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You will find modules on all facets of officiating volleyball, with new ones added every couple of months. These modules are written and edited by top USAV National and FIVB International officials and include such information as: how to properly administer time outs and substitutions, when to whistle a net contact, and professionalism, to name a few.
Team Jersey Rules Interpretation
This Rules Interpretation Bulletin is intended to clear up what may be a misinterpretation of thenew Libero uniform rule for the 2010 season.
USAV 19.2(a) states: “The Libero player’s jersey must contrast in color with that of the
predominant colors of the other members of the team. This includes different color and a light and dark contrast.
Bad Color combinations such aspurple/black, dark green/black, navy/maroon, and white/light yellow are not distinctive enough to comply with the rules and should not be used.
This was purposefully left slightly vague, per the JA and Executive Council's direction, to
allow for some creativity in the design of the jersey.
USAV Jersey Interpretation (PDF)
Team Jersey Numbers
Jersey Numbers fpr USAV competition must be from 1-99. Note 0 and 00 are illegal numbers.
The numbers need to be centered on both the front and the back for the jersey. Numbers on the from must be 6" on front and 8" on back and stripe forming the number must be 3/4". Note for younger age divisions 4" on front and 6" centered on back will be allowed as the numbers would be lost on shirts that are tucked in.
Jerseys may have sponsor names but the numbers must be visable and no alcohol or tobacco related advertising, or inappropriate sponsors or language is allow. Please check if you think the sponsor or name may be inappropriate for a Juniors uniform before printing.
Please see the clinics page of this web site.
Officiating and Scorekeeping Reminders
Remember that for JUNIOR competition the COACH signs the scoresheet, and for adult competition, the captain signs the score sheet. The scoresheet indicates that the captain does it, but when you watch the scorekeeping clinic or look at page 143 of your rule book, you will see that there is an exception for junior competition.
- USAV in conjuction with our insurance company have issued a new rules that "Shared Warm-up" are not to be used. When a team has the court the other team can not be doing ball handling.
- An Adult must be R1 for all playoff matches.
- At junior events an Adult must be R1, R2 or courtside standing next to the R1 or R2 for all matches during the day.
- Parents may not be on the court during warm ups to retrieve the volleyballs unless they are USAV member and have had a background check.
- No Cell Phones or I-Pods should be used at the scorekeeping table after the match has started.
- No food should be eaten at the scorekeeping table after the match has started.
- Capped water bottles will be allowed at the scorekeeping table.
- Only USAV members are allowed at the scorekeeping table. The table personnel should included
- Certified/ trained Scorekeeper
- Certified/ trained Assistant Scorekeeper
- Trained visual score board operator
- On Junior Courts an adult may be present, but they must be aUSAV member and have a current USAV backgound check.
12U and Under Special Rules
- Will use a lighter ball; 7-8 oz (regular is 9-10 oz).
- Can use "step-in" (service line is 6'6" into the court) serving for Iowa Region tournaments below the Qualifying Division.
- 11s/12s net height is 7'; 10s and younger net height is 6'6".
- 12s team cannot be combined with older age teams at tournaments unless they use those rules (can't use 12s rules).
- 14s and under age teams are allowed to have a second toss per each service attempt. The tossed or released ball must land without being touched by the server before a new service authorization can be granted. Each service attempt must happen within 5 seconds of the referee's whistle.