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 *Regulations subject to change; currently being updated for 2018-19 season* 

VOL i In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.


VOL ii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the national or international governing body these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.


VOL ii.i The Volleyball Championships are held in accordance with the rules of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), adopted and approved by the Volleyball Advisory Group. 

 VOL iii The minimum number of players required to be on court is 6.

VOL 1 Affiliations: All teams must complete the appropriate team registration, and where applicable player registration, forms for Volleyball England, SVA or NIVA (dependent on which is the relevant governing body), in accordance with the BUCS affiliation document.


VOL 2 The Championships: Teams shall play in a merit-based structure within their playing Conference. Teams in the Premier Leagues shall qualify for the Championship Knockouts, teams in Tier 1 Leagues for the Trophy and teams in Tier 2 and below the Conference Cup.


VOL 2.1 All league fixtures shall be best of 5 sets and played under FIVB rules whereby all sets are rally points. The first 4 sets shall be first to 25 points and by 2 clear points. A deciding fifth set shall be first to 15 points and again by 2 clear. All knockout cup fixtures (Championship, Trophy and Conference Cup) shall also be best of 5 sets.


VOL 2.2 A minimum hall booking of 2 hours is required. In the case of Premier League fixtures, this should be 2.5 hours.  This shall comprise at least 10 minutes general warm up and 10 minutes for hitting and serving, leaving at least 1 hour and 40 minutes for the match. The warm up start time should be the time which is posted on BUCScore. Teams must be advised of the warm up start time, and the match start time, which must not be less than 20 minutes after the start of the warm up. Under such circumstances teams must arrive at the venue in good time to allow the warm up to start at the appointed time.


VOL 2.3 In the event of a team arriving late the following procedure shall apply:


VOL 2.3.1 Where both team captains agree, and sufficient hall time is available, then the match shall be played in full. 


VOL 2.3.2 Where one team objects then the following procedure shall apply. If a team is not on court and ready to play at the published match start time they shall be allowed a maximum of 15 minutes leeway to appear. At 15 minutes after the published match start time the team that is late shall lose the first set 25-0.


VOL 2.3.3 They shall then lose a set for every subsequent 15 minutes that they are late until: In the case of a best of 5 sets match they are 45 minutes late at which point the match shall be awarded as a walkover, or, in the case of a best of 3 sets match they are 30 minutes late at which point the match shall be awarded as a walkover. 


VOL 2.3.4 If the team that is late arrives during one of the 15 minute leeway periods then they shall be allowed the balance of the time remaining within that period to warm up and be ready to play at the next deadline point. Therefore it is possible for a team to arrive late, fall behind on sets but still win the match on the court of play.


VOL 2.4 Draws are not permitted in volleyball. Where a fixture does not reach a conclusion, and VOL 2.2 has been complied with and VOL 2.3 does not apply, the fixture should be rearranged, following the procedure in REG 15.5.

VOL 3 Championship and Trophy Finals


VOL 3.1 The Championship Finals: Premier League teams will be entered into the Championship knockout tournament which will begin with a last 16 round.


VOL 3.2 The Trophy Finals: Qualifiers to the Trophy knockout competition shall progress from a last 32 round to the Final to be played at BUCS Big Wednesday.


VOL 4 Match Officials: Both the first and second referee should be qualified for all BUCS fixtures.


VOL 5 All BUCS fixtures should be fully recorded on an FIVB scoresheet.


VOL 5.1 A designated scorer, or scorers, must be assigned for each fixture to conduct the completion of the FIVB scoresheet but do not require to be qualified.


VOL 5.2 It is the responsibility of the home team to keep a copy of the match scoresheet until the end of the season.


VOL6 Facility Requirements: The following minimum standards are designed to ensure that students participating in BUCS volleyball competitions are able to do so in a safe and appropriate environment using suitable equipment. Matches will take place under FIVB Official Volleyball Rules, with the following additional provisions to facilitate and support BUCS competition.


VOL6.1 Facility/Hall Provision


VOL 6.1.1The volleyball Court should be of standard size, 18m x 9m, surrounded by a free zone which is a minimum of 3m wide.


VOL 6.1.2 The surface must be flat, horizontal and uniform and not present any danger or injury to the players.


VOL 6.1.3 The roof height should be a minimum of 6m from the playing surface.


VOL 6.2 Posts and Net


VOL 6.2.1 All nets must include securely fastened antennae.


VOL 6.2.2 Posts must be securely fixed to the ground without wires and there shall be no dangerous or obstructing devices. Nets fixed to walls are not acceptable for competition purposes.


VOL 6.3 Referee Stand: Courts must have a secure, stable, refereeing stand which will enable the first referee to control the game effectively.


VOL 6.4 Lines: Courts lines must be clearly marked and visible. A court centre line must also exist and be clearly visible.



VOL 7 Where teams are tied on points at the end of the season REG 9.9.5 and REG 9.11 will apply. 


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