2D Sports Volleyball tournaments will be conducted under AAU Rules as modified by the 2D Sports Committee below:
SPECIAL AGE EXCEPTIONS:(1) 18U & UNDER – Players who were born on or after July1, 2005 OR players who were born on or after July 1, 2004 AND a high school student in the twelf (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year.
(2) 17U & UNDER – Players who were born on or after July 1, 2005 (who are defined as 18 & under by Age Definition Chart) and are in the 11th grade for the current academic year are waivered to compete in 17 & Under.
(3) MALE ONLY DIVISION 15 & UNDER – Players who were born on or after July 1, 2008 OR players who were born on or after July 1, 2007 (15 years or younger) who shall neither have completed nor are in a grade higher than the eighth (8th) grade during the current academic year are eligible to play in the 14 & under division. This exception is based on the net height difference of 7’4 1/8* to 7’11 5/8* between the 14 and Under Division and the 15 and Under Division in the men’s indoor division.
(4) MALE ONLY DIVISION 14 & UNDER – Players who were born on or after July 1, 2009 (14 years or younger) who shall neither have completed nor are in a grade higher than the seventh grade (7th) during the current academic year are eligible for a Region approved waiver to compete in the boys 13’s age group.
(5) MALE ONLY DIVISION 13 & UNDER – Players who were born on or after July 1, 2010 (13 years or younger) who shall neither have completed nor are in a grade higher than the sixth grade (6th) during the current academic year are eligible for a waiver to compete in the boys 12’s age group.
For play in 2D Sports tournaments — sometimes a player’s birthday will require them to compete on an older team than their same-grade peers. Because of this, 2D Sports Volleyball has decided to allow junior club directors the opportunity to request an AGE WAIVER so that a player who is in this position can be placed on a roster of players who are in the player’s grade but are in a younger age bracket. Each club makes their own policy on if they will accept a waivered player. Each tournament director makes their own policy on accepting grade teams and will notify all teams in division if an age-waivered player is accepted in their division.
AGE / GRADE CRITERIA:18s: 2024/12th grade17s: 2025/11th grade16s: 2026/10th grade15s: 2027/9th grade14s: 2028/8th grade13s: 2029/7th grade12s: 2030/6th grade11s: 2031/5th grade10s: 2032/4th grade
All waivers must be submitted before each tournament by emailing the Tournament Director. Failure to do so will result in sanctions handed down by the Tournament Committee on a case-by-case basis.
NOTE: Not all outside tournaments not hosted by 2D Sports Volleyball allow age waivers. So please be mindful of this rule when competing outside of 2D Sports Volleyball tournaments.
BOYS DIVISIONS:Boys/Co-ed teams ages 13U & under may play in a girls pool in their respective age group.Boys/Co-ed teams age 14U must play in 16U girls pool.Boys ages 15U & up must play in a boys division. They are not allowed to play in a girls pool.
NOTE: The tournament director, at his discretion, has the ability to promote a boys/co-ed team to play in a higher age division bracket before the tournament if deemed by the 2D Sports Volleyball committee the skill level/previous tournament success would create an unfair advantage for other participating all-girls teams at that same age level.
SETS: A match shall consist of best two-of-three sets to 25 (no cap) & win by two unless otherwise specified by Tournament Director. A deciding 3rd set shall be 15 points (no cap) & win by two.
The court dimensions shall be 60 feet long and 30 feet wide, measured to the outer edge of the boundary lines. Court markings shall be clearly visible with no tear. Please alert a Tournament Director if court marking are damaged/not visible.
Each facility and venue is different in size, shape, and complexity. This may result in obscure overhead objects that may affect play.
The net shall be at least 31’ 6” to 33 feet in length when stretched. Nets shall be taught in stiffness and antennas shall be properly straightened and aligned.
A game ball will provided for each court. Teams will need to supply their own warm-up balls.
SCORING SHEETS & SCOREBOARD:
A third team shall be designated to R2, scoring & libero tracking for each match. It is advised for each team to have a designated person also scoring in case a dispute occurs.
