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06/09/22 – Volleyball Officials Uniform Update

June 9, 2022 Officials Division Blog Updates


In 2021, the NFHS volleyball rules concerning the color of the officials’ uniform (Rules 5-3-1, 5-3-1 Notes) changed to allow state association adoption the color may be gray and/or bright blue (cyan) in addition to the traditional white polo-style shirts.

This change was reviewed in the online rules clinic and it was noted that for the 2021 playing season, white would continue to be the color for KHSAA officials.  It was also shared that a phase-in approach, as was done in other sports, would then be implemented.  Following are the details. 

Bright blue (cyan) will eventually be the color of choice following the implementation period.  In an effort to keep costs minimal to officials and the need to only maintain one color of shirt, gray will not currently be an option at any time.

2022 Season

  • The use of bright blue (cyan), along with white, is optional during the regular season and optional during district and region play.  Bright blue will be required at the State Tournament rounds.  

2023 Season

  • The use of bright blue (cyan) is optional, along with white, during the regular season.  Bright blue will be required during all rounds of the postseason.

2024 Season

  • The use of the bright blue (cyan) is required during the regular season and in all rounds of the postseason.  White has been retired and is no longer an option.

Keep in mind shirts may be short or long-sleeved and the officials’ uniforms must be like-colored among officials in a match. 

Smitty’s Apparel will be working with the five approved KHSAA Officials’ Merchandise vendors (Officially Dalco, Ump-Attire.com, House of Soccer, Fifth Region Officials Supplies, Honig’s, and Purchase Officials Supplies) to supply the bright blue shirts accordingly. 

Men’s Blue (Cyan) Volleyball Officials Shirt

Ladies Blue (Cyan) Volleyball Officials Shirt



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The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 284 member schools both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams and 164 individuals in 13 sports and 6 sport-activities, funds catastrophic insurance coverage for its more than 106,000 rostered member school student-athletes, provides coaching education and sports safety programs for more than 12,000 coaches, and licenses and facilitates the distribution of training material for over 4,000 contest officials.


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