JAM rules for Spikeball (STAGE 3)
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- The following guidelines supersede any of our traditional rules for Spikeball (Roundnet). We have made adjustments to promote safe participation while minimizing the impact of these changes to the in-game experience.
- Please review the location details in your schedule for site-specific guidelines.
- Please keep in mind that we are all responsible to make every effort to minimize prolonged or deliberate contact between players.
- Prior to play all participants must sanitize their hands.
- While standings may still appear in your schedule, there is significantly less focus being placed on winning and championships. New teams may be added and teams may be removed throughout the season for health and safety reasons.
- At this time masks are not mandatory during gameplay. Masks are mandatory to access any indoor portion of the facility. We encourage players to wear masks to and from the courts to help reduce your risk of exposure.
- All players must be listed on the team roster to participate.
- Each court is supplied with 3 sanitized game balls. These balls will be replaced with clean balls at the conclusion of each set.
- If a ball from another court enters your court, please gently kick it out of play and a staff member will collect it.
- If a ball from your court goes onto another active court, please do not retrieve it. Our staff member will supply you with a sanitized ball and retrieve the other one.
- A play-on mentality is encouraged. No arguing or disputing calls. If in doubt, replay the point.
- Team’s are responsible for administering and addressing their own first aid needs. Our League Ambassadors can call 911 if requested to do so.
- Please take all of your belongings at the end of the session including any used PPE. It’s unlikely that garbage receptacles will be available at the courts.
- No post-game handshakes. Please find another physically distanced way to acknowledge your opponents.
There is only one format of Spikeballl under JAM Rules. It is described in its entirety below.
All Spikeball games are approximately 55 minutes in length, with teams facing off in a best of 5 match. Please arrive on time to ensure you get the full use of your allotted court time. Regardless of when your game begins your game will always end on time to allow the succeeding games to begin at their scheduled time.
Time Keeping: The JAM Ambassador on site will be keeping track of time and will determine the end of your game. In this instance, you will receive a warning indicating the final five (5) minutes of your game, a ‘Last Serve’ call and a final signal for the end of your game. Once the final signal occurs your game is over.
Timeouts: Teams may call a one (1) minute time-out per match if needed.
Teams are comprised of two (2) players on the court at once with no gender requirements. A default will occur if any team cannot field a squad by 10 minutes after the official start time.
Gender Numbers: There are no gender requirements for this league.
Defaults: Teams will default a match if they cannot provide a full team 10 minutes after the scheduled start time. A team that is not ready to play defaults the first set of the match, but can play the second and third games of the match if enough players show up.
All Spikeball matches will take place on a half of a regulation-sized Beach Volleyball Court.
Teams are required to bring both light and coloured shirts to every game. Team colours are posted on the JAM website in your schedule. If two teams have the same colour the team captains should contact each other to ensure that each team knows what colour to wear.
Defaults: There is no default for players that don’t wear the right colour. However, that player must do everything they can to ensure it’s not confusing for the opposition. Whether this means wearing a pinny, a hat, a teammate’s shirt, etc. Under no circumstances can a player purposely deceive the opposition.
- Nets and balls will be set-up and provided to teams beforehand.
- The tension of the net should be consistent throughout. A ball dropped from 3 feet above the net should bounce up approximately 12-18 inches. Please adjust the net accordingly if needed during the game.
The following outlines the basis of the rules of all JAM Spikeball Programs:
- All players except the receiver must begin the point at approximately 6 feet away from the net.
- Once the server strikes the ball, players may play anywhere they choose.
- Possession changes when the ball contacts the net.
- Each team has up to 3 touches per possession.
- The team who wins the point keeps serving.
- You are allowed to return a serve on the first hit.
- Spikeball is played using rally scoring; points can be won by the serving or receiving team.
- Games will consist of five sets. The first four sets will be played up to 21 while the last set will be played up to 15.
- If a set is not finished, the score will be taken as is once the time expires. (Example - Team A is winning 7-5 over Team B. Team A will win that set.)
- Teams can finish their rally if time has expired.
- Games are hard-capped. This means sets will not be won by two. Once one team reaches the winning score, the set is over.
- The rally ends and a point is awarded when:
- The ball contacts the ground or otherwise isn't returned onto the net within 3 touches.
- The ball is hit directly into the rim at any time, including on a serve.
- The ball bounces and falls back onto the net or rim.
- The ball clearly rolls across the net
- If the receiving team wins the point, the next designated player serves according to the initial sequence. Otherwise, the server switches places with his/her partner and serves to the other receiving team member.
- The receiving team sets their position first. The server stands 180 degrees across the designated receiver--the only player allowed to field the serve.
- Team captains will play rock, paper, scissors to determine who serves first. The opposing team will then start with service for the next set.
- Serves may be struck with any amount of force; short serves are allowed.
- If the server hits a pocket, it is counted as a fault.
- If a server serves two faults, the receiving team wins the point. Violation of ANY of the following rules is a fault:
- The server must toss the ball upward at least 2 inches.
- If the server tosses the ball, he/she must hit it. Dropping, catching, or swinging at and missing a toss all count as a fault.
- Touches must alternate between teammates. Consecutive touches by one player result in a loss of a point.
- The ball must be contacted cleanly, not caught, lifted, or thrown. Players may not hit the ball with two hands, even if placed together "volleyball style".
- Players may use any individual part of their body to hit the ball.
- After the serve, any unusual bounce (i.e. pocket) that does not contact the rim is legal and playable.
- A shot that lands on the net rolls into the rim and then off the net (i.e. roll-up) is played as a pocket, not a direct rim hit.
- If teams cannot determine the legality of a hit, replay the point.
- Remember: Player safety is paramount
- Defending players must make an effort not to impede the offending team's possession or play on the ball.
- If an offender collides with a defender, or a defender's position prevents an offensive play on the ball, the infracted player may call "hinder" to force a replay of the point.
- All games are self-officiated. Any disputes will be discussed amongst the two team captains. Please play honestly and call your own infractions. If a dispute cannot be settled, the point should be replayed.
Regular Season Matches
Games can be tied during the regular season.
Playoffs Eligibility and Tiebreak
There must be a winner in a playoff match. In the event that the match ends in a tie, teams will partake in the following tie-breaker until a winner is determined: In the playoffs, matches are best 3 out of 5. If the fifth and deciding set is tied at the end of regulation time, teams will play one more point to determine the winner
Any rough or physical play will result in immediate expulsion from further league play and may result in a lifetime league expulsion. Please see the JAM General Policy for our official guidelines on this subject. It is recognized that incidental contact between players is inevitable; however, all players should go out of their way to avoid creating an unsafe play. This rule supersedes all others.
Please note that on-site staff members have full autonomy when supervising games. Games may be stopped entirely, players may be asked to leave the playing area or be removed from the game entirely under their discretion.
There are absolutely no alcoholic beverages permitted on JAM property. Any offenders will be asked to leave the league without refund. No exceptions.