Co-ed 4s Volleyball


Each team consists of no more than 4 players on the court at one time however, bench players are allowed. All games will play using rally scoring. Matches consist of 2 games to 21 and 3rd game to 15. Teams must win by 2 and there is a cap at 30 (first 2 games) or 20 (3rd game) depending on the games.


The beginning of the game will start with both team captains for rock/paper/scissor. The winning team will have one of two options, choose to serve first or choose which side they prefer to play on, (not both). Each match will consist of three games.


Each team consists of 4 players on the court at one time with 2 males and 2 females. Teams can have no more than 2 males on the court at a time. If a team has 3 players with a minimum of 2 women it will be considered a legal game. There is no maximum limit on the amount of females on the court at one time.


Matches will be played within the allotted time. First two games are played to 21 with a win by 2 or first to 26. The 3rd game is played to 15 with a win by 2 or first to 20. One time-out per game, per team is allowed. Rally scoring will be enforced.


All games will have one referee/on-site coordinator to help keep score. The teams are asked however, to keep score out loud for every serve. At the end of the game the scores will be recorded by a ComePlayDetroit staff member on-site.


  1. A legal serve is one that crosses the net and is either touched by an opposing player or lands within the opposing team’s area of the court within the boundary lines. A serve that makes contact with the net and carries over to the opponent’s side of the net is a live serve and must be returned.
  2. A defensive block does not count as one of the allowable contacts. A player may reach over the net to block a ball if: Any portion of the ball breaks the plane of the net or after the offense has come in contact with the ball on the third attempt.
  3. The serve may not be blocked or spiked.
  4. Players can return the serve by: a bump pass, clasping their hands together, a closed fist, or a set (as long as the ball isn’t be caught or carried).
  5. No part of the body may touch the net at anytime unless a ball or person driven into the net causes the contact. Player contact with the net in a manner not directly relating to or affecting the course of play is not a violation.
  6. Contact of the ball when spiking is legal only if a portion of the ball is in contact with the plane of the net or on the spiker’s side of the net.
  7. The ball must be cleanly hit when spiking with an open hand. Guiding or carrying is illegal. *A carry is any use of an open hand(s) while making contact with the ball that is not in a firm manner.
  8. No “open hand” tips
  9. No setting the ball over the net, intentional or not.
  10. A player may touch but not completely cross over the center line with his/her foot. In the case where there is no center line, it is up to the discretion of the ref whether or not the foot was too far past the center. Calls will be made to ensure safety for the players.
  11. The ball can contact any number of body parts down to, and including the foot.
  12. Players do not have to “rotate” positions on the court, but they must rotate the server


Teams will forfeit 1 game for every 10 minutes past the designated start time that they do not have the legal amount of players. If no players are present from a team by 15 minutes after the designated start time the entire match will be forfeited and the team that is present will receive all three wins of the match. Shorthanded teams may play a legal game with a minimum of 3 players (at least two females are needed). Teams fielding less than 3 players or without 2 women will receive a forfeit.


In the name of playing the game and making sure that the players / teams have fun, minor changes to the rules can be made if both captains agree and the intent of the Coed 4s Volleyball Rules are followed. Under this rule, teams with less than 3 players or without 2 women may still play a “legal” game but only with the opposing teams consent. All teams consenting to play a legal game with less than the allowed minimum waive their right to a forfeit win.

*These rules are based on a combination of standard USAV outdoor/sand volleyball, AVP outdoor/sand volleyball, & USAV indoor volleyball regulations. Rules not listed follow general USAV outdoor guidelines.