The new sport of Vennis was created by Grayson McCoy and Nathaniel Russell from Ventura, California in May 2018.
Vennis (aka. Bennis Sennis) is a game similar to volleyball simply played on a tennis court with soccer's rules, yet more flexible and modified. Vennis is a game played on a tennis court with preferably a volleyball, however a soccer ball and a basketball are acceptable in some instances.
Equipment Required: Tennis court, 3 other people, a well inflated volleyball.
The game of Vennis is played by a team of two against a team of two, where each team scores nuts in order to win Knucks. A team must score at least 12 nuts nd have a two nut advantage over the other team to win a Knuck. Once one Knuck is scored the score in nuts is reset to 0-0 and play of the next Knuck begins. A game is played as a best of X Knucks format (eg: best of 1 Knuck, best of 3 Knucks, best of 5 Knucks, etc), the number of Knucks required to win is determined before the beginning of the game.
The green zone: the entire part of the tennis court usually used in a game of doubles tennis, all marked regions.
The zone of play: the front two rectangles of the green zone.
Nut: a single point scored after a round of play.
Knuck: a larger form of points scored by nuts, the games win condition is determined by Knucks.
Non-hands body part: any part of the body other than hands or extended arms. Though if the hands are tightly against the body, a collision with these parts is considered 'non-hands'. The rules for this mirror the rules for 'hands' in soccer.
Rules for Nuts:
The following rules apply to the play of one round at the end of which a nut is awarded. Breaking of one or more of these result of the award of a nut to the team not at fault for breaking them. If multiple are broken, the ruling of the nut is awarded to the the team not at fault for the first to occur.
(i.) A round begins with a serve, served by the winner of the previous nut. A serve consists of sending the ball into the opponent's zone of play gently with any non-hands body part. If the other team deems the serve too hard they may ask for a re-serve. If the serve is out of bounds or in to the net it may be re-served. Using this, a nut should not be able to be scored by any team until the return of a serve or later. A serve is not meant to award the serving team any advantage other than which opponent they choose to serve it to. Excessive attempts to take advantage of the other team on a serve will result in the other team being awarded a nut.
(ii.) When the ball is sent to a team, it may or may not bounce once before it is touched. The ball may bounce more times as the team bounces it. However it may never bounce twice consecutively without a touch in between.
(iii.) A team is allowed to touch the ball at most 3 times before it is returned, and at a max of 2 touches per individual. The team will then use these touches before sending the ball back into the opponent's zone of play.
(iv.) The first touch by a team when the ball is sent into their zone of play may use any part of the body, including hands. All remaining touches must use non-hands body parts. The touch that returns the ball into the opponent's zone of play must use a non-hands body part, even if it is the first touch.
(v.) The touch that sends the ball onto the opponent's side of the net must not have a bounce anywhere other than the opponents zone of play after that touch.
(vi.) The members of one team may not set foot on the green zone of the opposing team, nor may they place any body part over it from any direction other than over the net.
(vii.) All contact with the net that does not result in excessive property damage is legal.
(viii.) light contact between players over the net is legal however pushing, shoving, grabbing, and the likes are not.
(ix.) contact between players of opposing teams when both players are completely on one side of the net will result in a nut for the team of whatever side this contact occurred on.
(x.) The ball may not bounce on the other side of the net outside of the opponents zone of play until the opponent has made contact with the ball.
(xi.) The balls contact with the net does not count for anything, it is not a bounce or a contact by any team or zone.
(xii.) The line surrounding a zone counts as a part of the zone inside of it.
1 versus 1 rules:
Rules for 1 versus 1 are the same as for 2 versus 2 with these exceptions:
(i.) The zone of play consists of a designated 1 of the front rectangles of the green zone and the square directly opposite it on the other side of the net.
(ii.) You may not enter the opponent's side of the net at all except for leaning across the net.
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