Here are some basic beach volleyball rules adopted by the AVP that
will get you started on your beach volleyball education.
The first two sets are played to 21 points.
The third set is played to 15 points.
Teams must have a two-point advantage to win a set and there will be
no caps used.
There are two (2) timeouts per set with a duration of 30 seconds each.
Only one (1) injury timeout per player per match is allowed.
A side change will occur every seven (7) points in the first two sets and
every five (5) points in the third set. So, for example if the score is 5-2,
4-3, 6-1 or 7-0 at each multiple of seven the teams switch courts.
The beach volleyball court dimensions are 26 feet 3 inches by 26
feet 3 inches. In other words, each half court is 8 meters by 8 meters.
In 2001, the AVP introduced the "let serve" into official beach
volleyball competition which means if a beach volleyball player
serves a ball that touches the net on its way over to the opponent's
court, the ball remains in play and the opposing team is obligated to
attempt to play it.
Hand signals are used by beach volleyball players to indicate to
their partner defense they intend to adopt. These hand signals are
made behind the back of the player who is blocking at the net, so that
the opposing team can't see the signals.
Generally, a closed fist means the player will not attempt a block.
When a beach volleyball player puts one finger up (like indicating
the number one) it means the player will take away or try to block
the opposing player's line shot.
When a player who's two fingers that means she will take away or try to
block the opponent's cross court or angle shot.
In beach volleyball a player is not allowed to contact the ball with an
open hand "dink."
Any attempts at setting the volleyball over the net into the
opposing team's court must be done with the player facing the
direction that they are setting. They cannot face one direction, then
set in another one.
There are stricter volleyball rules regarding double contacts for
setting a ball on the beach.
There are stricter rules regarding lifting or holding the ball while playing
defense on the beach.
I've explained more beach volleyball rules in these series of articles below.