Last Revised: 01/06/2015
In Order to Keep Answers Brief only DCR references will be provided
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4.27 A player has removed a nose piercing and replaced it with a small plastic “spacer” so that the jewelry may be quickly replaced after the match.
Ruling: For all competition, a plastic “spacer” may be used to replace jewelry while the player participates in the match.
Reference: USAV 4.5.1
4.28 A player is wearing monofilament line through an ear piercing.
Ruling: For all competition, monofilament line, thread, or string looped through a piercing hole is not legal. However, a straight piece of line, knotted at both ends, would be considered legal.
Reference: USAV 4.5
1. WHEN THE LIBERO GOES TO POSITION 1 TO SERVE THE NEXT RALLY
2. A Penalty causes the team to rotate and the Libero moves to position 4 (front row)
3. The Acting Libero becomes unable to play, making the rally incomplete
2 Liberos per set
Must be designated on lineup sheet prior to start of first set
Cannot be changed during the match
0, 1 Libero per set
0 or 1 Libero must be designated on lineup sheet for the first set
Cannot decide to use 2 liberos for remaining sets
May use a different player for each set
May decide to use no libero for any set
USAV 4.3.3: The players’ jerseys must be numbered
in a permanent manner from 1 to 99. Duplicate numbers are not allowed.
USA Volleyball Indoor Rules Casebook
4.08 A team’s uniform numbers 1 through 9 are printed on the jerseys
as “01”, “02”, “03”, etc.
Ruling Zero may not be the first digit of a uniform number.
Uniform numbers 1 through 9 must be formed as a single-digit number.
Likewise, “00” is not a legal number.
Reference: USAV 4.3.3
For news concerning solid colored/multi-colored jerseys revisions for 2014-2015 can be found at:
Click on the Jersey on the left side (2104-15 Solid-Colored Jersey Modifications)
For full information go to:
Click on Solid-Colored Jersey Rule US15_M200_Solid_Jersey to see Training Module
If you follow the contents of this module your jersey should acceptable.
There are three (3) terms which are used when dealing with Jerseys.
LEGAL, COMPLIANT, NON-COMPLIANT
LEGAL used to indicate whether any jersey/uniform top (Solid-Colored or Multi-Colored)
is allowable, by rule, for USAV competition.
DCR pgs 16-18 Rule 4.3 Equipment note: USAV 4.3.1, USAV 4.3.3, USAV 188.8.131.52, USAV 184.108.40.206
Number Placement Centered horizontally and vertically
On Chest not Stomach (rule of thumb – center of number at sternum)
On UPPER back
COMPLIANT (Solid-Colored Jersey/Uniform Top) used to indicate that a uniform top
complies with all the requirements of a Solid-Colored Jersey/Uniform Top
NON-COMPLIANT (Multi-Colored Jersey/Uniform Top) used to indicate that a uniform top
does not comply with all the requirements of a Solid-Colored Jersey/Uniform Top
USAV 19.2 DCR page 58
The Libero and/or his/her teammates shall wear a solid-colored uniform top.
If a Multi-Colored jersey is worn on the court (libero or regular player) the other jersey worn (regular player or libero) must be Solid-Colored
This does not prevent the Libero and regular players from both wearing contrasting Solid-Colored Jerseys
More Information can be found Resources page under the Officiating tab
Legal Uniform Combinations (Jerseys and Spandex/Shorts)
If there is any question about legality or compliance of a jersey/uniform top
please contact the Region Officials Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a net fault?
Contact with the net that interferes with play.
DCR 11.3.1 – DCR 11.4.4
Examples of some net faults
- Touching the top band of the net or the top 80 cm (2′ 7.49″) of the antenna during his/her action of playing the ball. In order to be playing the ball, the ball must be there!!!
(ex: A right side block may touch the top band of the net and may not be at fault if the ball is set to the left side.)
- Taking support from the net simultaneously with playing the ball (ex: leaning on the net while settting)
- Creating an advantage over the opponent (ex: pulling the net down to lower it while hitting
- Making actions which hinder an opponent’s legitimate attempt to play the ball.(ex: deflecting a ball on the opponent’s side by letting the net hit the player’s hands)
When is crossing the centerline a fault?
Two issues to consider
- Interference: Preventing or hindering an opponent from legitimately playing the ball
- Safety Hazard: Presenting a safety hazard for the opponents
DCR USAV 11.2.2
If the encroaching body part is in contact or directly above the centerline consider only interference
If the encroaching body part is completely across the centerline consider both interference and safety hazard
Jewelry which may cause an injury or give an artificial advantage to the player are prohibited
Absolutely no jewelry may be worn.
Religious or medical medallions must be removed from any chains and sewn or taped under the uniform.
Do not tape over anything. Take it off!
Please tell everyone.
While the rules says National Championships and nationally sanctioned competition, HOA has adopted this rule for all 12 and Under play
Examples of Legal Volleyballs
FALSE 1. If a coach is shadowing (providing instruction) to a junior official, they are permitted to whistle violations.
The coach should not have a whistle!!!
FALSE 2. Only the 2nd referee may whistle net violations.
FALSE 3. A decision cannot be changed if 15 seconds have elapsed
FALSE 4. Touching the top of the net is always a fault.
FALSE 5. As a coach I have the right to question the official’s decision.
FALSE 6. The visual scoreboard can be used as grounds for a protest.
The final authority for all rules interpretations and officiating issues in the Heart of America Region is the Officials Chair.
Please direct any questions or issues to:
1. Can a coach stand and approach the court???
DCR 220.127.116.11 – DCR USAV 18.104.22.168 – DCR pg 128 3.
