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 Charity Cup Registration and Tournament Procedures

Beach Volleyball Laws

Chapter I

Article 1 - Team Requirements
1. Each team must have the minimum amount of players necessary on their roster and be registered as a team by the predetermined entry deadline. Additions and/or changes on rosters will not be permitted under any circumstance after the entry deadline. Changes to rosters can only be made online.
2. Identification for each player (e.g. birth certificate, driver license, other photo ID, etc.) is required at on-site registration to verify information provided on the original team roster, ID bracelets for players would be issued at that time. The ID bracelet must be worn at all times to participate in the tournament. Players must be prepared to show identification throughout the tournament.
3. If a player's personal information listed on the team application is inaccurate (e.g. age, name), the player will be eliminated from participation in the tournament. Discovery at any time after registration of the player in question may also result in elimination of the whole team from further competition.
4. Be accurate!!! - Player's information will be checked at on-site registration. Providing false/inaccurate information will disqualify your team.

Article 2 - Team Conduct
1. The organizers have the final word in matters of the tournament's organization and implementation.
2. The officiating referees have the final word pertaining to any matters concerning the games themselves.
3. Any conduct unbecoming to the positive focus of the Beach Volleyball Cup, especially profane language, unnecessary roughness, non-conformity to the authority of the referees, and any general unsportsmanlike behavior, will not he tolerated in any measure and may be dealt with as is seen fit by the organizers. The organizers reserve the right to take any actions to ensure that this tournament will not be hindered by disciplinary problems.

Article 3 - Team Refunds

Description Policy
30+ days before event
100% refund

29 days or less before event
No refund
Canceled event due to adverse weather conditions Max. 25% of registration fee
Rescheduled event due to adverse weather conditions No refund

Chapter II

Article 1 - Registration/Team Roster
1. The roster is limited to 12 players. Each team is required to have 4 players on the court with a maximum of 8 alternates. Each team MUST consist of at least 2 female players. At least 1 female player MUST be present on the court at all times.
2. All competitions must involve teams with the required number of players. Teams with less than the required number of players are incomplete and forfeit the match.
3. Before you register your team online, please have the following information ready:
- + Team Name
- + Credit Card Information
For each of your team members (including the captain):
    - Name
    - Address
    - Date of Birth
    - Phone #
    - Email Address

2. 4. Final rosters must be completed online 1 week prior to event
5. No player can be added once the first game has begun
6. Any player found ineligible will be banned from further participation and any games that have been played by such player(s) will be forfeited.

Article 2 - Participant Requirements
1. Players may appear on only 1 team roster for the tournament. Any player appearing on more than 1 team roster will be automatically disqualified from participation.
2. All team participants must be present at on-site registration the morning of the tournament. Failure to show will result in disqualification of player.
3. Participants also understand that their involvement in the tournament is at their own risk, and they will give up the right to hold the organizers or the owner of the property on which the tournament will be held responsible or liable for any injuries, damages, or other such problems that may occur during the tournament.
4. Participants will take full responsibility for their actions while participating in the tournament and will be accountable for any damages that they may cause due to lack of self-control.
5. Participants must adhere to the tournament guidelines or face disciplinary action including, but not limited to, disqualification.

Article 3 - Injuries, Damage, Theft or Loss
Charity Cup, the facility, sponsors or any authorized representative, agent or employee of these shall not be responsible for any expense incurred by any team if the event is canceled or rescheduled in whole or in part or for any liability in connection with the event for personal injury or property loss in connection with traveling to, participating in, or traveling home from the event. Each team, player, coach or fan shall participate at his or her own risk.

Article 4 - Equipment
1. A player's clothing must be presentable and appropriate for the competition.

