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Volleyball Violations

A penalty, violation, or fault is called on a player who breaks the rules of volleyball defined in a rulebook for the league. Each result in a side out, which is one point and possession of the ball for the opponent.

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Centerline Violation

Players are not allowed to cross or touch the centerline that divides the court in half. You may see the referee call a centerline violation by blowing his whistle and pointing to the line.

Game Delay

If a team causes any unnecessary interruptions or delays they will be given a delay warning the first time and then a delay penalty the second time by the referee.

Net Violation

Players are not allowed to touch the net during a rally. Breaking this rule results in a net violation penalty.

Illegal Substitution

Players can only exit and re-enter the game once per set and must return to his original position. If teams go over the allowed number of substitutions or attempt to change a returning player's position, they will be charged with illegal substitution. This counts as a game delay.


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