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GKCOA 
SUNDAY NEWSLETTER
AUGUST 13, 2023

MAKE SURE TO COMPLETE YOUR ONLINE RULES REVIEW AND YOUR PART II EXAM BY FRI., AUG. 18!!!!

THE PART II EXAM QUESTIONS ARE HERE

REGULAR SEASON GAME BALL USAGE

MSHSAA Broadcast Email - AUG. 9, 2023 

TO:  ATHLETIC ADMINSTRATORS/PRINCIPALS/VOLLEYBALL COACHES/VOLLEYBALL OFFICIALS

FROM:  TONI HILL

RE:  CORRECTION OF INFORMATION - OFFICIAL BALL USAGE

 

In the online rules review and the rules announcement, it states that the official MSHSAA adopted ball is the Mikasa VFC1000 in red/white/blue, and it must be used in regular season contests, excluding tournament and the districts and state series for the 2023-2024 season.  

 

After having questions concerning this, I did some research.  I found that although this information of the official ball must be used in regular season contests has been in the rules review this year and in years past, the official MSHSAA adopted ball, the Mikasa VFC1000, does not have to be used during regular season contests.  

 

Any ball legal within the guidelines of the NFHS Volleyball Rules Book may be used for regular season contests.  The official MSHSAA adopted ball will be used for district and state series play.  I apologize for the confusion.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE SOME VOLLEYBALL IN PERSON BEFORE YOU OFFICIATE YOUR FIRST MATCH:

Also, we just learned that Warrensburg is hosting a jamboree on Mon., Aug. 21 at 5:30pm, William Chrisman is hosting on Aug. 22 at 6:00pm, and Truman is hosting on Aug. 23 at 6:00pm.

MSHSAA MECHANICS MEETING BEGIN AUG. 14:

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE ASSIGNORS

Please make sure to upload a professional looking photo to your GKCOA Arbiter and your MSHSAA accounts.  When assignors are assigning hundreds of people, it does help when they are quickly searching for a last minute assignment or when MSHSAA may be considering post-season assi.

DO YOU NEED EQUIPMENT?

Get Official has closed their brick-and-mortar store in North Kansas City, and now you can only order online.  If you want to order equipment/uniforms from Get Official, we have arranged for you to order online through Aug. 13 (TODAY), and we will have it available for you to pick up at the GKCOA meeting on Aug. 20 at Lee's Summit and avoid shipping costs.  Here’s how you do it:

  • Place your order on www.getofficial.com.

  • When you get to the coupon code area, enter GKCOA23 to remove shipping costs – this code expires after Aug. 14!!

  • When you get to billing address, use your own address, but for the SHIPPING ADDRESS, use Lee’s Summit HS, 400 SE Blue Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063. Doing that will let them know you will pick up your order at Lee’s Summit and they will put it in a separate pile—we will then go pick up that pile myself prior to Aug. 20 and bring it to the meeting that night.

  • If you want the order to be sent to you at home directly, that’s fine—but you will be charged shipping costs.

REMINDER:  HOW DO WE CALL BALLS THAT CONTACT A CEILING SUSPENDED NET SYSTEM?

When a team hits its first or second contact into a ceiling suspended net system, make sure to know Rule 2-3-1j! If that ball contacts a diagonal pole, cables, or straps of the net system, you'll blow the play dead, then you'll make a judgment whether or not the team could have made a play on the ball.  If so, it's a replay.  If not, it's out.  If a third contact touches the ceiling or overhead obstruction, it's out.

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COLLEGE LINE JUDGE CLINIC

If you are interested in beginning the process to become a certified college line judge, please attend a clinic at Davies Volleyball Complex in Kansas City, KS on Mon., Aug. 21 from 6:00-8:00pm.  Please bring a writing utensil to take the line judge exam.

OVERLAP VIDEO

Here is an excellent video from the Iowa Girls' High School Athletic Union that shows a number of scenarios that will hopefully help you get started in understanding how to call overlaps and to remind those of you who are experienced in what to look for:

THE CLOSING SLIDE FROM THE LAST GKCOA MEETING:

ANNOUNCEMENTS ARCHIVED FROM PAST NEWSLETTERS

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM

DIXIE WESCOTT, MSHSAA RULES INTERPRETER:

Not only should you be reading the rules book, but please take a look and find out information in the case book as well. There’s information there that may not be expressly written in the rules book, plus when the wording of the rule in the rules book might be unclear to you, sometimes reading examples of the enforcement of that rule in the case book may make more sense to you.

EXAMPLE OF ILLEGAL UNIFORM NUMBERS:

Schools have had four years to obtain uniforms that comply with the new rule regarding numbers (Rule 4-2-4c: The body of the number must clearly contrast from the body of the uniform regardless of trim).

If a team does not have legal uniforms, there are two options (according to Rule 4-2-PENALTIES on p. 20 of the rules book): 

1. If a team does not have six legal uniforms to start the match, a loss of rally/point shall be awarded at the beginning of the match.  No further penalty for uniforms for the rest of the match.  A MSHSAA Special Report is required.

2. If a team has six legal uniforms to the start the match and a player who has an illegal uniform attempts to enter the match, unnecessary delay (administrative yellow card) is assessed and that player shall not enter the set until the uniform is made legal.

EXAMPLES OF LEGAL AND ILLEGAL JEWELRY:

TOURNAMENT CREW CHIEF CHECKLIST

If you are listed first (Referee 1) in Arbiter for a Saturday tournament, congratulations–you are the crew chief! Here is a list of responsibilities that you need to follow:

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