Tri-ball is basically volleyball;
however, in tri-ball, you team has the creative option of
playing the ball over one of three nets to your choice of
of one of two opposing teams.
The court is divided into three equal sections
by three standard volleyball nets. These sections will be
referred to as Sections A, B, and C. The nets are raised
to the standard men's height of 7'11". The service
line is in the center of the back of each section.
A team shall consist of 4 - 6 players. If
four players are on a team, at least two must be women.
If five players are on a team, at least two must be women.
If six players are on a team, there must be three of each
Substitutes may be introduced after each round
The team receiving a serve or volley may volley
the ball to either opposing team.
Your team is allowed the standard three touches
of the ball to set and return a serve or volley.
If there is more than one touch by a co-rec
team, it must be touched by each gender before clearing
Each team begins with 36 points. The main
objective is to finish each game with more points than your
other two opponents. Your strategy should be to defensively
retain as many points as possible, while offensively chipping
away at the points of your opponents.
Points are deducted from
your total each time you:
Hit the ball out of bounds
Fail to safely return the ball to either
of your opponents
Allow another team to land the ball in
Hit the ball into any net on your serve
Hit the ball at any time into the far
net that separates your two opponents
Foot fault during a serve
Touch or break the plane above or below
Serve out of rotation
Fail to serve one serve to each opposing
Fail to rotate your team members in a
clockwise pattern each time a new player on your team
Every time the ball is served, a point will
be lost by one of the three teams (rally score).
Each game is separated into three quick rounds.
In each round, each team will get four serves.
Each team will get a total of 12 serves in
The game ends when each team has taken twelve
In each round, the team in Section "A"
will serve 4 times, then service will move clockwise to
the team in Section "B," then Section "C."
The next round will begin with Section "A" serving
In each round, two members from each team
will get two serves a piece. Each player must serve both
serves consecutively and serve to each of the opposing teams
in the order of the server's choice.