2018-2019 Rule Changes

2-4-1bA referee shall stop play when any player gains an illegal advantage by contacting any team member while playing the ball.  

Rationale: Clarifies that no team member may assist a player during an attempt to play the ball. 

5-5-3b(10) (NEW): The second referee has the responsibility to ensure that the head coach remains in the replacement zone no closer than 6 feet to the sideline, when standing during play.

Rationale:Supports the second referee’s responsibilities as outlined in the Officials Manual.

5-5-3b(13), 5-5-3b(20)5-8-3a NOTE (NEW): When multiple courts are in use, the second referee may end a time-out or interval between sets with a long whistle in place of the timer sounding an audio signal (horn).

Rationale:Clarifies timer and second referee responsibilities during time-outs/intervals when multiple courts are in use.

9-8-2 EXCEPTION (NEW), 11-4-1b (NEW): When a replay is signaled due to an injury/illness and the injured/ill player cannot continue play, the head coach may request a substitute or complete a legal libero replacement for the injured/ill player or take a team time-out(s) if the team has remaining time-outs.

Rationale: Clarifies the procedures for a replay due to an injured/ill player and adds the option of a legal libero replacement.

10-2 PENALTIES 2After a team is charged with an unnecessary delay, the coach may request no further substitutions until the next completed rally.

Rationale: Eliminates further delay of the set by removing the option to request additional substitutions after a team is charged with an unnecessary delay. 

11-5-3 (NEW): Between sets, teams may warm up in their playing area, but may not hit volleyballs over the net into the opponents playing area.

Rationale: Establishes parameters for warming up between sets that minimize the risk of injury.

SIGNAL #21To signal unnecessary delay, raise the hand on the side of the offending team beside     head, palm facing shoulder, hold the appropriate card on the wrist of the raised hand.

Rationale:Simplifies mechanics for unnecessary delay signal and clarifies side at fault.


1-5-2c (NEW), 1-7-2 thru 4: Provides consistency by listing all reasons why a match shall be declared a forfeit and clarifies that a forfeit is considered a termination of a match and not a suspension.

5-4-1cClarifies that the inspection of net antennas is a prematch responsibility of the first referee.

5-5-3b (13) & (20): Clarifies that the second referee shall use a double whistle to indicate the warning during a time-out and when an intermission is used.

6-4-5 NOTE (NEW): Clarifies that when a team is playing with fewer than six players, the vacant position remains open when rotating to the front row.

2018-2019 Volleyball Editorial Changes

2-1-4, 5-2-1b, 5-4-4d(1) & (4), 10-4-3c, 12-2 Procedures for Unsporting Conduct Violations 4 and 5, How to Use the Signals #20


2018-19 Volleyball Points of Emphasis

  1. Safety of Referee Stands
  2. Warm-Up Safety
  3. Treatment of Line Judges
  4. Net Fault Signal Mechanics