NORTH SHORE PAROCHIAL LEAGUE
2019 GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL RULES
WIAA volleyball rules apply to all grades except for changes/clarifications listed in these rules.
Team rosters and fees are due the Thursday before the first scheduled match. Rosters must be signed by the athletic director and principal/religious education director. Teams shall not play, but will forfeit matches, until properly completed rosters and fees are submitted to the appropriate league official(s). Players can only be listed on one roster for the season.
No player may be added to the roster without the consent of the League Director/Coordinator. Failure to do so could result in forfeiture of all matches in which the added player participated.
Players must attend the school or Christian Formation/Religious Education program at the school which the team represents.
If a school is combining two grades to make up one volleyball team, the team should play at the upper grade level. A team may have players from an upper grade level provided the next higher grade does not have a team due to insufficient number of players. Only two players from the higher grade level may be on the court at the same time and the opposing coach shall be notified.
Parishes/schools entering multiple teams in one grade:
Grade 5 and 6 – a parish/school which enters more than one team in these
grades must divide the talent equally.
Grades 7 and 8 – A parish/school which enters more than one team in one
of these grades MAY divide the teams into “A” and “B” teams. The “A”
team must clearly have superior talent when compared to the “B” team.
Team doing this sort of separate split must have an annual tryout to ensure
the proper distribution of talent. The division of talent must be easily
Especially in the lower (5&6) grades, standings will be monitored by the
League Director/Coordinator to ascertain equality of teams from the
It is mandatory that one side of the uniform be numbered, but numbers on both sides is highly recommended. Uniforms must be worn as the manufacturer intended. Tops cannot be tied off in front, back, or on the side. The libero’s uniform must be easily recognizable from all sides as being in clear contrast to the other members of the team.
Players may NOT wear any jewelry, nor may any jewelry be taped over, with the exception of, a medical alert medal which must be taped to the body under the uniform. The penalty will be an unnecessary delay assessment.
Hair may be controlled by unadorned flat barrettes, bobby pins, or flat clips. No longer than two inches. Soft ribbons will be allowed, beads are not. No glitter or face paint is allowed. Penalty is an unnecessary delay assessment.
The home team has the choice of bench. If neither team is playing in their own gym, the team listed first on the schedule is the home team.
Prior to the first set of a match at a given sight, the referee will hold a prematch conference with captains and head coaches to review ground rules and conduct a coin flip. The visiting captain calls the flip and the flip winner has the choice to serve or receive.
This conference will be held fifteen minutes prior to the match or immediately after a preceding match if time is shorter. If an official is not on site at that time, the coaches will conduct the necessary coin flip.
Warmups will be (if time allows) 2 minutes shared court, 4 minutes home team on the court (including serving time), 4 minutes visiting team on the court (including serving time). There will be NO shared serving time during warm ups. If there is insufficient time between matches for this warmup procedure, the official, in consultation with the coaches, will determine the length of the warmup.
Team must be ready to play within five minutes of the scheduled start time of the match for the first set and another five minutes for the second set, or the team will forfeit the match. If a team has arrived after the forfeit time has expired, it will be up to the opposing team to determine if the sets will be played. If a team forfeits twice, they will play a forfeit fee of $50, payable to the league, before they are able to continue playing in the league. Three forfeits in a season results in a review of the school’s participation in the league by the league’s Executive Board and a $100 forfeit fee for each forfeit from then thereafter.
Each team is responsible to provide one line judge. Schools are responsible for training their line judges, but responsibilities will be reviewed by the match official. Line judges should be a minimum of 7th or 8th grade school or club volleyball players, high school students, or adults.
Roster and line up sheets must be submitted to the scorer’s table prior to each set. They remain at the table throughout the set. Platers must me listed on the lineup sheet in the proper serving order, the first person to serve on the team being listed as #1.
Matches will be best two out of three sets. All three sets will be played. Sets 1 and 2 will be played to 25 with a cap of 27. Set three will be played to 15 with a cap of 17. A coin flip prior to the third set will only take place if set three is a deciding set in the match. The home captain will call the flip in this instance.
Winning team then has the choice of serve, receive, or choice of bench. If the third set is not a deciding set, the team losing the first two sets will serve the third set and teams will remain at the benches they occupied during set 2.
Four players are needed to start a set. When beginning a set with four players, they will occupy positions 1 through 4 on the court. When the rotation comes to the open positions, there is a loss of serve but no penalty point. Once a 5th and/or 6th player becomes available, they must be immediately placed into the open position(s).
