The casual observer may not have taken notice, but insightful volleyball fans have seen a change in hand signals by the game officials this season.
Per a change by the National Federation of State High School Association, the up-official now first signals to which side is rewarded the point upon completion of a play, then indicates the ruling. Previously, the violation was indicated first and then which team scored.
This change was implemented as an effort to improve the flow of play for the official scorekeeper in recording the score and in having no delay in knowing which team will have the next serve.
Not many have even noticed. Neither Bureau Valley coach Abbi Bosnich or PHS coach Andy Puck believe any of his players have taken notice. If anything, Bosnich believes its more of a hassle for the officials who have had to relearn their mechanics.
“Veteran officials are having trouble with their hand signals. It is very obvious that things are different but it has not affected my girls at all,” Bosnich said.
Also new this year in IHSA volleyball is a new patriotic look. The IHSA will be using a red, white and blue volleyballs for all postseason play beginning with regionals. Host teams may play with these patriotic balls now. According to the IHSA, each IHSA member program was rewarded a complimentary red, white and blue from Baden, the supplier to the IHSA.
PHS is using the red, white and blue ball for its freshmen matches while going with a new Tiger blue and gray ball in the big gym for the sophomore and varsity matches.
Postseason hosts: Hall will host the local 2A volleyball regional. That winner will advance to the El Paso-Gridley Sectional, looking to move on to the Bureau Valley Supersectional.
Princeton will serve as hosts for a 3A volleyball sectional with regional feeds from Monmouth, Sandwich, Stillman Valley and Streator.
Annawan will host a 1A regional.
Sidelined: St. Bede setter Morgan Bosnich continues to recover from a spill in last weekend’s Early-Bird Invite at the Academy. SBA coach Dawn Williams said an initial impact testing confirmed a concussion. She passed her latest test Monday and resumed light conditioning.
Williams was hopeful Bosnich would be able to play Thursday
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