New Rules for 2013

Don’t forget these NEW or UPDATED FIVB Rules effective January 1st, 2013:

Rule 4 Teams:

4.1 Team Composition

4.1.1 For the match, a team may consist of up to 12 players, plus:
* Coaching Staff: one coach, a maximum of two assistant coaches,
* Medical Staff: one team therapist and one medical doctor.

Only those listed on the score sheet may normally enter the Competition/ Control Area and take part in the official warm up and in the match.
For FIVB, World and Official Competitions the medical doctor and physiotherapist must be accredited beforehand by the FIVB.

Rule 9:

9.2.4 It is a fault, during the reception of service, to make a double contact or catch using an overhand finger action.

Rule 12 Service:

12.5 Screening

12.5.1 The players of the serving team must not prevent their opponent, through individual or collective screening, from seeing the server or AND the flight path of the ball.

12.5.2 A player or a group of players of the serving team make(s) a screen by waving arms, jumping or moving sideways during the execution of the service, or by standing grouped to hide the server AND the flight path of the ball.

Rule 19 The Libero Player:

19.3.2 Replacements of players An illegal Libero replacement can involve (amongst others)
– No completed rally between Libero replacements
– The Libero being replaced by a player other than the regular replacement player or the second Libero
An illegal Libero replacement should be considered in the same way as an illegal substitution:
Should the illegal Libero replacement be noticed before the start of the next rally, then this is corrected by the referees, and the team is sanctioned for delay.

Should the illegal Libero replacement be noticed after the service hit, the consequences are the same as for an illegal substitution.

19.4.1 The Libero becomes unable to play if injured, ill, expelled or disqualified. The Libero can be declared unable to play for any reason by the coach or, in the absence of a coach, by the game captain. If the Acting Libero becomes unable to play, he/ she may be replaced by the regular replacement player or immediately and directly to court by a re-designated Libero, If the Libero is not on court when declared unable to play, he/ she may also be the subject of a re-designation. The Libero declared unable to play may not play for the remainder of the match.

Rule 21 Misconduct and its Sanctions:

21.1 Minor Misconduct:

Minor misconduct offences are not subject to sanctions. It is the first referee’s duty to prevent the teams from approaching the sanctioning level.

This is done in two stages:

Stage 1: by issuing a verbal warning through the game captain;

Stage 2: by use of a YELLOW CARD to a team member. This warning is not a sanction but a symbol that the team member (and by extension the team) has reached the sanctioning level for the match. It has no immediate consequences, but is recorded on the score sheet.

21.6 Sanction cards:

Summary of Misconduct and cards used


Stage 1: no sanction – symbol verbal warning
Stage 2: no sanction – symbol Yellow card
Penalty: sanction – symbol Red card
Expulsion: sanction – symbol Red+ Yellow cards jointly
Disqualification: sanction – symbol Red + Yellow card separately

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