Facilities and venues will vary with the amount of seating and benches available for fans and players. Players may stand on the sideline as long as they are at the end of the bench.When facing a situation where no team benches are available, please be mindful of surroundings and stand no closer than 6 feet from the sideline opposite the first referee. Please be mindful of the match official(s) judgment when helping keep players away from the playing area.
The playing uniform consists of a jersey plus shorts/briefs/spandex, pants or culottes (one- or two-piece). Gym shoes are a required equipment.
A team shall consist of minimum six (6) players (no more than fifteen (15) on roster) to begin the first set of the match. If a team has fewer than five (5) players to begin the match, a forfeit shall be declared unless Tournament Director discretion says otherwise.
The roster must be set and verified before a team’s first set of the tournament. No additions may be made to a team’s lineup after the first set of play on the weekend.
Contact with the net or antenna by a player is not a fault, unless it is made during an action of playing the ball, or it interferes with the play. Playing the ball may include actions in which the player(s) does not actually touch the ball.
Encroachment into the opponent’s side of the court with the foot, feet or hand(s) is permitted, provided some part of the encroaching extremity remains in contact with or directly above the center line, and there is no interference with the opponent. If any body part completely crosses the center line, it is a fault.
Double contact is a judgment call in volleyball in which a player (typically the setter) contact’s the ball twice in one attempt. Judgment calls are to the discretion of the match referee(s) and may not be disputed by a coach or captain – no exceptions.
Each match will include a work team – a 3rd team that helps officiate a match.
Each team is required to provide the following:
Players are to work diligently with the Head Official and officiate the match fairly.
BRACKET PLAY: Typically during Bracket Play, if your team loses its match, you will stay on the court to referee the next game. Please view the bracket to see your potential referee assignments.
Developmental Rules are only applicable to divisions labeled “Developmental”. They do not apply to regular tournaments/divisions.
Developmental Rules are in place in spirit of the game. Coaches, parents, & fans should be weary of the process players are going through to learn the game of volleyball the correct way in the safest way possible. 2D Sports’ goal is to develop and grow the game of volleyball for all ages and genders. These rules will be enforced on a tournament-by-tournament basis and will be clearly stated by the Tournament Director.
Ball Handling Faults
Seeding and Tie Breaker Rules:
Second place teams will always be taken ahead of 3rd place teams for wild cards, 3rd place ahead of 4th place, etc.
Any forfeit in pool play will result in the forfeiting team being placed as the last seed in the tournament.
The tournament committee will rule on all forfeits. No team should benefit from the result of a forfeit in an unfair manner. This rule could result in a dispute and the tournament committee reserves the right to look at and rule in the fairest possible way. The committee’s decision will be final.
It is the coaches’ decision if he/she wants to protest a ruling during a game. The official rules of protesting a game must be adhered to for the protest to be considered. A coach/team cannot protest based on an official’s judgment call.
The Tournament Director and/or the Head Official will make the final decision on a protest.
2D Sports ‘Back the Officials’ policies:
(1) Zero tolerance policy on verbal and physical abuse of the match officials; including profanity or consistent berating of officials during the game
(2) Zero tolerance policy on verbal and physical abuse/altercations with opposing coaches and fans; including profanity or consistent verbal altercations throughout the game
(3) Zero tolerance policy on verbal and physical abuse of event staff; including facility workers, directors, and event staff
In the event of an altercation:
(4) Zero tolerance policy on excessive ejections of coaches from games.
In the event of a coach ejection:
Insurance bought by 2D Sports Volleyball to host tournaments will cover all teams, players, spectators, officials, etc. It is NOT REQUIRED and will be at NO EXTRA COSTS for clubs/teams to play in a 2D Sports Volleyball tournament if they have insurance under USAV/AAU/JVA. You WILL NOT need to purchase a new insurance policy for your club/teams if you play in a 2D Sports Volleyball tournament.
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If a coach/manager removes his team less than 1-week prior to a tournament, that team forfeits the full tournament entry fee.
Inclement Weather Procedure:
In the event of inclement weather, an email and/or text message will be sent to the contact submitted online of each participating team; updated information will be posted on volleyball.2dsports.org and the mobile app regarding any changes in schedule.
After a team has played one complete game, there will not be a refund/credit. If the tournament is canceled (or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances) and no games are played, the team will get a full credit towards a future event.
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