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Officials Division Handbook

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Referee Symposium

The NCVA is an organization that provides volleyball officials in Northern California and Northern Nevada to all levels of the sport from Middle School to College. If you are interested in becoming an Official (Referee) or are a Club Director/Coach interested in attending the NCVA Symposium, the NCVA offers several Officials Training Symposium each season in January, March, and September at different tournaments.

The Symposiums are multi-day event designed to give the participant actual court/game experience while being mentored by instructors prior to their first match. While rules clinics are valuable tools, the on-court game setting is a good way to give experience needed prior to the start of the season.

The first day of a Symposium is divided into two (2) parts, a hands-on classroom session and an on-court training session.

During the hands-on classroom session, we will introduce the participant to the basics of the game of volleyball. The participants will then review subjects such as Court and Equipment, Match Protocol, Officiating Mechanics, Ball Handling, and Scorekeeping.

During the on-court training, you will experience the atmosphere of a tournament. You will participate in watching a match and, while watching the game, an instructor will answer your questions. This demonstration will help you see, in action, what you just learned in class. Students are then assigned to officiate matches on the second and third day of the tournament. You will work with an experienced official and be debriefed after the match to help you improve before you are ready to work a match on your own.

The Symposium is open to all returning and new referees. Any new referees wanting to work the 2020-2021 Club Season will need to attend a Symposium.

Officials Advisory Group (OAG)

The Officials Advisory Group (OAG) is a committee of Regional, Junior National, and National officials within the Northern California Region. They are tasked with working with the NCVA to build the officials division, coordinate and run the new officials’ symposiums, and work with their fellow officials in improving their skills and advancing to the next level as an official.

The 2021 - 2022 OAG Members:

Chair Bryan Hall
Member Keith Aidun
Member Stewart Schultz
Member Ruth Verbel
Member David O (Need his Bio - We need to update the bio on the others)
Member Bios need updating

OAG Member Biographies

Brian Hall, Chair

  • USAV Jr. National certified (2017)
  • State Referee PAVO/NCAA
  • Officiated Women’s and Men’s Collegiate: NCAA DIV II, NAIA, NJCAA
  • Officiated Men’s Collegiate: NAIA, Club
  • CIF Volleyball Official
  • Coached: Middle school/High School -1999-2011
  • Former Volleyball player – 1982 -2006
  • Member of NCVA Training Team

Keith Aidun

  • Official for 22 years - 14 years with NCVA
  • National Official
  • National Scorekeeper
  • Certified Official in Canada
  • Certified Line Judge
  • Certified Tournament Director
  • Division I, II, III – PAVO/NCAA – Official & Line Judge
  • Officiated USAV Boys/Girls 18 Open Championships
  • Officiated USAV High Performance Championships
  • Officiated Post Season – DII Championships
  • Member of NCVA Officials Advisory Group (OAG)
  • Member of Evaluation Team
  • Former High School & College Volleyball Player

Stewart Schulze

  • USAV Jr. National Official
  • Member of NCVA Training Team

Rush Verbel

  • USAV Jr. National Official
  • Member of NCVA Training Team

Ex-Officio Members

  • Donna Donaghy, Commissioner / CEO
  • Kristofer Johnson, Associate CEO

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Policies

Policies

NCVA Annual Membership Requirement

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  • Join the NCVA - Membership application and fees are due beginning September 1st of the calendar year. Memberships are valid from September 1st to August 31st. The fee is non-refundable, non-transferable and is not prorated.
  • Membership application must be completed on-line. Membership fees must also be paid on-line, at the time of application.
  • The membership fee for all officials is $70.00, plus $15.00 for a background screening (if applicable). A background screening is good for two (2) years.
  • Annually, NCVA officials are required to take the “SafeSport Refresher” course.
  • Bi-annually, NCVA officials must complete and pass the USA/NCVA Background Check process and be [SafeSport]undefined) certified.
  • Annually, NCVA officials must complete and sign the NCVA Outside Independent Services Contract Form, which can be complete online.
  • All returning officials must be NCVA “Members in Good Standing” (see definition below).
  • OPTIONAL: Extended Insurance Coverage for USAV Certified Officials.
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Required Uniform

Shirt All white, blue or grey polo shirt, short or long sleeves, with the “Certified Volleyball Official” logo on the arm.
Slacks Dark navy slacks made of 100% polyester are recommended. Other fabric combinations are permitted as long as the dark navy color doesn’t appear to be faded. However, “Dockers” are specifically prohibited.
Belt Black or dark navy in color.
Shoes Shoes must be all white.
Jacket Jackets are optional. If worn they must be primarily white with the “Certified Volleyball Officials” logo on the left chest.

Officials Levels

For the purposes of developing officials in the region and to recognize levels of competencies, the following levels have been established. Training and other requirements needed to achieve and maintain these levels are discussed in subsequent sections.

  1. Official in Training
  2. Provisional
  3. Regional
  4. Junior National
  5. National

Officiating Non-Sanctioned Tournaments

When a referee accepts a tournament assignment at an event that is not sanctioned by the NCVA or other USAV entity, the referee assumes liability and other insurance responsibilities. If a participant, spectator, an official or other person in attendance is injured or has an accident, the tournament host and/or facility manager assumes responsibility for insurance coverage, and referees assume the same responsibility. The NCVA is not involved with any non-sanctioned events. Participants, including referees, must use their own insurance coverage.

Need to add the information about Background note from USAV.

NCVA “Member in Good Standing” Requirements

Officials working for the NCVA are expected to provide a minimum level of services and to maintain their achieved official’s level. The minimum level of services to be provided and maintenance requirements depends on the certification level.

The NCVA is willing to work with you if you are unable to meet these requirements and you inform the NCVA in writing in a timely manner during the season. You should explain your reason for being unable to meet these requirements. The NCVA Officials Advisory Group (OAG) will review your standing and try to make alternative options available to you to meet the minimum necessary requirements. If officials do not complete the minimum service requirements during the season, the official could revert to the next lower pay.

Official In Training

  • Attend the NCVA Officials Symposium.
  • Be evaluated on the stand during the current season at an NCVA sanctioned training event.
  • Attend additional training tournaments when requested by the NCVA Officials Advisory Group (OAG).
  • Pass the online rules clinic.

Provisional

  • Work a minimum of nine (9) tournament days as a referee at NCVA sanctioned events, four (4) days of which must be at the annual Junior Girls Power League Qualifier and Regional. The NCVA’s No Dinx/NCVA Far Westerns National Qualifier and the No Dinx/NCVA Sierra National Qualifier, cannot be used toward the accumulation of the nine (9) days.
  • If returning as a provisional, pass an online rules test, USAV test C or its equivalent, each season as directed by NCVA.

Regional

  • Work a minimum of nine (9) tournament days as a referee at NCVA sanctioned events, four (4) days of which must be at the annual Junior Girls Power League Qualifier and Regional. The NCVA’s No Dinx/NCVA Far Westerns National Qualifier and the No Dinx/NCVA Sierra National Qualifier, cannot be used toward the accumulation of the nine (9) days.
  • If returning as a regional, pass an online rules test, USAV test C or its equivalent, each season as directed by NCVA.
  • Be evaluated on the stand.

