contacted.
3. The player in the back right-hand corner of the rotation will be designated to serve and continue to rotate clockwise.
4. Any player may block or spike at the net, regardless of rotation.
1. Overhand and underhand serves are allowed. Jump serves are not allowed.
2. When serving the ball, the player has 5 seconds to make contact with the ball before a side-out is called.
3. If the ball hits the net on the serve but still goes over, it is considered a legal serve.
4. The serve can be returned with a pass or a set. The serve cannot be blocked or attacked at any time.
5. The serve can be made from anywhere behind the end line and within the sideline.
6. A server may not step over the end line until the ball has been contacted.
// Game Duration
1. Matches will be played as a best-of-3 format with a 45-60 minute time limit. Game times may vary based on a specific location.
*If time expires in the middle of a game, the team with the most points will be declared the winner of that game. If less than a two (2) point difference exists between scores the referee or league host will set a point cap and the teams will play to that point.
2. Rally scoring will be used and a team must win by 2 unless tied at the point cap. If the score is tied at the point cap, the winner of the next point wins.
*Games 1 & 2 will be played to 21 points with a cap of 25 points.
*Game 3 will be played to 15 points with a cap of 18 points.
3. Scores should be called out loudly before each serve.
4. The Referee or league host will have a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with the winning team captain to determine the choice of serving first or choosing a side for the first game.
5. Teams will switch sides for the second game. The team that did not serve to start the first game shall serve to start the second game.
// Referees & Sportsmanship
Generally, USVBA rules will be used.
1. Volleyball is a self-regulated game that relies on the Honor System. Teams and players are responsible for calling their own faults during play. If a fault occurs, you are expected to call it as such. While referees may at times call a fault, a lack of a call by a Referee does not remove your obligation to abide by the Honor System.
2. Teams will be scheduled to provide one (1) referee for certain games before or after their own match. Referees will be the official timekeepers and be positioned at the center line.
3. Referees’ primary responsibilities are to serve as an arbitrator for difficult calls, start and maintain game flow, ensure the safety of all participants and spectators, and enforce the Sportsmanship Code. It is the PLAYERS’ responsibility to identify faults when they occur.
4. League officials have the authority to eject anyone before, during and immediately after any match if they feel it is warranted.
5. All decisions made by referees are final.
// Equipment, Uniforms & Facility Use
1. All equipment will be provided on site, including a game ball. Teams may use their own ball if both captains agree to use it.
2. Players should make every effort to wear the official Fray division shirt.
3. For indoor volleyball, players must wear athletic, closed toed shoes.
4. If an individual or team violates the facility’s Code of Conduct, they may be asked to leave and a refund will not be issued.
// Playoffs & Standings
1. Playoffs are determined after the regular season has concluded and are based on scheduling and other league logistics. Playoffs are not guaranteed.
2. Standings are sorted based on teams’ Win-Loss-Tie record. If there is a tie in the standings, we sort based on the following information in order until the tie is resolved:
1. Teams have until 10 minutes past the designated start time to field the minimum number of players. The 10 minute grace period is considered part of the overall game time. If a team is unable to reach the minimum number of players, the game will be deemed a forfeit.
*First Forfeit – Loss of game and warning issued
*Second Forfeit – Loss of game and Fray reserves the right to remove team the playoffs.
*Third Forfeit – Loss of game and removal from the league with no refund
2. In the case of a forfeit, the final score is recorded as 2-0.
// Weather Cancellations
1. One week is built into the end of each season
2. All players will be notified via email if games are canceled
3. If more than one weather cancellation occurs, Fray will try to find another week if possible to make up the games, but it is not guaranteed.
4. Should inclement weather or other factors limit normal scheduled game duration and more than half the game has been played, the game shall count as the full game