|Anybody is welcome to play with us as long as you follow our small set of rules:|
|1. You must have fun.|
|2. You must not keep anybody else from having fun.|
|3) Anybody caught breaking rules one or two will be asked to leave.|
|4) Play volleyball within some reasonable percent error of abuse of the rules. (see rule #1)|
|5) Ya gotta try. Everybody is welcome to play but it's a lot more fun for everybody if you put some energy into it.|
|6a) If anybody spikes the ball into the net, or completely whiffs while trying to spike the ball, everybody must yell "STUUUUUUUU." As an aside, it wouldn't be terribly inappropriate to yell "STUUUUUUUUU" on any bad play.|
|6b) If you manage to spike the ball on yourself, you can yell "DPAT." (pronounced "DEE-PAT")|
|6c) If you spike the ball such
that the first bounce is more than twice the distance of the court
away, that's called an "Aimen"|
|7) The 10 second rule. If we ever spend more than 10 seconds discussing the outcome of a play, it's an automatic do-over. If you MUST continue to argue the point, you are only allowed another 5 seconds. At the 15 second mark, a water/shoe tying/bathroom break will be called. See rule #1.|
|7a) If there's a disagreement but there's only one or two people who are taking a side, they lose the argument, the 10 second rule applies to disagreements where there are a bunch of people taking different sides. Again, see rule #1.|
|8) No kicking the ball into stu's head.|
|9) This only applies when playing indoors: if you score a basket, it's two points for the team of the person who made the shot regardless of who's serving. I think this has only happened once since I've been playing, but I thought I'd write it down. Of course making the basket will cause you to lose the serve, but you get two points for it.
If you can somehow manage this while playing outside, you will also get two points.
Garbage cans don't count.
(Historical note: Congratulations to Dennis J. for being the first person to
pull this off in yonkers, on 12/19/2005, last game of the year) Another historical note: Although I can't
remember the exact day, it was sometime in February 2006, in an attempt to return the ball, Rob M.
managed to kick the ball from one side of the gym to the opposing basket and get it in. Rather impressive
sight. And for my personal best, first game of the 2006 winter season, I scored my first basket, 11/13/06 |
|10) When we play outside, you are allowed to hit the ceiling with no penalty.|
|Some tips and other notes:|
|We have our own set of rules, we don't play by french international rules,
we don't play by Olympic volleyball rules. We play by our rules that we all agreed upon over many years.|
|Here is a list of volleyball
rules, and the size of the list should be some indication why we don't
follow any of them. http://www.volleyball.com/rules.aspx|
|We don't play feet. Although if you score a basket by accidently
kicking the ball, it counts. But otherwise, kicking loses you the serve.
Some people are at a loss why we don't play feet. Here's why: some of us dive on
the floor to get the ball, and if you kick it, some of us (read: me) get
kicked in the face. If you don't understand why we don't play feet, I'll
kick you in the face and then you'll understand. :-)
|The following two rules are going into effect starting the 2008
Yonkers season. |
|If the ball hits the net on the serve,
you can still play the ball. This doesn't mean you can attack the serve,
just that the ball hitting the net on the way over is okay.|
|We now play a rule where if it hits the
ceiling on your side and stays on your side you can still play it.
It makes for more continuous play and everybody seems okay with it.
|Don't egregiously attack the serve. Preferably, don't do it at all.|
|I've played with many groups of people and there's a million
interpretations of if you're allowed to reach over the net to block. Since this kind of play causes a lot of
ambiguity as to what's over and what's not over rather than make a rule about it, if its 'really bad' then
we do it over. Sounds vague but it generally works out. |
|Try and remember that the
other team gets three hits. Don't reach over the net to take away their
second or third hit. Some people get all excited about stuffing the
ball that they forget it's not their ball until it comes over the net.|
|All that said, it's still plenty of fun.|
You can reasonably fit 6 people per side. If you rotate
in two more people on each side of the court that's 8 people per
side, 16 people max occupancy.
If there's more than 16 people, at the start of the next
game, we form 3 teams, and we play rally scoring.
That means that every serve scores a point. If your side
screws up, the other team gets a point, regardless of who served
the ball. The rest of the rules are the same as normal.
This makes the game go quicker so that the third team gets
to play sooner.
There's no particular rule that decides which team sits out
first, it's usually whoever stops to take a drink of water. :-)
But after the first game, the winning team stays on for one
more game. After the second game, it doesn't go by winning team, we
just rotate out whoever's played two games in a row. This
is the fairest way to do it.
A few suggestions: Since we don't have the gym that long,
and I personally like to maximize playing time, if we're rotating
out take your drink break while you're not playing. If everybody does
this then we can save a lot of time between games and play more.
|This web site is to serve as a meeting notice and communication center for our games. Since it is loosely organized, sometimes we fail to get enough people to play. And that's not fair to the people who do show up to play. So I've set up this site so for any given day, you can post that you're going to show so you can know there's enough people to play.|
|Thanks to Derrick for the pretty html :-)|