Volleyball Rules Interpretations - 2021-22

By NFHS on July 28, 2021 volleyball Print

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 © 2021

2021-22 NFHS Volleyball Rules Book Correction: (Underlining shows 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 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 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 issued. Since an unnecessary delay was already issued for the late roster (administrative yellow card), the subsequent unnecessary delay for the late lineup will result 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 do 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 head coach of Team B fails to submit a lineup by the end of the timed pre-match warmup. The R2 notifies the head coach that an additional subsequent unnecessary delay (administrative red card) will be assessed at the start of the set and an additional point will be awarded to Team A. The coach provides the R2 with a lineup 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 lineup 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 of the scoresheet and award penalty points to Team A. Unnecessary delay cards do 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)