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GKCOA 
SUNDAY NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER 17, 2023

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE ASSIGNORS:

Please email David Thompson is you are available 9/19, 9/21, 9/26, 9/28, 10/3, 10/4. Please also go to your Blocks. Please see if there are dates blocked that are actually open. Please let GKCOA know this ASAP. 

TRIPLE CHECK YOUR START TIMES

•Several schools (Staley, Liberty, Kearney that I’m aware of—they may be others) have reported that start times are incorrect in Arbiter

•When you call or email to confirm, make it a point to emphasize that you’re checking on the start time with the AD or administrative assistant.

PINK WHISTLES

Cathy Klassen has the GKCOA batch of pink whistles in the event you need one when working a cancer awareness event. Her email is klassens5@aol.com – please contact her to make the arrangements on payment and delivery. Each whistle is $10.

Reminder on cancer awareness events: they usually take place in October and it is not mandatory for officials to wear pink whistles, but if you do, please make sure that either both or neither official are wearing them. We don’t want one wearing one and the other not wearing one to give the impression that only one official supports the cancer awareness event. Some officials will own and carry an extra pink whistle in case their partner doesn’t have one.

ALSO–PRO TIP: to everyone working a cancer awareness event–MAKE SURE TO DOUBLE CHECK THE ROSTERS–sometimes teams will wear pink jerseys with different numbers that their normal roster, but the coach will forget to change the numbers on their new roster. Be preventive, so you won’t have to penalize when the match starts.

REMINDER ON HOW TO OFFICATE "BACKWARDS" ON ADJACENT COURTS

Sometimes at a tournament, the situation arises where the scorer and team benches are on the R1’s side. There are a few mechanics adjustments that need to be made:

  • R1 will likely be the one whistling subs and timeouts

  • R1 will be reporting the subs to the scorer and will need to make sure the R2 is aware of the sub

  • R1 will need to verify with the scorer when set point is reached

  • R2 needs to come across the court and check the scoresheet during timeouts

  • If there are any scoresheet or libero tracking discrepancies, the R2 will take the lead in resolving the problem

  • R1 and R2 will need to determine how they will communicate when a team has used 15 or more subs and who will relay that information to the head coach

  • Typically in this type of court set up at a tournament, there is an adjacent court where there is very little room between the courts and the two R2s from each court are working in very close proximity to one another (see photo above).  If that is the case, the R2 should not transition under the net to get to the blocker’s side during the rally. Depending on the amount of space there is, either begin the rally on the receiving team’s side and stay there until its completion, or stay on one side for the entire match where the R2 may be looking through the net to the receiving team’s side to begin the rally. Work with the other R2 from the other court to decide what may be best given the situation.

  • Remember the rule where any player is not allowed to enter the adjacent court at any time (before, during, or after playing the ball). Make sure you’ve discussed with your partner who will have primary responsibility for making that call–sometimes it’s easier for R1 to see the player enter the other court in his/her range of vision behind R2 if the ball has already been played back to the court and R2 must focus attention back towards the court for possible net violations.

 

REGISTERING FOR MSHSAA POST-SEASON:

LINE JUDGES 

BE SURE TO VIEW THE GKCOA LINE JUDGE VIDEO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bEdJiKfHp4&feature=youtu.be

  • 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

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DISTRICT HOSTS REVEALED:

Host schools for district tournaments have been determined. Remember that one change this season is that a district MAY elect to play first round matches at the site of the higher seeded school.  Of course, the district may also choose to play the tournament like usual with all matches at the host school site.  We'll know more about specific schedules as we approach the draft on Wed., Sept. 27.  To see all the district assignments, scroll down into the archived announcement area.  As of now, here are the host schools in our area:

CLASS 5 (Districts 5-8, in that order):

Truman, Waynesville (not in our area), Lee's Summit North, Park Hill South

CLASS 4 (Districts 7-8):

Pembroke Hill, Platte County

CLASS 3 (Districts 13-16):

Harrisonville, Central (Kansas City), Oak Grove, Cameron

CLASS 2 (Districts 13-16):

Holden, Lafayette County, Lathrop, Mid-Buchanan

CLASS 1 (Districts 13-16):

Green Ridge, Santa Fe, St. Joseph Christian, Tarkio

FROM DIXIE WESCOTT, MSHSAA RULES INTERPRETER:

No new announcements this week

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM KEN CORUM AND DIXIE WESCOTT, MSHSAA OBSERVERS

No new announcements this week

Q&A

Q: What is the recommended position for a line judge when the server is serving close to the line judge's corner?

