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Information for Professional Officials

Thank You for Becoming a Delta Region Official

Officials who will be working in the Delta Region must be registered through USA Volleyball. Independent adults (age 18 and above) may register with the Delta Region as a Professional Official with a discounted yearly membership of $27.

It is the policy of the Delta Region that individuals officiating sanctioned events must submit & pass a background screening as determined by USA Volleyball; complete SafeSport training  (instructions below); and have completed the online officials training clinic as instructed for the level of the individual (directions  below for taking online clinics). 

Background screenings are to be completed every two years at an additional cost of $30.00. You will be prompted to pay for the screening at the time of registration. 

Below is the Official’s Guidebook for Professionals, along with a link to the latest volleyball rule book. The guidebook will help you maneuver the online Officials training site and list the steps to becoming a certified Delta Region Official.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVE FOR PROFESSIONAL OFFICIALS:

  • To educate, train, and evaluate officials for the sport of volleyball.
  • Establish criteria for progressive levels of officiating certification and directing the certification process for Delta Region officials.
  • Disseminating information about officiating opportunities.
  • Promoting the use of officials who are certified by the Delta Region. 
  • Develop and maintain professional and ethical conduct guidelines for Delta Region officials.

We hope your career as a volleyball official is a fun and rewarding experience. 

GETTING HIRED FOR EVENTS

Delta Region Professional Officials serve as independent contractors when officiating at Delta Region-USAV sanctioned events. The term as an independent contractor lasts for one membership season (November 1-October 31 each year) and must be annually renewed by registering as a Delta Region- USAV member.

Individual tournament directors hire officials for their events.

The 2019 Delta Region Event Calendar above list tournaments scheduled within the region. By clicking on the "Tournament Website" column you will be directed to the tournament site for additional information. Officials should personally contact the tournament director to apply for work.

Before an individual may be hired to work an event, they must have a current membership, cleared a background screening, completed SafeSport training and be certified in the field they plan to work.

Rules of the Game

The latest version of USA Volleyball's Domestic Competition Regulations(Rule Book) is available to read online or download in PDF format.

USA Volleyball/PAVO Approved Vendors of Official Apparel

Looking for Official's gear? Find vendors for Referee Shirts and supplies on this site.

USA VOLLEYBALL ACADEMY ~ Official clinic/exam site for Officials

Delta Region uses USA Volleyball’s Official training & education site called USA Volleyball Academy as our official clinic/exam site. The clinics introduce the rules of the game to our members and provides them with the guidance and support to make their tournament experiences structured, fair, and hopefully, more enjoyable. The Guidebook above contains step-by-step instructions of how to maneuver the Academy and how to submit a “Help” ticket in case you run into trouble.

In order to receive credit, your courses can only be accessed through your USAV Member Account. When you became a member, you were assigned your very own USAV account. You will need to know your Username and Password to access the site. If you have forgotten it, use the “Forgot my password” button on the sign-in page. 

Steps to register for the online officiating clinics are as follows:

  1. Go to webpoint.usavolleyball.org to login to your Member Account
  2. Enter your Username and Password
  3. On the left bottom section of the page look for the Region Clinics tab and then click on Region Ref/score Clinics
  4. A list of clinics will then come up on the page. Read each description carefully for the DE Clinics you wish to take. You should only take courses listed for Professionals.
  5. After you register for the clinic, you will receive a confirmation email telling you that you are all signed up and can begin, including a link to the clinics. If you aren’t ready to start yet—no worries—you can log back in to the clinics from the main page of your Member Account.
  6. To log in to the place where the DE Clinics can be found (after you register), just click on the “Volleyball Academy” button on your Member Account page. You will then be directed to the Learning Material site.
  7. You will notice that the clinic you signed up for has a DE listed in the title. This just means this is the name of the Delta clinic (all regions of USAV uses this same site).
  8. Under each DE Clinic you will find the actual modules you have to take. Each module will begin with an Introduction Slide to remind you of what you need to take. The actual modules you take are the same modules offered to everyone in USAV—which is why the course titles all begin with US.
  9. You will need to take all modules in your Learning Material site—that includes everything that begins with US.

When you have completed all modules, have a current background screening and SafeSport certification, your certification will immediately appear under the Officiating tab on the first page of your Member Account.

If you have trouble with the Volleyball Academy training site, there is a tab in the top blue border of the page that reads “Help”. Fill out a Help ticket and someone from the Academy will walk you through your problem.

Below is the list of Clinics w/modules for Delta Region Professional Officials for the 2018-2019 Volleyball Season:

NEW PROFESSIONAL REFEREE TRAINING (DE19_201) = 116m

  • 2018-19 Critical Rules & Interpretations US19_051- Run-time 10m
  • Uniform Requirements & Reminders US19_053- Run-time 9m
  • Official Uniform and Equipment US19_201- Run-time 8m
  • Signals US19_204- Run-time 27m
  • Introduction to First Referee Responsibilities US19_205- Run-time 13m
  • Introduction to Sanctions US19_209- Run-time 8m 
  • