2018 and 2019 Women's Volleyball Rules Changes

RULE  7.1.1.2

Simplify the “solid-colored” jersey rule by changing it to the “libero” jersey and only require that the jersey be immediately recognized from all angles as clearly contrasting the jerseys of other team members. Rationale: This proposal simplifies the rule and allows manufacturers to use the latest design techniques, while not requiring institutions to purchase new jerseys. With this change, any current “solid-colored” jersey would still meet the new rule requirement.

RULE  8.4.2.3

Reduce the maximum allowable time for intermission between sets two and three to five minutes for all matches. Rationale: Currently, the maximum length for intermission is 10 minutes. This proposal will keep the pace of play more continuous from match to match. In addition, it will enhance the fan experience.

RULE  10.1.1.3

Allow a coach to add a libero to their team's lineup sheet after submission. Rationale: The current rule does not allow a coach to put a libero number on the lineup sheet after it has been submitted, prohibiting the use a libero for that set. This proposal allows the coach to add the libero number provided there is no delay.

RULE  10.1.1.3 and 10.1.1.6

Allow a coach to change their lineup if a duplicate number was submitted both in the libero position and another position. Rationale: Current rule states that the player listed as a libero must play as a libero or the team does not have a libero for that set. This proposal allows the coach to decide if the player listed twice will be the libero or a player in another position

RULE  18.1.4.2.1 and 18.1.4.2.2

Regarding the Challenge Review System (CRS), combine the two rule categories of “in/out” and “touch” into one reviewable challenge. Rationale: According to the most recent CRS data, 81 percent of challenges involve “in/out” and “touch” calls. Currently if the coach challenges “in”, but replay shows the ball is “out”, and it also shows there was a “touch”, the referees could only rule on the “in/out” call. This proposal allows the referees to make the correct call.

RULE  18.1.4.5

Add the 3-meter attack line as a reviewable decision. This challenge is limited to the foot/feet contacting the attack line. Rationale: There was significant support from coaches on the survey to add the attack line as a challengeable action. The attack line is generally visible on the majority of CRS systems in use, so this allows the referees an additional opportunity to make the correct call.

RULE  18.1.5.1.1

Allow each team an additional challenge if the match goes to a fifth set. Any unused challenges would carry over into the fifth set as well. Rationale: This proposal allows coaches to use challenges as necessary and have additional strategic opportunities without providing for an unlimited number of challenges.