Volleyball Comments on the Rules - 2016-17

By on August 02, 2016 volleyball


1-2-2 - Defines required parts of a match, timed interval and timed intermission, and draws distinction between the two.  When an intermission is used, the total time period between sets Nos. 2 and 3 is no more than 5 minutes.  Three minutes of this time is the required interval between sets.

3-2-1 - Clarifies the original intent of the standard panel shape of the volleyball shall be of a basic rectangular shape.  Other variations such as swirls are not compliant with the rule.

4-1-5 - The width of a legal hair device worn in the hair or on the head is increased to no more than 3 inches wide which allows for a more practical size of headband or other item and may provide better hair control. This size limit and material of what a player may wear in the hair or on the head preserves the integrity of the sport and risk minimization concerns.

5-4-1h - To eliminate the first referee having to round up the coaches and captains by moving from team bench to team bench, a change was made to incorporate the similar process and mechanic that is being used for the coin toss for the deciding set. The signal, double whistle and raised coin by the first referee, will notify those required that it is time to attend the prematch conference at the officials table. This provides consistency in calling for the coin toss for the officials, captains and coaches.

7-1-2 - With the inclusion of an intermission, there was confusion as to when the coach was to submit his/her lineup for the next set. Now the lineup is due with one minute remaining in the time period between sets.  There is now consistency as to the time for submission of the lineup for set Nos. 2 and beyond regardless of whether an intermission or standard timed interval is in use.

7-1-4 - Clarifies the two exceptions to the requirement of submitting a written, accurate lineup before each set and the procedure to correct the clerical errors.  The libero is now included as a possible option to correct the clerical error of listing a player’s number twice.

8-1-6 - If the server positions himself/herself under a vertical hanging backboard or supports and tosses the ball for serve and it makes contact with these items, the result is a service fault.  There is no opportunity for a reserve under these circumstances. The server assumes the responsibility of the toss for serve if positioned under an obstruction.

11-2, Penalty 2 - It is an unnecessary delay when the coach requests a third or subsequent time-out regardless of whether the request is acknowledged by the second referee with a whistle and time-out signal. There is now consistency in the penalty for the request for a third time-out.

11-5-1 - Clarifies that an intermission may only be scheduled when there are promotional or special recognition activities. An intermission shall not be permitted to be scheduled just for an extended timed interval between set Nos. 2 and 3.