AUGUST 27, 2023
FROM THE MSHSAA OBSERVERS,
KEN CORUM AND DIXIE WESCOTT
As we begin observing, there have already been a couple of situations worth bringing to the attention of everybody:
1. In a JV tournament Saturday, we already had a libero redesignation situation. Please be aware of the steps to follow in Rule 10-4-3 on page 46 of the rules book.
2. Along those lines, if you have a situation arise where you need to refer to the rules book (like in a little often used situation above especially when injury and player safety is involved), there is nothing wrong with getting out the rules book and referring to it to make sure a special situation is handled properly. This shouldn't be done most of the time (like for common rulings), but there are some situations where if the match isn't being greatly delayed, go ahead and refer to the rules book.
NANCY WILLIG'S LAMINATED SHEETS
We ran out of these laminated warmup protocol and pre-match topics sheets made by our friend, Nancy Willig. We will have more at the next GKCOA meeting on Sept. 10, but until then, you can click on each of these photos to download and print your own:
FROM DIXIE WESCOTT, MSHSAA RULE INTERPRETER:
RULE 4-2-1i (p.19): Multiple styles of uniform bottoms may be worn by teammates and may include: shorts, spandex, pants, or skirts.
FROM MSHSAA: Leggings are also considered acceptable—make sure they are like-colored
There can be different styles of uniform bottoms…shorts, skirts, short tights, long tights, etc.
If one has trim, no matter style, they must all have trim.
Example: If all uniform bottoms are predominately black with white trim, then all is fine. However, if some have white trim and some do not, these are not the same and are not legal.
Missouri high schools do not switch sides, but Kansas high schools have returned to switching sides. If you have a Kansas school in your dual match or tournament, prior to play or during the captains/head coaches meeting, you may want to remind them of the Missouri rule.
MSHSAA CLASS AND DISTRICT ASSIGNMENTS RELEASED:
District host schools have not been determined yet. However, make sure to pay attention once they are determined because if you are hoping to get drafted to referee at districts, it will be to your advantage to make sure that you are known to these athletic directors and district managers.
It is inappropriate to contact them for the sole purpose of asking them to draft you, but when you are officiating at a school where that administrator happens to be there, it might be a good idea to introduce yourself so they can put a name with a face when it comes time for the draft. Again, please do not make any requests to get drafted or even discuss the draft. Just make sure they know your name and then go out a ref a great match so they will want to draft you!!
REGISTERING FOR MSHSAA POST-SEASON (now available):
•DUE TUES., SEPT. 5 on www.mshsaa.org
Be sure to indicate if you're willing to line judge and referee
•Make sure your availability is up to date
•DRAFT WILL BE WED., SEPT. 27
If you want to line judge ONLY:
EMAIL DAVID THOMPSON WITH YOUR AVAILABILITY
TUES., OCT. 17
WED., OCT. 18
THURS., OCT. 19
FRI., OCT. 20
SAT., OCT 21 (AFTERNOON/EVENING)
MON., OCT. 23
TUES., OCT. 24
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE ASSIGNORS
Don Gard is in need of officials on Mon., Sept. 11 for middle school matches--please contact him ASAP if you have availability.
Please make sure to confirm match assignment dates, times, and number of matches with schools in advance via phone or email! We've had changes in dates and times already where what is listed in Arbiter may not be correct, so please make sure to confirm if a school doesn't confirm with you first!!
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
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.
QUESTION: If a coach gets ejected from a match at a Saturday tournament, what is the referee’s responsibility regarding the coach not being allowed to coach in the next match at the same level?
•This is a By-law, not a rule.
•Official must notify the administration to remove the coach.
oSchool admin is responsible from here out, not officials.
•FYI...The by-law (5.5.1.d) states: A coach who is ejected during a contest for unsportsmanlike conduct shall at a minimum be prohibited from coaching and attending the next interscholastic contest for that sport or activity at that same level and must satisfactorily complete an approved online sportsmanship training course, prior to being reinstated.
•The coach would have to sit out the next match in the tournament at that level (and any match that might occur at any level between that same level ejected from).
•As an official, we must submit a special report online to MSHSAA about the ejection.
•If we notice the coach coaching in the next contest, we should include that in the report.
•This is then in the hands of MSHSAA…not us!
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE ASSIGNORS:
•Officials must check into Arbiter and click on Schedule tab daily. We have had lots of changes and expect lots more.
•Please continue to email Don Gard and David Thompson every Sunday with your open dates for the upcoming week. This helps with communication and scheduling.
•Keep your uniform handy (in your vehicle?) in case of last-minute assignments
•Be aware that some schools decide they aren’t able to fill C-Silver or other teams and matches need to be cancelled
•If that significantly impacts your schedule, the assignors will attempt to get you other matches, if possible.
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:
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.
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.
NET/CENTER LINE VIOLATION REMINDERS
We need to be more aware of our process as R2s on how we call net and center line violations. We talked about that during the Aug. 6 GKCOA meeting. Please scroll to 1:07:25 to 1:23:45 in the following video to see or review the presentation and make note of the slides below: https://us06web.zoom.us/rec/play/_W_tDfKktPM6TCNIJqRuLjh8RDwR3EenOZgtoRIhoUsj-H9boYZqTs8WNVcccE4bol4Qp3YXl9f9r_rs._RNM3Lp7zkXsOrrP?canPlayFromShare=true&from=share_recording_detail&continueMode=true&componentName=rec-play&originRequestUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fus06web.zoom.us%2Frec%2Fshare%2FkhnlQumh9dtck2RRkMjWUJwbR9UqQr2QUWpICWf5jYJasBzd8d93QkZdCYAgYlU.a2K3UInwehif7wTF