NORTH SHORE PAROCHIAL LEAGUE
2021 GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL RULES
WIAA volleyball rules apply to all grades except for changes/clarifications listed in these rules as well as COVID 19 adaptations as required.
Team rosters and fees are due two days prior to the first scheduled league match. Rosters must be signed by the respective coach, athletic director, and principal/religious education director. Teams shall not play, but may 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 the forfeiture of all matches in which the added played 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. If a team at a higher grade level has a small number of players, they may play at a lower level, but only two players from the higher 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:
Grades 5 and 6 – school entering more than one team must divide talent equally.
Grades 7 and 8 – if there are enough teams to participate, a “B” division will be created in which case schools would create an “A” team with superior talent to their “B” team. Teams doing this will do so through an annual tryout to ensure the proper distribution of talent.
Teams splitting with “equal distribution of talent will be monitored by the League Director to ascertain equality of teams from the same school.
It is mandatory that one side of the uniform be numbered, but numbers on both sides is strongly recommended. Uniforms must be worn as the manufacturer recommended. Tops can NOT be tied off in front, back, or 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 allowed. 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.
Because of COVID issues, the following practices have been altered.
There will be no prematch conference. The visiting team will serve tie first match, the home team will serve the second. If a team loses the opening two matches, they will serve the third.
If the teams split the first two matches, the visitors will serve the third.
Warmups will consist of each team on the court for four minutes if time allows. There will be no shared court time. If there is insufficient time between matches, the official, in consultation with the coaches, will determine the length of the warm up.
Teams 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. Any sets played will not delay any subsequent matches.
If a team forfeits twice, they will pay a forfeit fee of $50, payable to the league, before they are allowed 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.
Matches will be best two out of three sets. All three sets will be played. Sets one and two will be played to 25 with a cap of 27. Set three will be played to 15 with a cap of 17. Service directions were detailed earlier.
Four players are needed to start a set. When beginning a set with four players, they will occupy positions one through four on the court. When the rotation comes to the open positions, there is a loss of serve but no penalty point. Once a fifth and/or sixth player becomes available, they must immediately be paced into the open positions at the next stoppage in play.
To begin the first set of a match, players will assume their assigned playing positions. At the end of each set, players will return directly to their own benches and, if necessary, change sides with little interaction with the other team.
All teams will rotate into the serve. Serving time after the whistle is blown is five seconds. Teams must be ready to play immediately after each rally. There will be NO congratulatory on court huddles after each rally. Excessive abuse of this will result in an unnecessary delay assessment.
All girls in grades five through seven 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 out per set. Teams must be on the court, ready to play, at the end of the 60 seconds. Failure to do so will 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 team 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 the 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 for the next 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.
At the conclusion of the match, there will be NO congratulatory gathering of teams at the net.
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 ill be used by 5th and 6th grades. Th 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 of 5 feet 6 inches above the floor. Only true referee stands will be used at all locations.
Gyms shall have a fully stocked first aid kit and ice for proper immediate treatment of all injuries. All gyms will have an adult (21+) supervisor present on site to handle all 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 rule book is also recommended.
Scorekeepers are part of the officiating team, but are the responsibility of the gym supervisor. Scorekeepers must be high school age or older. Only scorekeepers and scoreboard operators shall 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 fifth graders may serve overhand from the 24ft 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 the 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 substitutions, reactions to good plays, of if an assistant coach needs to tend to an injured player. Violations will be enforced.
It is the coaches’ 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 to same or 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 will siblings of players and/or coaches be on the bench during play. Violation will result in an unnecessary delay assessment.
Each school’s athletic director shall approve all tournaments that will be played by their teams to ensure league games take precedence over tournaments.
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 –
Fifth and sixth grade practices maximum of two per week, no more than 1-1/2 hours long.
Seventh and eighth grade practices maximum of two per week,
No more than 2 hours long.
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.