Water Volleyball at Forty Acre Club has grown exponentially over the years and is now a very popular activity for those who enjoy physical competition while having a blast. If there is such a thing as a “competitive sport party,” this is it! We have star players, beginners, and everyone in between–and everyone is welcome. If you can hold both arms over your head and laugh at the same time, then you can play with us.
At the Forty Acre Club, Water Volleyball is played with absolutely no rules of any kind. Although the following conditions, stipulations, circumstances, and situations do apply.
To begin the game a volley will be required to clear the net three or more times to be considered a true and actual volley. The winner of this volley will be awarded the serve to start the game. The team losing the game will be awarded the serve to start the next game.
The ball may be hit as many times as needed, both by individuals and by other teammates in any order including repetition by individuals, to clear the net.
The boundaries of the playing field shall be the three concrete sides of the pool and the fourth side shall be the floating boundary set up by the green noodles anchored at the sides of the pool. If the ball shall hit any of the concrete boundaries and return into the pool it shall be considered in play. If the ball shall hit the floating boundary it should be considered in play.
If floating boundaries are in place at the two corners of the pool — regular boundary rules will apply. (The line being in, and over the line being out.) The following stipulation will only apply if the above fore mentioned boundaries are not in place; If during play the ball lands in-bounds but near the steps entering the pool causing a hazardous playing condition the receiving team shall declare “steps” and a do-over will be mandated.
If the ball returns into the playing field after hitting a concrete boundary and is in turn played by a contestant in the game the ball will be considered still in play and play will continue until such time the ball is out of play.
The serve is required to pass over the net without the assistance of any other player although it may touch the net as it passes.
If the serve does not clear the net a do-over may be permissible if the consensus of the receiving team allows it. Special considerations may be given to first time players, visitors, or females that enjoy jumping up and down.
If the two teams cannot agree on where the ball landed, in-bounds or out-of-bounds, and no spectators are there to judge such landing of the ball a do-over will be allowed.
Spiking of the ball will be allowed although one should refrain from spiking for a reasonable amount of time after receiving “the look” from one’s spouse or mate.
One should also refrain from spiking the ball at the short women especially when in the deep water.
During play any player may come in contact with the net at any time. This includes hitting the ball through the net.
If a spectator continuously and graciously retrieves the ball that has left the playing field it is customary to reward such spectator with a complimentary drink of his or her choice.
If an object sitting on the pool deck (e.g. Drink Holders, Cups, Cans, Boundary anchoring buckets) is struck by the ball and such ball returns into play, the ball will be considered dead and out of play.
Revised May 2012