Article 5 - Facility Rules
1. Smoking not permitted
2. Consumption of alcohol not permitted
3. Consumption of drugs not permitted

Chapter III

Article 1 - Match Scheduling
1. Game schedules will be posted one hour prior to on-site registration.
2. All games will begin as scheduled.
3. Only teams scheduled to play are allowed to occupy the court.
4. All teams will be scheduled for a minimum of 3 single set matches.
5. If a team fails to show for a scheduled game the opposing team will be issued a 21-0 win.
6. The top teams from each division will qualify for the playoffs, wins; losses; points for; and points against will be used to calculate the standings.
7. Playoffs matches are "best of 3-set" elimination.

Article 2 - Scoring System
1. A Match
The match is won by the team that wins 2 sets. In the case that the match comes to a 1 to 1 tie, the deciding set is played to 15 points, with a minimum 2 point lead.
2. A Set
The first 2 sets are won by the team that scores 21 points first. In the case of a 20 to 20 tie, play is continued until one team has a 2 point advantage.
3. A Rally
Whenever a team fails in serving, fails to return the ball to the opponent, or commits any faults, the opposing team wins the rally.
The result of winning the rally...
a) If the opponents served, they get a point and continue serving.
b) If the opponents received the serve, they get a point and gain the right to serve next.

Article 3 - Playing Surface
1. Court Dimensions
The playing court is rectangle in shape and measures 16 X 8 meters (52' 6" X 26' 3"). The free zone surrounding the court should be a minimum of 5 meters to a maximum of 6 meters from the endlines and sidelines.
2. Lines on the Court
a) The court is mark with 2 endlines and 2 sidelines.
b) There is no centerline.
c) All lines are 5 to 8 cm wide (2 to 3.75 inches)
3. Net Height
The height of the net will be measured at precisely 2.43m (7'11 5/8"). 4. Antenna
The antenna is considered part of the net and sets the limit to the crossing space.

Article 4 - Volleyball Rules
1. Maximum of three hits per side.
2. Player may not hit the ball twice in succession (A block is not considered a hit).
3. If two or more players contact the ball at the same time, it is considered one play and either player involved may make the next contact (provided the next contact is not the teams 4th hit).
4. The ball may be played off the net during a volley and on a serve.
5. A ball hitting a boundary line is "in".
6. A ball is "out" if it hits:
a. an antennae,
b. the floor completely outside the court,
c. any of the net or cables outside the antennae,
d. the referee stand or pole.
7. It is legal to contact the ball with any part of a player's body.
8. It is illegal to catch, hold, or throw the ball.
9. A player cannot block or attack a serve from the front row.
10. After the serve, all players may switch positions.
11. The officiating crew is made up of 1 referee, 2 line judges, and a scorekeeper.
12. The referee has the authority to overrule the line judges.
13. Team captains ONLY may challenge a line judge's decision. A maximum of 3 challenges per match. Challenges must be made before the referee whistle is blown for pay to commence.
14. Unlimited substitutes are allowed. Substituting player must notify the scorekeeper if substitution is desired. During the next dead ball, the scorekeeper will notify the referee of an occurring substitute. Referee must approve the substitute by motioning to the player to enter the court.

Article 5 - Volleyball Rules Violations
The following are volleyball rules violations. The result of a violation is a point for the opponent.
1. When serving, stepping on or across the service line as you make contact with the serve.
2. Failure to serve the ball over the net successfully.
3. Contacting the ball illegally (lifting, carrying, throwing, etc.).
4. Touching the net with any part of the body while the ball is in play. Exception: If the ball is driven into the net with such force that it causes the net to contact an opposing player, no foul will be called, and the ball shall continue to be in play.
5. When blocking a ball coming from the opponent's court, contacting the ball when reaching over the net is a violation if both:
a. your opponent hasn't used 3 contacts AND
b. your opponent has a player there to make a play on the ball
6. When attacking a ball coming from the opponents court, contacting the ball when reaching over the net is a violation if the ball hasn't yet broken the vertical plane of the net.
7. Crossing the court invisible centerline with any part of your body. Exception: if it's the hand or foot, the entire hand or entire foot must cross for it to be a violation.
8. Serving out of order.

Article 6 - Trophies and Awards
1. Trophies for the top three teams in the tournament will be issued at the closing ceremony, following the final game