Recreational Sixes Rules

  • Tournament Format: Round robin format with Single Elimination Playoffs.
  • Roster: Roster maximum of 8 players (no more than 3 men on the court at a given time)
  • Scoring: All games will be played using rally scoring.
  • Pool Play: 1 game to 30 (no cap) against all teams in designated pool.
    • The winner of each match reports the scores and the point differential (used for playoff seeding).
  • Playoffs: 1 game to 30 (no cap).
    • Time and Daylight permitting, we will attempt make the semi finals and finals in each Division, play 2 out of 3 games.
    • If so, the first two games will be to 21 (no cap) and the third to 15 (no cap).
  • Double Contact: Players may double contact any first ball over (including serves) provided the ball is not held.
  • Let Serves: Let Serves ARE legal.
  • Blocking: A block is not counted as a team hit.
  • Foot Digs: Foot Digs are legal.
  • Time Outs: Each team is allowed two 30 second timeouts per game. Time out may be called prior to server receiving ball on either side of court between plays.
  • Forfeit Rule: A 15 minute forfeit rule is in effect.
  • Coed Rule: Any ball hit more than once on a side must be contacted by both sexes.

Playoff Info & Format – Tournaments

The 1st and 2nd Place teams in ALL DIVISIONS advance to the CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFFS, while the 3rd and 4th Place teams advance to the CONSOLATION PLAYOFFS.

The #1 Seed in each pool is responsible for returning that court’s COMPLETED POOL SHEET to score area. If you have any questions, please ask a tournament official. After your pool is completed, find the location of your playoff match on the PLAYOFF BRACKETS for your division. Please move to that court and be ready to play your match as soon as your opponent arrives.

Playoffs – 1 game to 30 (no cap).

Time and Daylight permitting, we will possibly make the semi finals and finals in each Division, play 2 out of 3 games.
If so, the first two games will be to 21 (no cap) and the third one game to 15 (no cap). After your match is completed, the winning team needs to report the result in the Score Area (or on the Tournament Brackets posted near your playoff courts). Note the ROUND NUMBER indicated for your playoff match. This will indicate if you are the first or second playoff match on your court. All playoff matches have been assigned a court, so please follow the playoff brackets and play on the assigned courts.


Tiebreaking playoff games will NOT be played after pool play—teams may advance to their respective playoffs based on points. YOU MUST RECORD THE CORRECT SCORE AFTER EACH MATCH.


  1. Overall Record
  2. Head to Head Record
  3. Head to Head Point Differential
  4. Total Point Differential
  5. Coin Flip

If three teams are > tied and there’s no clear head to head winner, we move to points to determine all of their spots.

Miscellaneous Information / FAQs

Tournament Director The tournament director has the authority to alter rules and make decisions not covered in the rules. If the tournament director does alter the rules, the tournament director will advise the participants of those changes prior to the start of the event if possible. The tournament director has absolute authority over players, game officials and spectators, on and off the court at a tournament, where the maintenance of order is concerned, and may impose disciplinary measures as needed. The tournament director has the authority to make any necessary decisions regarding entries and seeding. The tournament director may change the format of the tournament if, in his opinion, conditions warrant it. The tournament director has the authority to settle any and all disputes. The tournament director is the sole authority who determines if weather conditions warrant a suspension or cancellation of play. The tournament director is the final authority in determining if courts are safe and playable.

What is the weather policy?

This is a rain or shine event.

Play will continue through inclement weather as much as possible—if it’s necessary to stop play, it will be postponed in 30 min. increments until conditions are suitable to resume play. It’s very important that all teams remain close to the event site so that games may resume in a timely manner once the weather has improved enough to resume play!