Athletic Rules and Policies Manual
ATHLETIC BYLAWS FOR GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL
See the MSHSL
Official Handbook Bylaw 501
for information regarding:
· Maximum Number of
MSHSL Official Handbook Bylaw 502
for information regarding:
· Daily and Season
Player Participation Limitations
See the MSHSL
Official Handbook Bylaw 518 for
to Join a Team
Sessions Before First Contest
DURING MSHSL TOURNAMENT (subsection, section and state) (refer to Bylaw 206)
A student must be fully eligible under all local school district policies and
MSHSL bylaws to be in uniform, occupy the bench or playing area, participate
and receive individual and/or team awards, including all-tournament honors,
in the awards ceremony.
RULES (refer to Bylaw 402)
Except as modified by the League, the National Federation of High School
Association Volleyball Rules Book for the current year shall be the official
game rules for all girls' volleyball contests in which League members
REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN LEAGUE-SPONSORED TOURNAMENTS (refer to
A member school must schedule a minimum of three interscholastic varsity
games, meets or matches to qualify for League sponsored tournament
participation in that sport.
SEASON (refer to Bylaw 411):
A. Student Participation on a Non-School Team While the Season is Still in
season shall end when the student or the student’s team has been eliminated
from further participation in a League tournament series.
2) Students who have been eliminated from further participation in a League
tournament series may participate as an individual or as a member of a
non-school team in that sport.
Team Practice and Competition:
The "end of season" shall be defined to be the last date of the
state tournament in that sport.
may continue to conduct practice and training for all squad members,
including the students who have been eliminated from further individual
competition in a League-sponsored series, until completion of the state
tournament conducted by the League in that activity.
2) Dual contests may be scheduled after the start of the official League
tournament series providing the school does not exceed the maximum number of
games/matches/meets permitted in that activity.
C. No school may
engage in any meet or meets, practice, training or other activities between
the end of the season and the opening of the next season.
D. During the Summer
Vacation Period (Bylaw 208 - Non-School Competition and Training—Team
and Individual Sports) members of a high school team may participate on a
non-school team and they may receive coaching or training from a salaried or
non-salaried member of the student’s sophomore, B-squad, junior varsity or
varsity high school coaching staff in that sport provided the school has
approved a summer coaching waiver for the coach or coaches of that sport.
See the General Section of the Athletic Rules
and Policies Manual for information regarding the following:
· Athletic Director's
Responsibility: Student Eligibility Checklist
· Multiple Level
Teams at Sub-Varsity Level
· Official Squad Size
· Revenue Sharing
Plan for School Reimbursement
· Substitution in
· Weather Conditions
(heat, cold & lightning)
OFFICIAL MSHSL POLICIES FOR THE CONDUCT OF
Rally scoring shall be used for all interscholastic matches in Minnesota. The
match format for rally scoring is as follows:
- All matches shall be best three-of-five games.
- Games shall be played to 25 points (no cap)
and the fifth and deciding game shall be played to 15 points (no cap).
- The let serve shall be allowed and play shall
continue provided net contact is entirely within the net antennas.
- Each team shall be allowed two time-outs per game,
with a total of 10 time-outs if five games are played.
Matches for the Dual Meet Season:
- Length of Games: A team that has scored 25
points rally scored and is at least 2 points ahead is the winner. If the
leading team does not have a 2-point advantage, play shall continue
until one team has a 2-point advantage.
- Length of Match: A match consists of the best
three-out-of five games. The fourth and/or fifth game shall not be
played unless it is necessary to determine the winner of the match.
& Invitational Tournaments
Sub-varsity games and invitational tournaments shall be best-of-three games
rally scored to 25 points (no cap) and the third game played to 15 points (no
sub-varsity and invitational tournaments, a match consists of the best
two-out-of three games rally scored to 25 points (no cap). PLEASE
NOTE: If a team wins a sub-varsity match in two games, the competing
schools may elect to play the third game. If the third game is played game
officials and contest personnel (scorers, timers, etc.) must be present and
the game must be counted as one of the five games per day permitted for
individual players. The third game shall not be played if contest personnel
(scorers, timers, etc.) are not available.
elect not to play the third game but elect to conduct a scrimmage during the
available time prior to the next match, the scrimmage must adhere to Bylaw
411, Scheduling of Contests, Game Definition.
should decide prior to a sub-varsity match whether they will play a third
game or conduct a scrimmage and notify the game officials and contest
personnel. If both coaches cannot agree, the third game cannot be played.
of matches should respect the contracted times for the match officials.
use of mouthguards is strongly recommended. Mouthguards that have been cut down or modified in any
manner are illegal equipment. Any color mouthguard
is permitted for volleyball, including transparent.
are required to employ a First Referee and a Second Referee for
interscholastic matches. Two line judges will be assigned to each match for
the state tournament. Two or four line judges may be secured for subsection
and section tournaments.
Directed by Second Referee.
2. Timed by timer on visible scoreboard or Second Referee on stopwatch.
3. Twenty (20) minutes of warm-up:
minutes of shared court time
b. 6 minutes of hitting by visitor team
c. 6 minutes of hitting by home team
d. 3 minutes of serving by both teams
FOR INTRODUCTION OF TEAMS
INTRODUCTIONS: First Referee and Second Referee are standing on sideline near
Referee whistles both teams to their respective end lines,
teams remain on their respective endline until
number '4'. Coaches remain at bench;
2. Anthem is played;
3. Announcer introduces visiting reserves, starters and coaches; followed by
home team reserves, starters and coaches;
4. First Referee whistles and signals:
Captains to net to shake hands with opposing captains, and wait for teammates;
b. The remaining team members move counterclockwise down sideline to net;
follow captains across net shaking hands;
go directly to benches.
