Volleyball League

Volleyball League Poster 2020

The Elgin Recreation Center will be hosting a 15+ Volleyball League Thursdays, February-March 2020. Games will be from 6:00-8:00PM every Thursday. The length of games and number of games per evening will be determined by the number of teams registered by the beginning of February 2020.

Teams will consist of 6 players on the court at a time and an unlimited number of registered alternates. All players who wish to play, even as substitutions, must have paid and registered prior to the date of play.

When registering, please complete the entire registration online, or in person at the Elgin Recreation Center. In order to complete registration, you will need to provide a copy of some form of identification and pay all fees associated with the league. 

Rules & Guidelines


The Elgin Recreation Center Gymnasium will be converted to a full court volleyball court.


The Elgin Recreation Center will provide 2 volleyballs for use during the regularly scheduled games. Teams are encouraged to have their own uniforms or wear an agreed upon color. Scrimmage jerseys are available upon request.

Athletic shoes and athletic attire are required to participate in the game. Jewelry is permitted, however Elgin Recreation Center Staff reserves the right to require any jewelry be removed that is deemed unsafe.


1. Each team will designate a team captain or two (2) co-captains prior to the season beginning

a. Only a team captain or co-captain may dispute a call with a referee

2. Each team will be required to provide one (1) referee per game, either for the game prior or the game after the one they are playing in

a. Between the two (2) referees, they will appoint a Head Referee

b. Teams failing to provide a referee will receive a forfeit

3. Issuing ejections for unsportsmanlike behavior is at the discretion of the Head Referee or Elgin Parks Employee

4. Teams shall designate one (1) person each to keep a score sheet. This sheet will be turned in to the Elgin Parks & Recreation Employee upon completion of the game


All participants must be 15 years of age or older. Players may only play on a team on which they are registered.

Elgin Parks & Recreation reserves the right to suspend any player at any time for unsportsmanlike conduct, violation of any rules, or failure to pay appropriate registration – without a refund.


A team consists of six (6) players on the court at a time, and any number of registered alternates. The minimum number of players on the court is four (4) if both teams playing agree to the change prior to the beginning of the match. Every player present is required to participate in the game for which they are present. All players must have signed an activity waiver, provided a copy of their ID and paid the registration fee prior to playing.

During the regular season, a team can recruit players from other registered teams to play if they do not meet the minimum number of players required. No unregistered players may participate in league games. If a team cannot field at least four (4) players, they automatically forfeit.

Each team shall have one (1) Captain or two (2) Co-Captains who are charged with:

• Making sure that only players registered on their team are participating on their behalf

• Disputing a call on the field and remaining professional

• Making sure everyone on their team understands and follows the rules

• Turning in the game results to the Elgin Parks & Recreation employee

• Providing the referees as they are scheduled


Players should have no intention or unwelcome physical contact with opposing players. Doing so will be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and it will be at the discretion of the referee to issue warnings or eject offending players. A player must make the referee aware if he or she feels any contact was unwarranted.

Trash talking is permitted as long as it is not cruel, racially motivated, hateful, or a personal attack on another player. The trash talking should only be good natured and shall not be allowed to get out of hand. Threats of physical violence are in no way allowed. The team captain shall ensure that their players behave themselves.

Due to City of Elgin regulations, consumption of alcohol or use of drugs on city grounds (including Elgin Recreation Center, parking lot and surrounding parkland) is strictly prohibited. If a person is seen consuming alcohol or using drugs on city property they will be asked to leave. If said person does not leave, police will be called.


To ensure the Elgin Recreation Center stays a safe, family friendly environment for all patrons the following list of rules that will be strictly enforced.

• Zero Tolerance Policy for violence or abusive language; you will be ejected from the league forfeiting all fees and banned from the premises if appropriate

• Any team which consistently exhibits poor sportsmanship will be eliminated from the league with forfeiture of all fees

• Abusive language or harassment of any Recreation Center member of staff or referees is strictly forbidden; you will be ejected from the league forfeiting all fees

• Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are not allowed on the premises – any evidence of the use of drugs or alcohol prior to the game will result in the police being called

• No food or open containers are permitted in the gym at any time

• All Elgin Recreation Center Guidelines must be followed at all times while on the premises

The Elgin Recreation Center staff reserves the right to remove anyone from the premises at their discretion. Upon registration, all players must sign that they agree to follow the Code of Conduct.


