Wallyball Recreational Rules
LEGAL SERVICE The ball is put in play by striking it with one hand or with any part of the arm in an attempt to send the ball over the net and into the opponent's court. Net serves are not legal. A served ball may contact a wall on either the serving team’s side or the receiving team's side of the net. The server may serve the ball off the serving team’s back wall.
In order for the serve to be good:
• The server has five (5) seconds to initiate the serve after the server says the score.
• The server’s foot may not touch the serving line.
• Bouncing the ball before executing the serve is legal.
• Once the ball is tossed in the air, the ball must be struck for service. If the server catches the ball after being tossed, or lets the ball drop to the floor, this action will be counted as a faulted service and a side-out will be called.
• A jump serve is legal. The ball must be contacted while the server is in the air and before the server's foot touches the floor.
• A spin serve is legal. A paintbrush serve is legal. A paintbrush serve is executed by contacting the ball in such a manner that the ball rolls along the palm of the hand or along open fingers. You can put spin on your serves by contacting the sides of the ball with the side of your hand, sort of a judo chop motion or with the use of a knuckle/finger. You can also contact the ball below the centerline if you use your knuckles.
• The ball must pass over the net without touching a member of the serving team.
• The ball must not contact the net or net hardware. All hardware that attaches the net to the wall is considered to be part of the net.
• The ball must not contact two or more walls before being played or landing on the floor.
• The ball must not contact the opponent's back wall.
• The ball must not contact the ceiling of the court
CEILING IN PLAY OR OUT OF BOUNDS A team in possession of the ball may cause the ball to bounce off their own ceiling. The ball can then be played by another player on their team (as long as they are within the allowed three touches of the ball). If the team in possession of the ball causes the ball to bounce off the ceiling in a manner that propels the ball over the net into the opponent's court, a point will be given to the other team if the other team is serving, or, if the offending team is serving, a side-out will be called.
PLAYING TWO OR MORE WALLS If, on an offensive hit, the ball contacts two or more walls, a point will be given to the other team if the other team is serving, or, if the offending team is serving, a side-out will be called. However, a team in possession of the ball may cause the ball to make contact with two or more walls on their own side of the net, as long as the ball does not cross over the net before being touched by one of the players on the team in possession of the ball. If the ball crosses the net after contacting two (2) or more walls without making contact with an offensive player, a point will be given to the other team if the other team is serving, or, if the offending team is serving, a side-out will be called.
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