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JJHuddle, National Guard & Bucknuts Ohio HS Weekly Awards: Vote and Nominate
This school year we are pleased to announce that the Ohio National Guard, Bucknuts and JJHuddle have partnered together to award weekly player and team of the week honors in several boys and girls sports.
Each week during the fall, winter and spring sports seasons (regular and post), we will hold a fan-generated contest on JJHuddle to tab a weekly Team and Player of the Week in each sport. Each weekly winner will receive awards.
How it works?
A thread soliciting nominations will be posted/stuck in each sportsí JJHuddle Forum each week. Fans will then nominate top performances. We will announce the weekly finalists (up to 10) on JJHuddle every Monday and voting will be conducted in a special JJHuddle forum. Voting will cease at noon on Friday, after which the winners will be announced.
-school name or mascot on uniform...not a big deal. You will have more problems in 2 years when the solid colored jersey comes into effect. I hope the schools can get it straight in 2 years.
-2nd referee whistling the ball "out" in regards to the antenna on his/her side of the net. Probably has already been in practice (I hope?) so this is probably just a verbiage/rule book editorial add.
-whistling to end the timeout if both teams are ready and the :60 seconds hasn't expired. Only makes sense. If you aren't going to use the full time with the team at your bench, then why keep the game delayed? If they're ready, whistle and go.
-line judges can move to the side, if a server stands near them, to see service line faults. The key here is "if instructed by the 1st referee". Many high schools don't have PAVO trained/paid line judges so they probably stand behind the server in this instance. Not a huge deal. I know there is talk in the NCAA of eliminating the line judge calling a service line fault but haven't heard much lately.
Not a great deal of change, mostly editorial at that, so don't start with the "stop changing the game" nonsense. These are all common sense things. There are too many coaches/officials out there who will or won't do certain things because the NFHS rule book says so. The rule set is getting more inline with the USAV and NCAA rules/mechanics/protocols.
Also - I heard they (OHSAA) were proposing the 3-out of-5 format at varsity tri-matches (currently, all varsity non-dual matches were 2-out of-3) and increasing the net height to 7' 4 1/8" for 7th-8th grade...anybody heard anything?