1. The first team to win the best 2-out-of-3 sets wins the match. Sets one and two will be played to 25 points with rally scoring, and a team must win by two. There is a cap of 30 points, meaning a team could win 30-29. Set three will be played to 15 points with rally scoring, must win by two, and the cap becomes 20 points.

2. Court Boundary: The ball will be declared out-of-bounds if it hits a basketball goal, rope, wall, or any other object not part of the court. A struck ball that hits the ceiling before or after traveling to the opponent’s side of the net shall result in the attacking team losing serve and a point. A ball being over any part of a boundary line when landing is in. It is permissible to run out-of-bounds to play a ball. The ball is dead when it touches a net antenna or does not pass entirely between the net antennas.

3. Substitutions: All substitutes will be made in the center back position. All substitutes must make one complete rotation. A player late in arriving for a team of less than six can only rotate in when his/her team has the serve, and must enter in the center back position.

4. Timeouts: Each team can call one 30-second time-out in each set.

5. Intermission: Intermissions between games will be a maximum of 1 minute.

6. Rotation: All players are required to play every position on the court as they rotate. Players will rotate clockwise to the next position after their team sides out. Each player must play all six positions including three in the front row and three in the back row, or two in the back row if a team is playing with fewer than six players. The positions must be played in the clockwise order, or the other team will be awarded a point and the serve. (Ex: The server rotates to middle back, middle back rotates to left back, left back rotates to left front, left front rotates to middle front, middle front rotates to right front, and right front rotates to serving position). If facing the net, the serving position will always be in the back row on the right.


1. The Serve: The server shall stand with both feet behind the rear boundary line and serve from any position behind the boundary line. There are no restrictions as to how the ball may be served except that it must be clearly hit, not thrown or pushed.

2. It is illegal for the receiving team to block or spike the ball directly off of a serve.

3. Legal Contact: Legal contact is a touch of the ball by a player’s body, above and below the waist. Players are not permitted to scoop, hold, or throw the ball. The ball must not visibly come to rest on the player's hands, fingers, or any other part of the body.

4. A player shall not make successive contacts with the ball unless he/she has blocked a ball at the net.

5. A ball, other than a serve, may be recovered from the net provided the player avoids contact with the net and does not catch or hold the ball.

6. The ball must always be returned over the net by the third contact, unless a block is the initial contact in which case the ball must be returned by the fourth contact.

7. Blocking: Blocking is an act at the net which intercepts the ball coming from the opponent's side by making contact with the ball as it crosses the net, before it crosses the net, or immediately after it crosses the net.

o An attempt to block does not constitute a block unless the ball is contacted during an attempt.

o Only front row players may block.

o The team that has blocked shall have the right to three more contacts with the ball in order to return it to the opponent’s side.

o When the ball, after having touched the top of the net and the opponent’s block, returns to the attacker’s side, the team then has the right of three more contacts in order to return the ball to the opponent’s area.

8. Faults:

o Four Hits – a team hits the ball four (4) times before returning it

o Assisted Hit – taking support of teammate or any structure/object in order to reach the ball

o Held Ball – player does not hit the ball (unless when in defense of a hard-driven ball or when simultaneous contact by two opponents over the net leads to a momentary held ball)

o Double Contact – a player hits the ball twice in succession or the ball touches two different parts of the players body

o Back Row Spiking or Blocking in front of the attack line.

9. Net play: A player may:

o Reach under the net as long as one doesn't interfere with an opponent's attempt to play the ball.

o Reach over the net to complete a spike which was begun on the player's own side of the net.

o Reach over the net to block, but not interfere with the opposing team's play.

o Have his or her foot touching the opponent's court as long as some part of the foot is on the midline.

o NOT touch the net.

10. Back-Row Play: A back-row player is allowed freedom in moving about the court but may not jump and attack ("spike" or "kill" the ball) in front of the 10-foot line. A back-row player may never block the ball. Players must be in legal positions until the ball is served. When playing with only four or five players, two players will be considered back row players, with the latest server being one.