Officials Committee

Officials Chair | Mike McPoyle

Director of Development | Referees
Neal Kenzakowski

Assignor East | Mike McPoyle

Assignor West | Joe Hardiman

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PA 153 Compliant Officials
Published 08/18/16

Instructions for New Official Candidates

Instructions for Certifying
or Recertifying Officials

Basic Requirements for all Officials


Contact Officials Committee

2016 Certification Events

One of the requirements for renewing your referee certification or to be certified as a new USAV referee is to be observed/rated. These events are meant to help you develop as an official and improve your craft. If you are seeking to renew your current rating, you will need a minimum of two observations (1 R1, 1 R2). New officials are required to pass two ratings as R1 and two as R2. If you are looking to move up from Provisional to Regional, you will need approval from the Officials Chair, Mike McPoyle, and five observations (2 R1, 2 R2, 1 Scorer).


Referees, Scorers & Coaches

The USAV Academy is up and running fairly smoothly now. Thank you very much for your continued patience with the issues that USA Volleyball encountered with the Learning Management System. The staff at USA Volleyball spent countless hours and put in great efforts to get the system up and running again. We thank them for their efforts and want to convey to our membership their heartfelt apologies for the difficulties that our members encountered over the last few weeks.

Please let the office know if you continue to encounter difficulties. We will contact the appropriate department to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

When you are able to log in, get right to it and take your course. When you are done, LOG OUT. Just closing the module you are working on does NOT log you out of Coursemill. You must click on the log out button in the top right corner of your screen. That is extremely important because that action will immediately open your seat for another participant.

Coaches, if you experience ANY issues with the USAV OnDemand Education courses, please click here for help. Certificates are always available to users by logging into USAV Academy, clicking on Transcript and then Certificates.

Referees

2017 Camp Schedule

The 2017 camp schedule is almost finalized and we wanted to make you aware of the first referee camp opportunity for your members.

The camp will take place at the Windy City National Qualifier in Chicago, IL. A pre-camp meeting will be held on the evening of April 13, the camp will take place on April 14, and campers are encouraged to stay until the end of competition of April 16. Campers who do stay to referee the tournament will receive hotel accommodations and per diem. Those campers who travel to Chicago only for the 1-day camp will be responsible for their own hotel costs and will not receive per diem

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The minimum requirement for acceptance is a USAV Provisional referee certification with Region Chair recommendation. This introductory referee camp is a great training ground for any strong Provisional or Regional referees interested in honing their skills in preparation for the next certification level in the upcoming years. It will also provide an opportunity for existing Junior National or National referees to gather feedback from the National Training Team and hone their skills.

USAV referee camps will open soon for registration and camper applications should be completed quickly, as space will be limited. As a reminder for all referees, the registration form and general information about the camps can be obtained by going to VRT's Training Camp page.

Background Check Requirements
for a PA 153 Clearance

All referees that intend to work at any KRVA tournament (BANE, KRVA Girl's Bid, and KRVA Girls Championship must comply with PA Act 153. Below are the links needed to complete the 3 background check requirements. Upon completion, please e-mail your documentation to krvadocuments@gmail.com.

Referee Online Training

Please contact Michelle Carlton if you are experiencing problems with the Referee Online Training Site.

Important | Referee & Scorer Dress Codes

Current information on the dress code for Referees and Scorers.

Download Referee & Scorer Dress Codes




Become a Referee

These are the basic requirements for becoming a certifed official.

  • New Provisional Referees and all Player Referees do not have any scorer certification requirements
  • Second year Provisional Referees must certify as a Provisional Scorer
  • Regional Referees must certify as a Regional Scorer
  • Provisional Referees are rated every year to recertify
  • Regional Referees are rated every THIRD (3rd) year to recertify:
    • Regional Referees whose last name begins with
      A through G will be rated in the 2015 - 2016 season
    • Regional Referees whose last name begins with
      H through P will be rated in the 2016-2017 season
    • Regional Referees whose last name begins with
      Q through Z will be rated in the 2017-2018 season

Certifications & Requirements

Review the certification requirements below. Your scoring requirements are listed with your referee requirements.

If you are presently a NFHS or PAVO official and are interested in becoming a USAV official, contact the Referee Chairperson for possible reciprocity of certification levels and a more expedited process.

  • Basic Requirements for all OfficialsOpen or Close
    • Register with the Region
    • Adults must complete Background Screening
    • Paid Officials must complete Concussion Training if not completed previously (Referees only)
    • Paid Officials must complete SafeSport Training if not completed previously
    • Complete corresponding curriculum and pass associated quiz(es)/tests
    • Pass Practical Rating based on certification level
    • For Regional or above (Referees only):
      • Work a full Region run event (Boys Zonal, Girls Regionals, Girls Bid, or Adult Regionals)
      • For JN, Natl, International
        • Mentor JN and Natl Candidate(s)
        • Rate at approved KRVA Rating event
  • Player Referee RequirementsOpen or Close

    This is a very basic Certification level within the region. This level is only used by individuals on teams who are required to either be R1 or R2 when the team works as the officiating team for a match. For those on Junior teams, the emphasis is on the R2 position.

