The rules of volleyball allow officials to address on-court behavior from players or coaches by issuing sanctions and point penalties (yellow cards, red cards).
The purpose of the Purple Card Policy is to give officials and tournament staff another tool to address behavior from spectators.
The goal of this policy is to help preserve a respectful, positive, safe, and fun playing environment and keep the focus on the athletes. This is in addition to all other tournament- and facility-specific policies in place at PSR-sanctioned events, including the Parent/Spectator Code of Conduct.
This policy applies to the below-listed groups at PSR-owned and/or sanctioned events:
Yellow & red card sanctions may still be used for match participants, in accordance with the USAV Rules Book and are their own sanctioning scale, separate of Purple Card sanctions.
The Purple Card is applied to any situation during a match where spectator misconduct occurs, and the on-court official and/or tournament staff deems the misconduct serious enough to be addressed. A PSR official and/or tournament staff may issue a Purple Card either from the stand or while overseeing the court.
Misconduct occurring before or after a match is handled through applicable policies, such as the Parent/Spectator Code of Conduct.
Depending on the seriousness of the offense, an official and/or tournament staff may ask for a spectator to be removed from the facility, with or without a warning. No cards will be displayed.
It is the duty of the on-court officials, other PSR officials on site, team coaches, and the tournament staff to utilize all intervention tools/methods and work collaboratively to prevent spectators from reaching the sanctioning level. This is done first through a verbal warning, then through the issuance of a Purple Card.
After a verbal warning is issued, if the behavior does not improve, the following happens:
Further misconduct by spectators affiliated with the same team (even if the misconduct is from a different individual(s) that led to the Purple Card Warning) may be sanctioned as follows:
Officials will report any Purple Card issued to the tournament staff who will be asked to complete the “Conduct Situation Form” on the PSR website.
When a Conduct Situation Form is submitted to the office, a formal notice will be sent to the club who was reported. Clubs will have the option to respond to this notice and the information submitted may be used to determine the validity of the sanction.