Reiterating the Player Eligibility rules, as previously defined by the Committee.


“All teams must have at least 2/3 of the players on the court at all times who are 100% Chinese in order to participate in any of the games of the tournament. The remaining players must be of Asian descent. Asian players that had competed in prior tournament(s) before 1991 on an established team are exempt from the 2/3 limitation requirement stated above and are permitted to play at any time. Any questions regarding the eligibility of any player must be presented before a game to the Tournament Committee. Once the game starts, the game becomes official and non-contestable. At the request of the Tournament Committee, any competitor may be required to show proof of compliance to the above requirement.

Burden of proof shall be the responsibility of the player. If, in the opinion of the Committee that the protest is valid, the player will not be eligible to play and/or said team will be required to modify its line-up. In the event that a protest cannot be satisfactorily resolved, the protest can be submitted to the National Tournament Committee for decision. The decision of the National Tournament Committee will be final.

(Asian - origins from: Myanmar (formerly Burma), Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam).”

- “Player Eligibility.” 65th NACIVT

Program Rules book, (PDF file)


The major rule differences from indoor volleyball and NACIVT 9man rules include (Those rules in italics only apply within NACIVT rules):

Nine-man volleyball is a variation of volleyball utilizing nine players and a slightly larger court (10 by 20 meters)

9man court

  • A lower net (235 cm rather than 243).
  • Players don't rotate--front players stay in front (and thus never serve), and back players in back.
  • If the ball touches the net between two contacts by the same team, those two contacts only count as one of the three allowed before the ball must be sent over the net. The same player may legally make both contacts.
  • It is permitted to briefly carry the ball during a spiking motion.
  • Players may not penetrate the plane of the net while blocking.
  • If a player touches the ball while blocking, it counts as one of the three allowed contacts.
  • Jump serving is illegal.
  • It is illegal to touch the ball with any body part besides the hands and arms.
  • A served ball which hits the top of the net and falls inside the boundaries of the opponents' court entitles the server to a second chance (like tennis).
  • There is no "3 meter line": any player may attack the ball from anywhere on the court.


The Montreal 67th Annual North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament,Women’s Division shall be governed by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB),Official Fédération Internationale de Volleyball Rule Book from the most recent published rulebook and more information to come.
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woman court

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