OHSBVA State Officials' Coordinator's Page


2018 Officiating Crew
2018 OHSBVA State Tournament Officiating Crew

 Left to right: Michael Chandler (Official Scorer), Joe Bysak (Line Judge), Jim Hammar (Line Judge), Josh Hall (Referee), Mike Merz (Line Judge), Ashley Howerter (Referee), Anthony Hines (Line Judge), Scott Burnett (Referee),Terry Miller (Referee), Lori Francescon (Referee), Lucas Tuggle (Head Referee) 


 Please view this page for important updates from

Lucas Tuggle,

OHSBVA State Officials' Coordinator.


This page should be accessed weekly for the latest information including NFHS rule changes, rule interpretations and guidance. To access in-depth officiating information, click on "Officiating."


2018 OHSBVA Rules Interpretation PowerPoint and How to Work with a VolleyWrite Scorer: Following the last Rules Interpretation meeting each year, the State Officials' Coordinator has the PowerPoint presentation posted on the Officiating web page for reference by officials, coaches and other interested parties. See this document here in addition to the VolleyWrite document. To be updated on March 22, 2019.


Court legality is something we expect officials to be aware of and take care of in a reasonable manner. There needs to be a clearly visible, solid attack line. Painter's/floor tape can be used to make an attack line legal. There needs to be a complete center line with no gaps. The line can include a shadow line, but if there is a metal floor plate covering up the hole used for a pole or a mascot through the center line, floor tape should be used to put down a full center line.


Here's a list of "High School Rule Differences" for new OHSBVA Referees who have not officiated OHSAA matches before!

Some key distinctions for high school (not all-inclusive):

  • Time-outs are 60 seconds in duration with an R2 double whistle at :15 on the countdown clock to alert the teams and a directed horn at either 0:00 on the clock or whenever both teams are ready to play and aren’t still being coached, whichever occurs first
  • Illegal block and illegal attack are signaled the same as for college women’s VB, not USAV
  • Any coach – but only one coach – may stand to coach team on live ball. All coaches may stand to coach on a dead ball as long as coaches other than the standing coach are in the process of being seated when R1 is ready to authorize next serve; which coach stands may alternate from rally to rally
  • Lineups are due by 2:00 on the warm-up countdown clock for the first set and no later than with 1:00 left in the intermission between sets; late lineup submissions are loss of rally but prevent this from occurring with proactive awareness!
  • 5:00 intermission for a "special event" is possible between sets 2 and 3 of a Varsity match only IF pre-announced to the officials prior to the meeting with the coaches and captains so the information may be shared with the visitors before the coin toss
  • Rosters are due by 10:00 on the warm-up countdown clock; late submission results in a loss of rally
  • Assistant coach rights are different – assistant coaches are not permitted to address referees regarding their decisions (allowed for college) but can request information (not allowed under USAV rules) such as lineup check, number of time-outs used, correct server for the team, whether the score is correct, identification of a safety issue and other items of a similar nature
  • R2 net fault signal procedures is the same as for college (signaling player number) as opposed to the USAV where the R2 gestures toward the player committing the net fault
  • 0 and 00 are legal numbers in addition to 1 – 99
  • While there is no "protest rule" per se, there is a procedure allowing a head coach to ask the R2 for a time-out (whether or not the team has a time-out remaining) for the express purpose of a review of a decision on the last rally that is not solely judgment in nature (ball in/out, touch, antenna fault) but rather questioning whether a playing rule was properly applied or that an incorrect rule was applied or that the wrong penalty was applied; if review results in decision to overturn decision (replay, loss of rally awarded to the team requesting the review, the time-out is charged to the officials; however, if initial decision is not changed, the time-out is charged to the team and, if this would be the team's 3rd time-out in the set, the opponent is awarded a loss of rally/point
  • 18 subs vs. USAV (12 or 6) or 15 (college women's volleyball)
  • Only one sub request for each team on same dead ball regardless of a time-out for the subbing team then another sub request
  • Sub signal is open hands instead of fists
  • End-of-set signal is college drop and raise arms from the side of the body with open hands instead of fists and instead of USAV wrap-around-the-body movement
  • Illegal alignment (position fault) is open hand instead of finger
  • 5 seconds to serve each time + a re-serve rule: one per server during a term of service
  • Server can toss and drop OR toss and catch OR toss then swing and miss; only swing and miss and ball contacts player is illegal (no re-serve awarded)
  • Delay sanction design allows a warning each set like college
  • Conduct sanctions are for match like USAV: yellow/warning, red/penalty, red-yellow apart = Disqualification
  • No Improper Request: just deny the request/wave off with no penalty/educate!
  • No court switch at first team to reach 8 points in a deciding set in Varsity (or for JV OR Varsity) at 13 points in a deciding 3rd set to 25
  • R2 shows R1 which team will serve for deciding set with open hand toward court on side of team that will serve, then signals whether teams switch courts or keep current benches (shown as two open hands toward court), then R1 whistles and shows switch or stay
  • 2 hits by same player as 3rd and 4th contacts result in 4-hit fault, same as college
  • While a team cannot start a match with less than 6 players, a team can drop to less than 6 players due to injury, illness or unavailability, and the "vacant player" rule goes into effect (loss of rally every time position rotates to RB)
  • Can’t complete an attack on opponent’s serve when the ball is contacted totally above net height – not legal from above top of net when ball is completely in the back zone
  • Players may have different number as a libero if listed on roster such as 4/L7

Lucas Tuggle, OHSBVA State Officials' Coordinator/State Rules Interpreter

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