A: P. 126 (#3) of the NFHS officials manual states, “If the server serves from the left third of the service area and encroaches on the line judge’s position, the line judge on the serving team’s side shall move a few steps to the side in line with the extension of the end line, until the ball is contacted for serve.”

 

That mechanic changed a few years ago.  In this case, the line judge needs to get back on the corner quickly after the serve because a ball served into the deep corner on that line judges’ sideline is that line judge’s call all the way down on the other end of the court.

THE CLOSING SLIDE FROM THE LAST GKCOA MEETING:

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ANNOUNCEMENTS ARCHIVED FROM PAST NEWSLETTERS

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM KEN:

The only jewelry allowed by MSHSAA for officials to wear are watches and wedding rings.  At a mechanics meeting, I made the incorrect statement that ​wedding rings were not allowed.  Please refer to the MSHSAA Officials Manual on page 12 for more information:  https://www.mshsaa.org/resources/PDF/Officials-Manual.pdf

Varsity officials should still be signing the scorebook of both schools (as long as they are Missouri schools) with your MSHSAA number even though we are no longer being rated.  Varsity coaches are now required to submit the names and numbers of who officiated their matches.

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:

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.

Be aware of this situation from the casebook:

•P. 12 – 4.1 SITUATION

•At the beginning of a team warm-up, the referees observe (a) a team manager assisting with drills wearing an electronic music device; (b) a student assisting with warm-ups wearing flip flops; (c) a student talking on a cell phone while assisting with warm-ups; (d) an adult assisting with warm-ups wearing high heeled shoes.  The first referee in each case informs the team’s coach that each person must make corrections to the individual’s attire before continuing to assist with warm-up.

•ANSWER:  

•In (a), (b), and (c), the referee is correct.  It is important for purposes of risk minimization that any individual actively taking part in team warm-ups be in proper attire and free from electronic devices such as cell phones and music devices.

•In (d), the referee is incorrect.  While minors still must be in proper attire, it has been determined that adults participating in a team warm-up are responsible for their own well-being.

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?

ANSWER:

•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!

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.

Officials:  Review rules constantly throughout the season.  This week review these particular items of concern.  

  • Libero replacement protocol, particularly illegal replacements.  Know when the illegal replacement is an Unnecessary Delay and when it is Illegal Alignment.  

  • Review the protocol for assessing a Card to a coach/player.  

    • Judgement calls are not something that a coach should be questioning you about.  

    • Coaches must stay in their coaching area, which does not include the substitution zone.

  • Players wearing arm sleeves.  These are legal and does not matter what color, just as we do not monitor their knee pads.  

We've already had a player with an insulin pump attempt to play without a special letter from MSHSAA.  Good job by the GKCOA referee to inform the coach! The coach said they contacted MSHSAA, but haven't heard a response.  If that happens, the player still cannot play until they have the letter.  Usually, MSHSAA will turn the letter around very quickly, so it's up to the school and administration to continually follow up to get the letter/email sent back to the school.

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.

  • 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. 

  • 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!!

  • If you officiate matches that have Line Judge components, please email the school contact (AD or admin Assistant) that night or the next day to clarify how many sets you Line Judged (JV and/or V) so that pay will be correct on the first go round. This helps with communication and reduces the chance that assigners will need to add a "ghost game" so schools can go back and correct pay.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM KEN CORUM AND DIXIE WESCOTT, MSHSAA OBSERVERS:

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.

  • Fine tune your signals.   Signals should be as stated in the rule book, not your own version.  One particular example is the signal for substitution, review this signal. 

  • Line up cards should be used for checking line ups, not the line up sheet turned in by the coach.

  • We are here to help you improve and to reflect on what we see.  

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:

MSHSAA CLASS AND DISTRICT ASSIGNMENTS RELEASED:

CLASS 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!!

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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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.

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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

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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:

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