Officiating Duties

The Head Official will assign the First Referee for all matches (First and Second Referees for all Finals matches). NEW: Teams are REQUIRED to provide a second referee that is a rostered adult for ALL age division matches. Anyone taking the assignment must be minimally certified through their region process and verified on the roster.

Teams are responsible for providing an officiating/work crew for matches in which they are not scheduled to play.  Those work assignments can be found in the official play schedule.  For planning purposes, be prepared to provide the following officials:

  • Second Referee 
    • Must be a rostered adult for ALL age division matches
  • Certified Scorer (PENALTIES NOTED BELOW)
  • Scoreboard Operator
  • Libero Tracker
  • 2 Line Judges

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 to include a current membership, cleared background screening, and taken SafeSport, as well as have the appropriate certifications.  Appropriate paperwork would need to be provided for Foreign Team personnel.

  • 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.


Missed Officiating Penalties

  • For missed assignments during the tournament, see the three bullet points directly above, under Team Officiating Duties.
  • For a team’s last assignment, if a team leaves before completing their last work assignment, the tournament director has the right to impose the following penalties on that team and/or club as determined by the tournament director:
    • A fine to be paid to the Tournament Director equal to the cost of hiring certified officials to fill in for any work assignments not fulfilled by the assigned team
    • A ban from that team or club’s participation at that tournament for the following season (this would most likely be levied against repeat offenders)

        Note:  It is strongly suggested to all teams that you check out with the TD before leaving the venue, after your last match of each day, to avoid any unnecessary penalties.


Missed Officiating Penalties with Regards to Three-Way Tie Breakers

Scenario 1: After the determination of a tie breaker and all three teams are present for the first tie break. If a team misses an officiating assignment for the match following the tie-break, then all penalties for missing an officiating assignment apply.

Scenario 2: If one or two team(s) are missing for the tie break matches. The team(s) that does not show up will not be penalized any further than the lost opportunity by not being present for the tie-breaker. No further penalties will be applied.