Volleyball Points of Emphasis - 2016-17

By on August 02, 2016 volleyball

  1. Intermission Reminders - An intermission, as defined in Rules 1-2-2 and 11-5-1, may only be scheduled if there are to be promotional or recognition activities.  An intermission may not be scheduled simply to extend the length of the timed interval between sets Nos. 2 and 3 in a 3 of 5 match format. (Sets Nos. 1 and 2 in a 2 of 3 match format) Host management should inform officials as well as the coach of the opposing team in advance when an intermission is scheduled.  This allows all parties to be prepared for the extended time between sets.  It is important that both teams return to the court by the end of the intermission.  An unnecessary delay is assessed a team that does not return to the court by the close of the intermission.  It is the responsibility of each coach to manage his/her team to have them in place at the end of the intermission.
  1. Implementation of Solid-Colored Uniform Top The wearing of a solid-colored uniform top by either the libero or teammates (or both when contrasting colors) is required as of July 1, 2016.  Rule 4-2-2 outlines the specific requirements for the solid-colored uniform top.  Coaches should go through these rules thoroughly before ordering uniforms for the 2016 season and beyond.  Although good intentions, the vendor sales representative may not be clear on the uniform requirements. Therefore, the coach must fulfill his/her responsibility of having all players in legal uniforms.  If the uniform is using sublimation, for the solid-colored jersey the sublimation for trim or accent MUST still be located on a functioning seam.  Placement of numbers is also critical as they are now many times placed on the uniform by sublimation.  Questions on the solid-colored uniform top should be directed to the respective state association.  There is also information with graphics located on the NFHS web site. (www.nfhs.org, Activities & Sports, Volleyball)
  1. Improving Communication between the Second Referee and Table Officials – The second referee has the responsibility to communicate directly with the table officials; scorer, timer and libero tracker.  Prior to the start of the match, the second referee should meet with the table officials and assess their level of experience, ask questions of how each person will carry out his/her responsibilities and how communication will occur.  The second referee may need to guide each person through responsibilities so all are covered and the means for communication is clear.  During the first set, the R2 should listen and observe how the table officials are carrying out their responsibilities as well as communication.  If a modification is needed to assist in the flow and accuracy of the responsibilities from the table officials it should be addressed early in the match.  The second referee is also the conduit or extension from the first referee to the table officials.  It is important the second referee cover this during the prematch meeting.  The second referee should not hesitate to confer with the scorer or tracker if there is a question about lineup, libero etc. that can be addressed during a dead ball.  This good communication will avoid possible problems or an incorrect call by the second referee.
  1. Proper Use of Lineup Card – Referees should be aware of any policy from the state association regarding the use of lineup cards.  Some states require their use only for recording and checking the lineup.  Several states require the use of the lineup card throughout the match keeping track of rotation and the service order, number of time-outs, libero, substitutions and perhaps other areas.  The second referee should understand that maintaining the lineup card is not a function of duplicating the responsibilities of the scorer.  When the second referee attempts to mirror most of what the scorer is recording the flow of play is unnecessarily slowed and the tempo of the set is interrupted.  Likewise, maintaining excess information places the second referee in a possible position to spend too much time on record keeping and not maintaining proper focus on the play at hand.  The second referee is not an extension of the table officials but is a part of the officiating crew with his/her partner, the first referee.  The prematch meeting with the table officials is critical as the second referee will confirm in his/her own mind what is needed on the card, as the experience of the scorer may be a factor, to avoid a slowdown in play.  For more information on proper use of the lineup card, refer to the NFHS Volleyball Officials Manual.
  1. Substitution Procedure During a Time-Out – A substitution taking place when a team has called a time-out shall follow the standard substitution procedures.  At the end of the time-out, the teams return to the court, the second referee checks each team’s lineup and then the substitution(s) is recognized, recorded and with authorization from the second referee the substitute enters the court.  Following Rule 10-2-5 will allow for a smooth flow to the resumption of play, accuracy in recording the substitution(s) and good communication on the change of players to the first referee, opposing team and fans.