Section 1 officials have made the decision to not use linespeople for volleyball matches during the regular season this year, The Journal News has confirmed.
Section 1 executive director Jennifer Simmons (right) confirmed the information early Friday afternoon, citing that the section “did not want student-athletes placed in the situation to make (close) calls.”
In years past, extra varsity players or junior varsity players would serve as linespeople during regular season matches. Incorrect close calls have, at times, caused crowds to uproar at the students, who can sometimes be as young as 13 or 14 years-old.
An incorrect call can sometimes lead to a dramatic momentum shift in the match which can, on very rare occurrences, cost a team the match, causing fans and parents have become excessively unruly at times.
Simmons said that the section collectively voted on the decision to do away with linespeople last fall, and that the ruling will simply go into effect this season. She added that the section has been considering this move for a few years, and that this was just the year they finally decided to make the move.
Section 9 decided to do away with linespeople effective the 2009 season, passing the motion on an overwhelming 12-1-2 vote (two people were abstained; see point No. 18 in the link).
Accredited officials will still serve as linespeople during the regional and state tournaments, according to Simmons. The two officials on the court will make all out-of-bounds calls this season.
Please check back to this post as we continue to learn, and hear more from coaches and officials about the matter.
Photo credits: Peter Carr/The Journal News