Referee Certification

Team Referee Certification Requirements:

  1. Register with a team in the Old Dominion Region.
  2. Attend a USA Volleyball rules interpretation clinic in the Old Dominion Region.
  3. Complete the national rules examination Form C on line; correct to 100%; forward corrected examination with references for those questions missed to the Referee Chair.
  4. Successfully pass two practical referee ratings at a fellowship tournament or another tournament determined by the Referee Chair.
  5. Successfully pass two practical referee ratings on two different matches during the season, one rating per match. These ratings will be accomplished on matches for which the player referee’s team is the work team but on matches other than those matches for which the team is required to furnish the R1 (see Assignment of Referees section below).
  6. Upon completion of the requirements above, the Referee Chair will indicate certification of the team referee by updating the team referee’s information in the USA Volleyball Webpoint system.
  7. Team referee certifications are good for two seasons.

Team referees may elect and are encouraged to become USA Volleyball Provisional Referee candidates and meet the requirements for that rating (see Chapter 8 – Officials)

Failure to Provide Player Officials

The Chief Referee of the tournament shall be advised if any team fails or refuses to perform work assignments as scheduled.

If such failure to work is for a round robin match, the offending team shall forfeit the next match for which they are scheduled, even though that match might be played. If such failure to work is for a playoff match, the offending team shall be subject to suspension from competition for up to one month. No penalty shall be administered if failure to work is due to a scheduling change or lack of notice to the offending team.

If a player referee fails to work as scheduled, the offending team shall be required to pay the required fee to cover the cost of a non-playing referee. This must be paid to the Tournament Director prior to the participation of the team in any match subsequent to such failure to work.

A player referee failing to work may be subject to suspension from playing or officiating for a period of not less than 30 days.

If the failure is the result of a refusal to work, the certification of the referee may be revoked and the player may be suspended from playing for a period of not less than 30 days.

No penalty shall be administered if failure to work is due to a scheduling change or lack of notice to the offending referee.