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2017-2018 Rule Changes
5-5-3b(12): Outlines mechanics for the second referee to sound a warning whistle at 45 seconds or any other time when both teams take the court ready to play before the audio signal (horn) is sounded at 60 seconds. Clarifies all time-outs are officially ended with the audio signal (horn).
Rationale: The defining end of a time-out shall be the horn and the warning of the impending end of the time-out is the second referee’s whistle at 45 seconds or at any other time when both teams take the court ready to play before the audio horn is sounded at 60 seconds.
5-4-3c(17): On a time-out, the first referee shall whistle the warning if the second referee is still checking the scoresheet.
Rationale: A procedure is needed for the sounding of the warning whistle should the second referee still be involved with checking the scoresheet.
5-8-3a: Outlines the new procedures for the timer to give the audio signal (horn) only to officially end a time-out and no longer for the warning at 45 seconds into the time-out.
Rationale: Clarifies that the audio signal (horn) shall only be sounded to indicate the official end of a time-out.
9-8-2 New: A replay, is considered, to be a part of a single play action. Therefore, once a replay has been called, by the first referee, no requests, e.g., time-out, service order, lineup, substitution, libero replacement, etc., may be recognized until after the rally is completed.
Rationale: A replay is a single action to repeat the start and completion of a rally that was interrupted under Rule 9-8-1. Clarifies when resuming play, all circumstances should be the same and no requests shall be recognized for, e.g. time-out, service order, lineup, substitution, libero replacement etc.
Officials Signals: Omit the illegal substitution signal (Signal # 20) as the penalty is Unnecessary Delay if attempting to enter the set and illegal alignment if observed in the set.
Rationale: The penalty for illegal substitution is "unnecessary delay--administrative yellow or red card;" there is no longer a need to have two penalty signals, illegal substitution and unnecessary delay.
Comments on the 2017 Volleyball Rules Changes
5-5-3b(12), 5-5-3b(19), 5-4-3c(17), 5-8-3a: The defining end of a time-out shall be the audio signal (horn) administered by the official timer and the warning of the impending end of the time-out is administered by the second referee. For a time-out, the second referee whistles a warning at 45 seconds or at any other time when both teams take the court ready to play before the audio horn is sounded at 60 seconds. The second referee shall instruct the timer to sound the audio signal at 60 seconds or earlier if teams are on the court before the scheduled 60 seconds. The same procedure is followed for the timed interval between sets. The second referee whistles a two-minute, 45-second warning followed by the timer sounding the audio signal at three minutes. If an intermission is being used, the warning whistle is at four minutes, 45 seconds with the audio signal at five minutes.
9-8-2: A replay is a single action to repeat the start and completion of a rally that was interrupted under Rule 9-8-1. When resuming play, all circumstances should be the same and no requests shall be recognized for time-out, service order, lineup, substitution, libero replacement, etc. This application of the rule for a replay provides for a reasonable resumption of play with circumstances being the same as they were when play was interrupted.
Deletion of Illegal Substitution Signal: The penalty for illegal substitution is "unnecessary delay – administrative yellow or red card." There is no need to require the referee to execute two penalty signals – illegal substitution and unnecessary delay – for the same violation of "unnecessary delay." This eliminates a duplicate action by the referee for the same violation.
2017-18 VOLLEYBALL MAJOR EDITORIAL CHANGES
2-1-5: Clarifies the language regarding the attack line shall be solid and one clearly visible color.
5-2-1b: Clarifies when the second referee will indicate both the nature of the fault and the number of the player committing the net fault.
2017-18 Volleyball Points of Emphasis
1. Conduct and Privileges of Assistant Coaches (12-2-5)
2. Court Boundary Lines and Attack Lines (2-1)
3. Second Referee-Handling of Request for Third Time-Out (11-2 Penalties)
4. Letters of Authorization (4-1, SCVOA Clarification)
5. Mechanics of Signals and Communication (Signals)