2022 GKCOA SUNDAY VB NEWSLETTER – 8/7/22

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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!

Thank you for your attendance at the first GKCOA meeting and your attention to our communications. We are proud that so many officials are wanting to improve.  Thank you for your support!  Hopefully, we are providing information that you actually want to hear and is helping you get better!  

If you missed the first 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!!!

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

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.

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.

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.

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://drive.google.com/file/d/1P4syJES1qesTaJGg2x3nuD_cGQh15VGF/view

BLOCK OR FIRST CONTACT?

Take a look at this video–what would you call on this situation? Is this a block (where the player can contact it again) or is it a first contact (where the player would get called for a double contact in this situation)? Before you answer…take a look in your rules book to make sure you know the definition of a block and what a contact is and isn’t! We’ll also talk about this at the next meeting.

Closing slide from the GKCOA meeting on 7/31/22: