INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — In an effort to improve the flow of play in high school volleyball, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Volleyball Rules Committee has altered the signal sequence for officials.
The committee approved this significant change to Rule 5-2-1, along with seven other rules revisions, at its January 7-9 meeting in Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
Rule 5-2-1 now permits the fault-calling referee to indicate the result of a play-point or replay – followed by the nature of the fault. This change allows the scorer to immediately record the score and prepare for other responsibilities such as substitutions and recording time-outs. The committee said play is more consistent since there is no delay in knowing which team will have the next serve.
“By changing the signal sequence, this will allow the scorer to perform his/her duties of recording the score, then moving on to substitutions, in a much more timely fashion,” said Becky Oakes, director of sports and liaison to the Volleyball Rules Committee. “This improves the overall opportunity for accuracy and keeping up with play by the scorer.”
Among the other rules changes for the 2013-14 season, four deal with officials procedures and mechanics. In Rule 5-3-4b, instead of reporting to the end lines at the end of a set, teams now will be directed to their appropriate team benches. In 5-3-4e, instead of reporting to the end lines at the end of a match, teams now will follow any local or state protocols.
Rule 5-3-4d clarifies the protocol and mechanics for the second referee to follow when conducting the coin toss for the deciding set, while Rule 5-3-4e states that the second referee shall initial the scoresheet for the final verification of match results.
“I would say that there was an overall trend – not only in rules changes, but editorial changes [as well] – that really focused in on mechanics and protocol of the officials,” Oakes said. “There were several protocols or mechanics that weren’t really addressed, and by not being addressed, there have been inconsistencies in how [the rules] were administered. This [inconsistency] led to other problems, complications or confusion during the match.”
Other changes to take effect in 2013-14 are the use of electronic communication devices. Devices are permitted during a match; however, they may not be used for any review of a referee’s decision. Rule 4-1-4 states that it is no longer an automatic violation for a towel to be tucked in a player’s uniform waistband. Also, Rule 5-1-1 states that all contest officials shall be secured by the host school. Line judges, unless determined otherwise by state association policy, shall be secured in the same fashion. Finally, Rule 11-4-2 grants a special time-out to be called by the referee when a team has an injured player, no time-outs remaining and no legal/exceptional substitutes available. This will impact only those teams with six players on the roster.
The complete listing of all rules changes approved by the committee is available on the NFHS Web site at www.nfhs.org <http://www.nfhs.org> . Click on “Athletics & Fine Arts Activities” on the home page, and select “Volleyball.”
Volleyball is the third-most popular girls sport and 13th-most popular boys sport at the high school level according to the 2011-12 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey. There are 418,903 girls at 15,569 high schools and 49,467 boys at 2,180 high schools participating nationwide.
Release was written by Shane Monaghan, NFHS
2011-12 NFHS Volleyball Rules Book Corrections
Page 48 – Points of Emphasis #4 Suspended Net Systems, line 5 should read:
"A system also having poles on one side of the net used to retract the system may result in a replay when contacted by the ball. are also considered playable obstructions.
Page60 - #1 Illegal Alignment/Improper Server/Inaccurate Lineup
HOSTING A “PINK” EVENT
UNIFORM: Since volleyball does not have home and away uniforms, either or both teams may wear pink. Uniforms must meet NFHS requirements (Rule 4-2) including legally positioned numbers (Rule 4-2-4). If a pink ribbon symbol is to be included on the jersey the dimensions must meet the requirements of Rule 4-2-10; maximum of 4 square inches. No advertising is allowed on the uniform.
SOCKS, SHOES, AND WRISTBANDS: Are not covered by NFHS/WIAA rules so may be pink.
FUND RAISING: See the following from the Eligibility Q & A Q.: I am a high school girls basketball coach. Our girls basketball team would like to hold a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society this coming season and I just want to check that how we plan on doing it will not violate any WIAA rules. Here's our plan, our fundraiser will be based on how many free throws the girls varsity team makes during the season. Each player will solicit funds or donations based on the free throw made. People could donate a lump some or could donate X amount per free throw made. As an example last year we made 205 free throws, if you pledged a dollar per free throw, you would be donating $205 at year end for the team to donate to the American Cancer Society. No funds are kept by or for the team. A.: While we appreciate the causes which our schools and athletes support, I recommend that you find a different method to raise funds. The Board of Control has made it clear that fundraisers connected to performance in competition are NOT allowed. Both from the sportsmanship perspective, as well as from the “paid to perform” and or gaming/gambling end of things, it is a not a good idea and not allowed. Your plan would be allowed in a practice setting.
The NFHS, along with the NCAA, has tightened the color and design of the libero jersey in order to provide better identification of the libero. The following is the new language:
NOTE: Beginning July 1, 2016, the libero shall wear a uniform top that is immediately recognized from all angles as being in clear contrast to and distinct from the other members of the team. The libero and/or his/her teammates shall wear a solid colored uniform top. Regarding the solid colored top:
a. The solid color uniform top shall clearly contrast from the predominant primary color(s) of the teammates’ uniform top. Predominant color(s) is the color(s) appearing on approximately half of the uniform.
b. Sleeves shall be the same color as the body of the uniform top.
c. Piping/trim not exceeding 1 inch in total at its widest point may be placed along the seams and may be a different color(s) than the uniform top.
d. Lettering and collars may be different color(s) than the uniform top. e. Numbers shall be a contrasting color to the uniform top and meet all other specifications in Rule 2-
VOL. 6 – 10/1/12
VOL. 4 – 9/7/12
ANSWER Legal. Please refer to the Case Book, page 22, 6.4.3, sit. G, diagram c. LB is closer to the centerline than CF which is legal provided LB is not overlapping with LF or CB.
VOL. 3 – 8/30/12
QUESTION 9 I have a player who is using rubber inserts to enlarge her ears. Since these are not metal, is she allowed to keep them in during a match or cover them with tape?
ANSWER Not allowed. Players are not allowed to keep foreign objects in their earlobes during warm-ups or a match. It is also prohibited to keep jewelry on and cover it with tape. It would be recommended however tape the enlarged earlobe to the neck to keep it from getting caught on something during play. Many times this is allowed at the middle school level because middle school conferences are picking and choosing which rules to enforce. When athletes play at the senior high level all rules must be enforced.
ANSWER As per NFHS Rules; “4-1-6: Jewelry shall not be worn by players during warm-ups and /or competition.” Placing tape over the earrings is not acceptable.
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