3rd Grade Volleyball Rules

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(Unless specified, games will be played

according to high school rules).

3rd Grade Objectives: 3rd grade is our entry-level for volleyball participation. The goal of the program is to help children develop movement skills, and volleyball specific skills, in order to move and play with basic passing fundamentals of the game. Coach toss encourages and enhances this development.

Games are played according to the National Federation of State High School Associations Volleyball Rules Book (NFHS). Below are modifications and clarifications adopted by KIDSPORTS for teams in the 3rd grade.

I. The Match and Scoring:

There will be no scoring for 3rd grade. Teams will play with a 45-minute running clock.

II. Time Outs:

Teams will have two timeouts per game and timeouts shall not exceed 60 seconds and are not allowed during the last two minutes of a time limit.

III. The Coach Serve:

There will be three total serves for each team possession. In coach toss, the defensive coach will toss the ball three times to their own team. The coach will move to the opposite side of the net to put the ball into play. Defensive players may not attack the ball at the net.

IV. The Rotation:

Each team must rotate their entire roster throughout each game, into the serving position. In rotation, the new player can be inserted before or after the team’s possession. Whichever you decide you need to be consistent throughout the game.

V. The Court:

3rd grade play on a court 20′ X 20′ for each half.

VI. Serving Line:


VII. Net:

3rd grade will have 6′ net height.

VIII. Ball:

A special light weight ball will be used and provided by KIDSPORTS.

IX. Team Composition:

A team shall consist of four players on the court at one time in 3rd grade. At least three players must be present to start a game. If a player shows up after a game has begun, he/she should be inserted into the game at a side-out or a time out.

X. Playing Requirements:

All players present play in every game. Players follow the rotation assigned by the coach prior to the game. The only substitutions or changes allowed will be due to a late arriving player or an injured player.