A couple of weeks ago, we talked about a situation where it is a back row block if a back row setter chases an overpass and the ball has already gone over the net.  The setter sticks a hand above the net while the attacker smashes it on top of the setter’s head below the top of the net.  We talked about the fact if that her hand was above the net, that meant that she was a blocker.

So, here’s video of that exact situation.  The setter is back row.

This should be called as a back row block.



  1. What is the rule of having video recording equipment, tripod with a small recording camera mounted at the top. They set the tripod against the wall in the gym without a camera operator on the team’s side whose camera it was for both sets. Is this allowed?  ANSWER:  The video recording equipment is legal as long as it doesn’t interfere with play.  The camera should be on the side of the team who owns it.  Since it’s on their side, they run the risk of having one of their own players damage the equipment.



  1. Nicole Messick:  I actually made it a point to debrief with my other official and line judges after the game, and I’m so glad I did!  We got to talk about ball handling calls, and that’s something I’m focusing on this year!

Email me (ken.corum@nkcschools.org) with any refereeing stories that have happened this season that you’re proud of.  If you want to be anonymous, just let me know.

Successes can range from “I refereed my first match ever!” to “I finally figured out how to identify and call an overlap!” and everything in between.  You don’t have to write a lot, but enough where the readers would get an idea of what made that learning moment a success for you.  I’ll jazz it up if you don’t think you’re much of a writer.



This setter is back row.  It appears from the net cam that the ball barely broke the plane of the net.  If so, then the blocker can contact the ball legally.  Since the back row setter was involved in a joust, the call should be a back row block on the setter.

If you believe that the ball did not enter into the plane of the net, then the call would be over the net on the blocker.



  1.  Check your blocked dates.  If you become available on a date that was blocked, contact David or Don ASAP!
  2. Contact schools one week in advance to confirm.
  3. Crew chiefs are those listed first in Arbiter for tournaments.  You need to confirm all officials with the host school and obtain a tournament schedule to communicate to your team.
  4. If it is one week or less prior to your tournament assignment and you have not heard from your Crew Chief–first official listed–please take the initiative to contact that Crew Chief to let her/him know you are confirmed for the tourney, day, date, time, location.
  5. Please request information on partners, letting the Crew Chief know if you need to leave earlier before the tourney is over. (NOTE: All officials are expect to stay for the entire tourney. You may be asked to Line Judge Semis or Finals. GKCOA always requests pay–$15 per official–for this.) Please also let the Crew Chief know if you need to avoid officiating any particular school because of a potential conflict of interest.
  6. SUBURBAN CONFERENCE V/JV OFFICIALS:  This reminder will be redundant for some and new for others. If you have an assignment from Suburban Conference, the start time shows a 7p start. It is vital to understand that there is a 530p JV match prior to this Varsity start time of 7p. Best practice is to contact the school one week ahead of time to confirm details. In addition, there may be assignments (rare) for which there is an earlier C Gold (formerly 9A match) connected to these assignments. Please confirm all details with the school and with your partner. Partner can be found by looking at your Arbiter Schedule page and clicking on the Game Number to the left.  If there are issues or questions, please contact Mark Bubalo. He is connected to the Suburban Conference assignments.



Post-season application – Sept. 7

Part II Test – Sept. 10

All items located on http://www.mshsaa.org under your Officials tab



We want to continue the debrief initiative because we all can learn from each other, no matter what the experience level is of our partner(s).  Try to carve out five minutes after your last match of the evening to discuss anything that came up that night.  If we do this properly, the GKCOA will continue to be the best association in the state!

IF YOU ARE OFFERING FEEDBACK: Critique the situation, not the person, accompany the critique with a compliment, be specific with feedback, give recommendations on how to improve

IF YOU ARE RECEIVING FEEDBACK:. Hit pause on your initial defensive reaction–it’s not personal, LISTEN for understanding, avoid saying “Yeah, but…” and giving a reason for why you made those decisions on the court, always thank the person offering feedback, and possibly arrange a time to follow up if the situation warrants.

We are all mentors and we are all mentees!  The intent of this practice is to help each other make each other better…not to cause conflict or hard feelings.



  1. If you have court markings that are illegal, inform the home coach and host management, take a photo of it and email Dixie Ousley and Davine Davis to inform them of the issue.  Do not force a school to tape down proper lines or threaten not to play the match.  MSHSAA will receive your report and take action from there.
  2. With the emphasis on the rule allowing teams to warm up on court between sets, the question has come up whether a varsity team can warm up between sets during the JV match.  This would be similar to the practice of a varsity basketball team shooting at halftime of the JV game.  MSHSAA has determined that will not be allowed in volleyball.  Only the team actually playing that match can warm up on court between sets.


NEXT MEETING:  Sun., Sept. 16 at WINNETONKA HIGH SCHOOL – no new officials meeting, main meeting will be 4:30-6:00pm.  This will be the last in-person meeting, as the final meeting will take place online.