OSSO Indoor Intermediate Volleyball Rules

1. General League Rules and Information

  • In case of severe weather, official word about cancellation will be emailed between 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm
    • An Email (and Text if you receive Text Alerts) will go out to everyone…PLEASE wait on the email/text
  • Teams must use the designated balls provided by OSSO


2. Pregame

  • At least 6 players must be present and active to begin a match including 2 girls, unless agreed upon by both captains (for regular season games).
  • Late Rule:
    • If a team is more than 10 minutes late, that team will forfeit the 1st of 3 games, but the last 2 games may still be played to determine the match (21, 15)
    • If a team is more than 15 minutes late that team will forfeit that match, but may still play in their allotted time slot for fun (and may have to buy beers for the other team)
  • Captains or designated players of each team will rock/paper/scissors (or chug a beer if allowed by venue) to decide which team serves first
  • All players must be wearing their designated O.S.S.O team shirts/tank tops


3. Scoring and Match rules

  • Each match will be the best of 3 sets (21, 21, 15)
  • The method of scoring will be the rally system. (each time the ball hits the ground, someone scored)
  • Must win by 2
  • Time will be called after the time slot is up. Whichever team is winning at that time will be the winner of that match regardless of score


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 during regular season
    • Must have 6 total, at least 2 females, on the court at all times during playoffs
  • 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, both genders are required to be at least one of those touches or a point is awarded to the other team
  • Attacking the serve is prohibited
    • Attacking the serve is when a front row player's feet leave the ground to block or hit the ball at a downward angle on the first contact after serve
  • Attacking the set is not allowed.
    • Attacking the set is breaking the plane of the net and interfering with the opponents second contact of the ball before the setter has had the chance to set.
  • 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.
  • Lifts will be NOT allowed.
  • There WILL BE rotation errors 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
  • Any touching of the net during play is prohibited
  • Rotation order is left to each individual team, so long as they rotate when they earn the serve and ensure 2 females are on the court at all times
  • Players may switch positions with anyone on the court, but may only do so after the serve
  • If a player falls underneath the net and makes contact with an opposing player, play will be stopped and a point will be awarded to the opposite team.
  • If a player's entire foot crosses the line under the net into the opposing team's side of the court, play will be stopped and a point will be awarded to the opposite team.
  • Teams must rotate after changing servers
    • Teams will change servers after they have scored on an opponent’s serve
  • A back row spike must be performed from behind the “attack line”
    • * The attack line is 10 feet from the net


5. Player Conduct

  • If you are overly aggressive or inappropriate with another player or referee you may be dismissed for the rest of the season with no refund.
  • Lighthearted trash talking is ok.
    1. Any personal profanity (I.E. “F You”) will dictate an immediate ejection for that player.
    2. A second event with that same player will cause a rest of season suspension for that player
    3. Repeated offenses by the same team will result in the entire team being suspended rest of season
  • Any other league specific rules that were not addressed in this cheat sheet will be subject to League Manager’s “Spirit of the League” ruling and will be determined with fairness, player safety & fun in mind.


6. Playoffs

  • ONLY players on the current roster may play in the playoffs.
  • Penalty is a forfiet
  • Teams may play for fun, but the non-forfieting team will move on in the playoffs
  • Teams must have at least 6 players on the court at all times in the playoffs, including 2 females
  • Libero Rotations are allowed, but there can only be 1 libero per team & 2 front row players that can rotate in & out for the libero

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

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.