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Weekly Announcements

September
17

RULES ARE IN PLACE FOR A REASON
NFHS and KSHSAA rules and policies are in place for a reason - primarily based on safety, consistency, and fair play for all involved. Rules and policies are in place through an extensive process of study, research and input from many groups. As such, all rules/policies must be enforced all season long. Court protocol is in place to move a match in a uniform and timely fashion as is the substitution and replacement procedures. Coaches must set expectations with their players and teach the correct process in order to meet the intent of the rule.

UNIFORM REMOVAL - FOR THE 3RD TIME
Rule 4-2-7: Removal of any part of the uniform, excluding shoes, while in the playing area is unsporting conduct. Playing area = where match was conducted. This rule not only applies to the time immediately before or after the match - it applies to anytime there is even one person in the playable area. Uniform removal should take place in the locker room or restroom. COACHES - IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE ALL OF YOUR PLAYERS KNOW & UNDERSTAND THIS RULE. Volleyball is an education based activity. WHAT WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN A CLASSROOM IS NOT ALLOWED IN OUR ACTIVITY CLASSROOM.

SAFETY OF PLAYERS
WEARING EAR BUDS DURING WARM-UP – Players are not allowed to wear ear buds/listen to music once on the court to warm-up. They need to be fully alert to their surroundings.
PRE-MATCH WARM-UP – When following the KSHSAA 20 or 10 minute warm-up, each team is given time on the court (7/4 minutes). Most will hit at the net at which time the opposing team positions themselves behind the on-court team to stay out of harm’s way. If the on-court team switches hitting sides, the opponent should adjust accordingly, stand behind the hitters or on the side of the court.
PLEASE - During shared serving time (if that is your choice for regular season warm-up), use caution to avoid unnecessary injuries.

SPECTATOR SEATING VS. PLAYABLE AREA PURSUIT
(2-4-2, pg. 12)–A player may play a ball over a non-playable area if the player has a body part in contact with a playable area at the time the ball is contacted, and may enter the non-playable area after playing the ball.
WHEN SPECTATORS ARE SEATED COURTSIDE they should not be allowed to sit on the first row of seating (bleachers, seats) as this will interfere with a players attempt to play the ball per 2-4-2.
NOTE: When a player pursues a ball, returns it to their court and then enters an adjacent court being used for play or scheduled for play, the play is dead and a point is awarded to the opponent.

R1 AND R2 EXXPECTED TO FULFILL THEY DUTIES PER NFHS RULE 5, ETC.
Both primary officials have specific duties during a match, as outlined in Rule 5, and specifically in 5-4 (R1) and 5-5 (R2). It is especially important that the duties outlined in 5-4-3 and 5-5-3 be followed.

  • R1’s that do not call illegal hits, back-row player faults, double faults, etc. are doing a dis-service to the game and the teams.
  • R2’s that do not determine overlapping on the receiving team at serve (R2 required to use a line up card), watch the net area for foot faults and net faults, enforce substitutions and replacements per rule are doing a dis-service to the game and the teams.

R2 REMEMBER: The R2 shall assist the R1 by ruling upon situations which are clearly out of the R1’s view. If assistance is provided, it should be done so with a visual, informal signal. Please refer to the Volleyball Officials Manual, pages 94-95.

Coaches work hard to teach the game and rules to be followed. When officials don’t make appropriate calls for violations, you are undoing everything taught. You are not at a match to make friends or get votes for postseason. You are at a match to call the game as intended. Please do your job.

REVIEW OF TATTOOS & HAIR DEVICES
Tattoos are permitted to be worn by players in competition. Rule 4-1-5: Hair devices made of soft material and no wider than 3 inches may be worn in the hair or on the head. Bobby pins, flat clips and flat barrettes, unadorned and no longer than 2 inches, are also allowed. The headbands do not all have to be the same color. Players may wear ribbons of any color in their hair. Players may not wear a rubber band on their wrist (Case Book Situation 4-1-6 Situation A, pg. 14).

LINES ARE IN BOUNDS
When a ball hitting the floor makes contact with any part of the outside boundary line, the ball is considered in-bounds. A shadow of the ball does not make the ball in-bounds. At the moment of serve, all of the players (other than the server) shall be within the team’s playing court and may be in contact with the boundary lines or center line, but may not have any part of their body touching the floor outside those lines.
ONCE AGAIN, small gaps (1-2”) in boundary lines do not need to be taped.

SUB-VARSITY COACHES & UNDERSTANDING RULES
Because sub-varsity coaches are not required to attend a rules meeting or take the open-book rules exam, there may be occasions when they are challenged with specific rule interpretations. These coaches are still expected to follow the NFHS rules. NFHS rule infractions must be penalized accordingly.
Varsity Coaches, please work with your assistant coaches so they are well informed and “rule equipped” to coach

SEPTEMBER 20 = CLASSIFICATION COUNT DAY
On Thursday, September 20, KSHSAA member senior high schools will submit their enrollment of fulltime students in order for the KSHSAA to determine classifications for all activities (not football) for the 2018-2019 school year. Based on a required timeline, the KSHSAA intends to release the new grouping of schools on September 26. Posted online will be the 36 schools in Class 6A, 5A and 4A; 64 schools in Class 3A and 2A; remaining schools (approximately 117 schools) in Class 1A. Volleyball regional and sub-state assignments will be posted shortly after this (once all invited host schools confirm invitation).

POST SEASON SEEDING = FULL VARSITY MATCHES AGAINST VARSITY COMPETITION
Schools are reminded that when it is time to submit their varsity record for post season seeding, only full varsity matches against varsity competition may be used. Matches that may not be used for seeding: 1. Match in tournament against a JV team that was added to fill the number of team desired; 2. Match not played to 25 points per set; 3. Match not completed per KSHSAA standards (i.e., playing a 2 set match only - if a school splits sets and a third set is not played)

PLACEMENT OF OFFICIALS AT EVENTS
Officials, it is important to make sure courts have a balance of officiating experience. 2 inexperienced officials should not be working together on a court when there are others working together with a lot of experience. If the tournament manager placed you in pairs ignoring this fact, please address this with them.

AREA SUPERVISOR SERIES 2 MEETINGS
Please be reminded that the Area Supervisor Series 2 meetings will be conducted across the state from September 16 –28. ALL REGISTERED VOLLEYBALL OFFICIALS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND ONE OF THESE MEETINGS. Check the online schedule for meetings.
http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Official/PDFs/Area%20Supervisors.pdf

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