Rules and Policies

The rules listed below are set for the 2013-2016 seasons. These rules are to help create an atmosphere of fair and competitive play. All rules apply to both Wasatch Beach Doubles League AND Wasatch Beach (Weekend) Tournaments, unless otherwise noted. Any concerns/questions should be brought to the attention of the Wasatch Beach Board; however, as a standard practice rules will not be changed mid-season.

Underlying Rules
Wasatch Beach underlying rules are the FIVB International Beach Volleyball Rules 2015-2016

Updated Rules to Note
Net Violation (Rule 11.3 and 11.4): Contact with the net by a player between the antennae, during the action of playing the ball, is a fault. The action of playing the ball includes take-off, hit and landing (amongst others):
  • touching the net between the antennae or the antenna itself during his/her action of playing the ball,
  • taking support from the net simultaneously with playing the ball, or
  • creating an advantage over the opponent by touching the net, or
  • making actions which hinder an opponent's legitimate attempt to play the ball.

What this means for WBV players: Contact with any part of the net by a player between the antennae during the play is a fault and will be considered a net violation. Hair, hats and clothing touching the net is not considered a net violation.

Teams will only be listed as 2 people.

Players who place 1st in two Wasatch Beach Events* are required to move up a division for the next WBV event that they are registered for. After moving up a division, if that player/team does not finish in the top 8 teams for MO/MA and in the top 4 teams for WO/WA, they will be allowed to move back down into their previous division. Players/teams who finish in the top 8 teams for MO/MA and in the top 4 teams for WO/WA will not be allowed to move back down a division for the remainder of the current season.

*Wasatch Beach Events are defined as Wasatch Beach League or Wasatch Beach (Weekend) Tournaments.

In order to provide better planning, strict deadlines will be followed. No "day of" signups or late registrations will be accepted. See specific league or tournament for exact deadline dates.

Wasatch Beach League Team Cap
Each Wasatch Beach Doubles League division will be limited to a maximum of 12 teams on a "first come, first serve" basis.

Wasatch Beach Volleyball will use USA Beach Ranking – Sectional Promoter Tournament point system (8-15/16+ teams $0-$999 purse) for all WBV divisions with 8+ teams. See link for details.

For tournaments with 7 teams or less, points will be awarded as follows:
1st – 10 points
2nd – 9 points
3rd – 8 points
4th – 7 points
5th – 6 points
5th – 6 points
7th – 5 points

Wasatch Beach League Substitutions
Substitutions for a partner will be allowed during the regular league season play. A substitution during League Tournament will be allowed, but ALL of the following conditions must be met:
  • The Sub during Tournament CANNOT be registered on another team for the current season.
  • The Sub CANNOT sub for more than 1 team during tournament.
  • The Sub must have already subbed on that team for a minimum of 2 weeks during the regular seasonplay. Subs names will be communicated by writing in the name of subs on the weekly score sheets.
  • If a team fails to write in the name of their sub for that week, it will not be added later.
One person from the originally registered team must play in each game, or the games will be considered forfeits. If neither of the originally registered players can attend, WBV stresses that the team should make every effort to find subs to allow the remaining teams to have the opportunity to still play. Substitutions may be from within the league or from another league. A sub MAY SUB UP a division, but CANNOT SUB DOWN a division (i.e. Open players cannot sub for an A player, but an A player can sub for an Open player.) Women may substitute for a men’s team; however, men will not be allowed to substitute for a women’s team. There can only be one substitute player per game; once a substitute begins a game that player must finish it. The same substitute is not required to play both games in a match. No substitutions will be allowed during Tournament weeks.

What this means for WBV players: A sub during League Tournament will be allow, but the items listed above must all be met. If a team plans to have a sub for League Tournament that team MUST CONTACT Mike Manczuk BEFORE tournament play begins to ensure that all requirements are met beforehand

Wasatch Beach Double Elimination Tournaments
Tournament Players must be the two originally registered players - no substitutions. League Tournaments will run as a double elimination bracket, with an Olympic Cross Over* format.

*Olympic Cross Over format - The Championship Match will be the final match; in the case of the Contender's Bracket Team winning the final match (meaning the first lost for the Winner's Bracket Team), no additional match or set will be played.

Wasatch Beach League Forfeit
A League Team will forfeit its first game at 11 minutes past the scheduled start time and will forfeit the second game at 21 minutes past the scheduled start time. Teams that show up after the scheduled start time, but within the 10 or 20 minute time frame, must start immediately and are not allowed extra warm up time. Players will use the Wasatch Clock for official start times; the Wasatch Clock is located north of Wasatch Beach on the wall of the Sports Mall. For league, 1 person from the originally registered team MUST attend and play in at least 3 weeks of pool play. If not, the team will be dropped before the tournament begins and will not be allowed to play.

Wasatch Beach (Weekend) Tournament Forfeit
Once a match has ended, oncoming teams have 6 minutes to warm up on the court; game time will begin at the conclusion of the 6 minute warm up. A team will forfeit its first game at 10 minutes after game time begins. A team will forfeit its second game 5 minutes after that.

Each team is allowed one time-out for 60 seconds per game. Time-outs that exceed this will result in a loss of a rally. Be respectful of your opponents and keep time-outs concise.

Injury Time-Out
Each player is allowed one 5 minute injury time-out per match. After 5 minutes the player must return to play or forfeit the game and/or match.

Request for an Exception to the Rule
Any request for an Exception to the Rule due to "special circumstances" must be presented to the Wasatch Beach President in a timely manner. The President will share the request and any information needed with the Wasatch Beach Board Members. The player/team making the request should not notify/explain the request to board members; this communication will come from the President. Each board member will have an opportunity to vote to either allow the Exception to the Rule request or to deny it. Decisions made by the board are final, confidential and on a case by case basis; they will have no bearing on any future requests or decisions. If a board member, or team on which a board member plays, is making the request, that board member will be excluded from voting and a proxy representative will be asked by the President to cast a vote.