QUESTION: In high school volleyball, player on serving team uses profanity toward a line judge in response to his/ her decision. Is a warning given? Is this unsporting action toward an official?
ANSWER: Line judges are considered part of the officiating team during a match. The first referee will disqualify the player with the issue of a red card for major unsporting conduct. Head coach will be notified of reason for disqualification with player to remain on bench. Serving squad will lose rally while a point and serve will be awarded to opponent (Rule 12, Sec. 2, Art. 9 b; penalty).
QUESTION: Does an assistant coach have the privilege to stand during play? If an assistant coach is given a yellow card warning for conduct, does the head coach lose his / her privilege to stand during the match?
ANSWER: Assistant coaches do not have the privilege to stand / coach during play; this privilege is designated only for the head coach. If a yellow or red card is issued to team bench personnel for unsporting conduct, the head coach must remain seated for the rest of the match. He / she may stand during a dead ball to request a time out / substitution (Rule 12, Sec. 2, Art. 5 and 6).