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Campus Recreation

Sand Volleyball

The University of Southern Mississippi

Intramural Sports Program

Sand Volleyball Rules


All Intramural participants are responsible for their own medical expenses. Any participant unsure of his/her physical condition should check with their physician or the University Clinic before participating in an Intramural Sports contest.

Teams are responsible for keeping their spectators under control. Misconduct of participants, coaches or spectators can result in an unsportsmanlike penalty, ejection or forfeiture of the game. Team Captains will be held responsible for spectator, team and sideline misconduct.  Two ejections from any contest will result in an automatic forfeiture.

Intramural Staff are in absolute control of the game.  Scorekeepers and Supervisors shall have the power to make decisions on all matters and questions not specifically covered in the rules.



Sand Volleyball is self officiated.  Supervisors will be present to settle disputes if necessary.

Eligibility and Roster Information

A current Southern Miss I.D. must be presented to the supervisor at game time.       


Teams must have a minimum of 3 players to start a game. 

Forfeit Policy

If a team fails to appear with the required minimum number of players, ready to play, at the scheduled location at the scheduled start of the game, a member of the Intramural Sports Staff will declare the contest a forfeit.  Teams that forfeit will receive a ‘C’ for sportsmanship and will be required to pay $15 to the Recreational Sports Office prior to the registration of any other intramural sports teams.  Teams are only allowed one forfeit per sport per season.  If a team forfeits twice, it will be removed from the league for the remainder of the season.

Default Policy

If a team knows that they will be unable to play a scheduled game, the Team Captain must contact the Intramural Sports Office by 12:00 PM the day of the contest to declare a default.  The defaulting team will receive a loss and a ‘B’ for sportsmanship.  There is no re-entry fee for a default.  Teams will be allowed one default per sport; upon the second default, teams will be removed from the league. 


  • Teams will consist of four (4) players, must have 3 players to starts a match.
    • Co-rec: Teams will consist of two (2) women and two (2) men. 
      • If a co-rec team starts with 3 players they must consist of either 1 male & 2 females or 2 males and 1 female.


  • Teams will play best 2 out of 3 games.  The first two games will be played to 21 and teams must win by 2.  If a third game is played, the first team to reach 15 points shall be the winner. A cap of 17 will be used for the third game.


  • The players do not have to rotate, but do have to serve in order during the entire game. 


  • The ball may be served from any point behind the end-lines and between the outside edge of the sidelines.  The server cannot step on the end-line at the time of service.


  • The players must be within the court in a motionless position at the time of the serve.


  • The ball may be contacted no more than three (3) times by a team.  A tipped block does not count as contact.
    • Co-rec: If the ball is hit more than once during possession, a female must contact the ball before it crosses over the net.


  • The ball may be played anywhere on or off of the court.


  • The ball may contact any part of the body.  A ball must be hit cleanly and not held, lifted, pushed, carried, or thrown. 


  • When setting, the ball must be contacted simultaneously by both hands and not allowed to come to rest or drop below the chin of the player contacting the ball.


  • A player may not contact the net with any part of his body or clothing.


  • A player may cross under the vertical plane of the net to play the ball.


  • A blocker may block any ball that has penetrated the vertical plane of the net. The player may not attempt to block the set of an opponent.












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Intramural Sports Office: 601.266.5409

Revised 8/1/11


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