USA Volleyball

Officiating Training Manuals

Free Training Materials for USAV Members

USA Volleyball’s extensive library of officiating training materials is freely available as a member benefit to current USA Volleyball members via the USA Volleyball Academy.

Course Offerings

Below is a list of the officiating training materials USA Volleyball is offering for 2020-21. This catalog includes study material for those new to the sport all the way up through the best officials in USA Volleyball. The Indoor Referee, Indoor Scorer and World ParaVolley courses may be found on Sharepoint while the Beach Referee section contains download links to training materials.

Beginning Education

Title Course Information
Critical Rules and Interpretations Guide to critical rules and interpretations. Provides direction to officials for the upcoming season. Designed for experienced scorers and referees of all levels.
Points of Emphasis for Recertifying Referees Covers pre-season education for currently certified Provisional and Regional referees. Includes new rules, frequent errors, and much more.
Uniform Requirements & Reminders A brief guide on player uniforms, legal numbering, and contrasting Libero colors.

 

Junior Officiating Education

Title Course Information
Line Judge Essentials Pre-season education for all junior players or adults who could serve as a line judge as part of a junior tournament officiating team.
Junior Second Referee Provides pre-season education for all junior players or adults who could serve as a second referee as part of a junior tournament officiating team.
Junior Signals Accompaniment to junior first and second referee modules.
Junior First Referee Provides pre-season education for all junior players or adults who could be serving as a first referee as part of a junior tournament officiating team.
Libero Control Provides pre-season education for all junior and adult players who could be serving as an assistant scorer as part of a tournament officiating team.
Scoring Basics Non-deciding Set Task-based approach to learning use of the USAV score sheet. Before the match, tracking servers, recording points, substitutions and time-outs, and completing a score sheet. Non-deciding set only.
Scoring – Deciding Set Task-based approach to learning use the USAV deciding-set score sheet. Focused only on differences required on the deciding set.
Basic Scoring Example Example of a non-deciding set under typical circumstances. English and Spanish text with English voice over.
Basic Scoring Example – Deciding Set Example of a deciding set under typical circumstances. English and Spanish text with English voice over.
Coaching’s Role in Officiating How to improve the performance of your team’s/club’s officiating team and the role of coaches/club directors in building the sport. Specifically, for junior coaches and club directors, not for players.

 

Referee Education - Core Components

Title Course Information
Official Uniform & Equipment Covers required and optional attire and equipment for all officials.
Ground Rules Covers process for establishing ground rules.
Pre-match Preparation and Post-match Debrief Pre-match Preparation and Post-match Debrief
Signals Explains the proper mechanics used to make all signals in USA Volleyball officiating.
Introduction to First Referee Responsibilities Outlines duties of first referee before, during, and after play.
Net & Center Line Rules Outlines what should and should not be whistled as a net fault for the current season.
Net Play Explains legal and illegal attacks, back-row situations, and how they are to be judged.
Libero Rules Covers rules that govern the use of the Libero for junior and adult play.
Introduction to Sanctions Explains basic information on assessment of team and individual sanctions.
Introduction to Second Referee Responsibilities Outlines duties of second referee before, during, and after play.
Time-outs and Substitutions Explains and demonstrates proper techniques and mechanics for administering time-outs and substitutions.

 

Referee Education - Intermediate

Title Course Information
Taking Care of Business Investigates some of the many details a referee must attend to during a tournament. Recommendations from head referees for points of focus for referees at convention center events.
Sport Court Rules Addresses rules for play when Sport Court is used as the playing surface.
Officiating U14s Highlights rule exceptions in place for refereeing U14 volleyball.
Protests Covers proper procedure referees should follow in protest situations.
Preventive Officiating Considers the area of preventive officiating, from the moment you walk onto the court until the moment you leave the court at the end of the match.
Second Referee Transition & Positioning Explains and demonstrates current mechanics and techniques for second referee.
Second Referee Progressions Outlines the mechanics and key points of focus for a second referee.
Second Referee Transition Analysis An inside look at the transition techniques of four referees.
Alignment Basics: 5-1 Overview of 5-1 serve receive patterns, highlighting potential positional faults, points of focus.
The Art of Assessing Sanctions Is assessing a sanction black and white? What factors play into these difficult decisions?
Handling Injury Situations Outlines the proper ways to handle player injuries.
Ball Handling Best Practices Tips, hints, and plenty of video to teach the nuances of ball handling calls.
Net Fault Awareness A look at techniques to improve accuracy of second referee judgement of net contact.
Center Line Fault Awareness Best practices for making good judgment calls on center line plays.
Best practices for making good judgment calls on center line plays. Teaches the foundation and nuances of reaching over the net call through a series of video clips.
What Would You Do 2017? Through video examples, explores a series of judgment calls.
Getting Rated Outlines best practices for preparing for and completing the rating process, regardless of desired certification.
Health and Well-being Are you really ready for the USAV season? A look at steps you can take to improve your performance as a referee.
Professionalism I Outlines basics of officiating professionalism.
Professionalism II Explores recipe of professionalism for volleyball officials.
Officiating: Art or Science Analyzes art of officiating versus science of officiating.

