Current Rule Changes

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2013 NCAA Rule Changes

The NCAA Women's Volleyball Rules Committee has adopted a two-year cycle for rule book production and rule changes, and 2013 is not a publication and rule change year.  A summary of the rule clarifications, points of emphasis, and the one rule change that is effective in 2013  (announced earlier) are listed below, and may be downloaded in a PDF document by clicking here. Of course, to fully understand the implementation of these, you'll want to attend an NCAA/PAVO Clinic as part of your season preparation.  The rule modifications applicable to NAIA and NJCAA are also available - click here for a PDF.   

NCAA/PAVO Women's Volleyball Officiating Manual

The NCAA/PAVO Women's Volleyball Officiating Manual includes invaluable information for volleyball referees, line judges and scorekeepers.  Protocols, techniques, and mechanics are all covered in detail.  All well-equipped officials will own this book as a complement to the rule book.  This valuable publication is published every other year in even-numbered years, and is included in the NCAA "Welcome Package"   The Officiating Manual can also be purchased on the PAVO E-store

2012-13 NCAA Scoresheets, Lineup Sheets & Libero Tracking Sheets

The NCAA develops scoresheets, line-up sheets and libero tracking sheets that accommodate all recent rules and techniques.  No changes were made on the 2012 scorekeeping forms  for 2013.  Click here to download these PDF documents in a bundled file, free of charge.






Rule Changes


Either the libero or her teammates must wear a solid-color jersey.  The solid-colored jersey must clearly contrast from the predominant color(s) of the teammate(s)’ jersey.  To be considered “solid-color:

·      The sleeves must be the same color as the body of the jersey

·      Piping/trim of a different color, not exceeding 1” in width, may be placed along the seams.

·      Collars/neck trim may be a different color than the body of the jersey

NOTE:  this rule was passed by the NCAA rules committee in 2011, and was included in the rule book and other announcements in 2011 and 2012, with an implementation date of 2013. 



Rule Clarifications



             Statistical data may be transmitted to the bench area from any location in the facility.  Electronic audio or video devices that transmit information from any location in the facility to the bench are illegal.  However, a video device that is used in the bench area may be used to show that video, even in the bench area.  MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

The rule specifically accommodates insulin pumps and cochlear implants.  All other equipment (wrist monitors, helmets, etc.) require a current NCAA waiver.



If a team is found to be non-compliant regarding the new “solid-color” uniform, referees should take the following steps:

·      Ask the teammates or libero to change uniforms to conform to the rule.

·      Play the match, as long as the uniforms meet all other specifications

·      After the match, report the team to the NCAA Secretary-Rules Editor (SRE) and the individual who assigned you to that match. Do not take photos. If the team reports that they have a waiver from the SRE, ask to see the waiver.



Since the NAIA allows unlimited substitutions, the scorekeeping techniques have been modified:

·      It is not necessary to slash the counter (1-15) for team substitutions

·      Do not slash the number of the player who is leaving the game (under PLAYERS NUMBERS).  Rather, just enter the number of the entering player with a comma between the numbers.  Do not re-enter a player’s number when she returns to the game.

·      DO continue to use “S” and “Sx” in the scoring section, so that the actual players in the game can be tracked at any time.


Technique Change & Points of Emphasis



As each team’s lineup is checked prior to the first set, the second referee will indicate the captain with an open hand.  The captain will acknowledge the first referee (raised hand or head nod).  This action does not need to be repeated in subsequent sets unless the captain changes.



During timeouts, before the teams return to the floor, the libero tracker will verbally verify the status of each team’s libero position, in order to help the second referee ensure that the same players return to the court after the timeout.



When the second referee -whistles a net fault, the second referee will whistle, signal the net fault, and indicate the number of the player at fault.  The first referee will show the point signal, and then indicate the number of the player at fault-.  The second referee mimics the point signal.

When the first referee whistles a net fault, the first referee will signal point, followed by the net fault signal and the number of the player at fault.  The second referee will mimic the first referee’s signals.  



At the end of sets one and three (and set two if there is no intermission), the first referee will signal the final point (and fault) and then the change of court. The second referee will signal the final point (and fault), and then note whether the teams are changing courts appropriately (along the sidelines); move toward the court and encourage an appropriate exchange if needed.  Then retrieve the lineup forms and deliver them to the coaches. 




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