NFHS rules writing committees consist of experts in the given sport. Each committee member is nominated by state associations, as is the chairperson, who guides the members through their work. Each of the NFHS’s eight sections are represented on the given rules committee. To allow for equal representation, there is also a member of the NFHS Coaches Association and the NFHS Officials Association on each rules committee. Each committee member serves a four-year term.
The NFHS is pleased to welcome two new members of the Volleyball Rules Committee: Butch Cope and Kally McFee.
Butch Cope, Section 2,is in his 23rd year with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA). He began his tenure as the KHSAA Sports Information Director before being promoted to Director of Promotions and Media Relations, then Assistant Commissioner and currently serves as Associate Commissioner. Among his duties as Associate Commissioner of the KHSAA, Cope administers the sports of volleyball and baseball and the sport-activities of competitive cheer and dance. In addition, Cope is the supervisor of the officials division and the staff contact for middle schools. He assists with the sports of football, basketball, tennis and bowling, and works with special programs including the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, the KHSAA HYPE Student Leadership Conferences and KHSAA participation in the NFHS Student Conference. Cope has been involved at the national level with the NFHS, having served on the initial Student Leadership Committee and serving a term on the Citizenship and Equity Committee. He has conducted several presentations at the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Conference and the NFHS Summer Meeting, moderated a variety of other sessions, and served as Master of Ceremonies for the NFHS Hall of Fame Banquet.
Kally McFee, Section 8,has been an Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA) volleyball official for 21 years. She began her officiating career after graduating high school in 1996 as a part time job while she pursued her college basketball career. McFee also officiates basketball and coaches youth sports including football, basketball and baseball. She was selected as the recipient of the IHSAA Official of the Year Award in 2014. McFee is also Idaho's Second District Rules Interpreter, Assignor and Commissioner. During this time, she has created an Officials Association which has implemented a Constitution and Bylaws to provide training meetings and clinics to develop, recruit, and retain officials.
The new members take over for Dianna Moore (Section 2) and Cindy Simmons (Section 8). Each of the outgoing committee members served the membership well.
The 2018 Volleyball Rules Committee Meeting will take place January 7-9 in Indianapolis, IN.