In volleyball, every point begins with a serve. The serving team must respect the service rotation and follow all the rules involved with serving. It includes the order of servers, position of the players and the time limit to put the ball in play. And that’s the point here: the players have a time limit to serve. But how long is this limit? Let’s check it out!
The server has eight seconds after the referee whistles
The player that is reponsible to execute the serve to start a point may put the ball in play within 8 seconds after the referee whistles and signals for service. This means that the player has up to eight seconds to hit the ball, not to start the service motion.
If the player fails to serve within the 8-second time limit, the opponent is awarded one point and the service.
If the player serves before the referee whistles, he/she may serve again without any penalty being applied.