JAM rules for Volleyball - Beach 4's (Intermediate)

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Volleyball – Beach 4’s (Intermediate)

There is only one format of Beach Volleyball – Intermediate 4’s under JAM Rules. It is described in its entirety below.  


Game Time

All Beach Volleyball games are approximately 45 minutes in length, with each team playing two games per night. Please arrive early 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.

Changing Sides: Teams will change sides after each set.

Timeouts: Teams may call a one (1) minute time-out per match if needed.



Teams are comprised of four (4) players with a minimum of one (1) woman and one (1) man on the court at once. A team can play with a minimum of three (3) people, as long as one (1) player is a woman and one (1) player is a man. A default will occur if any team cannot field a squad by 10 minutes after the official start time.

Gender Numbers: Teams are comprised of four (4) players with a minimum of one (1) woman and one (1) man on the court.

Defaults: Teams will default a match if they cannot provide a full team 10 minutes after the scheduled start time. A team can play with a minimum of three (3) people, as long as one (1) player is a woman and one (1) player is a man. 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.

Exceptions: Both teams can agree to play with any number of people on the court up to four (4) players, with any ratio of females and males. If both teams agree, then the game counts.


Playing Area

All Beach Volleyball matches will take place on a regulation-sized Beach Volleyball Court.


Equipment/Set Up


Beach Volleyball 101

The following outlines the basis of the rules of Intermediate Beach Volleyball Programs:



All games are self-officiated. Any disputes will be discussed amongst the two team captains. Please play honestly and call your own infractions (lift, net, etc.). If a dispute cannot be settled the point should be re-served.


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 2 out of 3.  All three sets are to 21 points (capped at 21). If the third and deciding set is tied at the end of regulation time, teams will play one more point to determine the winner.


Rough Play

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.