    Those on adult teams are trained by KRVA APPROVED OFFICIALS CLINICIANS just as higher level referees are trained.

    Those on junior teams are trained BY KRVA APPROVED OFFICIALS Clinicians at region-run Junior Officials Clinics or AT club-RUN Junior Officials Clinics for the current season. Junior players or adults on junior rosters may be certified as Player Referees with emphasis on the R2 position.

    New Player Referee Requirements

    • Be a registered member of KRVA and a member of the respective club for the current season, and considered in good standing
    • No age requirement
    • Attend a KRVA approved referee clinic; clinician must sign your progress form
    • Those on adult teams must complete the current USAV Referee Test C, corrected to 100%. The On-Line version is available after October 15 each year
    • Obtain passing ratings on 2 matches, one as R1 and one as R2, by a Regional or higher level referee(s); rater(s) must sign your referee progress form
    • Ratings events to be announced

    Player Referee Recertification Requirements

    • Be a registered member of KRVA and a member of the respective club for the current season, and considered in good standing
    • Attend a KRVA approved referee clinic; clinician must sign your referee progress form
    • Complete the current USAV Referee Test A, corrected to 100% -must achieve at least a 70 on the first attempt. The On-Line version is available after October 15 each year
    • If notified by the Referee Chairperson, attend a clinic and/or obtain passing rating(s) as directed
  • Provisional Referee RequirementsOpen or Close

    This is the minimum certification level for those individuals that wish to pursue refereeing as a paid venture. it is also the minimum certification level for club referee representatives.

    New Provisional Referee Requirements

    • Be a registered member of KRVA for the current season and maintain good standing
    • Be 16 or older as of September 1 of the current season
    • Attend a KRVA Referee Clinic; clinician must sign your referee progress form
    • Complete the current USAV Referee Test C, corrected to 100%. The On-Line version is available after October 15 each year
    • Attend a Region rating event and obtain passing ratings on 4 matches, two as R1 and two as R2, by at least two different 2nd year Regional or higher level referees; Raters must sign your referee progress form
    • Ratings events to be announced

    Provisional Referee Recertification Requirements

    • Be a registered member of KRVA for the current season and maintain good standing
    • Complete the current USAV Referee Test A, corrected to 100% - must achieve at least a 75 on the first attempt. The On-Line version is available after October 15 each year
    • Attend a Region rating event every year and obtain passing ratings on 2 matches, one as R1 and one as R2, by a 2nd year Regional or higher level referee(s); rater(s) must sign your referee progress form
    • Ratings events to be announced
    • Complete the current On-Line Scorekeeper Clinic
    • Obtain a passing rating on 1 match as a scorekeeper, minimum of two sets; rater must sign your referee progress form
    • If notified by the Referee Chairperson, attend a referee clinic as directed
  • Regional Referee RequirementsOpen or Close

    This certification level is for experienced referees. It is generally recognized as a higher level. Referees at this level should be able to officiate any level match within the region. Regional referees are looked upon more or less as experts and are expected to be able to help in training other officials and in rating other officials.

    New Regional Referee Requirements

    • Be a registered member of KRVA for the current season and maintain good standing
    • Be 18 or older as of September 1 of the current season
    • Obtain approval from the Referee Chairperson to pursue this level
    • Attend a KRVA Referee Clinic or a USAV National Referee Clinic; clinician must sign your referee progress form
    • Complete the current USAV Referee Test A, corrected to 100% - must achieve at least an 80 on the first attempt. The On-Line version is available after October 15 each year
    • Attend a Region rating event and obtain passing ratings on 4 matches, two as R1 and two as R2, by at least two different Junior National or higher level referees; raters must sign your referee progress form
    • Ratings events to be announced
    • Complete the current On-Line Scorekeeper Test, corrected to 100% - must achieve at least a 75 on the first attempt
    • Obtain passing ratings on 2 matches as a scorekeeper, each a minimum of two sets, by two different raters; raters must sign your referee progress form

    Regional Referee Recertification Requirements

    • Be a registered member of KRVA for the current season and maintain good standing
    • Attend a KRVA Referee Clinic or a USAV National Referee Clinic; clinician must sign your referee progress form
    • Complete the current USAV Referee Test A, corrected to 100% - must achieve at least an 85 on the first attempt. The On-Line version is available after October 15 each year
    • Complete the current On-Line Scorekeeper Test, corrected to 100% - must achieve at least a 75 on the first attempt
    • Must officiate as a full-day official at a KRVA bid or regional championship event
    • Attend a Region ratings event for ratings every third year
    • If notified by the Referee Chairperson, obtain passing rating(s) as a referee the other two years as directed
    • If notified by either the Referee Chairperson or the Scorekeeper Chairperson, complete the On-Line Scorekeeper Clinic and/or obtain passing rating(s) as a scorekeeper as directed
  • USAV Jr. National Referee RequirementsOpen or Close

    Referees pursuing this certification level must be recommended to usav, since only usav approves this certification. Referees with this certification level may officiate at the national junior championships and should be able to officiate any junior match in the country.

