QUESTION: In high school girls’ and boys’ volleyball, it was the responsibility of Referee (R1) to go to each bench to announce to the coaches and captains the start of the pre-match conference coin toss. Is this procedure still in effect?

ANSWER: No, a new procedure is as follows; Referee (R1) will signal with a double whistle and raise a coin in the air. Captains, coaches and officials will meet together at official’s table. This process is similar to the method used in coin toss for the deciding set. (Rule 5, Sec. 4, Art. 1 h)

QUESTION: Server on Team A positions himself / herself under a vertical hanging backboard / supports prior to serve. Server tosses ball for serve and it contacts the hanging items. Referee (R1) grants a re-serve. Correct call?

ANSWER: Incorrect call; this is a service fault; loss of rally, point awarded to receiving team as well as right to serve. (Rule 8, Sec. 1, Art. 6 and Rule 8-2-7, Penalty (1)).
This feature, which will appear regularly during volleyball season through November, is designed to explain rules and procedures for girls, boys and adults. Lynch is a member of the National Federation of State High School Association (officials/ umpires), NJSIAA officials, Northeast Chapter No. 2 Volleyball Officials Assn. (retired) , National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) and served as coordinator of the Bayonne Board of Education Elementary Co-ed Volleyball League.

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