OSSO Social Sand Volleyball 6s Rules

1. General League Rules and Information

  • A team must have a minimum of 9 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 6 players must be present to begin a match including 2 girls, unless agreed upon by both captains.
  • If a team is short players, substitutes are allowed as long as there are 3 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

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 2 girls on the court at all times, otherwise the team without the 2 girls forfeits, unless agreed upon by both captains
  • 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. 
  • Lifts will be allowed unless deemed excessive
    • A lift is when the ball sits in your hands for too long, almost as if you caught it
    • Don’t catch it and throw it
  • There will be no rotation errors called
    • A rotation error is when the ball over rotates after a set, again, it will not 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 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
  • An incidental or minor touch of the net will not be called, unless deemed excessive
  • Interfering with players under the net is not allowed. If you land under the net without interfering with another player it is okay.
  • Teams must rotate after changing servers
    • Teams will change servers after they have scored on an opponent’s serve
    • Teams will rotate thier players in & out of the game in a set order.
    • Each player must serve & get equal playing time by rotating through every position.
    • Playing only front row or only back row is not allowed.
  • Back row attacks are not allowed.
    • A back row attack is when any back row players feet leave ground and they attack the ball with one or two hands at a driven angle while at the net or in front of their front row players.
    • 5. Playoffs

      • 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 forfiet, you'll be mad & it just makes what would have been a great night for everyone else really awkward. 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. If a player is injured during playoffs that would cause a team to be below the 6 required players, they may play with 5.
      • Teams may play for fun, but the non-forfieting team will move on in the playoffs
      • Penalty is a forfeit
      • ONLY players on the current roster may play in the playoffs.


**Friday Party 6's:

This is a casual, laid back league meant to bring out the best social side of the sport!
Theme nights are a definite part of that - more on that below! 

This league is Self-Reffed! The league manager will go over rules with each team during the first week. They will observe during regular season and be there to answer any questions about rules that may come up as well as clarify rules during gameplay. If there is a disagreement on calls during the regular season, captains will meet at the net to come to an agreement.

If there is no agreed call, re-do the play! Please designate a level headed player to fill in if the captain is not present! If there are multiple disputes and teams can't seem to agree at all, the league manager will step in and ref the rest of the game! 

Theme Nights!!

It is not at all mandatory to dress according to the theme but it is highly encouraged!

  • Best dressed team with use of team jersey will be awarded 2 pitchers of beer or house seltzer the following week (League manager needs to see all dressed teams throughout the night).
  • The winner will go out in weekly text between 4:00 & 5 :00 on gameday and captain will see league manager to claim prize that night.
  • During game play, teams get one point for dressed players at the start of the first two matches. (3rd will start at 0-0)
  • The roster minimum of 9 is the most points a team can get at the start of the match.
  • If the opposing team matches the number of your dressed players, the beginning score zeros out. (ex: if 6 of the 9 players on both teams are dressed up, the starting score is 0-0 - If one team has 5 & the other 6, the team with 6 would start each game up 1-0)
  • If there is a dispute of whether someone is dressed to the theme, league manager will determine whether or not it counts. (Don't just put one or two small items on, have fun with it and go all out!)
  • During playoffs, there will be no theme to gain points from at the beginning of any matches. Players will wear their team jerseys!



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