Junior National

  • Follow the USAV guidelines established for Junior National Officials (see USA Volleyball website for more information).
  • Participate in the annual NCVA Officials Symposiums, or as a mentor, trainer, or evaluator at other training tournaments for officials, if asked.
  • Work a minimum of nine (9) tournament days as a referee at NCVA sanctioned events, four (4) days of which must be at the annual Junior Girls Power League Qualifier and Regional. The NCVA’s No Dinx/NCVA Far Westerns National Qualifier and the No Dinx/NCVA Sierra National Qualifier, cannot be used toward the accumulation of the nine (9) days.
  • If returning as a Junior National, pass an online rules test, USAV test C or its equivalent, each season as directed by NCVA.
  • Pass a score keeping evaluation consisting of the proficient completion of an actual match score sheet each season.

National

  • Follow the USAV guidelines established for National Officials (see USA Volleyball website for more information). Maybe link
  • Participate in the annual NCVA Officials’ Symposiums, or as a mentor, trainer, or evaluator at other training tournaments for officials, if asked.
  • Work a minimum of nine (9) tournament days as a referee at NCVA sanctioned events, four (4) days of which must be at the annual Junior Girls Power League Qualifier and Regional. The NCVA’s No Dinx/NCVA Far Westerns National Qualifier and the No Dinx/NCVA Sierra National Qualifier, cannot be used toward the accumulation of the nine (9) days.
  • If returning as a National, pass an online rules test, USAV test C or its equivalent, each season as directed by NCVA.
  • Become and remain part of the NCVA officials Training Team, if asked.

How To Achieve Various NCVA Official Levels

Generally, NCVA officials start at the lowest level and, with training and experience, work their way up to the highest level. However, the NCVA may accelerate progression through the levels based on the level of proficiency exhibited at tournaments used by the OAG to train or evaluate officials.

How to become an Official In Training

  • Become an NCVA member.
  • Attend the NCVA Officials symposium in September, January or March.
  • Attend additional training tournaments when requested by the NCVA Officials Advisory Group (OAG).

How to become a Provisional Referee

  • Be evaluated on the stand during the current season at an NCVA sanctioned event.
  • Work a minimum of nine (9) tournament days as a referee at NCVA sanctioned events, four (4) days of which must be at the annual Junior Girls Power League Qualifier and Regional. The NCVA No Dinx/NCVA Far Westerns National Qualifier and the No Dinx/NCVA Sierra National Qualifier, cannot be used toward the accumulation of the nine (9) days.
  • While an “Official in Training”, achieve the “Member in Good Standing” requirements of the provisional referee. Send request in writing to NCVA before end of current calendar year.
  • If the NCVA OAG training committee approves, a trainee may be advanced to Provisional prior to completion of nine (9) tournament days required of a provisional referee to become a “Member in Good Standing.”
  • Pass an online rules test, USAV test C or its equivalent, each season as directed by NCVA.

How to become a Regional Referee

  • Meet the “Member in Good Standing” requirements for the Provisional Referee.
  • Officiate as a Provisional Referee for a minimum of one (1) full season.
  • Work a minimum of nine (9) tournament days as a referee at NCVA sanctioned events, four (4) days of which must be at the annual Junior Girls Power League Qualifier and Regional. The NCVA No Dinx/NCVA Far Westerns National Qualifier and the No Dinx/NCVA Sierra National Qualifier, cannot be used toward the accumulation of tfhe nine (9) days.
  • Apply in writing to the NCVA to be considered. Deadline for submission is August 1st of the current year.
  • Pass an online rules test, USAV test C or its equivalent, each season as directed by NCVA.
  • Be evaluated on the stand during the current season at an NCVA sanctioned event and pass the evaluation. On stand evaluations are limited to once a season. The evaluation event will be announced, via email from the NCVA to all eligible officials.
  • Successfully working a match as a scorekeeper.
Regional Candidate Sample Calendar
Event Expectation of Candidate
August 1st of the current year Apply for Regional Candidacy
September – November Prepare for evaluation. This occurs during the Boys Power League Qualifier and League Tournaments.
December Work with the Training Team to prepare for evaluation. This occurs during the Boys Power League Region Championship
January/February* Final Evaluation. This event occurs on Super Bowl weekend.

* Candidate will not be permitted to move forward for a Regional Rating if the candidate does not attend these events and/or receive a waiver from NCVA.

How to become a Junior National Referee

NOTE: This can be a minimum of a two-year process.

  • Policy effective January 1, 2015
  • Meet the “Member in Good Standing” requirements for the Regional referee.
  • Officiate as a Regional Referee for a minimum of one full season.
  • Must apply in writing for candidacy to the NCVA Office by August 1st of the current year. The application must include a letter that supports why you should be considered as a Junior National Official candidate. This letter may be part of your paperwork that will be submitted to USA Volleyball if you are approved by the OAG to apply to USAV.
  • Pass an online rules test, USAV test C or its equivalent, each season as directed by NCVA.
  • Successfully working a match as a scorekeeper.
  • The NCVA recommends working a minimum of 10-12 NCVA sanctioned tournament days during the current season as an official to get trained and prepared for the USA Volleyball rating process.
  • Follow the guidelines of USA Volleyball for Junior National candidates.
  • Fulfill all requirements as required by USA Volleyball such as attend the Junior National tournament and pass the rating sessions at this tournament.
  • The NCVA reserves the right to revoke your application prior to attending the Junior Nationals if you fail to maintain the professional standards required by NCVA for Junior National Official Candidates from this region.

Junior National Candidate Two Year Training and Evaluation Pipeline

Please review this chart - I took the labels and flow directly from the existing one, but I see refences to Boys tournaments after the "Prepare for next evaluation by working Girls Season Tournaments" as well as two references to Evaluation at California Kickoff.

Referee Certification Flowchart

We encourage all to attend the Junior National Camp held by USAV.

How to become a National Referee

  • Meet the “Member in Good Standing” requirements for the Junior National referee.
  • Officiate as a Junior National Referee for a minimum of one full season.
  • Must apply for candidacy to the NCVA Office by August 1st of the current year. The application must include a letter that supports why you should be considered as a National Official candidate. This letter may be part of your paperwork that will be submitted to USA Volleyball if you are approved by the NCVA to apply to USAV.
  • Applicants are expected to be able to participate in two (2) training tournaments prior to the final rating tournament (the California Kickoff Tournament). The Boy’s Power League Regional tournament held in December will be the first training tournament and will be used to evaluate the applicants officiating skills. Training offered will emphasize the officiating skills expected by USA Volleyball from National candidates. The NCVA Boy’s Far Western tournament is the second training tournament that will be used primarily to further develop the applicant’s National level officiating skills. Applicants then must attend the final training and rating tournament. During this tournament, the applicant will be evaluated twice as an R1 and twice as an R2 by NCVA approved raters. Candidates must receive passing ratings on all evaluations in order to be recommended by the NCVA to formally apply to USA Volleyball.
  • Pass an online rules test, USAV test C or its equivalent, each season as directed by NCVA.
  • Successfully working a match as a scorekeeper.
  • The NCVA recommends working a minimum of 10-12 NCVA sanctioned tournament days during the current season as an official to get trained and prepared for the USA Volleyball rating process.
  • Follow the guidelines of USA Volleyball for National candidates.
  • Fulfill all requirements as required by USA Volleyball such as attend the USAV selected tournament and pass the rating sessions at this tournament.
  • The NCVA reserves the right to revoke your application prior to attending the USAV selected tournament if you fail to maintain the professional standards required by NCVA for National Official Candidates from this region.

Officials Pay Structure

The pay structure used by the NCVA is designed to recognize the proficiency level achieved by officials and the actual officiating services provided to the region. There is a base pay provided to each patch level that can be increased when officials exceed the minimum level of services provided to the region required to achieve the “Member in Good Standing” for the patch level. Conversely, the pay structure is designed to recognize when officials do not provide the minimum level of services required to achieve the “Member in Good Standing” for the patch level. Below is the base pay schedule for the patch earned.

Official Level Base Pay Rate National Qualifier / Bid Tournament Play
Official In Training $22 per Match n/a
Provisional $25 per Match $30 per Match
Regional $27 per Match $33 per Match
Junior National $30 per Match $34 per Match
National $32 per Match $37 per Match

Systems of Payment

For the 2021 - 2022 season, the NCVA will offer two (2) forms of payment to all independent contractors performing duties for the Northern California Region. The NCVA Pay period is from the 16th of every month until the 15th of the following month. Payment for all Officials, Tournament Directors, etc., will be issued and processed on the 20th of every month. It is the responsibility of the Independent Contractor to email their match counts for each tournament at the end of the tournament to the NCVA.

  • The two (2) forms of payment will consist of one of the following:
    • Pay by Check
    • Direct Deposit

Other Perks

NCVA offers Officials many other perks to working at special tournaments. At the Girls No Dinx/NCVA Far Westerns National Qualifier for example, Officials will receive T-Shirts, a padfolio, free pizza at meetings, and a complimentary hotel room during event nights!

2021 - 2022 Club Season Referee Pay

This pay chart is for league pay, excluding National Level Events. (e.g., No Dinx/NCVA Far Westerns National Qualifier or No Dinx/NCVA Sierra National Qualifier).

Referee in Training Referee in Training with Full Work Crew
Best 2 of 3 $22.00 R1 $22.00
3 Set Match $25.00 R2 $22.00
1 Set $15.00
Provisional Referee Provision Referee with Full Work Crew
Best 2 of 3 $25.00 R1 $25.00
3 Set Match $28.00 R2 $25.00
1 Set $18.00
Regional Referee Regional Referee with Full Work Crew
Best 2 of 3 $27.00 R1 $27.00
3 Set Match $30.00 R2 $27.00
1 Set $20.00
Junior National Referee Junior National Referee with Full Work Crew
Best 2 of 3 $30.00 R1 $27.00
3 Set Match $33.00 R2 $27.00
1 Set $22.00
National Referee National Referee with Full Work Crew
Best 2 of 3 $32.00 R1 $32.00
3 Set Match $35.00 R2 $32.00
1 Set $24.00

2021 - 2022 National Qualifier Referee Pay

This pay chart is for both the Boys and Girls No Dinx/NCVA Far Westerns National Qualifier as well as the No Dinx/NCVA Sierra National Qualifier.

Referee in Training Referee in Training with Full Work Crew
n/a n/a
Provisional Referee Provision Referee with Full Work Crew
Best 2 of 3 $30.00 R1 $28.00
3 Set Match $31.00 R2 $19.00
1 Set $18.00 Lines / Score $16.00
Regional Referee Regional Referee with Full Work Crew
Best 2 of 3 $33.00 R1 $30.00
3 Set Match $34.00 R2 $21.00
1 Set $20.00 Lines / Score $18.00
Junior National Referee Junior National Referee with Full Work Crew
Best 2 of 3 $36.00 R1 $34.00
3 Set Match $37.00 R2 $25.00
1 Set $24.00 Lines / Score $20.00
National Referee National Referee with Full Work Crew
Best 2 of 3 $38.00 R1 $37.00
3 Set Match $39.00 R2 $28.00
1 Set $27.00 Lines / Score $22.00

2021 - 2022 Beach Season Referee Pay

Local Beach Referee
Match Fee $27.00
Zonal Beach Referee
Match Fee $29.00
National Beach Referee
Match Fee $32.00

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Scorekeeping

Scorekeeping

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Scorer Tips & Reminders

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  1. All CAPITAL letters throughout the score sheet.
  2. ALL information prior to the first serve and after the last point should be in pen.
  3. In the Officials section, use Last Name, First Name.
  4. Tournament Date should be six (6) characters, mm/dd/yy (example: 09/18/05).
  5. All times should be in international time (e.g. 9am = 0900, 2:15pm = 1415).
  6. After the coin toss, place an “X” in three places (can be done for both sets):
    1. Through the encircled (S) of the serving team.
    2. Through the encircled (R) of the receiving team.
    3. In Service Rounds box 1 for the Position I player of Receiving team.
  7. You may use pencil from the first serve until final point is recorded.
  8. Make a small check mark over the number in the Service Rounds box for each player’s first serve (if legal serve). Exceptions:
    1. Wrong server
    2. set point awarded to receiving team on loss of rally
    3. In a deciding set, at the change of courts
      • When team on left serves point 8, use a check mark on far left and transfer the last exit score from the previous server from the far left to the far right; no exit score is recorded in far left box, final exit score is recorded in far right box.
      • When the team on the right earns point 8, or the team on the left earns point 8 on a loss of rally, transfer the last exit score from the previous server from the far left to the far right.
  9. Three actions on Substitution:
    1. Slash the player #, replace with substituting player #.
    2. Enter the Score at Change (sub team score first).
    3. Slash the team sub.
  10. After the last point is recorded (begin using pen):
    1. Record end time in International Time.
    2. Circle both final exit scores (Service Rounds section only).
    3. Record team names and scores of set in Results section.
    4. Hourglass unused points in the Points column for both teams (see example image below).
    5. Check score sheet for errors and proper count of substitutions.
    6. Sign score sheet after all information has been verified.
    7. Obtain Captain/Coach signatures, then offer to 1st referee for signature.
Hourglassed Points
Hourglass unused points in the Points column for both teams.

Quick Reference For Pen/Pencil Usage

Pen
(Prior to 1st Serve)
Pencil
(Everything during set play)
Pen
(After last point recorded)
Heading “Check Mark” for first serve. Set end time
Officials section Slashes in Points column Circle final exit scores
Team Names Exit Scores Results Section
3 "X"s for S, R and Service Rounds Box Substutions and Timeouts Hourglasses in Points column
Lineups Sanctions and Remarks Signature
Set start time

Example Two Set Non-Deciding Scoresheet

Example Two Set Non-Deciding Scoresheet

Example Scoresheet for Deciding Set

Example Scoresheet for Deciding Set

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Handouts

Handouts

Captains Meeting (2021 - 2022 Club Season)

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  1. Introductions
    • R1 will hold up coin and blow whistle to call over team captains.
    • Have captains introduce themselves.
    • Introduce yourself.
  2. Ground Rules
    • Sport Court (both feet on sport court when contact made for serve, one (1) foot contacting if saving ball.)
    • Ceiling playable if on your side. If adjacent court, cannot enter before and after
  3. Jewelry
    • Jewelry may be worn provided its nature does not present a concern for safety, such as extremely long necklaces and/or necklaces with large medallions, or large hoop earrings.
    • If there is an R2 present, ask if they have anything to add.
  4. Substitutions
    • Let captains know that subs must be inside the attack line ready before serve is beckoned.
    • Ask if there are any questions.
  5. Coin Toss
    • Designated each team a side of the coin.
    • After coin is flipped ask winning team captain whether they want side, serve or receive. Then losing team whatever is not chosen.
    • Inform captains of time on court five (5) minutes for serving team and five (5) minutes for receiving team (if both teams have played then warm-ups are three (3) and three (3). No Share Time.
    • Wish each team “Good Luck”!
    • Make sure serving team has the court first (that means receiving team is off to their bench or help shag for the opponent).
    • Start clock, inform scorer who has serve and who has receive.

Time Management

How to finish or, not to finish, your 10 match day over 1 ½ hours earlier

  • First Match of the day coin toss at 15 minutes before game time. Unless otherwise instructed, warm up time first match of the day for each team is 5 minutes each, then 3 minutes each for the rest of the day (SERVING included in the three (3) minutes) Prior to the match, if the teams have previously had a playing court exclusively at their disposal, they are entitled to a 6-minute official warm-up period together at the net; if not, they may have 10 minutes.
  • Make sure everyone is ready, and when the server is in possession of the ball, blow whistle and authorize serve as soon as server is on/past the end line. Saving about 40 minutes per day.
  • Not beckoning for service soon enough adds three (3) seconds per service, 120 seconds per set or over 40 minutes per day.
  • Time outs are to last 30 seconds ONLY. ALWAYS have a time piece with you. Saving about 20 minutes per day.
  • An extra 15 seconds per time out at four (4) time outs per set, is, two (2) minutes per match or 20 minutes per day.
  • Do not blow whistle for substitution until new bench player enters the substitution zone. A verbal request for substitution is not acknowledged by the referees. The substitute must enter the substitution zone for the request to be acknowledged, except for a substitution related to an injury. The substitution shall only last the time needed for recording the substitution on the score sheet and allow entry and exit of players. Substitute must be in the substitute zone before R1 whistles for serve, otherwise an improper request. The first improper request by a team in the match that does not affect or delay the game shall be rejected, but it must be recorded on the score sheet without any other consequences, if a change in request is due to a referee’s mind change, the request will be honored, and no sanction assessed.
  • Players chase loose balls not line judges - and they MUST chase them.
  • Change of courts at end of set is three (3) minutes or less.
  • Coin toss for all subsequent matches of the day will be right after conclusion of the current match. Check and complete the prior match’s paperwork after the coin toss which is during the next match’s warm up time. This can save about 30 minutes per day.
  • An extra three (3) minutes per match getting the next match started is 30 minutes per day.

Tournament Protocol (2021 - 2022 Club Season)

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  • Receive assignment from NCVA via email.
  • Respond as soon as possible to confirm and/or make any changes if needed.
  • Check location of venue/map it out/ parking situation.
  • The day before: Prepare your uniform (white, blue or grey, ironed polo shirt) with “Volleyball Certified Official” logo on the left sleeve, dark blue pants (polyester is best), white socks, white athletic shoes (clean), and black or blue belt.
  • Check your equipment bag: whistle on a lanyard, coin, net chain, ball gauge, Red/Yellow card, flags, pencil/pens, timing device – wristwatch (preferred), and current rule book. Do NOT wear other shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, etc. that are not authorized to be worn while officiating. Cell phone and other electronic devices should not be used while on the stand.
  • Be prepared: Bring small snacks, water with you in case you need to refuel between matches.
  • Arrive on time (usually 7:00AM) or earlier (in case of traffic/parking) to the venue.
  • Check in with Head Official. Be there for roll call and for any information before going out to the court.
  • Initial your name for your first match (if required). Check TM2 for match schedule.
  • Arrive at your assigned court for the first match of the “wave” at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. For subsequent matches, anticipate the match preceding your match will end early, maybe 30 minutes early. Be at your court prior to the ending of the last game preceding your match. Being late is not acceptable.
  • After the meeting with Head Official or Tournament Director: Pick up your flip score, clipboard with score sheets, lineup sheets, Libero tracking, pencils, pens and game ball. (if provided)
  • 7:30 am: Walk out to your court; (in large venue) you have 15 minutes to perform your Game Preliminaries. Pull all chairs and score table one (1) to two (2) feet back if possible, check net height, check game ball pressure, check net standards, antenna alignment and ref stand. Set up score table, fill out your name on the score sheet. Introduce yourself and hand out line up sheet to the coaches.
  • 7:45 am: Whistle to call captains, have the captains introduce themselves, introduce yourself. Go over ground rules (playable, non-playable area). Ask if they have any questions. Coin toss: Assign a side of a coin to each team. Winner of coin toss chooses either “Serve” or “Receive” or “Side” of court. Instruct what warm up protocol is: Five (5) minutes for serving team on the court while the other team stays at the bench or help shag balls. Five (5) minutes for the Receiving team, while serving team stays at their bench or help shag balls. You can give them a one (1) minutes courtesy warning verbally (do not whistle) in case they wish to serve. If both teams have already played, then its only three (3) minutes warm-up for each team which includes any serving.
  • Instruct your refereeing team of their duties and responsibilities. Most teams have a schedule for their duties, so ask if they are doing both sets. If not, make sure the second group is present when you are instructing. When talking to your Line judges, take them off to the end of the court and instruct (one (1) minute). Talk to your R2 (one (1) minute). Ask your scorekeeper and libero tracker if they have scorekeeping experience. Have them fill out the bottom right corner (names of R2, Scorekeeper and their Work Team/Region) Remind scorekeeper to write down the start time/end time for each set. Instruct the hourglass and circle the final score (one (1) minute). Introduce yourself to each coach and ask if they have any questions regarding the new rules (one (1) minute).
  • 7:46 am: Observe warm-ups, while instructing work team.
  • 7:56 am: Blow whistle to end warm up for last receiving team. Check that line ups have been submitted by both teams, at least two (2) minutes before end of warm-ups. Check the lineup for Coaches signature, Captain indicated, and Libero(s) is used. If not, Put an “X” and on the Score sheet. Verify lineup was written correctly on score sheet.
  • 7:56 am: Have both teams on end line with R2 on the right and R1 on the left side. Whistle once and gesture with hands “Good Luck” for both teams to shake hands. Step back with R2, then shake R2 hand and thank her/him.

Reminder: Timeout are 30 seconds. Blow whistle at end of 30 second for both teams.

  • After end of match: Get down off the referee stand and watch teams shake hands, then walk to score table. Check score sheet with scorer to make sure everything is completely correctly. If you are assigned the next match, start the captains meeting/coin toss. Start your timer. Use the TM2Sign account on your smartphone to enter the scores into the TM2 system.
  • If you are off the next match, after entering your previous scores into the TM2Sign system, and have called captains for the next match, take this time to drink water, have snacks/food if time allows, and use the bathroom.
  • At the end of day: You MUST make sure you checkout with the Head Official or Tournament Director and confirm your matches worked. Match count is final and not able to be edited after end of day.

Warm-Ups

  • Teams will be given sole use of the court for five (5) minutes prior to their first match of the day. During the five (5) minutes the team may hit, practice ball handling and serve (serving must be done during their five (5) minutes). No other time will be allotted to practice serving.
  • Serving Team – five (5) minutes solo court.
  • Receiving Team – five (5) minute solo court.
  • Once all teams in the pool have played, the teams scheduled to play the next match will be given sole use of the court for three (3) minutes. During the three (3) minutes the team may hit, practice ball handling and serve (serving must be done during their three (3) min.) No other time will be allotted to practice serving.

Since no ball handling is permitted during the opposing team’s use of the court, it is recommended that each team provides shaggers for the opposing team’s warm-up. This allows for more reps for the team warming up. Due to insurance and liability requirements only NCVA registered and on the roster personnel will be allowed to retrieve balls.

For more information on warmups, see Rule 7.2.2b in the USAV Indoor Volleyball Rule book.

There are no extra warm-up periods, regardless of when a team played last on the day of competition. I.E. – the team played two hours ago. They can warm up according to the standard protocol five (5) minute or three (3) minutes.

Troubling Techniques (2021 - 2022 Club Season)

Using Individual or Delay Penalty

  • Whistle
  • Call Player (if on court) or captain (if team member not on court or delay) to referee stand
  • Explain fault to captain/player; show individual red card or delay penalty
  • Signal team to server next

Improper Request

  • Second referee signal is a wave off
  • First referee whistle at next dead ball period
  • Call captain to referee stand
  • Explain fault to captain; first referee signal is a hand on the opposite wrist

Served Ball Hits Net Outside Antenna Without Crossing Net

  • Signal ball out

Served Ball Hits Second Referee’s Antenna

  • Served ball outside the second referee’s antenna or hits the antenna and goes over the net
    • First referee whistle
    • If first referee does not whistle; second referee whistle
  • Served ball hits antenna in body of net on second referee side
    • First referee whistle

Time-Outs

Second referee must whistle to end time-out even if teams are ready to play

Time Between Sets

  • Second referee must whistle to end time interval between sets
  • If players are not on the court at 2 minutes 30 seconds, second referee whistles
    • Second referee must also whistle at 3 minutes to end timed interval
  • If players are on the court at 2 minutes, 30 seconds, second referee checks line-ups and whistles at 3 minutes

Deciding Set

  • 3 minutes starts at end of previous set
  • Second referee conducts coin toss
  • Notify first referee of results
  • If teams need to switch sides, second referee helps administer this process
  • There is no whistle from first or second referee

Switch Courts Signal Between Sets

Start with arms at your side and then raise the forearms counterclockwise front and back around the body at waist level, hands closed. (Same as NCAA)

Whistles to End Set/Match

  • To end 2nd set and before deciding set
    • Whistle to end rally
    • Signal team to serve and signal fault
    • Whistle; signal end of set; motion teams to bench by making sub authorization signal with both hands at the same time toward benches
    • Second referee whistles and holds up coin for captains
  • To end match
    • Whistle to end rally
    • Signal team to serve and signal fault
    • Whistle; signal end of set; and signal teams to end lines
    • Whistle; signal players to net to shake hands

USAV Rating Sheet - List of Critical Errors

Conduct such as, but not limited to:

  • Making derogatory remarks to coaches, players, or spectators.
  • Engaging in interactions with spectators.
  • Displaying unsupportive attitude regarding the decisions or performance of other officials during any portion of the tournament where ratings take place.
  • Using alcohol or illegal drugs during the rating session.
  • Making racial slurs.
  • Making sexual remarks.
  • Fraternizing with players, coaches, or spectators while in uniform during the rating session.
  • Showing favoritism toward a team.
  • Completely losing control of team conduct during a match.
  • Use of cell phones or other communication devices while officiating.
  • Late to or missing an assignment.
  • Other unprofessional or unethical conduct on or off the court.
  • Not following venue, NCVA, local, county, and federal COVID-19 Guidelines.

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Beach Official

Welcome to Beach Officiating!

The NCVA is looking to build our Beach Officials members and assist you in another avenue to expand your officiating skills and opportunities. We train, evaluate and certify referees for all types of outdoor volleyball, including doubles, triples, fours and sixes, played on both grass and sand surfaces. We support junior, collegiate and professional play.

It is important to note that we are beach officials, not beach referees. To certify for beach officiating, you must train in all of the officiating roles: lines-judge and scorer, as well as first and second referee!

The following pages will thoroughly describe the requirements for becoming a beach official, and for maintaining your rating. But first, let us take a moment to look at the big picture:

How Do I get Started?

  • Get off to a great start by making use of our online-tools: Go to VolleyballRefTraining.com and look at the Training Materials, Rules & Interpretations, Certifications, and Resource for beach officiating. You will find presentations, rules comparisons, scoring instruction, and other tools, all online for your at-home convenience!
  • The NCVA hosts beach officiating training camps each summer.
  • If you are already an experienced beach official, you can certify directly at one of our Zonal Certification Clinics.
  • To apply for a Certification Clinic or a camp, please contact the NCVA.

Becoming a Beach Volleyball Official at the Local Level

The entry level Beach Volleyball Official certification that is awarded by a Region is a Local Beach Official. Certification and recertification requirements are to be administered by the NCVA. The suggested criteria used for a Local Beach Official are as follows:

  • The official must be a regular member of USAV.
  • The official will need to complete all SafeSport courses.
  • The official must successfully pass and maintain USAV background screening if they will be officiating junior’s competition.
  • The official will need to attend a Beach officiating clinic either in person or online every season.
  • The official will need to take the current Beach officials’ exam either online or hardcopy. (all exams must be corrected to 100% with rule references).
  • The official will need to prove proficiency in all portions of Beach officiating (i.e. R1, R2, Scorekeeping, and Line Judge). This proficiency will be measured by practical ratings and observation. These ratings will be conducted at USAV events either in region or nationally. Ratings should be conducted by Beach Officials who hold a Zonal rating or higher.
    • Receive one (1) passing rating as an R1.
    • Receive one (1) passing rating as an R2.
    • Receive one (1) passing rating as a Scorer. This requirement can be met by successful use of the USAV Beach score sheet while performing their duties as an R1 or R2.
    • The Official will need to be observed as a Line Judge with feedback provided to ensure that they understand the correct technique.

Required Uniform

Shirt All white, blue or grey polo shirt, short or long sleeves, with the “Certified Volleyball Official” logo on the arm. For NCVA local tournaments, an NCVA Beach Official T-Shirt may be worn.
Slacks Dark navy or black shorts made of 100% polyester are recommended. Other fabric combinations are permitted as long as the dark navy color doesn’t appear to be faded. However, “Dockers” are specifically prohibited.
Belt Black or dark navy in color.
Shoes Shoes must be all white, black or white sandals, or barefoot.
Jacket Jackets are optional. If worn they must be primarily white with the “Certified Volleyball Officials” logo on the left chest.

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Codes of Conduct

Member Code of Conduct

Officials Code of Behavior

As an Official, I:

  • Will participate in volleyball free of alcohol and drugs.
  • Will use positive verbal and physical behavior, controlling my temper and aggression.
  • Will give true information concerning another individual’s involvement in or knowledge of an incident relevant to a violation of the rules.
  • Will officiate by the rules of volleyball.
  • Will display fair play by treating all those involved in the match with dignity and respect.
  • Will treat others as I would like to be treated.
  • Will work hard and honestly to improve performance and participation.
  • Will maintain a positive image of myself by participating for enjoyment.
  • Will comply with and respect all decisions made by the tournament director, including format and all necessary sanctions.
  • Will abide by all facility rules.

Volleyball Spectator Code of Conduct

  • Remain in the spectator area during matches.
  • Do not make derogatory comments to coaches, officials, tournament directors or players of either team.
  • Do not drink alcohol at tournaments or come to a tournament having consumed too much alcohol.
  • Respect the integrity and judgment of the officials without taunting or approaching them at any time.
  • Be in control of your emotions.
  • Respect the rights of others and treat the visiting team and their spectators courteously.
  • Abide by all applicable federal, state, and local laws while attending any match.
  • Cheer positively for your team, using socially acceptable language.
  • Follow the rules of the event
  • Follow the rules of the facility, such as NO FOOD IN GYM, no beach chairs, etc.
  • Use litter receptacles to properly dispose of trash.
  • Use only designated smoking areas that are clearly posted.
  • Applaud good performances by both teams. Excessive noise during such as pounding on bleachers or use of artificial noise makers is not permitted.
  • Discourage all forms of violent behavior.
  • I will direct all questions at an event to the Head Coach or Club Director for my team/club as opposed to contacting the Tournament Director directly.
  • I will not contact any site used by NCVA directly
  • I understand that there are consequences for my behavior that may include removal from the event in addition to potential penalties against the team I am affiliated with including, but not limited to removing the team from the event and awarding last place points.

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Schedule

Schedules

Below is a listing of tournament dates where officials will be needed. Please see the Fees and Membership Section for more information on signing up to officiate an event.

2021 - 2022 Boys’ League

12 14/13 16/15 18/17
Qualifier Sep 18 - Sep 19 Sep 11 - Sep 12 Sep 18 - Sep 19 Sep 11 - Sep 12
League #1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 3 Oct 2
League #2 Oct 24 Oct 23 Oct 23 Oct 24
League #3 Nov 14 Nov 13 Nov 13 Nov 14
Regional Championship Dec 18 - Dec 19 Dec 11 - Dec 12 Dec 11 - Dec 12 Dec 18 - Dec 19

2021 - 2022 Boys’ Special Events

Tournament Date Locations Divisions Website
No Dinx/NCVA Boys Far Western January 8-9, 2022 Santa Clara Convention Center 12 No Dinx
13 No Dinx
14 Open
14 USA
15 Open
15 USA
16 Open
16 USA
17 Open
17 USA
18 Open
18 USA
www.ncva.com/boysbid
Bay View Classic May 28-29-30, 2022 @the Grounds (Roseville)
Capital Sports Center (Sacramento)
12, 14/13, 16/15, 18/17 www.ncva.com/bayview

2021 - 2022 Girls’ League

11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Qualifier Feb 5 - Feb 6 Feb 5 - Feb 6 Jan 29 - Jan 30 Jan 29 - Jan 30 Feb 5 - Feb 6 Feb 5 - Feb 6 Dec 18 - Dec 19 Dec 18 - Dec 19
League #1 Feb 26 Feb 26 Feb 27 Feb 27 Feb 26 Feb 26 Jan 9 Jan 8
League #2 Mar 12 Mar 13 Mar 19 Mar 13 Mar 19 Mar 20 Jan 29 Jan 30
League #3 Mar 27 Mar 26 Mar 27 Mar 27 Apr 9 Apr 10 Feb 13 Feb 12
Region Championships May 7 - May 8 May 14 - May 15 May 14 - May 15 May 7 - May 8 May 14 - May 15 May 14 - May 15 Mar 5 - Mar 6 Apr 9 - Apr 10

2021 - 2022 Girls’ Special Events

Tournament Date Locations Divisions Website
Kickstart January 15, 2022 San Mateo Event Center 11/12
13/14
15/16
17/18
ncva.com/kickstart
California Kickoff January 15-16-17, 2022 San Jose Convention Center
San Mateo Event Center
Santa Clara Convention Center
Sacramento Convention Center
11 Open & Club
12 Open & Club
13 Open & Club
14 Open & Club
15 Open & Club
16 Open & Club
17 Open & Club
18 Open & Club
ncva.com/kickoff
No Dinx/NCVA President’s Day Tournament February 19-20-21, 2022 San Jose Convention Center
San Mateo Event Center
Capital Sports Center (Sacramento)
@the Grounds (Roseville)
Power League:
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
ncva.com/presidentsday
No Dinx/NCVA Sierra National Qualifier March 4-5-6, 2022 Reno-Sparks Convention Center Girls:
18 Open
18 USA
18 Liberty
18 American
18 No Dinx
ncva.com/sierra
No Dinx/NCVA Golden State Classic March 5-6, 2022 San Mateo Event Center Girls:
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
ncva.com/goldenstate
No Dinx/NCVA March Madness March 19-20, 2022 Capital Sports Center March 19: 12s & 16s
March 20: 14s & 18s
ncva.com/marchmadness
No Dinx/NCVA Spring Fling March 19-20, 2022 International Agri-Center Girls:
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
ncva.com/springfling
No Dinx/NCVA Far Western April 23-24-25, 2022 Reno Sparks Convention Center
Reno Event Center
11 National
11 No Dinx
12 American
12 National
12 No Dinx
12 USA
13 American
13 Liberty
13 No Dinx
13 Open
13 USA
14 American
14 Liberty
14 No Dinx
14 Open
14 USA
15 American
15 Liberty
15 No Dinx
ncva.com/farwestern
No Dinx/NCVA Far Western April 29-30, May 1, 2022 Reno Sparks Convention Center
Reno Event Center
15 Open
15 USA
16 American
16 Liberty
16 No Dinx
16 Open
16 USA
17 American
17 Liberty
17 No Dinx
17 Open
17 USA
18 Prime
18 Select
ncva.com/farwestern
Bay View Classic May 28-29-30, 2022 @the Grounds (Roseville)
Capital Sports Center (Sacramento)
Sacramento Convention Center
Girls: Open and Club:
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Boys:
12
14/13
16/15
18/17
ncva.com/bayview

2021 - 2022 Beach Tournaments

TBD

Want to become a Tournament Director?

The NCVA is always looking to train new people into becoming tournament directors for our tournaments. It is a great way to make some money and also watch some great volleyball. We have tournaments almost every weekend during the sanctioned season. If you are interested in viewing the responsibilities of a tournament director you can review the Tournament Director Handbook or you can email us and we will provide you with information. If you are interested in becoming a tournament director, please email us at [email protected] for more information.

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Safesport

SafeSport Registration

USA Volleyball has ruled that all Officials must become SafeSport Certified.

The primary goal is to help all officials understand and become well-skilled in the awesome responsibility and incredible opportunity they have to influence young people positively through the sport of volleyball.

The NCVA would like to assist all officials in becoming responsible officials and to develop a clearer understanding of their responsibility and opportunity.

SafeSport

USA Volleyball believes that volleyball has many positive things to offer those who participate. First, and most importantly, whether one is a gifted athlete or a recreational player, volleyball is FUN! It is a lifetime sport enjoyed by players from 8 to 80. Participation in volleyball is not only good exercise, but also involves team cooperation and spirit.

Athletes enjoy a wide range of physical, emotional and social benefits. Sports develop general physical fitness, and physical exertion has a documented positive mental effect. Athletes have a greater sense of self-worth, demonstrate better collaboration skills, and maintain healthier peer relationships.

Unfortunately, sports, including volleyball, can also be a high-risk environment for misconduct, including physical and sexual abuse. All forms of misconduct are intolerable and in direct conflict with the values of USA Volleyball.

Misconduct may damage an athlete’s psychological well-being. Athletes who have been mistreated may experience social embarrassment, emotional turmoil, psychological scars, loss of self-esteem and negative impacts on their relationships with family, friends and the sport. Misconduct often hurts an athlete’s competitive performance and may cause enough harm for them to drop out of our sport entirely.

USA Volleyball is committed to fostering a fun, healthy and safe sport environment for all its members. We must recognize that the safety of minors lies with all those involved in the sport and is not the sole responsibility of any one person at the club, regional or national level.

We all have a role to play in providing a healthy setting for our sport. The USA Volleyball SafeSport Program raises awareness about possible misconduct in our sport, promotes open dialogue and provides training and resources. When we work as a team, we can build a plan to make volleyball safe – for everyone.

