Technical Regulations - Beach Volleyball

1. EVENTS
This competition will be conducted during the 23rd Summer Deaflympics from 18 July 2017 to 30 July 2017 and will consist of the following 2 events (1 for men, 1 for women and 0 for mixed):

EventMenWomenMixed
beach volleyball

2. PARTICIPANTS

2.1 Invitation to Participate
ICSD and the Organising Committee will invite all National Deaf Sports Federation (NDSF) members in good standing to participate in the competition.

2.2 Eligibility

2.2.1 Hearing Loss
Participation in the competition is restricted to athletes who are deaf and/or hard of hearing. Refer to the ICSD Audiogram Regulations for additional details on measurement of hearing loss.

2.2.2 Age
Athletes must meet the minimum age requirement for each event listed below:

EventMinimum Age
beach volleyball14Born on or before 18 Jul 2003

2.2.3 Compliance
Only athletes who comply with the Deaflympics Regulations are allowed to participate in the competition.

2.4 Number of Teams
Not Applicable

2.5 Qualified Teams
Not Applicable

2.6 Number of Athletes per Discipline
A maximum number of athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each Beach Volleyball discipline listed below:

MenWomen
44

2.7 Number of Athletes per Event
A maximum number of athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each event listed below:

EventMenWomenMixed
beach volleyball44-

2.8 Number of Reserves or Substitutes per Event
A maximum number of reserve/substitute athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each event listed below:

EventReserves/Substitutes
beach volleyballNo reserves/substitutes

2.9 Competition Entry Standards
Not Applicable

2.10 Competition Entry Rules
Only an authorised representative of each NDSF is allowed to submit competition entries.

2.11 Non-Starting Athletes
A fine of USD$100 will be levied on each non-starting athlete unless he/she submits a doctor's declaration in writing English that he/she should not be allowed to start.

3. REGISTRATION
Please refer to the 7. Individual Sports in the General Technical Rules - Summer Deaflympics, for further details on registration.

4. COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS

4.1 Technical Organisation
ICSD is be responsible for the technical organisation of the competition in conjunction with the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB).

4.2 Committees

4.2.1 Technical Committee
The Technical Committee is comprised of the ICSD Technical Director and other members nominated by the Organising Committee and approved by ICSD:

John Knetzger - ICSD Technical Director (Chair)
(To be appointed) - TVF Chief Referee (Turkish Volleyball Federation)
(To be appointed) - TVF Referee (Turkish Volleyball Federation)
(To be appointed) - Sport Liasion Officer
(To be appointed) - Deaf Representative

4.2.2 Protest Committee
The Protest Committee is comprised of the ICSD Technical Director and other members nominated by the Organising Committee and approved by ICSD:

John Knetzger - ICSD Technical Director (Chair)
(To be appointed) - TVF Chief Referee (Turkish Volleyball Federation)
(To be appointed) - TVF Referee (Turkish Volleyball Federation)

4.3 Competition Rules
The competitions will be conducted in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the FIVB (version: 2015-2016). In case of disagreement in the interpretation of the Rules and Regulations, the English text shall prevail. Unforeseen incidents not covered by the Rules and Regulations shall be dealt with as follow:

4.3.1 Cases of a general nature will be resolved in accordance with the Deaflympics Regulations, General Technical Rules - Summer Deaflympics and this Beach Volleyball Technical Regulations.

4.3.2 Cases of a technical nature related to competition rules will be resolved in accordance with the FIVB Rules and Regulations.

4.4 Competition Equipment

All equipment used during competition must comply with the FIVB Rules and Regulations.

4.5 Competition Clothing

4.5.1 Participants must wear competitive uniforms representing their nationality, duly registered and published in accordance with the FIVB Rules and Regulations.

4.5.2 Participants must observe the Deaflympics Regulations regarding advertisements on their uniforms and clothing worn in the competition area.

4.6 Draw
The draw for all events will be conducted under control of the Technical Committee and in accordance with the FIVB Rules and Regulations.

4.7 Competition Plan
The competition plan will be conducted in accordance with the FIVB Rules and Regulations.

4.8 Officials

4.8.1 Judge/Referee/Umpire
Allocation of the officials to conduct the events will be made by the Technical Committee. Whereever possible, officials will posses the FIVB international license valid for 2017. However, officials with the highest level of national accreditation may be assigned.

4.8.2 Appointment
The Organising Committe will appoint TVF Chief Referee (Turkish Volleyball Federation) and an appropriate number of officials to conduct each event.

