9/4/2021

MSHSAA Note:  Check this link often as new situations may be placed here throughout the season.

NFHS Volleyball Rules Interpretations for 2021-22

Publisher's Note:  The National Federation of State High School Associations is the only source of official high school interpretations. They do not set aside nor modify any rule.  They are made and published by the NFHS in response to situations presented.  Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, Publisher, NFHS Publications Copyright 2021.

2021-22 NFHS Volleyball Rules Book Correction:  (Underlining show additions; strikethrough shows deletions.)  Page 69, HOW TO USE THE SIGNALS:  15. Substitution: Two short whistles, rotate open hands forearms around each other with closed hands at shoulder height two times.

SITUATION 1:  During the pre-match conference, the R2 reminds the head coaches that team rosters are due.  The head coach of Team B is unable to provide a roster for submission.  The R2 notifies the head coach that an unnecessary delay (administrative yellow card) will be assessed at the start of set No. 1.  The coach submits the roster before the 10-minute mark.  With two minutes remaining in the pre-match warm-up, the head coach of Team B fails to submit a line-up.  The R2 notifies the head coach that a subsequent unnecessary delay (administratie red card) will be assessed at the start of set No. 1 and a loss of rally/point will be awarded to Team A.  The lineup is submitted before the end of the warm-up period.  RULING: Correct procedure .  COMMENT:  The roster is due at the pre-match conference.  If the roster is not submitted, an unnecessary delay is assessed to the coach.  The head coach has until two minutes remain in the pre-match warm-up to submit a lineup.  If the lineup has not been submitted by the two-minute mark an unnecessary delay penalty is ussed.  Since an unnecessary delay was already issued for the late roster (administrative yellow card), the subsequent unnecessary delay for the late lineup will results in an administrative red card.  The R2 should notify the scorer to record each YUD/RUD in the comments section at the bottom of the scoresheet and award a penalty point to Team A.  Unnecessary delay cards to not carry over from set to set.  Officials shall utilize preventative officiating by proactively communicating with coaches regarding roster and lineup deadlines to avoid multiple penalties before the start of the match and between sets.  (7-1-1 PENALTIES, 7-1-4 PENALTIES) 

SITUATION 2:  During the pre-match conference, the R2 reminds the head coaches that team rosters are due.  The head coach of Team B is unable to provide a roster for submission.  The R2 notifies the head coach that an unnecessary delay (administrative yellow card) will be assessed at the start of set No. 1.  The coach submits the roster before the 10-minute mark.  With two minutes remaining in the pre-match warm-up, the head coach of Team B fails to submit a lineup.  The R2 notifies the head coach that a subsequent unnecessary delay (administrative red card) will be assessed at the start of set No. 1 and a loss of rally/point will be awarded to Team A.  The coach provides the R2 with a line up well after the buzzer has sounded.  RULING:  Correct procedure. COMMENT:  The roster is due at the pre-match conference.  If the roster is not submitted, an unnecessary delay (administrative yellow card) is assessed to the coach.  The head coach has until two minutes remain in the pre-match warm-up to submit a lineup.  If the line up has not been submitted by the two-minute mark and again by the end of the timed pre-match warm-up, subsequent unnecessary delay penalties result.  The R2 should notify the scorer to record each YUD/RUD in the Comments section at the bottom fo the scoresheet and award penalty points to Team A.  Unnecessary delay cards to not carry over from set to set.  Officials shall utilize preventative officiating by proactively communicating with coaches regarding roster and lineup deadlines to avoid multiple penalties before the start of the match and between sets.  (7-1-1 PENALTIES, 7-1-4 PENALTIES) 

MSHSAA Situations/Clarifications

SITUATION 1:  Missouri schools shall utilize two line judges in all interscholastic play.  Schools are strongly encourage to use adults in these positions.  The line judges are considered game personnel under NFHS Volleyball Rule 5-1-1 along with the official scorer, libero tracker and timer.  By state association adoption, each school shall be responsible for providing one line judge to officiate all levels of volleyball matches.  Line judges may use flags.   (See 2021-22 MSHSAA Volleyball Rules Meeting Announcements)

SITUATION 2:  The MSHSAA Board of Directors approved a state association adoption per rule 1-2-2 of the NFHS Volleyball Rules Book to allow schools the option for sub-varsity level (i.e. junior high, freshman, junior varisty only) dual matches and tournaments to abbreviate the third set, when played, to be completed at 15 points or 25 points.  The modification should be specified in the game contract, the officials' contract and agreed upon prior to the contest.  (Section 2-I of the MSHSAA Volleyball Manual)

SITUATION 3:  B-Team Abbreviated Match Modification - At the junior high level it would be permissible for the B team dual matches only to play one set, not a complete match, if there are not enough players with sets remaining as per the individual daily set limits in By-Law 3.25.1b for dual competition.  All NFHS volleyball match playing rules must be followed.  The modification should be specified in the game contract, the officials' contract and agreed upon by both schools prior to the date of the match. (See Section 1-L-2 of the MSHSAA Volleyball Manual)

SITUATION 4:  The MSHSAA Board of Directors approved a state association adoption per rule 9-1-2 of the NFHS Vol leyball Rules Book for teams to remain on the same benches throughout the match.  In the event there is a clear and distinct disadvantage, teams may switch sides.  Officials shall determine if a disadvantage is present. (Section 1-H of the MSHSAA Volleyball Manual)  

MSHSAA Questions and Answers  

QUESTION 1:  School A's conference has established a policy that all players must wear a mask/face covering during play.  Can heat timeouts be instituted during the volleyball match in addition to the two already allowered per set (Rule 11-2-3)?  ANSWER:  No.  Officials may extend the length of the timeout from one minute to two minutes to allow the players time to rehydrate and cool off.

QUESTION 2:  Can officials wear a full face visor instead of a cloth mask or gaiter?  ANSWER:  Yes, this would be permissible.

QUESTION 3:  Team A is playing at home and there is a) a permanently mounted basketball goal on one side of the gym, that hangs over the playing court on one end; b) sunlight coming through the windows on one side of the court.  These would be considered clear and distinct disadvantages during the match and officials should allow team to switch courts between sets.  ANSWER:  a) Yes; b) No.  COMMENT:  In example b) the sun will go down as the match continues so this is not an example of a clear, distinct disadvantage throughout the match.