Here’s a good video to check out if you haven’t figured out how to get your Arbiter money into your bank account yet.  PLEASE pay particular attention to using manual transfers—in other words, DO NOT set ArbiterPay to automatic transfers—if you do, it will charge you $1.50 per transaction!!




When an attacked ball hits the tape/block and returns to the attacking team side and hits the floor, all the line judge needs to signal is “IN” or “OUT” – the line judge is not responsible for deciding whether the ball was touched by the block or not – do not signal “TOUCH.”

You should make a signal on most plays—examples of when NOT to signal:

  • Ball lands within a couple of feet of one of your partner’s lines
  • Ball goes under the net
  • When your partner signals a touch, but you didn’t see one (don’t mimic your partner’s signals)



Pink whistles are now available – contact Erica Shackelford (look up her contact information in Arbiter)

Some schools have changes in mid-season: reducing from C Gold and Silver or 9AB to just C Gold or 9A. In most of these instances, the C Gold/9A officials will be linked to a Varsity Line Judge assignment following the initial match. There are also time, location, level, or other changes. These changes must be accepted on Arbiter. This is why it is important to check Arbiter at least every other day and to contact the school ONE WEEK ahead of time to confirm details.

If the details on Arbiter are different when confirming with the school, please let Don Gard and David Thompson know immediately so they can change on Arbiter. Arbiter then sends email notifications to all parties on the assignment.



  • Wed., Oct. 3 – 7:00pm at Blue Springs South
  • AD’s/district tournament managers from northwest Missouri will attend
  • An order of selection is determined and each manager will select R1/R2/line judges for their district until all spots are filled
  • GKCOA will assist managers in filling some line judge positions
  • As soon as the draft is completed that evening, managers may begin to contact you.  You must accept your assignment through www.mshsaa.org – verbal or phone contracts are not accepted (you won’t get paid)
  • Selections for sectionals and state are made directly from MSHSAA



I have seen instances where the volunteer line judge has been cheering after a play.  Make sure we give them a gentle reminder that they are not to do that during their line judging duties.

The rules say glitter and body paint are illegal, but doesn’t mention other body markings, like Sharpies.  The rule of thumb is that if it can come off on to the ball, the body markings need to be removed.  If not, it’s legal.

When determining if a player is injured, make sure you consult an adult in that process.  Don’t just ask the player if she’s ok to determine whether play can continue.  Bring the situation to the coach’s attention and let him or her determine whether the player can continue.  Work with the coach on whether or not she is injured and, if so, then begin the 30 second injury interval.



  1. Middle front blocker/hitter loses her shoe, as the play continues, she tosses it off the court as play continues….what is the call?  ANSWER:  The play should whistled dead to allow the student to put the shoe back on and a replay.    Rule 4-2-6 states appropriate playing shoes shall be worn.  This means at all times and if a shoe were to come off during play, MSHSAA would not support tossing the shoe off the court and continuing play.  This as more of an immediate safety issue if the student slips or someone steps on her foot.  If the shoe is repeatedly coming off, consider issuing an unnecessary delay.
  2. Team S servers the ball to Team R. Team R’s first contact shanks the ball towards the net post. Team R player saves the ball from hitting the net post but she runs into the net post herself. She may or may not have touch the very edge of the net by the net post.  ANSWER:  This situation is addressed in Rule 9-6 article 7, on page 39 in the rule book and page 38 in the case book. Contacting the post (the book uses the word standards) isn’t illegal unless you feel like she gained an advantage or it was dangerous contact.
  3.   IMG_0527.JPG  If a ball hits this, what is the ruling?  ANSWER:  Any backboard that is raised in any direction (even slightly) is considered part of the ceiling and balls that contact them will be playable.
  4. What’s the rule again on drop down nets from the ceiling?  What’s playable and what’s not?  ANSWER:  If a ball strikes a CABLE or STRAP – play on.  If a ball strikes a DIAGONAL POLE – blow the whistle and rule on it similar to ruling a ball striking a vertical backboard.  If the ball would have gone out of play had the pole not been there, it’s OUT.  If the ball could have been played again had the pole not been there and the team has hits remaining, it’s a REPLAY.  If a ball strikes a VERTICAL POLE – it is OUT.
  5. Can a coach request a line up check for the opposing team?  ANSWER:  A team may ask to verify only that opposing server is correct, nothing else (such as “are they overlapping?”)
  6. What would be the exact procedure to follow when we have a double libero replacement, but the libero doesn’t go back to serve?  ANSWER: If it is discovered before the first whistle for serve after the illegal replacement, it is whistled immediately and penalized with an administrative card.  If discovered after the first whistle for serve, it is illegal alignment and a point is awarded to the opponents; furthermore, if it is the serving team that is offending, points scored during this term of service while the illegal replacement was in the lineup are cancelled.  If the replacement is discovered after a team won a rally that their opponents had served, that rally is cancelled, their opponents are awarded a point and continue to serve as if they had won the original rally (i.e., don’t rotate).



  • Sun., Oct. 7 – look for an online video to watch AND videos/situations/interviews in Sunday Newsletters
  • Continue to send in drop box questions – look for the Sunday newsletter for answers
  • Post-season reminders, rule change ideas, off season opportunities (club refereeing), GKCOA evaluation
  • Think about possible GKCOA award winners (Coach of the Year, etc.)