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2018 OHSBVA Rules Interpretation


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2018 OHSBVA Rules Interpretation

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2018 OHSBVA Rules Interpretation

  1. 1. State Tournament Crew 2017 Left to right: Steve DiBacco (Scoreboard Operator), Michael Chandler (Referee), Lucas Tuggle (Head Referee), Rick Brown (Referee), Mary Black (Referee), Dan Litteral (Referee), Jim Hammar (Scorer/LJ), Lisa Sanders (Referee), David Barnes (LJ) (missing: Jim Visgaitis, LJ)
  2. 2. OHSBVA State Leadership ⦿Executive Director: • Gary Hajek • • Liaison to the OHSBVA Board of Directors • Chief Operations Officer for the OHSBVA
  3. 3. ⦿ State Officials’ Coordinator ⦿Lucas Tuggle ⦿ ⦿740-815-7708 ⦿Responsible for efforts to improve officiating around the state, working with each Region's lead coaches and officials ⦿Serves as State Rules Interpreter, State Officials' Secretary (data management) and head referee/evaluator at State Tournament OHSBVA State Leadership
  4. 4. ⦿Assistant State Rules Interpreter: • Rick Brown • ⦿Assistant State Rules Interpreter: Training/VolleyWrite Scoring • Michael Chandler • OHSBVA State Officiating Staff
  5. 5. ⦿Regional Referee Coordinator: • Jim Hammar, • USAV Regional Referee and National Scorekeeper • PAVO State Referee, Scorer and Certified Line Judge • OHSBVA Tournament Referee and State Tournament Line Judge • OHSAA Regional Tournament Referee and State Tournament Line Judge ⦿Regional Rules Interpreter: • Michael Chandler, • USAV Regional Referee and National Scorekeeper • PAVO National Certified Line Judge and Certified Scorer • OHSBVA/OHSAA State Tournament Referee and Line Judge ⦿Regional Coach Representative: • Marci Truex, Head Coach, Pickerington High School North OHSBVA East Region Officiating Staff
  6. 6. ⦿Regional Referee Coordinator: • Rick Puckrin, • USAV Regional Referee • PAVO State Referee • OHSAA State Tournament Referee and Line Judge ⦿Regional Rules Interpreter: • Ashley Howerter, • USAV Junior National Referee • PAVO State Referee ⦿Regional Coach Representative: • Brad Seislove, Head Coach, Walsh Jesuit High School OHSBVA North Region Officiating Staff
  7. 7. ⦿Regional Referee Coordinator: • Tim Meyer, • USAV Regional Referee, PAVO State Referee • OHSBVA State Tournament Line Judge • OHSAA State Tournament Referee and Line Judge ⦿Regional Rules Interpreter: • John Love, • USAV Junior National Referee • PAVO State Referee • OHSBVA/OHSAA State Tournament Referee & Line Judge ⦿Regional Coach Representative: • Matt McLaughlin, Head Coach, Archbishop Moeller High School OHSBVA South Region Officiating Staff
  8. 8. ⦿Regional Referee Coordinator: • Monique Huffman, • OHSBVA State Tournament Referee and Line Judge • OHSAA State Tournament Referee ⦿Regional Rules Interpreter: • Terry Miller, • USAV National Referee and National Scorekeeper • PAVO State Referee, Certified Line Judge, Certified Scorer • OHSBVA State Tournament Referee • OHSAA State Tournament Referee ⦿Regional Coach Representative: • Matt Butler, Head Coach, Middletown High School OHSBVA West Region Officiating Staff
  9. 9. ⦿ Must attend a rules interpretation meeting to be able to referee OHSBVA matches – being here meets requirement ⦿ $20 registration fee for all referees – complete online on your OHSBVA account ⦿ If don’t have account, contact our Webmaster, ⦿ Complete official’s registration form or keep website updated with current information Referee Requirements
  10. 10. Weekly Updates Rule Interpretations Important Information FROM THE STAND
  11. 11. ⦿OHSBVA primarily follows NFHS rules but some key rule differences and mechanics differences ⦿OHSBVA allows some different techniques that are considered “best practices” in officiating ⦿Annual refresher on rule differences between boys’ and girls’ high school volleyball rules is critical OHSBVA Rule Differences
  12. 12. OHSBVA Rule Differences What is considered a center line fault? Player foot down touching opponent’s court without part of that foot being on or over center line is ALWAYS a center-line fault. Penetration beyond the center line under the net to touch the opponent’s court with a foot or feet is permitted provided that at least some part of the penetrating foot/feet remains either in contact with or directly above the center line AND there is no interference.
  13. 13. OHSBVA Rule Differences What is considered a center line fault? To touch the opponent’s court with any part of the body above the feet is NOT a fault provided there’s no interference with opponent’s play and no safety concern. Default call is a center-line fault. Touching outside court lines in opponent’s free zone is legal unless creates interference or safety issue.
  14. 14. OHSBVA Rule Differences What does the OHSBVA consider to be a net fault? A net fault occurs while the ball is in play and a player contacts any part of the net including cables or antennas with any body part. It is not a fault when a player’s loose hair or clothing touches the net, or the force of a ball hit by an opponent drives the net or cables into the player. A player must initiate contact with the net on a live ball for a net fault to occur.
  15. 15. 2017 OHSBVA Rule Changes: Review ⦿Administrative error with lineup ⦿Time-out administration ⦿Replay administration ⦿Replay administration (IF play stopped for injury)
  16. 16. 2018 OHSBVA Rule Changes ⦿Replay where injured/ill player can’t continue • Rule 9-8-2, 11-4-1b exception to replay rule • Allows coach to request time-out if team has time- out remaining OR a substitution for injured player or legal libero replacement of injured back-row player ONLY • NO REQUESTS from other team, no other subs for either team • Request for lineup check – use “art of officiating”
  17. 17. 2018 OHSBVA Rule Changes ⦿Penalty for unnecessary delay clarified • Rule 10-2: team assessed unnecessary delay associated with a substitution may not request another substitution until after next completed rally • If 2 subs come up together and one sub is legal, process that sub, then UD and deny the other sub • If team requests substitution after the delay is sanctioned, the request should be denied without further penalty • Even if UD associated with sub results in a delay penalty, intent is to deny further sub request by that team
  18. 18. 2018 OHSBVA Rule Changes ⦿Change in Signal 21 related to unnecessary delay • Raise hand on side of offending team, placing hand beside head with palm facing shoulder, holding appropriate card on the wrist of raised hand • R2 does this to request delay on team on whose side of the court the R2 is standing • R1 does the same to indicate the team on the side of the court corresponding to the card on wrist is receiving the appropriate delay sanction
  19. 19. 2018 OHSBVA Rule Changes ⦿Warming up between sets • Rule 11-5-3: Teams are now permitted to warm up in their respective playing areas between sets • Limitations include not hitting volleyball over the net (no hitting, serving) and not interfering with a scheduled “promotion” for a Varsity match (between sets 2 and 3)
  20. 20. 2018 OHSBVA Rule Changes ⦿Team member may not assist player making attempt to play the ball • Rule 2-4-b1: Clarification that no one on team bench may assist a player making a play on the ball • Previously, rule referenced “another player” which could have been construed as limited to a player for that team who was on the court at start of rally • OHSBVA already interpreted the rule this way
  21. 21. 2018 OHSBVA Rule Changes ⦿Responsibilities of R2: Clarification • Rule 5-8-3a: change in responsibilities/mechanics for R2 in administering end of time-out or interval between sets in multi-court setting • While rule calls for timer to sound horn at 60 seconds as defining end of time-out, to avoid confusion with multiple courts in use, variance is approved • R2 may end time-out or interval between sets with a whistle instead of timer sounding horn
  22. 22. 2018 OHSBVA Rule Changes ⦿Additional Responsibilities of R2 • Rule 5-5-3b: Formalizes R2 ensuring head coach (for OHSBVA, this translates to “standing coach”) remains in replacement zone no closer than 6 feet to the sideline when standing during play • If subs are standing outside the bench/chairs, a coach is permitted to stand with them • If this takes coach out of replacement zone, not a problem although request may be missed • Head coach still responsible for requesting T.O.
  23. 23. OHSBVA Mechanics ⦿NFHS mechanics with some exceptions ⦿Goal is to have everyone on same page with best practice mechanics and consistency
  24. 24. OHSBVA Mechanics ⦿Lineup check by R2 before start of each set ⦿Referee signal sequence when R1 whistles fault ⦿Referee signal sequence when R2 whistles fault ⦿R2 position at end of rally
  25. 25. OHSBVA Mechanics ⦿Illegal attack signal (Signal #8) ⦿Illegal block/screening signal (Signal #9) ⦿Indication of which player(s) contacted net ⦿Ball crossing under net ⦿Indication of player committing center-line fault
  27. 27. Appropriate OHSBVA Referee Uniform Items
  28. 28. REMINDER ⦿Officiating Shirts • “White” color only • Either Certified Volleyball Official shirt (old white, new white) may be worn as well as plain white shirt • If wearing OHSAA shirt, OHSBVA patch goes on the right chest area and covers OHSAA logo
  29. 29. “Inappropriate” Referee Uniform Items
  30. 30. How does VolleyWrite help? ▪ Scorekeeping/libero tracking input is simplified, so you can keep your attention on the court. ▪ The rules are built in, and illegal actions are noticed right away. ▪ You don’t have to know scoring notation. ▪ VolleyWrite can e-mail match results automatically. ▪ Volunteers will actually want to keep score. How to get more information: ▪ Visit their website at ▪ has links to instructional videos on YouTube to show you how to use it. ▪ If you would like to check it out before you purchase VolleyWrite, you can get a free one week trial of the Windows version through the Free Trial button on the home page at ▪ The free trial and purchases include help files which you can access from inside VolleyWrite using the round question mark button in the top right corner of each tab. Windows Version Special Pricing for Ohio schools: ▪ Current member schools can purchase a Windows seasonal key (which is normally $49.99} for $39.99 by entering the coupon code OHSBVA2018 in the box on the left side of the screen. ▪ New programs will be able to request a free key via an e-mail message to iPad Version: VolleyWrite is available for the iPad through Apple’s iTunes store. Unfortunately, Apple does not allow free trials or discounts for an app. A one-week initial license is available for $0.99 and a season license is $49.99. P.O. Box 11370, Cincinnati, OH 4521 (513) 400-5937
  31. 31. VolleyWrite ⦿Contact • • (513) 400-5937 ⦿OHSBVA Officials go-to person: • Michael Chandler,
  32. 32. OHSBVA’S CHALLENGE TO REFEREES ⦿Tracking back-row setters critical! ⦿Recommended reading: Jan. 2018 Referee Magazine article “Beware the Setter Save” (access link to document on ⦿Focuses on plays at net which require referees to be aware of whether setter is back or front row ⦿Challenges referees to be aware of, and rule appropriately on, a ball taken over the net or played near plane of net by a back-row setter
  33. 33. OHSBVA’S CHALLENGE TO REFEREES ⦿Questions to ask: Was setter back-row? ⦿Was the ball totally above the height of the net when setter played it? ⦿Was the ball legally contacted next by opponent? ⦿When setter dumps/tips the ball instead of setting a hitter or the set floats into the plane of the net where a blocker legally contacts ball before the hitter gets to it, what rules apply?
  34. 34. OHSBVA’S CHALLENGE TO REFEREES ⦿Play near net involves awareness of and ability to apply correct rule(s) to make proper decisions: net fault (primary call by R2, secondary for R1), illegal attacks, illegal blocks, reaching over net ⦿“Plays begin and end in an instant” – especially at higher levels of play ⦿Referees must determine fact pattern and then process several events at once in order to arrive at proper ruling