FIYA Volleyball Rules

as of September 1, 2018

With the exception of net height and the number of sets in a match as detailed below, FIYA volleyball rules mirror NFHS Volleyball rules. The other information below is included as points of emphasis.

  • Prior to match, both teams meet at center circle to recite FIYA Sportsmanship Pledge.
  • Net Height: For Division 1 Boys it is 7’4”; for Division 1 Girls and for Division 2 Girls/Boys, it is 7’0".
  • Matches are a best two out of three sets, with the first two sets to 25 and the third to 15. In Division 1, a team must win by two points with no cap.  In Division 2, a team must win by two points except for cap to 30 in first two sets and cap to 20 in third set.
  • Each team is allowed two timeouts per set.
  • Each team is allowed 18 substitutions per set (excluding libero).  When a player has been substituted out of the game, such player may only return to play in the same position for which he/she was substituted out in the set.  All substitutions shall occur at the 10 foot line.
  • A libero is allowed.
    • The libero shall wear a uniform top that is immediately recognized from all angles as being in clear contrast to and distinct from the other members of the team.
    • The libero is a back-row player who is a defensive specialist. Only one libero may be designated per set. The libero, when used: a. Shall be designated on the lineup sheet prior to each set; b. May be the team captain; c. May be used as an exceptional substitution for an injured player if no other legal substitutes are available; d. Shall not replace a disqualified teammate; e. Shall be allowed to serve in one position in the serving order.
    • A libero shall not: a. Complete an attack from anywhere if, at the moment of contact, the ball is entirely above the height of the net; b. Set the ball using overhand finger action while on or in front of the attack line extended, resulting in a completed attack above the height of the net; c. Block or attempt to block; d. Rotate to the front row.
    • Procedures for libero replacement: a. The libero designated on the lineup for that set is allowed to replace any player in a back-row position. The libero may serve in one position in the serve order; b. The libero may only be replaced by the player whom he/she replaced; c. One libero replacement may be exercised per dead ball/rally unless the libero is replacing the player in the right back position and will serve the next rally; d. Libero replacements do not count as substitutions and are unlimited; e. A libero replacement must take place between the attack line and the endline in front of that team’s bench; f. A libero replacement must be completed during a dead ball prior to the whistle and signal for serve.
  • For Boys Volleyball - Starting in Spring 2020, a team may no longer supplement its roster with girls.