New rules for 2022

  • In previous years, points were was based on rally scoring. In rally scoring, the team that wins the rally is awarded a point (regardless of if they served or not). In 2022, scoring will be based on side-out scoring. In side-out scoring, teams are only able to score a point when they serve the ball. This means that the receiving team cannot score but instead can only win the opportunity to serve by winning the rally.

  • Clockwise rotation is required.

  • Teams are not allowed to strategically change players' position throughout the game, outside natural game play.

  • Rules below reflect the changes in this section and no additional changes has been made.

General Information

  • Only KPSNA members can participate in this tournament.

  • It is captain's responsibility to know team's standing in the tournament. We request only captain can ask scorer about the team standing to avoid crowd at score table.

  • Only the team captain is allowed to speak on behalf of the team to referee in dispute or argument situations during the game.

  • In case of any dispute or disagreement, game referee's decision will be final.

  • Tachikara SV-5WS pressurized to 5 psi will be used in this tournament.

  • ABSOLUTLEY NO SPITTING OF PAN PARAG, TABACCO, ETC., AND THROWING EMPTY PACKS ON THE FLOOR OR ON THE PREMISES.  PLEASE USE THE GARBAGE CANS.  THE TEAM WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IF A PLAYER OR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH A TEAM IS FOUND VIOLATING THIS RULE.

Rules and Regulations

Each game in the tournament (regular season and playoffs) will be played in accordance to rules outlined below. Team captain will be responsible for understanding and explaining rules to all team members.

  • Maximum of 6 players on the court.

  • Each game will be 30 points or 20 minutes.

  • The team that wins the coin toss may either elect to serve or select the court.

  • The ball must be served (either overhand or underhand or jump serve) from behind the line after receiving a signal from the referee. 

  • When serving, the player must toss the ball before hitting.

  • A serve may also touch the net, as long as it crosses the net within the boundaries of the court.

  • Anytime during the game, ball on the line will be considered as inbound.

  • Setting and spiking is not allowed, however spiking is allowed as long as it is the first hit.

  • During each play, maximum of three hits are allowed; blocking will not be counted as a part of three hits.

  • During a play, touching a net with any part of the body will be considered a foul.

  • During a play, touching the ball if it's on the opposing teams side will be considered a foul. Area above net is neutral. 

  • During a play, one foot completely crossing the center line will be considered a foul. 

  • Only use of hands and forearms will be allowed, hitting with any other parts of body will considered as foul.

  • Clockwise rotation is required.

  • Teams are not allowed to strategically change players' position throughout the game, outside natural game play.

  • Per game, teams are allowed 1 substitution. In other words, once a player leaves the court, he/she cannot come back into the game. If this happens, one player can take his/her place.  Further more, after one substitution occurs and another player needs to leave the court (injury, etc.), the team will now be playing with 5 players.

  • Per game, teams are allowed one 1 minute injury or non-injury timeout.

  • If a play is in progress when time expires, the play will stop if the score is not currently tied.

  • If a play is in progress when time expires, the play will continue if the score is currently tied.

  • Winning team does not need to win by two points.

Playoff Rules

  • Top 16 teams from the regular season will qualify for the playoffs.

  • Bottom 4 teams from the regular season will be eliminated from the tournament.

  • All 16 teams qualified in the playoff will be ranked 1 through 16. Divisions will be dissolved in the playoffs.

  • Teams with the most number of wins will be ranked number 1 and the least number of wins will be ranked 16.

  • Teams with an equal number of wins will be ranked by the regular season point differential (Points scored - Points allowed)

    • Example: If the team A and team B won all 9 games in the regular season and if team A has a total point differential of 90 points and team B has total point differential of 100 points then Team B will be ranked as Number 1 and Team A will be ranked as Number 2.

  • The team ranked 1 will play Team ranked 16, the team ranked 2 will play the team ranked 15, and so on.

  • Playoff are knock-out style so there will be 8 teams remaining at the end of the round 1, 4 teams remaining at the end of round 2, etc. 
     

Final

  • Final game of the tournament will be best of three series.

  • Final game maximum points allowed per game: 11 points.

  • Final game maximum time allowed per game: 10 minutes.

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