Rules

Mixed Beach Soccer Rules

General Rules

  • At the beginning of each game, the referee will call upon the team captains for a coin toss or pebble in the hand. The successful captain may then choose to kick off or select the end that the team starts at. The ends will be changed at the end of each third.
    • Each team consists of 5 players, one of whom is the goalkeeper, 4 outfield players and up to 5 substitutes (must have a member of the opposite sex on pitch at all times). Roll on and off substitutions are allowed only when the ball is out of play and with the referees knowledge
    • No footwear is allowed other than sand socks, football socks, wet suit boots or ankle guards
    • Three periods of 12 minutes will be played with a change of ends after each period
    • There is a one minute break between periods if required
    • The penalty area is 6 meters deep and the complete width of the field zoned by 2 cones
    • All opponents must be at least 3 metres from restarts.

 

  • The ball may be played in any direction from the kick off but a goal may not be scored directly without another player taking a touch
  • No slide tackles allowed. If you are sliding to  block a shot this is allowed, but not into a player.
  • All free kicks are direct and to be taken by the fouled player. If the foul is conceded as a handball any player may take the kick
  • All players at a free kick, apart from the taker, must be at least 3 metres from the ball and leave a free zone between the ball and the goal with the exception of the opposition goalkeeper who must remain within the penalty area and at least 3 metres from the ball. The ball may be played in any direction but if the ball is kicked in the direction of the opposing goal only the defending goalkeeper may touch the ball while it is in the air. As soon as the ball goes off target or touches the sand any player may play the ball (If you need clarification of this rule please speak to the referee or any member of the Yellowave team)
  • The goalkeeper cannot score directly from throwing the ball into the oppositions goal, however a goalkeeper may score directly by dropping the ball on the ground and then kicking it
  • Corners are kicked. Throw-ins must be thrown in the traditional way. The goalkeeper restarts the match by throwing the ball from any point within the penalty area
  • Pass backs are allowed
  • All usual disciplinary sanctions apply and a player or substitute throwing sand at anyone will be immediately sent off. A sent off player may take no further part in the match.
  • A penalty kick is awarded if a defender commits an offence within the penalty area punishable by a direct free kick. Penalties will be taken 8 metres from the goal with the goalkeeper on the line and all other players behind the ball
  • Unlimited substitutions are allowed in a match but it must not slow the game down
  • All spectators and substitutes must stay clear of game play and off of the pitch
    • If you are unable to play your match you must let us know by 4pm. Failing to do this you will have to pay for the other team.
    • If a team is m0re than six minutes late or a no show, you will lose the game 10-0.
    • The referees decision IS FINAL

4-a-side Beach Volleyball Rules

General Rules

  • At the beginning of each game, the referee will call upon the team captains for a coin toss or pebble in the hand. The successful captain may then choose to serve or select the end that the team starts at
  • Teams must be registered and paid for before matches unless agreed by staff on the day
  • A maximum of three touches on one team before the ball passes over the net
  • If the ball makes any contact with the court line the ball is in/ if the ball lands outside of the line it is out
  • If there is an obstruction to the referees view, not allowing a definitive decision, a let will be played
  • Three sets of 12 minutes will be played with a change of ends after each set
  • There is a one minute break between sets if required
  • The game will be stopped if another ball enters the court and a let will be played
  • If a ball appears to be going out it must be left to make contact with the sand, any touch on the ball will deem the shot to have been played
  • If it is a draw at the end of time an extra point will be played. There will be no drawn games

Shots

  • The ball can be played off of any part of the body
  • Double touches are only allowed when accidental and on receiving the first shot over the net
  • No open hand receive from a serve or rally point (unless it is hard-driven)
  • No carrying of the ball (please ask if you do not know what a carry is)
  • Any contact with the net during an action shot is a fault
  • If the ball hits the net on your side, a team member can still play the ball off the net, as long as you have not used all three touches

The Serve

  • Once the ball has left the hand it counts as a serve. You may not throw the ball up a second time to attempt a second serve
  • The ball cannot be blocked or smashed from the serve
  • The ball must be received below the top of the net line from a serve
  • When serving, the feet must be behind the base line and must not go under or contact the line in any way
  • A player may not block the view of the opposing server and must move if asked to do so
  • The server must wait for the referees whistle before serving
  • All players in the team must take a turn in serving on a rotational basis
  • Points are obtained on all serves (rally point)
  • The serve is still in play if it hits the top of the net and goes over.