    New USAV Jr. National Referee Requirements

    • Be a registered member of KRVA for the current season and maintain good standing for KRVA and USAV
    • Complete the current USAV Referee Test A, corrected to 100%- must achieve at least a 90 on the first attempt. The On-Line version is available after October 15 each year
    • Contact the referee chairperson for specific requirements and more information before December 15 of the current season
    • Must officiate as a full-day official at a KRVA bid or regional championship event, be assigned as a clinician for a KRVA Referee Clinic, or be assigned as a rater at a KRVA approved training/ratings event
    • If notified by either the Referee Chairperson or the Scorekeeper Chairperson, complete additional requirements as directed

    USAV Jr. National Referee Recertification Requirements

    • Be a registered member of KRVA for the current season and maintain good standing for KRVA and USAV
    • Attend a USAV National Referee Clinic
    • Complete the current USAV Referee Test A as directed by USAV. The On-Line version is available after October 15 each year
    • Must officiate as a full-day official at a KRVA bid or regional championship event, be assigned as a clinician for a KRVA Referee Clinic, or be assigned as a rater at a KRVA approved training/ratings event
    • If notified by either the Referee Chairperson or the Scorekeeper Chairperson, complete additional requirements as directed
  • USAV National Referee RequirementsOpen or Close

    Referees pursuing this certification level must be recommended to usav, since only usav approves this certification. Referees with this certification level may officiate at the national adult championships and should be able to officiate any match in the country.

    New USAV National Referee Requirements

    • Be a registered member of KRVA for the current season and maintain good standing for KRVA and USAV
    • Complete the current USAV Referee Test A, corrected to 100%- must achieve at least a 90 on the first attempt. The On-Line version is available after October 15 each year
    • Contact the referee chairperson for specific requirements and more information before December 15 of the current season
    • Must officiate as a full-day official at a KRVA bid or regional championship event, be assigned as a clinician for a KRVA Referee Clinic, or be assigned as a rater at a KRVA approved training/ratings event
    • If notified by either the Referee Chairperson or the Scorekeeper Chairperson, complete additional requirements as directed

    USAV National Referee Recertification Requirements

    • Be a registered member of KRVA for the current season and maintain good standing for KRVA and USAV
    • Attend a USAV National Referee Clinic
    • Complete the current USAV Referee Test A as directed by USAV. The On-Line version is available after October 15 each year
    • Must officiate as a full-day official at a KRVA bid or regional championship event, be assigned as a clinician for a KRVA Referee Clinic, or be assigned as a rater at a KRVA approved training/ratings event
    • If notified by either the Referee Chairperson or the Scorekeeper Chairperson, complete additional requirements as directed
  • Juniors & RefereeingOpen or Close

    Juniors teams when working must now provide a certified referee (at least Player level) to be the R2. The Club Referee Representative will ensure that appropriate members of each team are trained and certified as at least a Player Referee.

    Juniors (or Adults on a Juniors Roster) may be rated as Player referees (with emphasis on R2).

    If certification and training are done within a club, the trainer/rater may simply submit the list of names and id's for certification documentation.

    The trainer/rater must be a certified Regional level referee or higher. Contact Mike McPoyle for more information.

Uniforms

In an effort to alleviate some confusion over the solid colored jersey rule that went into effect on September 1, and to ease the transition to the new rule, the Rules Commission has agreed to the following modified interpretations for the coming season.

Either the Libero and/or the rest of the team must wear a solid colored jersey that clearly contrasts with the predominant color(s) of the other jerseys. To be considered compliant as a solid colored jersey, the jersey must be a single color, including the sleeves. Numbers must be clearly contrasting and meet the size and location requirements as described in Rule 4.3, i.e. centered on the player's chest and upper back and at least 4" and 6" front and back, respectively. Exceptions for collars, cuffs and piping/trim, provided the piping/trim is along a working seam and is no wider than 1" at its widest point, are provided for in the rule. This part of the rule and its associated interpretations has not changed.

What has changed is that the Rules Commission has decided to relax the implementation of the solid colored jersey definition only as it pertains to the size and placement of the team logo/name graphic. Effective immediately, printing of the club/team/player name on the jersey and printing of a club logo or team mascot on the jersey will not be considered when determining if the jersey is compliant as a solid colored jersey.

Clubs are encouraged to follow the more restrictive examples portrayed in the VRT module since the intent is to enforce the definitions as agreed to by USAV, NCAA and NFHS for next season (beginning September 1, 2015). The placement of the numbers as defined in the rules will still be enforced (centered on player's chest and upper back) and could not be displaced by the team logo/name graphic. There is a very complete explanation on the VRT site which further illustrates solid colored jersey examples. Click on Solid Colored Jersey Rule at the top of the right hand column.

It is important to note here that any jersey that was legal last year will still be a legal jersey this year, it just may not be compliant as a solid colored jersey. That means that either the team or the Libero could still wear any jersey that was legal last year, the only difference is that now the opposite jersey (worn by either the Libero or the rest of the team) would need to be compliant as a solid colored jersey