Every sport has to have rules! You’ll find ours here. When you enter a team or participate in our leagues you must agree to follow these rules.  We can change these rules at any time.  Every team should provide us with an email contact.  If you are on our email list you’ll receive updates any changes.

Fair play and respect

Please treat other teams and players with respect and courtesy. Our leagues are about having fun! Teams that do not abide by this very reasonable rule may be asked to pay a fine or leave our competition.

Standard rules

Standard volleyball rules apply. The main rules to be aware of when refereeing are:

• A player cannot touch the ball twice in a row (unless it is off a block).
• Teams may touch the ball three times before an attacking shot is made.
• Blocks that connect with the ball do not count as a first touch.
• It is a net foul if a player touches any part of the net during game play.
• It is a foul if a player’s whole foot is over the centerline. We encourage players not to push this rule to the limit to prevent injuries.
• A player must not carry (or catch & throw) the ball during play.
• The above carry rule is relaxed for the first touch of the ball that crosses the net.
• Defending teams cannot block a player that is setting the ball on the other side of the net, unless that player is taking an attacking shot (one that is intended to go over the net) or unless a part of the ball has crossed the plane of the net.
• A ball that hits the line is ‘in’.
• Teams that fail to provide at least four of their regular players technically default their games 3-0, although teams are welcome and encouraged to play a friendly game. If your team needs to default please contact Ann Fowler so that she can alert the Court Supervisor concerned
• Teams that use ring-in players are expected in the spirit of the game to use players from the same grade or lower and of a similar standard to the absent player.
• Sets are played to 25 points exactly (teams do not need to win by two point). Games are played to time (meaning the last set is often incomplete).


Scores a added up for each round.  The scoring system is: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, plus total sets won during the round (incomplete sets are scored at 0.5), plus 1 point for every uniform (all team members must be in uniform).

Special rules

Our Wellington College league has a great atmosphere (with a constant waiting list for new teams) but is run in a gym that a real estate agent might call ‘cozy’! Therefore have some house rules to ensure that games can continue:

• If the ball contacts the roof and does not pass over the net, play can continue (sorry, no similar rule for balls that hit the walls guys and girls, that’s just a bad shot!).
• Serves may be made from within the dotted line marked on the Court (which encroaches onto the Court).

Game duration

Games run for 50 minutes.


Grading normally happens for the first few weeks of term 1 then new teams that join during the course of the year are slotted in where appropriate.


Teams that have the highest total score in their grade in each round are entitled to a prize. We reserve the right to decide what prizes will be offered. However, prizes will usually be a game match ball.

We have a discretion whether to award prizes. We will exercise this discretion after considering:

• Attendance at rostered duties.
• Display of good attitude and fair play.
• Game time punctuality.

Draws and results

Draws and results are sent out regularly by email.  We send this information to the contact person who enters the team.  However, if would like to be added to this email list, then please let us know and will sort it out!  The draws and results will also be uploaded onto the website.   From time to time we will need to amend the draws because of unforeseen circumstances.  When this happens, the new draw will be uploaded onto the website and an email will be sent to the contact person in your team.

We try to create the draws to cater for your team’s preferences (for example, some teams struggle to make the early games because of work preferences and other teams like to play back-to-back where their family plays in a different team).  If you have a legitimate preference, then let us know.  However, we can not always cater for your preferences and this is not guaranteed.

Duty teams

Each team will be required to perform a duty (on average every six weeks). This requires only three players (to referee and score one game each). Duties are scheduled in the draw and we do our best to ensure that the duties are evenly spread between teams. Each player should therefore only have to do a duty once in each of the 9-11 week rounds.

Teams that fail to do their duty may concede 3 competition points and we reserve the right to eject the team if duties are continuously missed.


Teams are generally expected to bring their own balls to warm up with and play with. We do however, make sure we have some spares floating around in case teams forget once in a while.


Our supervisors are present at all times to assist with game play, keep an eye on court-play, duties, draw inquiries and any other questions you might have. Please do not hesitate to approach them if you need help or have any questions.


Every team must pay the entry fee before they will be entered in our competition.

School teams are very welcome in our competitions.  School players and student players may receive a 50% discount at our discretion. Where your team has more than two adult players in it, we reserve the right to decide on whether the discount applies.  This discount cannot be used in combination with a promotional discount.