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The Head Official will assign the First Referee for all matches (First and Second Referees for all Finals matches).  Teams are REQUIRED to provide an adult Referee or player Referee.  Anyone taking the assignment must be minimally certified through their region process and verified on the roster.

Team Officiating Responsibilities

A player may be permitted to function as the Second Referee if the player can provide proof of referee certification or that the certification is verified by their Regional Volleyball Association (RVA) Commissioner.  Non-rostered personnel may be allowed to work on the officiating team; provided they can provide documentation that they are registered with a region of USAV and have any required certifications at JNC events.  For planning purposes, be prepared to provide the following officials:

  • Second Referee: an adult or player (if certified) whose name is on the Official Roster
  • Scorer: player (PENALTIES NOTED BELOW)
  • Duties can include: scorekeeper, visual scorekeeper, or libero tracker
  • Scoreboard Operator: player
  • 2 Line Judges - players

A rostered adult must be present at the scorer's table during his/her team's officiating assignment.

If a scorer at the tournament is ruled UNACCEPTABLE by the head referee or head scorer, the team penalties are as follows:

  • First offense is a 5-point penalty in the first game of the next match
  • Second offense is a loss of the first game in the next match OR the team can pay a penalty equivalent to cover the match fees for supplying a certified scorer for all of the teams' remaining matches in the round. In addition, a minimum of 2 players must attend a scorekeeping clinic, paying a total clinician's fee of $50. Participation in the scorer's clinic must be completed prior to the beginning of the team's next round of play. All fees must be paid prior to the start of the team's next match.
  • Third offense is loss of the next match.

A team's failure to have a complete officiating crew-including a rostered adult for that team-available and on time for an officiating assignment could result in the team having to forfeit the first game of its next match.

For every minute an officiating team is late to fulfill its assignment, one point will be awarded to that team's next opponent in the first game of the next match for up to 25 points.  No more than 25 points will be awarded to the team's next opponent, even if the team designated to officiate misses the entire match.  The time that determines how many penalty points are assessed begins at the start of the receiving team's warm-up.

A team will forfeit its entire next match for failing, a second time, to have an officiating crew available on time for an officiating assignment.

Penalties for missing officiating assignments do not apply to a team that misses a three-way tie-break when leaving a site before determination of a tie-break is necessary.  If a team misses an officiating assignment for the match following a tie-break, or a team leaves after playing the first tie-breaking game but before officiating the second tie-break, they are not allowed to advance out of their pool.  Losing the opportunity to advance by not being present for the tie-break is considered the penalty for the team.