2020 volleyball guidelines for COVID

Volleyball–Covid Guide

2020-21 Volleyball Rules

Note: This is not an exhaustive list and there might be additional steps in each community to help prevent the spread of virus. Even when taking all precautions, there will still be risk of transmitting illnesses. Everyone should stay vigilant about the health of members of their teams. These guidelines are to be integrated with the NFHS guidelines and the MHSAA Mississippi Sports Medicine guidelines. The situation with Covid-19 is rapidly changing. Please keep up with the latest from the CDC and the Mississippi Department of Health.

  1. On Site Considerations
  • Post social distancing signs
  • No mask no entry
  • Hand sanitizing stations
  • On duty personnel, concessions, and restroom attendant wear mask/gloves
  • Sanitize before and after
  • Attendance policy & quarantine procedure will be determined before team competition begins and at the appropriate time
  1. Dressing Rooms
  • When possible visiting teams should arrive in uniform
  • Size of facility should be large enough to social distance
  • Time spent in dressing room for home/away team should not be excessive
  • Players should provide their own towels, water bottles, etc.
  1. Tournaments
  • 4 team maximum during the week; 10 team maximum on the weekend


Return to Competition

  1. Volleyball Rules Considerations
    • Prematch Conference (1-2-4a; 1-6-2; 1-6-3; 2-1-10; 5-4-1h, k; 5-6-1; 7-1-1; 7-1-1 PENALTIES 1; 9-1a; 12-2-3)
      • Limit attendees to one coach from each team, first referee and second referee.
      • Move the location of the prematch conference to center court with one coach and one referee positioned on each side of the net. All four individuals maintain a social distance of 3 to 6 feet.
      • Suspend the use of the coin toss to determine serve/receive. The visiting team will serve first in set 1 and alternate first serve for the remaining non-deciding sets.
      • Suspend roster submission at the prematch conference. Rosters are submitted directly to the officials’ table before the 10-minute mark.


  • Team Benches (5-4-4b, 9-1-2, 9-1-2 NOTE, 9-3-3b)
    • Suspend the protocol of teams switching benches between sets. In the event there is a clear and distinct disadvantage, teams may switch sides, observing all social distancing protocols. Officials will determine if a disadvantage is present.
    • Limit bench personnel to observe social distancing of 3 to 6 feet.
  • Deciding Set Procedures [1-2-4b, 5-4-4c, 5-5-3b(26), 9-2-3c]
    • Move the location of the deciding set coin toss to center court with team captains and the second referee maintaining the appropriate social distance of 3 to 6 feet. A coin toss, called by the home team, will decide serve/receive.
    • Suspend the protocol of teams switching benches before a deciding set. In the event there is a clear and distinct disadvantage, teams may switch sides, observing all social distancing protocols. Officials will determine if a disadvantage is present.
  • Substitution Procedures (2-1-7, 10-2-1, 10-2-3, 10-2-4)
    • Maintain social distancing of 3 to 6 feet between the second referee and the player and substitute by encouraging substitutions to occur within the substitution zone closer to the attack line.
  • Officials Table (3-4)
    • Limit to essential personnel which includes home team scorer, libero tracker and timer with a recommend distance of 3 to 6 feet between individuals. Visiting team personnel (scorer, statisticians, etc.) are not deemed essential personnel and will need to find an alternative location.


  1. Volleyball Officials Manual Considerations
    • Pre and Post Match Ceremony
      • Establish volleyball specific social distancing match protocols including the elimination of handshakes before and after the match.
  1. Volleyball Rules Interpretations
      • Cloth face coverings are permissible. (4-1-4)
      • Gloves are permissible. (4-1-1)
    • Rule 4-2 LEGAL UNIFORM
      • Long sleeves are permissible. (4-2-1)
      • Long pants are permissible. [4-2-1i (1)]
      • Under garments are permissible, but must be unadorned and of a single, solid color similar in color to the predominant color of the uniform top or bottom. [4-2-1h (3), 4-2-1i (2)]
      • By state association adoption, long-sleeved, all-white collared polo shirt/sweater are permissible. (5-3-1 NOTES 2)
      • Electronic whistles are permissible. (5-3-2a, b)
      • Cloth face coverings and gloves are permissible.

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