8/26/2020

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

 

NFHS Volleyball Rules Interpretations for 2020-21

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 2020.

SITUATION 1:  Team A is playing with only seven players on its roster.  One player is designated as the libero.  An injury occurs to one of the position players on Team A and he/she cannot continue in the match.  The coach for Team A cannot locate the extra team uniform and sends the libero into the set as the exceptional substitute in his/her current libero uniform.  The set continues without further delay.  RULING: Incorrect procedure .  COMMENT:  Team A should do everything it can to locate a team uniform.  This includes assisting the injured player away from the playing area to switch jerseys with the libero/exceptional substitute.  If the injured player cannot remove his/her jersey and a team jersey cannot be located, a loss of rally/point shall be awarded to the opponent for an illegal uniform, and the state association shall be notified.  Play resumes with the libero as the exceptional substitute. (4-2 PENALTIES 3, 10-3-6c, 10-4-3-3b)

SITUATION 2:  A player on Team B's bench is questioning the line judge's judgment, influencing his/her decision on an in/out call in the first set.  The first referee issues a yellow conduct card to the head coach as a warning to control his/her bench personnel.  The card is recorded on the scoresheet and the head coach is allowed to continue to stand and coach his/her players.   During the third set, the first referee issues a red conduct card to the head coach as the team's second offense for bench connduct.  The card is record on the scoresheet, a loss of rally/point is awarded to the opponent and the head coach is required to remain seated througout the rest of the match.   RULING:  Correct procedure. COMMENT:  Cards for unsporting conduct carry over from set to set.  A yellow conduct card issued to the head coach for actions by the head coach, assistant coach(es) or team bench in Set 1 does not require the head coach to remain seated.  A second unsporting conduct card issued to the coach for inappropriate actions by the head coach, assistant coach(es) or team bench does require the head coach to remain seated for the remainder of the match.  (Rules 12-2-6, 12-2-8, 12-2 PENALTIES, 12-2 NOTES 2)

SITUATION 3:  The head coach of Team A is issued a yellow conduct card for disrespectfully addressing an official.  The card is recorded on the scoresheet and the match proceeds without further penalty.   The coach continues to stand and coach his/her team in the appropriate area.  In the same set, a player on the court for Team A is issued a yellow conduct card for using profanity. Snice this is hte second conduct card given in the match to Team A, a red card is ussed to the coach, a loss of rally/point is awarded to the opponent and the coach is notified that he/she must stay seated for the remainder of the match.  RULING:  Incorrect procedure.  COMMENT:  The head coach assumes responsibility for the team bench.  Any conduct card issued for behavior by a head coach, substitute, assistant coach(es) or team attendant is assessed to the head coach.  Conduct cards assessed to players on the court are assessed to the player committing the violation.  The head coach only loses his/her ability to stand when a red conduct card for first serious offense or second minor offense is issued to bench personnel. (Rules 12-2-6, 12-2-9, 12-2 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 2018-19 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 only 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 match.

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-K-2 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 players wear a full face visor instead of a cloth mask or gaiter?  ANSWER:  No.  It is a safety issue and the NFHS/MSHSAA modification document specifically states cloth face coverings are permissible for players (Rule 4-1-4).

QUESTION 3:  Can officials wear a full face visor instead of a cloth mask or gaiter?  ANSWER:  Yes, this would be permissible.

QUESTION 4: Team A players are wearing their mask/face covering or gaiter tucked into their waistband and it falls off and lands on the court while the ball is in play.  What is the correct procedure? ANSWER:  Play is stopped and the R1 gives a verbal warning to the captain to adjust the item, have the player get rid of it, or put the gaiter back on their neck, etc.  Next thing that stops play results in unnecessary delay (administrative yellow card).  If it should continue in the match, the official could issue an administrative red card.  This is the same procedure that is used for hair ribbons, head bands, towels that fall off while the ball is in play.

QUESTION 5:  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.