New Volleyball Rules for 2014

New volleyball rules and the newest major rule changes. 

New Warm Up Protocol

DCR USAV 7.2.2.b

b. For junior competition, when one team has exclusive use of the court, the other team must either be at its team bench or out of the playing area. 

Warming up with balls at the team bench or in the spectator walkways is not permitted. 


New Centerline Rule

DCR 11.2.2.1 and 11.2.2.2 NEW 

Synopsis: The foot (feet) may touch the opponent's court as long as some part of that foot (feet) is on or above the centerline. 

Any other part of the body may contact the opponent's court provided that it does not interfere with the opponent's play. 

The following are centerline faults... 

11.4.2 A player interferes with the opponent’s play while penetrating into the opponent’s space under the net. 

11.4.3 A player’s foot (feet) penetrates completely into the opponent’s court. 

11.4.4 A player interferes with the opponent’s play by (amongst others): 

making actions which hinder an opponent’s legitimate attempt to play the ball.

New Volleyball Rules

New Net Contact Rule

11.3.1 Contact with the net by a player is not a fault, unless it interferes with the play. 

11.3.2 Players may touch the post, ropes, or any other object outside the antennae, including the net itself, provided that it does not interfere with play. 

11.3.3 When the ball is driven into the net and causes it to touch an opponent, no fault is committed. 

The following are defined as interference which results in a net violation... 

11.4.4 A player interferes with the opponent’s play by (amongst others): 

touching the top band of the net or the top 80 cm (2’ 7.49”) of the antenna during his/her action of playing the ball, or 

taking support from the net simultaneously with playing the ball, or 

creating an advantage over the opponent, or 

making actions which hinder an opponent’s legitimate attempt to play the ball. 


Volleyball Video Action and Net Violations 

Watch the following volleyball clips to better understand the new net rule. 

(This is the difference between rules of 2005 to 2009 and the new rules of 2009 to 2012.) 




New Substitution Rule

15.10.3a The actual request for substitution is the entrance of the substitute player(s) into the substitution zone, ready to play, during a regular interruption. 

Synopsis: A coach requesting a sub is not acknowledged and play will continue unless the sub has entered the sub zone. 


New Rules for Captains/Coaches

USAV 5.1.1: The captain does not sign the scoresheet before the match. 

USAV 5.1.3: For junior competition, the coach signs the scoresheet after the match to verify the results. 





New Rules for Referees

23.3.3 At the end of the match, he/she checks the scoresheet and signs it. 

Officiating team coach should also sign. 


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