Rules

      RULES                                        

  1. Teams are responsible for being at their courts and ready to play for their first game and all subsequent games until they are eliminated from the tournament. “Ready to play” means that all team members have checked in with their Pod Coordinator, signed and returned their waivers, made any other necessary preparations to play, and are ready to take the court.

  2. Teams that are not present and ready to play may be penalized one point for each minute they are late, up to the total number of points for the game.

  3. Each team will be guaranteed 2 games. The first two games will be to 15 points. In the event of a tie-breaker, the 3rd game will be to 11 points. If circumstances require, (e.g., weather delays, games delays, etc.) games may be shortened in order to speed the pace of the tournament. The number of points to be played in championship round games will be determined by the Tournament Director.

  4. A team may win by one point.

  5. A maximum of 8 people are allowed on the court at one time, two of whom must be women.

  6. The ball may be served from the rear right part of the berm or by the right back, behind the rear out of bounds line and may be hit in any manner with the hand. Prior to service, the ball may not be loaded with mud.

  7. It is a foul for players to touch the net.

  8. Players of the serving team must rotate clockwise when receiving the ball serve, & the right back must serve.

  9. A point will be scored each time the ball is put into play, regardless of which team is serving.

  10. Holding and throwing the ball while it is in play is a foul. The play must be a distinct batting of the ball.

  11. Three hits to a side. A player may not hit the ball twice in succession. A block is not considered a hit.

  12. A ball may be played by any part of the body.

  13. It is a violation to spike with two hands.

  14. Only the front line is permitted to spike.

  15. Everyone participating must wear flat soled shoes. NO SPIKES.

  16. Rules are subject to referee’s interpretation.

  17. Referees’ decisions are final.

  18. Any player arguing with or abusing an official will be asked to leave & will cause his/her team to forfeit that match. A player ejected from a match will not be allowed to participate in any further matches.

  19. Substituting will only be allowed from the serving position, except in cases of injury.

  20. A court consists of a net and genuine Roscoe Mud.

  21. A player cannot play for more than one team at the same time.

  22. If a team needs a player, arrangements must be made with the Tournament Director.

ALCOHOL AT MUD VOLLEYBALL

  • There is no alcohol allowed in the court area. The Roscoe Police are responsible for enforcing this ordinance and will be onsite throughout the day.

  • Beer and pop can be purchased at the beverage stands.

  • Before your first alcohol purchase, you will need to show your driver’s license or other valid photo ID with date of birth at the Carding Tables at the beverage stand.

MARIJUANA USE

  • It remains illegal to use cannabis in public, in schools, in parks, government buildings, on a bus or train, in a car or truck, or near kids. The law prohibits use anywhere you can reasonably expect to be observed by others. There is NO marijuana use allowed in the park at any time.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The land we are playing on is Riverside Park in Roscoe. It is illegal to have or to consume carry-in alcoholic beverages but we have been allowed for this event only. Special licenses have been granted to sell beer at the event.

  • No animals are allowed in the court area.

  • All animals have to be leashed or crated.

  • No glass is allowed. No exceptions.

  • Large furniture or grills are not recommended into the park. If they are left, we will have to raise fees to pay a clean-up team.

  • While a team may have only seven players on the court at one time, two of whom must be women, we do suggest that you have extra players in case of fatigue or injury.

  • Basic First Aid is available at the First Aid Tent next to the Main stage.

  • Time between matches will vary. Each team is responsible for being at their court at the scheduled time.

  • It is recommended that players wear high top shoes or secure their shoes to their feet with duct tape.  All players MUST wear shoes while playing. No SPIKES allowed.

  • We play rain or shine. In case of an electrical storm, the tournament will be reduced as necessary to determine a champion. The length of a storm delay will be determined by the Tournament Director in consultation with Fire and Police Departments with information from the National Weather Service.

  • Cancellations/refunds will not be allowed after August 1.

  • Souvenir t-shirts will be sold prior to the tournament at KNIB & on event day. Cash, debit or credit will be accepted.

  • PICK UP YOUR OWN TRASH BEFORE YOU LEAVE & PLACE IT IN A DUMPSTER OR TRASH CONTAINER. If we have to do a lot of clean- up, the price of playing will go up for next year.

 

COVID

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread person-to-person. This is a rapidly changing situation. The Winnebago County Health Department, along with our local healthcare partners, local health departments in the region, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are monitoring the situation and working to protect the public’s health. For more information including the latest updates, contact:  http://wchd.org/  or https://www.cdc.gov/

 

What you need to know

  • Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.

  • Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

 

Watch for symptoms

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

 

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.  Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion

  • Inability to wake or stay awake

  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all of the possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.                                     

Updated Dec. 22, 2020