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OSSO OKC Indoor Intermediate Volleyball Rules

General League Rules and Information:

  • A team must have a minimum of 9 people on the roster (Less than 9 could result in placement of free agent on team!)
  • In case of severe weather, official word about cancellation will be emailed/texted between 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm
  • Teams must use the designated balls provided by OSSO


  • At least 6 players must be present to begin a match including 2 females, unless agreed upon by both captains. (Please notify the lifeguard if this is the case!) 
    • If a team is short players during the regular season, substitutes are allowed as long as the team has the required minimum of 9 players registered and there are 3 rostered players present
      • Substitute(s) must be registered in the current session
  • If a team is more than 8 minutes late, that team will forfeit the first game in the match. If a team is more than 15 minutes late, that team will forfeit the entire match
  • Captains or designated players of each team will rock/paper/scissors to decide which team serves first
  • All players must be wearing their designated OSSO team shirts/tank tops, or have them present during game time

Scoring and Match rules:

  • Each match will be 2 sets to 25
  • All games are self-reffed, and scores will be kept by the competing teams. Teams will report their scores to a lifeguard or lifeguard assistant
  • Rally scoring will be used. (A point is earned each time the ball touches the ground)
  • All games must be won by 2 
  • The scores for each set will be capped at 29

Game Play Rules:

  • HAVE FUN!!!
  • Each team must have 2 females on the court at all times
    • If a team only has one female present during a regular season game, they may not play with more than 4 men on the court
  • No more than 3 hits before returning
  • When it’s 2 hits or less and over, any combination of players may hit the ball
    • In any 3 hit combination, at least two genders are required to be one of those touches or a point is awarded to the other team
  • Blocking or attacking the serve is not allowed
    • Attacking the serve is when, on the first contact from a serve, a player’s feet leave the ground and they use one or two hands above their shoulders to hit the ball at a downward driven angle back over the net
  • Breaking the plane of the net is not allowed unless blocking
    • Breaking the plane of the net is interfering with the opponents second or third contact of the ball before the player has had the chance to touch/return the ball 
  • Lifts are NOT allowed
    • A lift is when the ball sits in your hands for too long, almost as if you caught it
  • Excessive doubles are not allowed on the second or third contact in a play
    • An excessive double is when there is a double contact on the ball and it over rotates after a player hand sets it
    • Any longer than one and a half seconds during a single rotation of the ball will be called
  • A player may not touch the ball 2 consecutive times unless directly after an opposing team member blocked their original touch
    • A block does not count as a touch
  • If the ball touches the out of bounds line, it is considered in
  • When the ball is returned, it must stay between the ends of the net (antennas)
  • Touching the net is not allowed
  • Interfering with players under the net is not allowed
    • No more than half of your foot may cross the center line at any time
  • Teams must rotate through each position
    • Teams will change servers after they have scored on an opponent’s serve
    • Teams will rotate their players in & out of the game in a set order
    • Playing only front or only back row is not allowed unless using a libero
      • There can only be 1 libero per team per set
      • A maximum of 2 front row players can rotate in and out for the libero per set
  • Back row attacks are not allowed
    • A back row attack is when any back row player’s feet leave the ground and they attack the ball with one or two hands at a driven angle while on or in front of the 10 foot line
  • Throughout the course of the match should any disagreements regarding a play arise, teams will agree to replay the point


  • ONLY rostered players may play in playoffs. We are aware that EVERYONE thinks their team’s roster situation deserves an exception just this one time. Don’t do it. You will get caught, you’ll forfeit, you’ll be mad & it ruins the night for your team & your opponents. Play your match for fun & may the best team of legally rostered players win the Championship.
  • Teams must have at least 6 players on the court at all times in the playoffs, including 2 females. Teams may play for fun, but the non-forfeiting team will move on in the playoffs

Any other league specific rules that were not addressed in the rules will be subject to League Manager’s “Spirit of the League” ruling and will be determined with fairness, player safety & fun in mind.

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