Basic Beach Volleyball Rules

Check out these basic beach volleyball rules before you go out to play in the sand.

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.

Beach Volleyball Hand 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.

Beach Volleyball Set

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.

Beach Volleyball Block

Unlike indoor volleyball,when a beach player blocks a ball, that counts

as the first of the three contacts a team is allowed to make, so they

subsequently have only two more contacts to get the ball into the

opponent's court.

Basic Rules Of Volleyball On Beach Defense

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.

My Official Volleyball Rules For Incoming College Freshmen 

Rules of Volleyball Communication on the Court 

Official Sand Volleyball Rules

General Volleyball Rules For Uniforms

Return To Rules of Volleyball Communication on the Court From Basic

Beach Volleyball Rules 

Return To Inspiring Female Volleyball Players From Basic Beach Volleyball


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