Setters Sports Volleyball Rules – 2010

Men & Women 4’s

(Note Setters will be following USAV Outdoor Rules with the exceptions noted below)



  1. Three Games per Match.  Rally scoring to 21 points, must win by 2 points with a 23 point cap.  All three games count in the standings, not best two out of three games.
  2. Net serves are permitted.
  3. Hand Setting a serve is permitted.  Note that the set should be clean – no double contact.  (For BB level – No Setting the Serve).
  4. Players do not need to rotate position in quads.  All they have to do is rotate service.  All four players can spike/block at the net.
  5. One-handed placement or redirection of the ball with the fingers (a "dink" or "open-hand tip") is a fault.  The ball must be hit cleanly with the hand, straight locked fingers, or knurled fingers. [USAV Rule 13.4.6].
  6. Any ball that is set into the opponent's court must be contacted with two hands above the shoulders, and set directly forward or backward in relation to the player's body.  Note we are not following the USAV exception “if you cleanly "side set" your teammate and the ball is blown over the net by the wind” – too much of a judgement call.
  7. In blocking, a blocker may touch the ball beyond the net, provided that he/she does not interfere with the opponent’s play, before or during the latter’s attack-hit (USAV Rule 18.3).
  8. A player may enter into the opponent’s space, court and/or free zone, provided that this does not interfere with the opponent’s play.
  9. Blocking does not count as a hit (Contrary to USAV rule 13.1.1. for doubles).
  10. At the first hit of the team, unless it is played overhand using fingers (see below), the ball may contact various parts of the body consecutively (i.e. double contact - hits arms and then chest, hits arms and then face, etc.) provided that the contacts occur during one action.  USAV Rule 13.4.3.
  11. Plays involving finger action require special attention. If the play is defensive and reactive in nature, as in the case of a hard-driven ball, momentarily held or double-hit balls are not considered faults. If the player decides/intends to employ finger action, as in the cases of off-speed hit defense or setting, the action must be “clean”.  Note this includes setting a serve because by definition a serve cannot be a hard driven ball.  USAV Rule 13.4.3
  12. When two teammates touch the ball simultaneously, it is counted as two hits – USAV rule 13.2.2 (except at blocking, Rule 18.4.2).  If two teammates reach for the ball but only one player touches it, one hit is counted.  If players collide, no fault is committed.
  13. When the ball is driven into the net, which causes it to touch an opponent, no fault is committed.  Incidental contact of hair in the net is not a fault.  USAV Rules 15.3.3/15.3.4
  14. If the ball, after having been tossed or released by the server, lands without being touched or caught by the server, it is considered as a service.  USAV Rule 16.5.6
  15. Note that we are not following the “tight” set rules for sanctioned USAV events!!  BB level will be called tighter than B, C Level.
  16. Remember that these games and matches are supposed to be fun.  Please show good sportsmanship in your play!