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Best Line Judge Practices (pdf)

Uniform Requirements as of 2014/2015 Season:

  • PDF from NFHS
  • 2016 starts the Libero Solid color uniform requirement:
  • Volleyball Uniform Requirements to Change in 2016
  • Contact: Becky Oakes
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 9, 2012) — In an attempt to more clearly distinguish between the libero and other team members, uniform requirements will be changing in high school volleyball.
  • The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Volleyball Rules Committee, at its January 9-11 meeting in Indianapolis, approved new uniform requirements that will take effect in 2016. All rules changes passed by the Volleyball Rules Committee were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
  • The revised rule will require the libero to wear a uniform top that is immediately recognized from all angles as being in clear contrast to and distinct from the other members of the team. The libero and/or his/her teammates shall wear a solid-colored uniform top. The solid-colored uniform top shall clearly contrast from the predominant primary color(s) of the teammates’ uniform top, with the predominant color(s) being the color(s) appearing on approximately half of the uniform.
  • Other requirements of the solid-colored top are 1) the sleeves shall be the same color as the body of the uniform top; 2) piping/trim no wider than 1 inch in total at its widest point may be placed along the seams and may be a different color(s) than the uniform top; 3) lettering and collars may be different color(s) than the uniform top; and 4) numbers shall be a contrasting color to the uniform top and meet all other specifications in Rule 2-2-4.
  • “Some uniforms were affecting the officials’ ability to identify the libero and determine legal playing action,” said Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Volleyball Rules Committee. “The tradition is that volleyball is a sport with colorful uniforms. Because there has been increasing difficulty identifying the libero because of uniform design, the rules needed to make sure the libero was easily identified.”

Players Changing Jersey on Court:

  • CIF and all the sections agree that removing your uniform in the gymnasium is unsportsmanlike conduct. The penalty would be a yellow card on the player. You might have more than one player assessed a yellow card.
    Changing of the uniform would be included in the pre match meeting with captains/coaches if your teams are in warm up shirts, and their uniform top is folded over the chair. I would remind captains and coaches that any time a uniform needs to be changed, it must be done in a private area outside the gymnasium. Players may not huddle around a player to change into a libero jersey, or go under the bleachers.
    Let me know if you need more information on this topic.
  • Diane Cranor
    CIF State Volleyball Rules Interpreter

Some of the coach, teams and/or players have been playing “club” ball coming into the high school season. There are some differences that these people get confused on when making the transition from club to high school. Two of the most recent ones that I have heard are:

HS: Server can catch or drop the ball for one re-serve during her term of service.
Club: Must let ball drop.

First Server:
HS: If a team is receiving the first serve their first server is listed first on the line-up but will assume the RF position for the first serve by the opponent.
Club: The first server is listed second and circled on the line-up card.

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