USA Volleyball members should use the policies, guidelines, best practices, strategies and tools available to implement SafeSport practices at the local level. Together we can provide a safe environment for all members to enjoy the sport of volleyball.

Annually, NCVA officials are required to take the “SafeSport Refresher” course.

Guiding Principles:

  1. USA Volleyball is committed to providing a safe, healthy and positive environment for its participants’ physical, emotional and social development.
  2. USA Volleyball believes in an environment free from abuse and misconduct.
  3. USA Volleyball believes that all non-athlete members share a collective responsibility to protect our membership.
  4. USA Volleyball will make training available for all members to increase awareness and understanding of athlete protection policies and best practices. USA Volleyball will provide a process for members to recognize, respond to and report any SafeSport issues that arise.
  5. USA Volleyball will provide resources, information and guidance on SafeSport related issues to all members, including coaches, parents and athletes.
  6. USA Volleyball will treat all allegations of abuse or concerns regarding athlete safety seriously and will respond appropriately and as prescribed by the USA Volleyball policies.

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Memberships and Fees

Membership Fees

As of September 1, 2020, all officials participating in NCVA events must renew their membership status or become a new member. No payments will be issued until the current season’s memberships are up to date.

All NCVA officials: When you register online for your NCVA Membership, even though it is not a required field, please be sure to provide a phone number so we can reach you.

Membership and Background Check fees are non-transferable and non-transferable and must be paid online.

Individual Membership $70.00
Individual Background Check $15.00

Registering as a Member

If you were previously a player, coach, or other club member, you are a renewing member. If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Prior to registering for the season, please note the following: * Please use member’s legal name (Do not use Liz instead of Elizabeth or Bobby instead of Robert) * All officials must be registered online prior to attending any sanctioned event. * Membership fees are non-refundable. * Memberships are non-transferable.

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Forms

NCVA Independent Contractor Agreement The NCVA Independent Contractor Agreement is now available online and will be electronically signed.
NCVA W-9 and Independent Contractor Form You must submit the required W-9 form along with the Independent Contractor form. Please note that there is also an option to submit for direct deposit at the end of the form, this is optional and the form will not require you to submit.

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Expectations

Expectations

First Referees

  • Eye-contact with the officiating team and participants.
  • Match control – address all issues; be aware of all match situations; address conduct when needed – not necessary to wait for second referee to request a sanction since R1 has ultimate control over match.
  • Establish and maintain a brisk, but unhurried match tempo.
  • Excellent signals and strong whistle.
  • Court awareness – be aware of extraneous items/equipment on court; recognize non-participants on court; errant balls; injury situations.
  • Ensure antennas are properly aligned before EVERY match; check prior to warm-ups; re-check R1’s antenna before getting on stand to start.
  • Understanding Sport Court rules, particularly regarding the service authorization.
  • When teams have different degree of skill, maintain consistency appropriate to both sides.
  • Call net faults appropriately but give second referee time to call most nets. Allow appropriate & consistent latitude on the net contacts that do not interfere with play.
  • Adjust judgment to level of competition.
  • Give verbal warnings at appropriate times with appropriate demeanor.
  • Protect other officials from abuse by participants/spectators.
  • Ensure all COVID-19 protocols and policies are being enforced.

Second Referees

  • Be on the offending team’s side at the end of each rally; required. ALWAYS step to the offending side when you (R2) are whistling the fault.
  • Awareness of player positions/alignments; appropriate verbal warnings; appropriate calls when required.
  • Helping the R1 “get it right” – back row faults, pancakes, Libero playing faults; proper use of discreet signals.
  • Appropriate interactions with coaches, when needed.
  • Good communication with scoring crew; includes waiting for the Score Keeper to finish recording subs/information before giving “ready” signal; require Score Keeper to use “ready” signal.
  • Assist with conduct control and request appropriate sanctions when necessary.
  • Ensure antennas are properly aligned before EVERY match; check prior to warm-ups; re-check R2’s antenna before the walk out presentation.
  • Control substitution procedures – one sub in the zone at a time; a separate whistle for each team’s sub requests.
  • Secure the game ball between sets and after the match.
  • Call net faults.
  • Adapt to level of competition.
  • Use correct signaling sequence in appropriate tempo.
  • Obtain a clear view of the receiving team prior to each serve but be positioned so that peripheral vision can detect activity from serving team’s bench.
  • Address players / coaches respectfully, always in a dignified way.
  • Display superior verbal and non-verbal communication skills with the other officials; avoid inappropriate body language.
  • Ensure all COVID-19 protocols and policies are being enforced.

Unprofessional Conduct

  • Sloppy uniform; scuffed or dirty shoes.
  • Line-up sheets, ref bags, or other non-essential items placed on the water barrels.
  • “Leaving without your partner”, i.e., the first referee beckoning for service without first ensuring R2 is ready.
  • R2 giving “ready” without first receiving this signal from Score Keeper.
  • Overly attentive to location of substitutes at the end of the bench; handle this pre-match and again during line-up checks prior to match!
  • Lack of communication and eye contact. Scan, scan, scan! See everything on your court, especially prior to each beckon.
  • PERSONAL use of cell phones! Calling Tournament Desk or a Head Referee may be acceptable, but even that isn’t preferable.
  • Missing deadlines, not responding in a timely manner to communications.
  • Not showing up on the day of tournament. Showing up late.
  • Lack of time management on your court which creates matches to back-up.
  • Making derogatory remarks to coaches, players, or spectators- about the NCVA, other officials, or any other NCVA member.
  • Engaging in interactions with spectators.
  • Displaying unsupportive attitude regarding the decisions or performance of other officials during any portion of the tournament at all.
  • Using alcohol or illegal drugs while working.
  • Making racial slurs.
  • Making sexual remarks.
  • Fraternizing with players, coaches, or spectators while in uniform.
  • Showing favoritism toward a team.
  • Completely losing control of team conduct during a match.
  • Following an incorrect protest procedure.
  • Other unprofessional or unethical conduct on or off the court.

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Evaluations

What we are looking for

In order to assist the officials of the NCVA to prepare for advancement from Provisional to Regional and beyond; below we have listed what the NCVA and the USAV evaluators will be looking for in their observations. This (we hope) will help you prepare for evaluation during the season.