2. What can the head coach request from the officials?
DCR 22.214.171.124 Time-outs and and substitutions;
DCR USAV 5.2.3: Verify the positions of the teams (lineup Checks)
3. Can the head coach file a protest?
NO!!! Only the game captain. For 14U competition, the head coach also acts as the team/game captain.
DCR 5.1.2 – DCR 126.96.36.199 – USAV 188.8.131.52
If the protest is incorrectly requested, the matter cannot be addressed and no further recourse is available.
4. Can the head coach address the scorer concerning scoring issues.
NO!!! All issues must be addressed to the 2nd Referee
As junior coaches we often forget that and address the scorer directly.
We should make every effort to refrain from this.
Additionally, we should instruct our scorekeepers to politely redirect any questions to the 2nd Referee.
1. How many assistant coaches are permitted on a team?
A maximum of 4 assuming no other staff members.
DCR USAV 4.1.1:b
2. Can assistant coaches stand all the time?
YES but only 1 asst may stand up at a given time!!!
DCR USAV 5.3.1
3. Can the asst. coaches talk to the officials?
DCR 5.3.1 – DCR USAV 5.3.1
4. Can an asst. coach replace the head coach.
YES – If the coach is forced to leave and the 1st referee authorizes it
For junior competition – The assistant must be IMPACT certified.
DCR USAV 7.2.2b
For junior competition, when one team has exclusive use of the court, the other team must either be at its team bench or out of the playing area.
While not required, HOA is requesting that teams shag for each during the exclusive times
Warming up with balls at the team bench or in the spectator walkways is not permitted.
YES: For all Open, Silver and Bronze competition within the HOA Region.
This is no longer optional
In Open competition, the rule applies to all teams regardless of Team Level (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
HOA is allowing 12 and under players to serve from inside the end line by as much as 2 meters (6 feet 6 inches).
This allow servers the opportunity to have more successful serves.
A line must be drawn/taped 2 meters from the endline to indicate the service fault line
NO: For all Gold competition within the HOA Region
All Gold HOA events, National Qualifier and National Championship competition the service must be completed in the service zone.
This is a reminder that all scorekeeper tables need to be clear of any food and drinks.
Referees, scorers and line judges cannot be using Ipods/mp3 players or cellphones during matches. The coach of the officiating team is responsible that officiating duties are taken seriously and the whole officiating crew is focused on the task at hand.
There is no option on switching sides in USAV.
Switch at 13 in a 25 pt set.
If the set is played with less than 25 pts,
switch when half the points (+1 for odd numbers) have been scored.
Set has 19 pts — Switch after one team has scored 10 pts
Scoreboard started at 6-6 switch at 16
HOA has a Fan Behavior Policy which will be strictly enforced.
Any disruptive fan behavior incidents must be reported to the HOA office,
by the Tournament Director, in writing, within 48 hours.
During a match if the officials determine that a team has (a) disruptive fan(s).
Communicate to the captain or coach that there is disruptive fan behavior which needs to cease immediately.
The official will direct the captain/coach to inform their fan(s) that this behavior needs to cease immediately.
This will be considered the team’s first official warning and is sanctioned as a team delay.
If a team delay has already been issued then this team delay will be a team delay penalty (TYC).
Strongly encourage the captain/coach to have their disruptive fan(s) leave the gym to avoid further incident.
This is sanctioned as a team delay penalty (TYC) since the 1st incident resulted in a team delay.
Play is suspended immediately!
The offending team will forfeit this set keeping all points won.
Any remaining sets will be forfeit with the offending team scoring no points.
All deciding set are played to 15 starting at 0-0.
All one set playoffs (tie-breakers) should be played to at least the same number of points in pool play non-deciding sets.
See details for sets playing less than 25 points, Example and Score Sheet instructions.
If a set is scheduled to play less than 25 points the set must start with sufficient points to conclude the set at 25.
Format: Pool Play 21 point sets. Elimination play 25 point sets.
Score starts at 4-4.
Draw an hourglass through point 1-4
The score sheet is now ready.
One Set Playoffs:
Tournament Director’s Option
21 point set (start at 4-4), switch sides at 15 or
25 point set (start at 0-0) switch sides at 13.
HOA recommends that one set playoffs be played to the same number of points as elimination play non-deciding sets.
1. HOA modifications;
For all HOA region play the HOA Modification overrides any other rules.
2. USAV modifications;
In all regions, The USAV modification, if any, overides the DCR
In the USA Volleyball Domestic Competition Regulations (DCR):
A rule is published, which is essentially the FIVB (international) rule.
If USAV modified the rule it will be written immediately following the DCR rule. It is placed in a box and starts USAV…
3. Domestic Competition Regulations;
The Domestic Competition Regulation will be the applicable rule.
For all Heart of America Region competition
Players may change uniform number between matches of a tournament and must play all games of any given match with the same number.
Exceptions will be made for uniforms soiled with blood.
EX: Player A wears #22 and plays as a normal player in set 1 of the first match.
If player A is to play Libero in game 2, player A must have a contrasting color jersey with #22.
After the first match player A may then switch to any legal number for the next match.
Nationally Sanctioned Events
Nationally sanctioned events require that a player obtain approval from the Championship Committee prior to change uniform number.
This is the responsibility of the 1st Referee not the 2nd Referee.
If there is a deciding set (3 or 5) then the 2nd referee will conduct the coin toss.
The signal is the Team to Serve signal (DCR pg. 93)
If you see anyone signaling with their finger (point) please, in a very nice way, let them know to use the Team to Serve signal
EX: A player goes to serve. The player tosses the ball and drops it. The player gets a re-serve from the 1st Referee. Now the players serves an ace. The same player gets again to serve and again drops the first toss. The player gets again a re-serve from the 1st Referee.
The 2nd Referee does not echo the service beckon;
The 2nd Referee does not echo the signal if the ball is served into the net;