OSSO Sand Intermediate 4s Rules

OSSO Social Sand Volleyball Intermediate 4s Rules


1. General League Rules and Information

  • A team must have a minimum of 6 people on the roster
  • In case of severe weather, official word about cancellation will be emailed/texted to everyone between 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm & posted on the Pearl Beach Brew Pub facebook page (like the page if you haven't already)
  • Teams must use the designated balls provided by OSSO


2. Pregame

  • At least 4 players must be present to begin a match including 1 girl, unless agreed upon by both captains. 
  • If a team is short players, substitutes are allowed as long as there are 2 rostered players on the court and the substitute(s) are registered in a current league 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. (and may have to buy beers for the other team)
  • Captains or designated players of each team will either toss a coin, chug a beer, or rock/paper/scissors to decide which team serves first
  • All players must be wearing their designated OSSO team shirts/tank tops. If you do not want to wear it, make sure it is with you and draped over the net. 


3. Scoring and Match rules

  • Each match will be the best of 3 sets 
  • Rally Scoring system. (each time the ball hits the ground, someone scored)
  • The first 2 set will go to 21 and the 3rd set will go to 15, all must be won by 2


4. Game Play Rules

  • HAVE FUN!!!
  • Each team must have 1 girl on the court at all times, otherwise the team without the girl forfeits. 
  • No more than 3 hits before returning
  • When it’s 2 hits or less and over, any combination of players my hit the ball
  • In any 3 hit combination, a female is required to be at least 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 players 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. 
    • Open handed tips and swipes are not allowed.
    • You can dink the ball with your knuckles or poke it using your fingertips with your hand extended.
  • 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.
    • If the ball is intentionally set into the opponents side of the court, the player must contact the ball above his/her shoulders and must direct the ball perpendicular to the direction his/her shoulders are facing. 
  • 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 hit
  • 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
  • NO Net Touches Allowed
  • Teams must rotate after changing servers
    • Teams will change servers after they have scored on an opponent’s serve
  • Interfering with players under the net is not allowed. If you land under the net without interfering with another player it is okay.
  • Teams will rotate thier players in & out of the game in a set order.
  • Each player must serve & get equal playing time.


5. Playoffs

  • ONLY players on the current roster may play in the playoffs.
  • Penalty is a forfeit
  • Teams may play for fun, but the non-forfieting team will move on in the playoffs
  • Teams must have at least 4 players on the court at all times in the playoffs, including 1 female

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 forfiet, you'll be mad & it just makes what would have been a great night for everyone really awkward. Play your match for fun & may the best team of legally rostered players win the Championship.


Calls made by the OSSO Referee are final! There might be a questionable call from time to time. Relax, you’ll live.