Provisional / Regional Rating

  1. Knows the rules and how to apply them
    • Applying Sanctions
    • Protest Situations
  2. Knowledge of the use of the USAV score sheet
  3. Good mechanics
  4. Knows the techniques of an R1 and R2
    • First Referee technique when second referee whistle’s fault.
    • Second Referee technique when they whistle fault.
  5. Knows how to transition as an R2
    • Knows when to have secondary transition.
    • In position to help with antenna faults.
    • Looks in the right spot for positional faults.
    • Does not leave the net early – sees center line violations.
    • Sees the play develop through the net.
    • Libero hand-set in front zone
    • Sees the take off for back row attacks.
  6. Has bench and court awareness
    • Address coaches when appropriate.
    • Controlling bench players too close to court.
    • Playing area free of obstacles (water bottles, bags, spectators).
    • Anticipation of interruptions.
  7. Recognizes positional faults
    • Warn or Whistle?
    • Communication with participants and coaches.
  8. Recognizes back row faults
    • Back Row Attacks (BRA)
    • Back Row Blocks (BRB)
    • Libero illegal attacks
    • Libero blocking/attempt to block
    • Collective Blocks
  9. Teamwork with entire officiating crew
    • Centers with partner.
    • As R2, gives help with four (4) hits, back row faults, pancakes where partner may be screened.
    • As R1, proper use of Line Judges (when to take information, when to over-rule).
    • As R2, works with the score table (table clear of phones, food, water bottles)
  10. Ball-handling consistency
    • Not too tight
    • Not too loose
    • Set a level that you can be consistent, and the players can play.
  11. Attention to details
    • Tournament Procedures
    • Time Management (time between matches, sets and time-outs)
  12. The ability to bounce back from mistakes
    • Staying calm under pressure
      • After sanctions are given
      • After close/controversial calls
  13. Be a facilitator
    • Preventative Officiating
      • Takes care of little things before they become bigger issues.
      • Performs duties without being over officious.
    • Help participants through the match
    • Stay in the background (do not insert self when not needed)
  14. Professionalism
    • Show up on time, make sure you CHECK IN and OUT with the Head Official.
    • On the court
      • Maintains an appropriate demeanor
      • On the stand (during TO and in between set) (not leaning, not on cell phone unless entering scores).
    • Off the court
      • Open, Receptive, Non-confrontational during debriefs.
    • Appearance
      • Well groomed
      • Proper uniform – Belt, Clean white shoes, Navy blue pants (not faded, or wrinkled)

Junior National Rating

  1. Knows the rules and how to apply them
    • Applying sanctions
    • Protest situations
  2. Knowledge of the use of the USAV score sheet
  3. Good mechanics
  4. Knows the techniques of an R1 and R2
    • First Referee technique when second referee whistle’s fault.
    • Second Referee technique when they whistle fault.
  5. Knows how to transition as an R2
    • Knows when to have secondary transition
      • In position to help with antenna faults
    • Looks in the right spot for positional faults
    • Does not leave the net early – sees center line violations.
    • Sees the play develop through the net.
      • Libero hand-set in front zone.
      • Sees the take off for back row attacks.
  6. Has bench and court awareness
    • Address coaches when appropriate
    • Controlling bench players too close to court
    • Playing area free of obstacles (water bottles, bags, spectators)
    • Anticipation of interruptions.
  7. Recognizes positional faults
    • Warn or Whistle?
    • Communication with participants and coaches.
  8. Recognizes back row faults
    • Back Row Attacks (BRA)
    • Back Row Blocks (BRB)
    • Libero illegal attacks
    • Libero blocking/attempting to block.
    • Collective Blocks
  9. Teamwork with entire officiating crew
    • Centers with partner
    • As R2, gives help with 4 hits, back row faults, pancakes where partner may be screened
    • As R1, proper use of LJs (when to take information, when to over-rule)
    • As R2, works with the score table (table clear of phones, food, water bottles)
  10. Ball-handling consistency
    • Not too tight
    • Not too loose
    • Set a level that you can be consistent, and the players can play.
  11. Attention to details
    • Tournament procedures
    • Time management (time between matches, sets and time outs)
  12. The ability to bounce back from mistakes
    • Staying calm under pressure
      • After sanctions are given
      • After close/controversial calls
  13. Be a facilitator
    • Preventative officiating
      • Takes care of little things before they become bigger issues.
      • Performs duties without being over officious
    • Help participants through the match
    • Stay in the background (do not insert self when not needed)
  14. Professionalism
    • On the court
      • Maintains an appropriate demeanor
    • Off the court
      • Open, Receptive, Non-confrontational during matches
    • Appearance
      • Well groomed
      • Proper uniform – Belt, Clean white shoes, Navy blue pants (not faded, or wrinkled)

Evaluation Forms

The following forms are made available to aid in evaluating referree and scorekeeping performance.

Provisional to Regional Officials Evaluation Form
NCVA Junior National Candidate Rating Sheet
National Scorer Candidate Rating Sheet

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Communication

Communication

The communication in the NCVA Officials’ Division is as follows:

Day of Event

On the day of event, if you are running late, or for whatever reason will not be able to attend that day, contact another official at the site to the get information to the Head Official or Tournament Director. They need to know as soon as possible to plan the rest of the day. Use the “Buddy System”.

NCVA Office

Communications will be made in the same manner to all officials, with no individual receiving privileged information from the NCVA Office. All via email and in writing.

Officials

Officials should contact the NCVA for information. Email is the preferred method of communication for the NCVA.

All NCVA officials: When you register online for your NCVA Membership, even though it is not a required field, please be sure to provide a phone number so we can reach you.

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Sponsors & Partners

Sponsors

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Since 1989, No Dinx Volleyball has been pushing the envelope with progressive, innovative volleyball apparel designs. From our own line of inspirational volleyball clothing to our popular volleyball tournament t-shirts, sweatshirts, and volleyball gear, we design by looking to the future, while also maintaining a strong classic feel.

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Guided by the brand statement, ‘For the real game’, Molten is committed to producing the absolute best quality sports equipment to help athletes maximize performance and realize their full potential. By combining innovative technology and superior craftsmanship, Molten will continue to create products of impeccable quality to serve and support the growth and development of the global sports community;

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For 20 years, Micheal Hall Photography has specialized in producing the highest quality, most beautiful imagery of youth volleyball possible. Known for capturing not just peak action, but also the moments of joy, comraderie and spontaneity that make up the sport of volleyball, their images are highly sought after.

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Partners

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Next College Student Athlete® (NCSA) was founded in 2000 to help student-athletes and their families navigate the cutthroat, competitive, and often confusing world of college recruiting. Their team of former college athletes, coaches and scouts, our network of 99% of American college coaches, and our custom technology and tools give you the edge you need in

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SportStars Magazine has been producing award-winning community-based club and high school sports coverage since 2010. Primarily focused on the Northern California region, the media company has profiled schools and athletes, teams, and clubs throughout the state. SportStars and NCVA joined forces in 2016 when it was obvious there was a natural fit to promote and cover the high-level volleyball being played throughout the region.

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At The Art of Coaching Volleyball, their unwavering commitment to you is to offer the tools necessary for you to be an outstanding coach who values listening and learning and seeks to evolve. If you’re a better coach today than you were yesterday, they’ve done their job, and so have you.

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TM2Sign is proud to be a partner with the NCVA, providing the tournament management software package with the most features and ease of use in the industry to help the region manage team registration, team scheduling, officials registration, officials scheduling and guest registration for the many NCVA events.

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The Registration Saver Regsaver policy was the co-creation of AIG and Next Wave Insurance Services, LLC “Next Wave.” Along with developing the Regsaver Program, Next Wave acts as the licensed insurance broker in all states…and across Canada. Designed to provide a solution to the typical “no refund” policy most events have on ticket purchases and registration fees, Regsaver meets a need for both consumers and event producers. It can provide confidence to a customer who is purchasing a non-refundable ticket or registering for an event that is months in advance. We have packaged together a seamless product with AIG’s ability to offer a 24/7 customer service department dedicated to handling all claims and inquiries effectively and efficiently.

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Championship Combines is focused on creating the opportunity for players to demonstrate their volleyball skills and for college coaches to evaluate recruits in a quick and economical manner.  Contact information for each combine athlete will be provided to college volleyball coaches who attend a combine.

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Tournament Housing Services (THS) Since our inception in 1998, we have been offering teams and parents a seamless reservation process, using live inventory and cutting-edge proprietary technology. We are confident you’ll appreciate working with people who understand your needs, will be patient with last minute changes, and are always there to support you.

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