2022 GKCOA SUNDAY VB NEWSLETTER – 8/14/22

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PLEASE KEEP CHECKING YOUR EMAIL AND ARBITER CONSTANTLY: Those are where the latest updates and announcements will be. Please make sure to stay up to date on the latest information!

If you missed the second meeting, everything you need to know is HERE AT THIS LINK!

THE ONLINE RULES REVIEW IS NOW OPEN!

GET THAT DONE RIGHT AWAY!

If you haven’t received your MSHSAA rules book packet yet, make sure to contact MSHSAA at 573-875-4880 or email@mshsaa.org!

PART II TEST NOW OPEN!!!

•Due Sept. 5

•I have posted the questions (not the answers) HERE for you to look up prior to logging to take the exam

•The order of the questions and possible responses may be different on your version

•Make sure to use NFHS rules as written in the rules book without MSHSAA modifications

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM DIXIE WESCOTT, MSHSAA RULES INTERPRETER:

Not only should you be reading the rules book, but please take a look and find out information in the case book as well. There’s information there that may not be expressly written in the rules book, plus when the wording of the rule in the rules book might be unclear to you, sometimes reading examples of the enforcement of that rule in the case book may make more sense to you.

DO YOU NEED EQUIPMENT?

Get Official has closed their brick-and-mortar store in North Kansas City, and now you can only order online.  If you want to order equipment/uniforms from Get Official, we have arranged for you to order online through Aug. 14, and we will have it available for you to pick up at the GKCOA meeting on Aug. 21 at Winnetonka and avoid shipping costs.  Here’s how you do it:

  • Place your order on www.getofficial.com.
  • When you get to the coupon code area, enter GKCOA22 to remove shipping costs – this code expires after Aug. 14!!
  • When you get to billing address, use your own address, but for the SHIPPING ADDRESS, use Lee’s Summit HS, 400 SE Blue Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063. Doing that will let them know you will pick up your order at Lee’s Summit and they will put it in a separate pile—I will then go pick up that pile myself prior to Aug. 21 and bring it to the meeting that night.
  • If you want the order to be sent to you at home directly, that’s fine—but you will be charged shipping costs.

MSHSAA MECHANICS CLINICS

MSHSAA OBSERVATIONS

We spent some time at the GKCOA meeting on 8/14/22 regarding how MSHSAA observations were going to be conducted between Ken Corum and Dixie Ousley. If you wish to be observed, please email one or both observers. See the meeting video/powerpoint for more details.

JAMBOREES

•If you haven’t been assigned to work a jamboree, feel free to attend one in person

•Call the school in advance to see if they will allow you to get on their pass list (if not, please don’t argue – pay or find another one)

•Listen to the pre-match between partners, and with the line judges and scorer’s table

•Sit near the scorer’s table, practice tracking rotations, ask the referees questions at appropriate times during the evening

•Sat., Aug. 20 at Raytown (9am), Cameron (10am)

•Tues., Aug. 23 at St. Joe Central (4:30pm), William Chrisman (6pm), Higginsville (call for time)

•Wed., Aug. 24 at Lexington (5pm), Liberty North (6pm), Staley (6pm)

•Thurs., Aug. 25 at St. Michael’s (5pm), Blue Springs South (5:30pm)

COLLEGE LINE JUDGING CLINICS

•College line judge clinics at Davies Volleyball Complex in Kansas City, KS:

•Tues., Aug 16:  6:00-8:00pm

•Mon., Aug. 22:  6:00-8:00pm

•Bring a writing utensil for an exam

ASSIGNOR ANNOUNCEMENTS

•Officials must check into Arbiter and click on Schedule tab daily. We have had lots of changes and expect lots more. 

•Please continue to email Don Gard and David Thompson every Sunday with your open dates for the upcoming week. This helps with communication and scheduling. 

•Keep your uniform handy (in your vehicle?) in case of last minute assignments

•Be aware that some schools decide they aren’t able to fill C-Silver or other teams and matches need to be cancelled

•If that significantly impacts your schedule, the assignors will attempt to get you other matches, if possible

•Line judging Suburban Conference varsity matches:

  • Usually it’s combined with a C-Gold match
  • Sometimes a line judging assignment is stand along
  • This is a conference request – very few officials in the state have this opportunity
  • Philosophy:  Great opportunity to improve and could lead to other opportunities down the road

BALL HANDLING

At the GKCOA meeting on 8/14/22, we talked about ball handling and how it should be called–please click here to check out the video, PowerPoint, and notes.

TOURNAMENT CREW CHIEF CHECKLIST

If you are listed first (Referee 1) in Arbiter for a Saturday tournament, congratulations–you are the crew chief! Here is a list of responsibilities that you need to follow:

YOUR HOMEWORK FOR THE NEXT GKCOA MEETING:

Study this page: https://kcorum.com/center-line/

Closing slide from the GKCOA meeting on 8/14/22:

ANNOUNCEMENTS ARCHIVED FROM PAST NEWSLETTERS

INJURY PROCEDURE CLARIFICATION

In the GKCOA meeting on on 7/31/22, we discussed the increased awareness regarding the protocol to take care of injured players during a match. Just to make sure there’s no confusion, while the rules book does say that the official can stop the match if a concussion is suspected, the ultimate decision on whether or not a player should continue in the match rests with the school, the coach, and the health care professional on site. Officials can suggest to the coach that they witness signs, symptoms, and behaviors, but are not in a position to assess that there is a concussion. The bottom line is to work with the coach, trainer, and administration to do what’s best for the athlete.

OTHER MSHSAA REMINDERS:

If a school (middle school or high school) does not have this game ball to use during any regular season or post-season match, play the match using any NFHS authenticated ball, but file a MSHSAA special report indicating that the school did not supply the proper game ball.

MAKE SURE WE ARE PROPERLY ACCEPTING ASSIGNMENTS IN ARBITER

The assignors have noticed that a number of assignments have gone unaccepted and therefore cancelled because they believe that people don’t properly accept their assignments from their schedule page. The video below shows how to accomplish that.