POINTS OF EMPHASIS
of Court Boundary Lines – Rule
2-1-2 recommends that all boundary lines be of one clearly visible color contrasting to the color of the floor and
other lines on the floor. Except as
provided for by rule for the center line, schools are expected to meet this
standard for volleyball court boundary line markings. For fair competition for both teams, it is
extremely important that the lines be one clearly visible color. The only time the color should differ is if going
across a painted area such as the lane in basketball and the original color
would not be in contrast. With players
generally looking up to play the ball, it is important that the lines are
clearly visible to quickly observe where the player is on the court and where
the ball may be going, in bounds or out of bounds. Schools that try to circumvent this standard
are negatively impacting the game.
Signals for Player Numbers – It
is important for the referees to discuss the ways in which they will
communicate with each other through informal, non-verbal signals. One very important area to discuss is the
signaling of players’ numbers. There is
a suggested standard for signaling players’ numbers as provided in detail in
the NFHS Case Book and Officials Manual.
When a player is in the net, the referees will communicate the number of
the player in violation. This signaling also
provides assistance in communicating to the coaches, players and fans as to the
offender. Many times in high school
volleyball the officials may have never or infrequently worked with one another,
so consistency in the use of the hand signals for communication is very
important. Thus, the standard signals
and procedure should be reviewed each year and followed by referees.
Signals from Second Referee to First Referee for Situations Out of View of
First Referee – There
may be occasions when, due to the location of the play and angle of the
players, there is play that is under the responsibility of the first referee
but is clearly out of the view of the first referee. In such a situation, the second referee shall
assist the first referee by ruling upon such a situation and this is done
through a visual, informal signal.
During the referees’ prematch conference with each other, how such
signals will be conveyed should be discussed.
It is important that the first referee make good eye contact with the
second referee and know how they will communicate in advance. It is also important for the first referee to
anticipate when he/she may have been blocked out of properly observing a
play. The second referee should hold the
informal signal long enough for the first referee to observe. Should the first
referee not accept that call, he/she was not blocked from viewing and disagrees
with the second referee's call, the first referee’s call will stand. Both referees must be alert and pay attention
to one another when these unusual situations may arise where the assistance of
the second referee is important to get the call right.