 

Referee Education - Advanced

Title Course Information
Referee Interaction with Coaches Explores the coach-referee relationship and provides some best practices for smoothly addressing bench issues.
Ball Handling – Getting the Tough Calls Right National clinicians’ video analysis of some difficult calls for the first referee.
Back Row Awareness National clinicians ring in on video clips of back row situations.
Advanced Line Judge Techniques Advanced techniques for both two- and four-person line judge configurations. Intended for line judges assigned to such events as USAV PVL, FIVB, Open division, and other high-level competitions using USAV/FIVB rules. (Runtime ~18 min.)

 

Referee Education - Specialized

Title Course Information
Working with Arbitrators Covers how referees, arbitrators, and tournament staff work together to create an enjoyable and safe environment for our sport.
Effective Evaluation A practical guide to the process of evaluating referees and the philosophy when serving in this very important role.
Refereeing Sitting Volleyball Introduction to the rule differences for this exciting and growing discipline.
Referee Platform Requirements Explains national standards for referee platforms to ensure safety for all participants.

 

Scorer Education

Title Course Information
Scoring Basics: Non-deciding Set Task-based approach to teaching scoring. Before the match, tracking servers, recording points, substitutions and time-outs, and completing the score sheet. Not a full set. Non-deciding set only.
Libero Control Provides pre-season education for all junior and adult players who could be serving as an assistant scorer as part of a tournament officiating team.
Scoring – Materials Outlines materials needed to keep score in a volleyball match.
Scoring – Pre-set Information Covers completing the parts of the score sheet to be filled out prior to play starting.
Scoring – Recording Points Teaches the mechanics of tracking servers and recording points on the score sheet.
Scoring – Set Interruptions Provides instruction on recording time-outs and substitutions on the score sheet.
Scoring – End of Set/Match Covers how to complete the score sheet at the end of a set and of a match.
Scoring – Sanctions Outlines how to record sanctions on the USA Volleyball score sheet.
Scoring – Deciding Set Teaches the differences required on the deciding set score sheet.
Scoring – Special Situations Addresses how to record unusual situations on the score sheet.
Scoring – Tips and Hints Provides tips and hints for anyone keeping score.
Basic Scoring Example Example of a non-deciding set under typical circumstances. English and Spanish text and English voice over.
Basic Scoring Example – Deciding Set Example of a deciding set under typical circumstances. English and Spanish text and English voice over.

2020-21 Beach Training Materials

Title Course Information
Beach Quick Guide (PDF - version 20.2) Brief notes to the USAV and NCAA Rules of Beach Volleyball.
Beach Court Preparation (PPT) Match preparation and court measurement.
Beach Officiating Gear (PPT - version 20) Powerpoint presentation regarding Beach uniform and necessary equipment.
Beach Scoresheet Training (PPT - version 20.2) Instructions for keeping score and completing the scoresheet.
Scoresheet (PDF - version 20) The official scoresheet for a beach volleyball match.
How to Become a Beach Official (PDF - version 20) Instructions on getting started in beach volleyball officiating.
Beach Candidate Application (PDF - version 20) Required application for beach officials.
Beach Referee Kit (PDF - version 20) PDF version of beach referee equipment needs.

The World ParaVolley Training Materials are available online for free. Contact your Region Officials Chair for access.

World ParaVolley Training Materials

Title Course Information
Refereeing Sitting Volleyball Rules and techniques for sitting volleyball.