2016 Emerald City 1A League Volleyball Guidelines


Season Beginning Date:                    August 22nd
Season Ending Date:                           November 12th
Minimum # of Practices:                  10
Regular Season Contest Limit:         16


TWO DIVISIONS (home and away in your own division, playing once in the other division)
Division One:      Annie Wright, Forest Ridge, Overlake, Bear Creek
Division Two:      Eastside Prep, Northwest, Seattle Academy, University Prep and Bush


VARSITY MATCHES:          Best 3 out of 5, rally to 25, no cap, 5th and deciding game rally to 15, no cap.

JV MATHCES:                        Guaranteed 3 games to 25 (3rd game to 15), no cap.
OFFICIALS:                              Home team is responsible for supplying 2 officials (R1, R2) for varsity games
                                    Greater Seattle Volleyball Officials: 425-802-7474; assignor@gsvo.org


WARM UP TIMES:              Varsity 5-5-5-2      JV 5-5-2


RULES of PLAY:                    National Federation Rules


SCORE REPORTING:           The home team is responsible for reporting game results to the Seattle Times
preps@seattletimes.com. Both teams should report scores on MaxPreps (talk with your AD) and to their AD so they can tweet scores on the Emerald City League webpage.


RESULTS/STANDINGS:   I will make every effort to keep our standings up to date on the Emerald City League website (www.emeraldcityleague.org). If you see an error, please let me know so I can make the correction.


1.              Supplying a qualified official scorekeeper
2.              Supplying a qualified book person
3.              Supplying a qualified libero tracker
4.              Supplying two qualified (adult) lines people each Varsity game. Responsible students okay for JV/C.
5.              Supplying an official game ball

6.              Supplying a cart of balls to the visiting team


ALL LEAGUE PROCEDURES:    We will have 7 1st team, 7 2nd team and 2 honorable mention.

1.     The coaches will only discuss/vote on the kids in their division.

2.     70 % (11) of the all-leaguers will come from Division 1, 30% (5) will come from Division 2.

3.     The top 6 vote getters in Division 1 will be 1st team (#1 being the MVP) and the next 5 will be 2nd team.

4.     The top vote getter in Division 2 will be on 1st team, the next 2 will be on 2nd team, and the next 2 will be honorable mentions.

5.     Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Team Sportsmanship will continue to be across divisions so we will only have one winner in each category.

*As soon as the All League meeting date/time are chosen, both your AD and I will let you know.



For playoff seeding purposes:  In the event of a tie within a division going into the playoffs, places will be determined by using, in order:

1.              Head-to-head record

2.              If still tied, a comparison of records versus other teams in the league, from the top down.

3.              If still tied, a tie breaker game will be played to determine seeding.



10/28                      Tie-breakers if necessary
10/29                      Game 1:                  D2#2 @ D1#3                      

Game 2:                  D2#1 @ D1#4

11/1                         Game 3:                  Winner G1 vs. D1#2 (Bear Creek Main Gym, 4:00pm)         

Game 4:                  Winner G2 vs. D1#1 (Bear Creek Main Gym, 5:45pm)
Game 5:                  Loser G3 vs. Loser G4 (Bear Creek Auxiliary Gym, 7:30pm)

Game 6:                  Championship Match: Winner G3 vs. Winner G4 (Bear Creek Main Gym, 7:30pm)

11/5                         Bi-District Tournament at TBD, times TBD

11/11-12               State Championships in Yakima



Kim Eng 425-641-0700 ex. 0106 work phone
                  425-765-2417 cell phone



1-2-2      The time period between sets is defined as a part of a match and delineates the difference between the timed interval and timed intermission.
Rationale: Defines a required part of a match and draws distinction between the timed interval and an intermission.

3-2-1      The panels of the volleyball are defined as being of a basic rectangular shape.

Rationale: Clarifies the original intent of the standard shape of the panels of the volleyball.

4-1-5      Hair devices worn in the hair or on the head shall be no more than 3 inches in width.

Rationale: This rule limits the size and material of what a player may wear in the hair or on the head to preserve the integrity of the sport and risk minimization concerns. Permitting an item 3 inches in width allows for a more practical size and retains the original purpose of the rule.

5-4-1h   Establishes a new mechanic, double whistle and raising coin in the air, for the first referee to use to summon the captains and head coaches to the officials table to conduct the prematch conference.

Rationale: This signal (double whistle and raised coin) will notify those required that it is time to attend the prematch conference at the officials table. This will eliminate the need to track down those required to attend the conference. This signal is consistent with the mechanic for the deciding set coin toss.

7-1-2      Clarifies when the lineup is due from each team for the next set when an intermission is used between sets Nos. 2 and 3.

Rationale:  Provides consistency as to the time for submission of the lineup for set Nos. 2 and beyond regardless of whether an intermission or standard timed interval is in use.

7-1-4      Reorganizes Article 4 and provides two options to correct a clerical error on the lineup when a player’s number is listed twice, including if one is the libero.

Rationale: Clarifies the two exceptions to the requirement of submitting a written, accurate lineup before each set and the procedure to correct the clerical errors.  The libero is now included as a possible option to correct the clerical error of listing a player’s number twice.

8-1-6      A tossed ball for serve contacting a backboard in a vertical position is a fault.

Rationale: The server is responsible to assume a position not located under an obstruction.


11-2, Penalty 2  A request for a third time-out is an unnecessary delay and penalized accordingly.

Rationale: Provides consistency in application of unnecessary delay penalties for request of a third or more time-outs regardless of whether request acknowledged by the second referee with a whistle and time-out signal.

11-5-1   Clarifies the timed intermission between set Nos. 2 and 3 may only be scheduled for use for promotional or special recognition activities.

Rationale: Clarifies that an intermission is used for promotional or special recognition activities but not for just an extended timed interval between set Nos. 2 and 3.