> Was playing volleyball last night and a couple of disputes arose.
> First, on serve receive my opponants blocker at the net was screening
> me from the server. I was told that if before the server contacted the
> ball I said "screen" it would halt the play. Our opponants said there
> is no screen rule in doubles.
There is indeed a screening rule in USAV beach rules--regardless of
2's, 3's, 4's or 6's play. Links to all sorts of various beach
volleyball rulebooks and info can be found here
As for this particular situation...
USAV Beach rules 1999-2000
16.7.1 The server's teammates must not prevent the opponents, through
_screening_ from seeing the server or the path of the ball. On
an opponent's request, a player must move sideways or bend over
220.127.116.11 If the referee judges that screening did occur, the rally is
ended and the serving team is penalized with a a loss of
18.104.22.168 When whistles are not used, a player on the receiveing team
may stop play according to the procedures in Rules 16.4.2 if
his/her view of the service was obstructed by the serving
team. The rally is canceled and replayed.
and, for completeness' sake....
16.4.2 If a whistle is not used to authorize service, it is the
responsibility of the server to assure that both teams are
ready for service. A player on the receiving team may stop
play when not ready for a service as long as no attempt to play
the ball is made. In this case, the rally is canceled and
22.214.171.124 If the referee judges that the receiving team was ready or
has stopped play repeatedly to gain advantage, the receiving
team is penalized with a team delay.
AVP have similar restrictions, and are quoted below your next question
> Secondly, later, the non server was not screening, but walking
> around during the serve...a little distracting. I claimed that he
> needed to be set during the serve. He didn't think so. I was
> basing both of these issues on the play I observed at a recent AVP
> tourney. Don't worry, no fights broke out or anything. Can anyone
> help here?
USAV Beach rules don't appear to address this situation, so I won't
comment without consulting someone more in the know. With the FIVB
event in Chicago, I can corner such an individual tomorrow. :-)
However, my (albeit dated) copy of AVP rules ( 1996) address this
situation directly, however:
1996 AVP Rules:
17.9 Position of Players at Service
All players must be within the court at the time of the serve.
The teammate of the server must be in a motionless position. He
may bot obstruct the view, intentionally or unintentionally, of
the players receiving the serve. At the request of the referee he
must move to grant them a clear view of the service.
Caveat: I have never officiated under AVP rules and am uniformed of
any AVP rule changes since the 1996 rulebook I have. Your mileage may
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