4-2-2 new NOTE: Beginning July 1, 2016 either the libero or his/her
teammates shall wear a solid colored uniform top that is clearly in contrast
from the predominant color(s) of the teammates’ uniform top. The solid color uniform top shall meet
specific design requirements.
Rationale: When both the libero and his/her teammates are
in multi-colored uniforms of the same color combinations, it can be very
difficult to discern the libero’s legality when playing the ball.
Requiring either the libero or the other team members to be in a solid colored
uniform of contrasting color will assist the referees in determining legal
5-2-2: The referee’s equipment shall include a watch along
with a whistle, coin and yellow/red cards.
Rationale: The watch is needed as an alternate to a
visual timing device in the event of a malfunction.
5-3-4d, 5-4-3b(22):The coin toss for a deciding set shall be conducted
by the second referee in front of the officials’ table.
Rationale: The coin toss being conducted by the second
referee at the officials’ table will be more efficient and enhance the flow of
10-3 PEN 1: Illegal
alignment is now charged when an illegal substitute is identified in the set
after the whistle/signal for serve.
Rationale: The penalty for an illegal libero identified
in the set should be the same as an illegal substitute, loss of
rally/point. This change provides
consistency in penalties for illegal players in a set.
11-2-3 new NOTE: State associations have the authority to determine
the number of electronic media timeouts that may be taken and when they may be
taken during the match.
the increase in the number of matches being broadcast in some electronic
format, it is appropriate to establish a procedure for electronic media
2012-13 Volleyball Major Editorial Changes
4-2-7: Clarifies the application of restrictions on visible
undergarments worn with the uniform top (t-shirts, body suits and other similar
5-4-3b(2): Completes the listing of responsibilities for the
second referee when repeating the first referee’s signals.
9-7: Terminology is updated throughout rules to change
“foul” to “fault.”
play when ceiling suspended net system uses poles to retract net.
Signals Using Flags: Recommends the color
and appropriate range of size for line judge flags.
2012-13 Volleyball Editorial Changes
7-1-4 Penalty 1, 11-1-2
2012-13 Volleyball Points of Emphasis
of net antennas when vertical tape marker is used
school responsible for providing and training assistant officials
to take positions on the court without delay
one manufacturers logo per uniform piece
of line judges
and libero entry to the playing court