Pococks Social Rules

Pococks is a company that specializes in both social events and highly competitive leagues. Regardless of the activity, in our most competitive leagues, we make use of the international rules but these can be very complex and detailed, especially for a novice who simply wants to have fun.

It is for this reason that we have eliminated the majority of the highly technical rules and have focused on the essential rules. Please find following our simple and fun rules for our social events.


  1. Usually there are a maximum of 6 people in a team but we are flexible so if you would like to have more per team, you may. As long as we announce it to all of the teams prior to the activities.
  2. Once the teams have been decided, we normally arrange a round robin, leading into semi-finals and then the finals.
  3. Matches could be played to as few as 7 points or up to 25 points and played as the best of three sets or one set (depending on your group’s time frames).
  4. All points are played in a rally point system. This means that regardless of who served, the team that wins the rally, wins a point as well as service.
  5. The match is started by a serve.
  6. The serve must be taken from behind the court lines.
  7. The ball may clip the net on its way over. It’s not a fault and there is no 2nd serves.
  8. Once the ball is over, the receiving team has a maximum of 3 hits to get the ball back over.
  9. They may play the ball back over on the 1st hit, the 2nd hit or the 3rd hit. They don’t have to play all 3 hits.
  10. An interesting rule in beach volleyball is that you may use any part of your body when playing a ball. (except service, which must be played with a hand or arm). Players may kick the ball up or play it with their head, whatever feels natural.
  11. Whenever the ball crosses over the net, it must pass between the two aerials / antennae. (white poles protruding above the net)
  12. If a ball touches anything outside the antennae, it is out-of-bounds and is a point to the opposition. (roof, side walls / nets, referees stand, back wall / nets etc)
  13. The ball may be hit into the volleyball net and it is not a fault. The net however is not a player so it does not count as one of the teams 3 hits.
  14. If a player hits the ball into the volleyball net on the teams 1st hit, the team still has 2 more hits.
  15. A player may not hit a ball 2 times consecutively. They may play 2 of the 3 hits but only if it is the 1st and 3rd hits.
  16. If the ball lands on the court lines, the ball is in.
  17. If a player jumps at the net to block the opposition’s hit and they touch the ball but it still comes into their court, the block touch does NOT count as one of the team’s 3 hits. This means that the player that touched the ball on the block, may play the ball again immediately as the block doesn’t count.
  18. Finally, the only rule that we are fairly strict on is that although the ball may touch the volleyball net, you as players may NEVER touch the net. If anybody touches the volleyball net, we award the point to their opposition. The reason why we are strict on this rule is that this is the only place where people can jump on each other and players get injured and the main object of the day is to have fun.

Beach Soccer

  1. Normally, we play 4 – 5 per team on the field. Teams may have up to 5 substitutes.
  2. The match is started with a kick-off from the center of the pitch.
  3. A goal may not be scored off a kick-off.
  4. The opposition must be at least 2 meters from the player taking the kick-off.
  5. At no time may the ball be played higher than the referee’s shoulders during the match.
  6. If the ball is lifted above the referee’s shoulders it is an indirect free kick for the opposition.
  7. There are no throw-ins, just kick-ins.
  8. A goal cannot be scored off a kick-in or a free kick.
  9. Only the goalie may play the ball with hands.
  10. No 2-on-1 tackles.
  11. No tackles from behind
  12. No playing the ball while on lying the ground.
  13. Should a foul be committed, a free indirect kick is awarded to the opposing team.
  14. Should a foul be committed within a team’s goal quarter, a penalty kick is awarded to the opposing team.
  15. Penalties are taken from the center of the quarter line.
  16. The penalty taker may not have a run-up and must have one foot placed next to the ball and it must stay in that position until the kick is over.

Dodge Ball

  1. Our form of dodge ball is one where both men and women can play with and against each other without the fear that anybody will get hurt.
  2. We use children’s rubber play balls in the game so that we can avoid injury to people.
  3. 3. The game is broken up into 2 phases. The first phase is a race for ammo.
  4. All participants are lined up behind their respective start lines and once the whistle is blown, it is a race for the balls which are placed along the center line.
  5. At no stage during the first or second phase may participants cross over into their opponents half. If they do, they shall be out.
  6. The teams do not start throwing the balls during this phase. If they do it simply means that they are throwing away their ammo.
  7. Once each team has its ammo, the teams are required to retreat back to their start line.
  8. A second whistle is then blown to indicate the start of the second phase.
  9. Now it is a free for all. The object is to throw a ball at an opponent and to hit them with a direct hit.
  10. Indirect hits (if the ball bounces of the floor etc) do not count as a hit.
  11. If a player is hit, they are out and must leave the court and wait on one of the sides.
  12. Players may not block with either their hands or by using another ball.
  13. If a player does block, it is counted as a hit and they are then out.
  14. However, if a player catches a ball that is thrown by their opponents, the player that threw the ball is out and the player that caught the ball may nominate one of their own players back into the game.
  15. The game continues until one team is completely eliminated leaving the other team as winners.
  16. This game can be played as the best out of 3 games or out of 5 games.


  1. Our tug-of-war is a simple affair. It requires two teams pulling on one rope in opposite directions.
  2. Each team may have as many people as they like but we prefer to keep the teams even in numbers to keep the contest fair.
  3. We have a mark on the center of the rope and two marks, ± 1.5 meters on either side of the center line.
  4. Once both teams have taken their positions (the best practice is tallest at the back and shortest at the front with one anchor.) we then adjust the rope so that the center mark lines up with a mark in the sand
  5. On the referees whistle, both teams pull in opposite directions until one team pulls their mark past the mark in the sand.
  6. 6. The teams may then swap sides for their next tug. The format that we use is best out of 3; wins the contest.