4.9 Unforeseen Incidents
In the event of unforeseen incidents not covered by the rules and regulations, the Technical Committee will make a determination. In the absence of the Technical Committee, the ICSD Technical Director will make a determination.

5. VENUES

5.1 Competition Venue
To be announced

5.2 Training Venue
To be announced

6. SCHEDULES

6.1 Competition Schedule
To be announced

6.2 Training Schedule
To be announced

6.3 Technical Meeting

6.3.1 Date and Location
To be announced

6.3.2 Attendance
Each participating NDSF may be represented by a maximum of two officials, of whom at least one must be deaf. The NDSF may also bring an interpreter if necessary.

7. CONTROL AND SANCTIONS

7.1 Hearing Devices
The use of any hearing aid(s)/amplification or cochlear implant is not allowed in the restricted zone area.

7.1.1 Restricted Zone Area
The restricted zone area is in effect at the moment the athlete enter the competition area during the warm-up and competition periods.

7.1.2 Violation and Penalty
When this rule is violated, refer to ICSD Audiogram Regulations 8: Violations and Penalties.

8. PROTESTS

8.1 Procedures for lodging a protest
All sport related protests will be resolved in accordance with the FIVB Rules and Regulations and will be adjudicated by the Protest Committee.

8.1.1 Any protest must be written in English on the Official Protest Form. The form and a deposit USD$100 must be given to the ICSD Technical Director within 0 minutes after the official public posting of results.

8.1.2 The ICSD Technical Director will decide whether the protest is sport-related or eligibility-related. The Protest Committee will review all sport-related protests, and the ICSD Representative will review all eligibility-related protests.

8.1.3 The deposit of USD$100 will be returned to the applicant only if the protest is considered valid.

8.2 Procedure for reviewing a protest
The Protest Committee will meet in the competition venue or a designated office at a time decided upon by the ICSD Technical Director.

8.2.1 The ICSD Technical Director will chair of the Protest Committee.

8.2.2 The Sport Liaison Officer (SLO) will be responsible for booking a meeting room and interpreters.

8.2.3 The SLO will contact and inform all members of the Protest Committee of the meeting time and location.

8.2.4 The ICSD Technical Director will be responsible for liaising with the State Sports Association's Competition Manager.

8.2.5 After adjudication, the ICSD Technical Director will forward the original Official Protest Form (along with the protest fee if the protest was denied) to the ICSD Secretariat. The SLO will forward a copy of the form to the Deaflympics Headquarters.

9. ADDENDUM

9.1 Balls
The ball brand is Mikasa VLS 300.

9.2 Clothing

9.2.1 Quantity
Each team is required to have a minimum of two (2) sets of shorts and jerseys ("tank top") in clearly differentiated colors (one light, the other dark).

9.2.2 Choice of Team Colours
The two teams playing each other shall wear clearly contrasting colours. If both teams arrive at a match dressed in jerseys of the same color, FIVB Rule 4.4 (coin toss) will be conducted to determine which team shall change.

9.2.3 Specifications

9.2.3.1 Athlete's Jersey Number
Each athlete shall wear the same uniform number (12 cm in height x 10 cm in width for men and 8 cm x 6 cm for women) on front (centered for men and upper right for women) and back (centered for both genders) of the top throughout the competition. The stripe forming the numbers shall be a minimum size of 1.5 cm wide in a colour that contrasts well with the colour of the top.

9.2.3.2 Country Code and Country Flag
The 3-letter international country code and country flag (8 cm x 10 cm total surface area) shall be placed on upper left front of the top. Only the country code must be placed below the flag. Country code's letters shall be a maximum size of 1 cm wide in a colour that contrasts well with the colour of the top.

9.2.3.3 Athlete's Name
If the athlete’s surname (family) name is printed, then the recommended location is on the back of the top (Latin letters, 5-10 cm high, 1-1.5 cm wide). No nicknames.

9.2.3.4 Sponsor's Logo(s)
If present anywhere on uniform (top and bottom), then the maximum is 400 cm2 total.

9.2.3.5 Manufacturer's Logo
If present on front of both top and/or bottom, then the maximum is 20 cm2 per site.

9.3 Restricted Zone Area

9.3.1 Definition (reference: 7.1.1)
The restricted zone area is defined as the Playing Area within the Competition Area (FIVB Rule 1.1.2 and Diagram 1) during the warm-up and competition period.

9.3.2 Violation and Penalty (reference: 7.1.2)
When this hearing aid rule is violated, the offending player's team is declared in default and forfeits the match with the result 0-2 for the match and 0-21 for each set (FIVB Rule 6.4). The "Violations and Penalties" section in the Audiogram Regulations serves as a reference in such situations.