Volleyball Penalty Cards

Volleyball Penalty Cards

During a volleyball game, things can get intense. Sometimes players get penalized for misconduct, including being rude, aggressive, or offensive. Both coaches and players can be called for misconduct, and the punishment depends on the severity and frequency of the violation.

The punishment for misconduct is as follows:

  1. A verbal warning
  2. A yellow card
  3. A red card
  4. Expulsion
  5. Disqualification

Yellow Card

The yellow card serves as a warning for a player or coach. Yellow cards will often occur after a team has been given a verbal warning for misconduct earlier in the game. Yellow cards will typically be shown in between points as there is no penalty for a yellow card. If a player or coach has received a yellow card, the referee will blow the whistle and raise a yellow card in the air, indicating who it was given to.

Red Card

If a player or coach continues to display unsportsmanlike conduct following the issuance of a yellow card, they will be shown a red card. If an instance is deemed extreme or unnecessary, the referee may issue a red card upon the first violation. Unlike in soccer, red cards do not result in being disqualified from the match. If a player or coach receives a red card, the point will immediately end and service and a point will be awarded to the opposing team.

Yellow and Red Card

The most extreme forms of discipline occur when both a red and yellow card are shown. There are two different gestures that indicate two different punishments in this regard.

The first instance is when the referee holds a red and yellow card up in the same hand. This indicates that a player or coach has been expelled from the rest of the set. In this case, the player must be immediately subbed out or replaced and is not allowed to return until the set is over. This penalty is often used as an escalation from a red card.

The most extreme form of punishment used in volleyball is disqualification. This penalty typically occurs when a player or coach has shown extreme aggression, dangerous play, or repeated instances of unsportsmanlike conduct. When disqualification is called, the referee will hold up the yellow card in one hand and the red card in the other. This means that the player or coach has been disqualified for the remainder of the match. Depending on how severe the instance was, the player or coach may be suspended for future matches as well.


What does a yellow card mean in volleyball?

In volleyball, a yellow card is the first level of a physical reprimand against a player. While there is no direct penalty for a yellow card, any further violations will result in a loss of point or worse. Yellow cards can also be shown in unison with red cards to indicate expulsion from a set or even disqualification from the entire match.

What happens if a coach gets a red card in volleyball?

A red card in volleyball is not the same as a red card in other sports such as soccer. As opposed to being disqualified from the game, a coach receiving a red card will mean a loss of point and service for their team. Any further violations from the coach will then likely result in expulsion from the set or disqualification from the entire match.

What does a red card mean in volleyball?

In volleyball, a red card is the third level of reprimand for unsportsmanlike conduct. Red cards are usually given once a player or coach has already received a verbal warning and a yellow card during the match. Once a player or coach receives a red card, their team will lose the point and lose service. From this point forward, any further violations from the same player or coach will result in expulsion from the set or disqualification from the match.