Be sure to read the latest Rules for the 2018-2019 season FOR NAGVA!

The Latest USA Volleyball Rules being used are the 2017-2019 DCR (Domestic Comeptition Rules)

Below are the listing of the rules & regulations we will be using this year for the Boston Beantown Classic Tournament.  Additional rules and further clarification will be addressed at the captains meeting.

Also, please be aware of the NAGVA rules regarding non-rated NAGVA players.  There is a zero tolerance policy regarding bringing non-rated players to play in a division that is lower than their skill level (Sandbagging).  As a team captain, it is your responsibility to know the skill level of your teammates. for more information regarding this.

  • Each Team will get a set of 2 whistles for the weekend. (Team Captains bag).
  • Please keep court towels near the 2nd ref stand or by the scorekeeping table.
  • Court Ball must stay with the court at all times.
  • All NAGVA rules will be enforced.
  • Every player must be registered and a waiver signed before the start of play on Saturday in order to be eligible.
  • Special attention should be given to the rules concerning center-line violations, net violations, and double contact during athletic play:
    • Center Line – Encroachment into the opponent’s court with any part(s) of the body is permitted, provided some part of the body remains either in contact with or directly above the center line, and there is no interference with opponents. In addition, completely crossing the center line with the foot, feet, or hands, or encroachment with other body parts must not present a safety hazard to opponents.
    • Net Rules – All of the net is a fault.
    • Double Contact – In the case of extraordinary athletic effort to reach the ball, the player will be allowed some leniency
  • Each team is responsible for providing a certified up-ref (R1) and as well as a certified scorekeeper for each match they are assigned.  Most of you should have a ref, but if not, please notify the Tournament Director at Registration when teams are unable to provide them, and we will assign substitutes at a charge of $40 per match for R1 refs, and $40 for scorekeepers.  If none is available and no notification is provided at registration, the team forfeits their next match (and or the last match if that is the last match of the day by 0-25; even though they may have won/lost it previously).
  • During tournament/elimination play, certified R1 refs must act as the R2 ref assisting the professional refs assigned by the tournament.
  • All decisions by referees are final.  Any protest must be registered with tournament organizers immediately following the conclusion of the match involved.
  • Any ball contacting the ceiling or overhead obstruction during play will be deemed a dead ball if it crosses the net after such contact.  If it comes down without crossing the net, it will be deemed playable.
  • Any ball touching the court dividers is deemed a dead ball.  Only the pursuing player may move the dividers to play the ball — no assistance may be provided by team members.
  • Any ball touching the upper banister/spectator viewing area is deemed a dead ball (Lower gym).
  • Pursuit Rule – NAGVA does not allow a pursuit rule.  Additionally, a player pursuing a ball may not cross the out-of-bounds line of the adjoining court, and if crossed, the ball is dead and point goes to the opposing team.
  • In case of injury during Tournament Play that leaves a team without a sufficient number of eligible players, a substitute may be enlisted from qualified NAGVA registered players, or from a team that has been eliminated from play in the same division.  Substitutes must be approved by tournament organizers. Please report all injuries requiring a hospital visit to the Command Center.
  • All players must have numbers clearly visible on the front and rear of their uniforms.
  • Players may not use the upper gymnasium hallways to warm up.  Any team doing so will be immediately disqualified.
  • Jewelry may be worn provided its nature does not present a concern for safety, e.g., extremely long necklaces, necklaces with large medallions, or large hoop earrings.
  • Awards will be presented at the conclusion of Tournament Play for all divisions.  Award medals will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in all divisions.  Each division will also award 3 All-Star medals and an MVP trophy in all divisions.


  • Each team has the right to designate up to two (2) liberos.
  • All liberos must be recorded on the score sheet before the match.
    • In a given match, if 1 libero is indicated on the line-up sheet on a set, the team has the option to change the libero for the second or third set of the match.
    • In a given match, if there are 2 liberos indicated in the line-up sheet on a set, the team may not change liberos for the second/third set unless re-designation occurs.
  • One (1) libero is designated by the captain before the start of the match and he/she will be the starting libero. The other libero, if any, will be the 2nd libero.
  • Only a single libero may be on the court at any time.
  • Libero can perform captain duties, however when the libero is off the court an alternate captain must be assigned.
  • The libero jersey must clearly contrast in color from the team uniform.
  • NAGVA will still allow different sizes, fonts, and number locations.
  • The libero can replace any player in the back row after a completed point.
  • Libero can serve for one position only.
  • Libero cannot block or attempt to block.
  • Libero can set using finger action to an attacker in front of the 10 foot line as long as the ball is contacted below the height of the net (judgment call).
  • Libero can bump set to an attacker in front of the 10 foot line and can be contacted above the height of the net (judgment call).
  • Libero can attack a ball as long as he/she contacts the ball behind the attack zone below the height of the net.
  • Liberos are not counted as substitutions.
  • Unlimited libero substitutions allowed.
  • Replacements are allowed after each completed rally.
  • The libero can only be replaced by the player whom he/she replaced.
  • The acting libero can only be replaced by the regular replacement player for that position or by the 2nd libero. The regular replacement player may replace either libero. The captain has the right to replace the acting libero with the 2nd libero for any reason after a completed rally at any time during the match.
  • Replacements must only take place while the ball is out of play and before the whistle for service or between completed rally.
  • Libero replacement is only allowed through the “libero replacement zone”.
  • All replacements involving liberos must be recorded on the libero Control/Tracking sheet.