To begin the first set of a match, the players will line up on their respective end lines. The referee will direct players from both teams to the centerline for friendly greetings. At the conclusion of the first set, players will proceed to their new benches, following traditional routes AROUND the net standards. At the end of the second set, players return immediately to their benches pending the outcome of a coin flip, if needed. At the end of the match, players move again from the end line to the net for more friendly greetings.
All teams will rotate into the serve. Serving time after the whistle blows is 5 seconds. Teams must be ready to play immediately after each rally.
All girls in grades 5 through 7 must play the equivalent of one set per match.
The referee shall have the power to make decisions on any point not specifically covered in these rules. The decision of the referee shall be final.
Each team is limited to two time outs per set. Teams must be on the court, ready to play, at the end of the 60 seconds. Failure to do so would result in an unnecessary delay assessment.
Substitutes must report to the referee before entering the playing area. There are unlimited entries per player in a set. There is a maximum of 18 substitutions per set. Libero replacements do not count as substitutions. Substitutions during a time out will follow regular check in procedures at the conclusion of the time out.
A libero MAY be used at the 7th and 8th grade “A” level only. Teams using a libero MUST provide a libero tracker. Liberos may only enter the court between the attack line and end line. Replacements can only take place” at the start of the match after lineups have been checked, after the end of a rally and prior to the whistle and signal for serve, after a time out after players have returned to the court. The libero may serve in one position in the serving order. The libero may only be replaced by the player she replaced.
Game balls in grades 7 and 8 must be a regulation WIAA ball and bear the NFHS authenticating mark. The Tachikara Volleylite ball or its equivalent will be used by 5th and 6th grades. The NFHS mark is not required on these balls.
Net antennas are required. The net height is 7 feet 4-1/8 inches. Referee stands, standards, and net wires must be padded to a height 5 feet 6 inches above the floor. Only true referee stands will be used at all locations.
Gyms will have a fully stocked first aid kit and ice for proper immediate treatment of injuries. All gyms will have an adult (age 21+) supervisor present on site to handle all appropriate situations, to include spectator behavior who show poor sportsmanship or interfere with play. Any fan ejections must be reported to the league. The supervisor will make him/herself known to the assigned referee at the start of the day and be easily identifiable to spectators.
A copy of these North Shore rules is to be kept at the scorer’s table. A copy of the National Federation of High Schools rulebook is also recommended.
Scorekeepers are part of the officiating team, but are the responsibility of the gym supervisor. Scorekeepers should be high school students or adults. Only scorekeepers/scoreboard operators should be at the scorer’s table.
All lines on the court must be clearly marked including the 24ft. 5th and 6th grade serving line. Only 5th graders may serve overhand from the 24ft. serving line. Players may use the sideline to sideline serving area.
The use of artificial noisemakers including bells, whistles, horns, etc. is prohibited from being used at any time.
All coaches must be in compliance with Archdiocesan certification requirements.
Only the head coach may stand during a match, in front of his team’s bench, between the attack line and the end line. All other coaches, players, and other team personnel must remain seated on the bench except for timeouts, substitutions, reactions to good plays, or if an assistant coach needs to tend to an injured player. Violations will be enforced.
It is the coach’s responsibility to control the behavior of the team and its spectators. Failure to do so could result in forfeiture of the match.
Coaches and players ejected from a match will be suspended from their next match, including matches which could be scheduled the next day. Officials will file ejection reports.
No more than three non-players may be on the bench. Only rostered players and assigned coaches may occupy the team’s bench. At no time should siblings of players and/or coaches be on the bench during match play.
Each school’s athletic director shall approve all tournaments that will be played by their teams to ensure league games take precedence over tournaments. At no time will a league team play in a tournament sponsored by a non-Archdiocesan program.
Archdiocesan guidelines state, “A student-athlete may participate with a non-Archdiocesan team in the same sport during the season provided that student’s priority and commitment is with the parish/school team.”
Additional archdiocesan guidelines:
5th and 6th grade practices maximum of 2 per week no more than 1-1/2
7th and 8th grade practices maximum of 2 per week no more than 2
No more than 18 matches during the season, exclusive of tournaments.
5th and 6th grade – no more than 2
7th grade - no more than 3
8th grade - no more than 3, not counting the Seton
The maximum number of matches a team may participate in during one day is three.