6 feet and no foot faults (NFHS 2-1-6)
#1

So, in the spirit of the three minute BM (if you weren’t there, don’t ask) ...

I started to read the NFHS volleyball rule book.  Not just bits and pieces, but actually read it.

I have watched a lot of volleyball when my daughters played.  I have been doing this for a few years now.  I have NEVER seen this done, but ... by rule, the server must have six feet of approach space.  If there is less than six feet (e.g., playing a tournament on two cross courts and the bleachers are right behind the server), a line should be marked giving the server the required six feet even if it extends into the court and goes beyond the end line.

I made it to Rule 2 before blowing my mind.
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#2

I remember that from my reading! I wasn't aware you had to mark it, but just mention in your pre-match.
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#3

We have a tiny little rec center that hosts some middle school matches that gets a new serving line taped in every match. Side effect is that it is one of the loudest venues we have. So small, such enthusiastic parents and high pitched middle schoolers.
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#4

Yes, but 6' really isn't much. I've been in some cramped gyms, but none that didn't have 6' to serve from.
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#5

I’ve only encountered it at tournaments where they are playing two side-by-side courts across instead of the normal one court in the middle of the gym. I don’t recall ever seeing any adjustment made though ... the girls just had to deal with the “shortened runway”.
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#6

Is this a Fed-only rule? I don't have the knowledge of NCAA or USAV rules.
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#7

I have only done NFHS volleyball, so I couldn’t speak to the others ...
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#8

A quick scan of NCAA rules just says the court is required to have 6 feet of clearance (9 feet for newer facilities). Nothing about what to do if that's not available.
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