With volleyball becoming a growing spectator sport, resulting in more noise from crowds, this change to Rules 12-2-6 and 9-1-1 will allow coaches better communication with their players.
"Previously, head coaches were only permitted to stand during a dead ball or time-out. As of the 2009-10 season, coaches may stand in the replacement zone during play," said Becky Oakes, NFHS assistant director and liaison to the Volleyball Rules Committee.
With the head coach gaining the privilege to stand during play, Rule 12-2-5 was revised to clarify when it is appropriate for an assistant coach to stand and the actions he/she may perform.
In another effort to keep up with the growing popularity of the sport and crowd interaction, Rule 3-2-1 was amended to address the color(s) of an official game ball. The current rule requires a solid white ball for competition. Beginning with the 2010-11 season, teams will now be given the option of using a colored-panel ball. The new ball cannot have more than three colors, one-third of which must be white. Each panel must be a solid color.
"This rule is fairly well-received by both players and coaches," Oakes said, "and will help fans track the ball better, while also adding excitement to the game. Putting this rule into effect during the 2010-11 season will not force schools to adjust their budgets for the upcoming season, and will give the manufacturers time to prepare for placement of the NFHS Authenticating Mark and anticipated demand."
(For the rest of the story, see this week's edition of The Cadiz Record.)