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1. Rules

Volleyball has many intricate rules and regulations. The International Volleyball Federation has done a thorough job of compiling these rules and laying them out in an organized manner for you to learn.

Below are some basic rules you will need to know:

  • Volleyball matches consist of either five sets or three sets, depending on the level of play.
    • Three set matches: two sets are played to 25 and the third set to 15. The winner is the first team to win two sets.
    • Five set matches: four sets are played to 25 and the fifth set to 15. The winner is the first team to win three sets.
  • Each set must be won by two points.
  • A team are allowed six players on the court at one time, three in the front row and three in the back.
  • A team are allowed a maximum of three hits per side.
  • A player may not hit the ball twice in succession.
  • A ball is considered out if it hits the floor outside the boundary lines, an antennae, the referee stand, and the ceiling above a non-playable area.
  • It is legal for a player to contact the ball with any part of the body.

Check out the website to learn all of the International Volleyball Federation rules in more depth.

Additionally, watch the following YouTube video which provides a simple explanation of the volleyball rules.

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