Volleyball Game Rules: For Scoring, Skills, Rotation and Regulations

Volleyball game rules review the regulations for basic skills, scoring and for playing actions allowed and not allowed in the game along with rotation rules. 


These volleyball game rules review the regulations for basic scoring and for playing actions allowed and not allowed in the game. 


Volleyball Game Rules
The Net

The net's purpose is to separate the two opposing teams and to create a barrier for the ball to cross over after being contacted a maximum of three times by each team.The net's purpose is to separate the two opposing teams and to create a barrier for the ball to cross over after being contacted a maximum of three times by each team.

The net is placed on top of the centerline and runs parallel to the end lines and perpendicular to the sidelines. 

According to official volleyball game rules, the net's purpose is to separate the two opposing teams and to create a barrier for the ball to cross over after being contacted a maximum of three times by each team.



The official volleyball net height in the women's game is 7 feet 4 1/8 inches.

For the men's game the official net height is 7 feet 11 5/8 inches. 


Volleyball Game Rules 
Don't Touch The Net


  • You cannot touch the net while the ball is in play.


Volleyball Game Rules
Serving Rules


  • If you serve the ball over the net and the ball touches the net on its way over, then bounces into the opposing team's court

a) the ball hits the floor - if it hits the floor inside the opposing team's half court then its a  Point for your team. Your team gets to serve again. This is called an "ace" serve.

a) the ball hits the floor - if it hits the floor outside the opposing team's half court and none of the opposing team's players touched the ball before it hit the floor, Point for the opposing team. Opposing team gets to serve. 

  • If you serve the ball over the net and the ball does not touch the net on its way over, but lands outside the opposing team's half court

a) ball is out of bounds. This is called a "sideout."

Point goes to the opposing team because you served out of bounds. Opposing team gets to serve. 

  • If you serve the ball into the net and the ball does not cross over the net  into the opposing team's half court

a) ball is out of bounds.

This is called a "sideout." Point goes to the opposing team because you served out of bounds. Ball goes to the opposing team to serve. 




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Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.

If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list. 


Rules of Volleyball: Where Do You Go From Here?


Good times! Where do you need to go now? Here are three options: 

  1. Learn more about the Rules.
  2. Follow the suggested reading on our Sitemap page Learning How To Play (Sitemap)
  3. Or visit the pages in the Volleyball Rules section in the drop down menu at the top of the page 

Learn more from these volleyball rules pages!

  • Improve Your Volleyball Performance with Vegas VB Coach April Chapple
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  • Important Rules of Volleyball All Varsity Players Should Know
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  • Volleyball Game Rules: Serving, Score, Skill, Rotation and Regulations




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