Activities Sports & Athletics Volleyball Rules: Comparing FIVB, NCAA and AVP Volleyball Rules Share PINTEREST Email Print Stanislaw Pytel/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Volleyball Playing & Coaching Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Other Activities Learn More By Beverly Oden Beverly Oden is a former member of the USA Volleyball team who competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. our editorial process Beverly Oden Updated March 04, 2019 Number of Players Olympic Indoor, NCAA Men, and WomenSix playersAVP, Olympic BeachTwo players Scoring AVP, Olympic Indoor, and Beach, NCAA Men, and WomenRally scoringMust win by twoNo point capOlympic Indoor and NCAA Men and WomenBest of five setsFirst four sets played to 25 pointsFifth set played to 15 pointsTeams switch sides at game's end in sets 1-4 and when leading team reaches eight points in set five.AVP and Olympic BeachBest of three setsFirst two sets played to 21 pointsThird set played to 15 pointsTeams switch sides when sum of points scored equals seven in sets one and two, and when sum of points scored equals five in set three. Court Size Olympic Indoor and NCAA Men and Women18 meters x 9 meters (59' x 29'6")AVP and Olympic Beach16 meters x 8 meters (52'6" x 26'3") Net Rules AVP, Olympic Indoor and Beach, NCAA Men and WomenMen's Net Height - 2.43 meters or 8’Women's Net Height - 2.24 meters or 7’4”Contact with net permitted as long as it does not interfere with play.Olympic Indoor, NCAA Men and WomenAny part of body above feet can go under the net as long as it does not interfere with play.Feet can go under the net if they don’t interfere with play and part of foot is on or above center line.AVP, Olympic BeachPlayers can fully enter opponent’s court as long as does not interfere with play. Ball Handling AVP, Olympic Beach and Indoor, NCAA Men and WomenPlayers can contact the ball with any part of the bodyOlympic IndoorDouble contact permitted on first contactAVP and Olympic BeachHard driven ball may be held momentarily.No open-handed tips or dinks. Time Outs and Substitutions Olympic IndoorEach team gets two time outs (30 seconds each) per setEach team gets six subs (libero position has unlimited subs.)A player may enter and exit the game only once each.In sets 1-4, two additional 60 second technical time outs are automatically taken when the leading team reaches eight and 16 points.AVP and Olympic BeachEach team gets one 30-second time out per setEach team gets one injury time out per player per match.No substitutions.In FIVB world events there is one 30-second technical time out in sets one and two when the sum of points reaches 21.NCAA Men and WomenEach team gets two 60-second timeouts per setOne media timeout (75-90 secs.) per set can be taken at the discretion of host school when lead team reaches 15 points in sets 1-4 (or 8 points in set five) unless a team time out has been called prior to that point.Each team gets 12 subs per set.The same player can enter and exit the game an unlimited amount of times within the twelve-sub limit. Playing Actions Olympic IndoorBlock does not count as a hit.Cannot attack a libero set.AVP and Olympic BeachBlock counts as a hit.NCAA Men and WomenBlock does not count as a hit.Libero may serve in one position in rotation.Players may attack a libero set if made from behind three-meter line.