BEGINNING OF FIRST GAME IN THE MATCH: First Referee on stand and Second
Referee by scoring table:
Referee signals starters to end line;
2. First Referee whistles and signals players onto court (arms extended in
front, bring palms together over net).
3. For games 2 through 5, players report directly to the playing court.
C. END OF
GAME: First Referee whistles and signals players to end line (points to each
end line with open hand):
Referee whistles and signals players to change courts (signal #24). Players
go counterclockwise down sideline; when they pass the net, go directly to
b. Bench personnel go directly to opposite bench when signal to change courts
is given by First Referee.
Referee calls captains to center court for coin toss; First Referee blows
whistle and signals teams to change courts/team benches or return to same
D. END OF
Referee blows whistle; gives end of game signal directing players to respective
2. after the First Referee visually confirms the
score with Second Referee, First Referee blows whistle and directs players to
PROTOCOL FOR INTRODUCTION OF TEAMS DURING TOURNAMENTS, AND RECOMMENDED FOR
SUB-VARSITY MATCHES. When teams are not introduced. Follow the procedures
referenced in paragraph B.
VIDEO TAPING ANOTHER SCHOOL'S GAME
shall be an ethical violation to tape another school's game, meet or contest
without their permission. Further it may be a violation of the laws
governing copyrights. Each school owns the copyrights to their games,
meets and contests. Taping another schools game without permission
could constitute a violation of the copyright law.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SECTION AND STATE GIRLS'
information and directions for Section Volleyball Tournaments will come to
each school from the Section Volleyball Tournament Manager.
FROM SECTION TO STATE
(1) team from each section will advance to the State Tournament. All Section
Tournament matches shall be set as 3 out of 5 game matches rally scored to 25
(no cap). The fifth and deciding game shall be played to 15 points (no cap) (Rule
1-2-1). The Region Committee will establish the tournament formats
which determine that section’s representative to the State Tournament.
STATE TOURNAMENT QUALIFYING SCHOOL
A packet of information will be provided to
each school after the championship match of their section tournament. Additional
information for state qualifiers is posted on both the MSHSL
Administrative and Public sides of the Web site.
The state tournament will be played in three classes, determined by school
Class AAA: Top 96
Class AA: Next 128
Class A: Remainder
(VX5E Perfection 15-0, Blue/White/Grey) effective Fall of 2010
THE STATE TOURNAMENT
coaches of the teams who qualify for the state tournament will rank the 8
section teams to determine the top four (4) teams in each bracket. The
opponents for the top four seeded teams will be determined by a lottery.
Results of the seeding will be posted to the MSHSL website by noon on Sunday
before the start of the state tournament.
STATE TOURNAMENT PROGRAM INFORMATION DEADLINES
2 student managers
1 faculty representative
Total of twenty (21)
1st & 2nd place team
3rd place team
1st & 2nd place team (17)
1st & 2nd place team
1st & 2nd place team (17)
1st - 4th place teams
1st - 3rd place team (17) and coaches (3)
official squad (17)
cheerleaders + mascot (7)
RESPONSIBILITY FOR SPECTATOR CONDUCT
In order to elevate standards of
sportsmanship and encourage the growth of responsible citizenship among the
students, member schools, fans and school personnel, the MSHSL held a
Sportsmanship Summit and asked student participants to identify behavior
expectations they felt should be in place at every school event.
minimum behavior expectations provide a foundation upon which member schools,
conferences, administrative regions and the League’s Board of Directors can
build specific guidelines for activities under their control.
MSHSL Bylaw 409,
RESPONSIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATING TEAMS, STUDENTS AND SPECTATORS,
speaks to this issue, directly, and Bylaw 409-2 specifically states
that, “School officials shall be held responsible for the proper conduct
of teams, team members, students and home spectators regardless of where the
contest is being held.”
all MSHSL activities, each participating school shall designate a person or
persons from that school to serve as crowd control supervisors or
chaperones. MSHSL tournament staff may
require school administrators to contact the tournament manager prior to the
start of the tournament game so that they can be immediately contacted to
respond to behavioral issues regarding their team members, students and/or
spectators at the tournament site.
Each supervisor or chaperone should be immediately identifiable to the
students and to the tournament site ushers and other security personnel. This will help to coordinate crowd control
between school supervisors and tournament site personnel.
MSHSL MINIMAL BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS
FOR REGULAR AND POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT COMPETITIONS:
the American flag and the National Anthem.
must wear clothing that covers the entire torso. Those who do not comply or who wear
clothing that is vulgar, obscene or that in some other way inappropriate, as
determined by school/tournament personnel, will be removed from the
arena/stadium if they do not cooperate with this behavior expectation.
use of appropriate language is expected at all times. Profanity, negative chants, booing, trash
talk, name calling, personal attacks or other acts of disrespect are
unacceptable and must be immediately addressed by school/tournament
the game/contest. Under no condition
shall anyone other than the members of the official squad enter the playing
surface. No one may interfere with the
contest in any way.
held signs, which do not obstruct the view of others, will be permitted
provided they are in good taste.
Signs, message boards, “white” boards or other similar items
contest/tournament officials deem to be in poor taste will be removed.
on sticks, balloons, or any type of artificial, celebratory items are not
noise makers (i.e. megaphones, cowbells, sirens, whistles, thunder sticks,
and other similar items) are not allowed.
lights are strictly prohibited.
for supporting your student athletes and fine arts participants and for
providing a positive environment in which educational activities are