Refereeing and Rules

Officials should be aware of the rules that govern the game and the rules of the HVA.

Various downloads are available under Documents.

The HVA always follows the current FIVB rules of volleyball. Please Google for the most recent official rules or search the FIVB website.

We will post any recent amendments to the HVA rules here if they are not currently incorporated in to the rules in the Documents section.

The X League - new for the 2019/20 season

The X League sits outside the men’s and women’s leagues and is an extra competitive league for beginner/intermediate/junior players who belong to a club, but are not getting much court time within other leagues. There is a single division within the league.

HVA Rules: The league runs under the HVA Rules, but the following sections are relaxed:


There’s no restriction on who plays, except that they must be registered to the club and the club must be registered under the HVA. There’s no Team Player Restrictions under X League; every player could be restricted to another club team and still freely play freely for that club in X League too. We’re happy for advanced players to play on the understanding that they are there to bring the other players on, not thrash the opposition!


Net height can be decided by the teams before the match. We would suggest men’s height for safety reasons, unless most players are women, juniors or non-powerful attackers.

Section F – OFFICIALS.

Matches will require a referee. If preferred, EVA scoresheets can be replaced with a sheet detailing the fixture, a list of team players and the fixture result. HVA will provide a template.

Section G – LEAGUE.

Instead of the opposition selecting the MVP, the teams select the MVP for their own team.

Cost: For this first year, there is no cost to enter a team in X League. Accordingly, there will be no medals or trophies at year end for the teams or players.

Fixtures: Once we know what teams we have, fixtures can be organised between the teams. If we don’t have many teams, we may play two home and two away matches.

Teams: We’d like to have all X League team entries confirmed by the end of October, so we can create the league on the website and start to organise fixtures.


In Season Rule Amendments