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 third meeting, everything you need to know is HERE AT THIS LINK!
NEW INFORMATION FROM MSHSAA REGARDING GAME BALLS
To: Volleyball Coaches, Officials and Athletic Directors
From: Davine Davis, MSHSAA
Re: Red, White and Blue Volleyball
In January, the Board of Directors approved a recommendation from the Volleyball Advisory Committee to use the red, white and blue Baden game ball during regular season contests, excluding tournaments. Due to the supply shortage of this ball, MSHSAA has suspended the implementation of this procedure for 2022-23 school year. Thank you.
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.
MSHSAA MECHANICS CLINICS
If you would like to referee post-season (R1/R2), make sure to go online to fill out the MSHSAA post-season application which is due Sept. 6.
NEW FOR LINE JUDGES: If you would like to ONLY line judge districts, EMAIL DAVID THOMPSON and indicate which dates you are available:
•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
•Mon., Aug. 22 at Lee’s Summit (5pm), Grain Valley (5pm), Northland Christian (5pm)
•Tues., Aug. 23 at St. Joe Central (4:30pm), William Chrisman (6pm), Lafayette Co.-Higginsville (5pm)
•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:
•Mon., Aug. 22: 6:00-8:00pm
•Bring a writing utensil for an exam
•GKCOA and Suburban Conference are both hurting on 9/6, 9/8, 9/13, 9/15. Officials need to check blocks and let us know if they are actually open so Don, David, and Mark Bubalo can remove auto decline blocks.
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:
Closing slide from the GKCOA meeting on 8/21/22:
ANNOUNCEMENTS ARCHIVED FROM PAST NEWSLETTERS
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.
INJURY PROCEDURE CLARIFICATION
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.
ARCHIVED 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