2 & 3-a-side Beach Volleyball Rules

General Rules

  • The 2’s league is self refereed. If you don’t turn up for your ref duty, you start each set of your game 5 points down.
  • At the beginning of each game, the referee will call upon the team captains for a coin toss or pebble in the hand. The successful captain may then choose to serve, receive, or pick the side on which their team starts
  • Teams must be registered and paid for before matches unless agreed by staff on the day
  • If you have another unregistered player cover your game, you get a five point penalty each set. Players cannot be registered to more than one team. If a player is not registered to another team and is going to play, they must be registered for that game by 4pm on the day of the fixture. To register a player, simply call Yellowave (01273 672222) and speak to a member of the sports staff.
  • A maximum of three touches on one team before the ball passes over the net
  • If the ball makes any contact with the court line the ball is in/ if the ball lands outside of the line it is out
  • If there is an obstruction to the referees view, not allowing a definitive decision, a let will be played
  • Three sets of 12 minutes will be played with a change of ends after each set
  • There is a one minute break between sets if required
  • The game will be stopped if another ball enters the court and a let will be played
  • If a ball appears to be going out it must be left to make contact with the sand, any touch on the ball will deem the shot to have been played
  • If it is a draw at the end of time an extra point will be played. There will be no drawn games
  • You must make sure your league games start on time!

Shots

  • When smashing, the hand must make full contact with the ball, no tipping with the fingers or carrying the ball is allowed
  • The ball can be played off of any part of the body
  • If the first ball comes over the net and hits the player twice in one consecutive movement, it doesn’t count as a double touch
  • If the ball hits the net on your side, a team member can still play the ball off the net, as long as you have not used all three touches
  • Sets must be clean avoiding double touches/ carrying
  • If setting over the net the shoulders must be perpendicular/ facing the direction of the set and avoid carrying/ double touch

The Serve

  • Once the ball has left the hand it counts as a serve. You may not throw the ball up a second time to attempt a second serve
  • The ball cannot be blocked or smashed from the serve
  • The ball must be received below the top of the net line from a serve
  • When serving, the feet must be behind the base line and must not go under or contact the line in any way
  • A player may not make contact with the net unless it is an accident (ie not in the process of making or blocking a shot)
  • A player may not block the view of the opposing server and must move if asked to do so
  • A ball coming over the net cannot be received as a set unless the ball is hard driven (i.e a hard smash) and may not be received as a set from the serve. (In-house rule)
  • The server must wait for the referees whistle before serving
  • All players in the team must take a turn in serving on a rotational basis
  • Points are obtained on all serves (rally point)
  • The serve is still in play if it hits the top of the net and goes over

Substitutions

  • A team cannot substitute a player whilst a point is being played
  • Unlimited substitutions are allowed in a match but it must not slow the game down
  • Any substitutes must be ready for the game prior to the commencement and players arriving from other games may not be used
  • All spectators and substitutes must stay clear of game play and off of the court

Lateness/No Shows

  • If a team is late, points or sets will be deducted. The decision will be made by the referee dependent upon the arrival time
  • If your team is unable to play a league match you must call Yellowave by 4.00pm (the afternoon of your game). Not doing so will result in you having to pay for your opponents match fee aswell as your own.
  • Teams that do not show for a match lose all three sets 11-0
  • The referees decision IS FINAL