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Volleyball Rules - Comparing FIVB, NCAA and AVP Volleyball Rules

The Differences in Basic Rules for Beach, Indoor and College Volleyball

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Number of Players
Olympic Indoor, NCAA Men and Women

  • Six players

AVP, Olympic Beach

  • Two players

Scoring
AVP, Olympic Indoor and Beach, NCAA Men and Women

  • Rally Scoring
  • Must win by two
  • No point cap

Olympic Indoor and NCAA Men and Women

  • Best of five sets
  • First four sets played to 25 points
  • Fifth set played to 15 points
  • Teams switch sides at game's end in sets 1-4 and when leading team reaches eight points in set five.

AVP and Olympic Beach

  • Best of three sets
  • First two sets played to 21 points
  • Third set played to 15 points
  • Teams switch sides when sum of points scored equals seven in sets one and two, and when sum of points scored equals five in set three.

Court Size
Olympic Indoor and NCAA Men and Women

  • 18 meters x 9 meters(59' x 29'6")

AVP and Olympic Beach

  • 16 meters x 8 meters (52'6" x 26'3")

Net Rules
AVP, Olympic Indoor and Beach, NCAA Men and Women

  • Men's Net Height - 2.43 meters or 8’
  • Women's Net Height - 2.24 meters or 7’4”
  • Contact with net permitted as long as it does not interfere with play.

Olympic Indoor, NCAA Men and Women

  • Any part of body above feet can go under the net as long as it does not interfere with play.
  • Feet can go under the net if they don’t interfere with play and part of foot is on or above center line.

AVP, Olympic Beach

  • Players can fully enter opponent’s court as long as does not interfere with play.

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