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Mud Volleyball Tournament

Starting and Finishing

1. A roster may consist of no more than 10 players. A team can start and finish with a minimum of 4 players.

2. A Co-Rec team shall consist of 6 players (3 men, 3 women). Serving order and positions must be an alteration of male and female players.

3. Rock, paper, scissors will determine the first set service, which alternates second set. If a third set is necessary, a coin toss will determine the service.

4. A team may start and finish with four players. There must be an equal number of males and females.

Forfeit Time

5. A team not ready to play at the scheduled time will forfeit the first set. In ten additional minutes they shall forfeit the match.

General Rules

6. The officials will be the scorekeepers and timers. Their decision governing time and score will be official.

7. The Intramural Sports supervisor and officials will not tolerate continued abusive language or actions from coaches, participants or spectators. If such disruptive and unsportsmanlike behavior persists, individuals and or teams may be asked to leave the playing area.

8. The basic alignment on the court must be in alternating position. Male - Female - Male.

9. The server must start in the back of the pit.

10. No slinging of mud.

11. Each team must rotate its members clockwise on the serve.

12. The ball may be contacted with any part of the body above and including the waist.

13. The ball may not visibly come to rest (momentarily) on a player. The ball must be clearly hit. Scooping, lifting, pushing or carrying the ball shall be considered holding, which is illegal.

14. In almost all cases, any underhand hits contacted with the palm of the hand will be considered legal as long as it is not a blatant carry or throw.

15. A player may not contact the ball twice in succession; however, any player participating in a block in which the ball is contacted simultaneously with a teammate shall have the right to make the next contact. Such contact will count as the first of three contacts allowed to the team.

16. A team may not contact the ball more than 3 times in attempting to send it over the net. In the case of simultaneous block, three hits are allowed after the block itself. When the ball is played more than once by a team, one of these contacts must be by both sexes.

17. A player is not allowed to spike the ball when it is on opponent's side of the net.

18. A rotation method of serving will be utilized with new players entering at the server position.

19. Service

  1. Service cannot be made with two hands.
  2. Service is a fault if it is not made following the rotation order.
  3. Service must be made as soon as the referee blows the whistle.
  4. It is illegal to attack or break the boundary of the net on service.

20. You may reach over the net to block a ball being returned, but you may not block a set because it is not being returned.

Time-Time Out

21. Each team will be allowed one thirty second time-out per set. One minute between games.


22. A set will consist of 15 points. A team must win by 2 points. The first team to win 2 out of 3 sets wins the match. Time limit per match is 45 minutes. No time limit during championship match. At the end of time, the team ahead in game 3 will be the winner.

23. In the third set, rally scoring will be used.


24. Swearing on the court results in a warning for the first offense. Any subsequent offenses will result in a point of side-out awarded to the opposing team each offense.

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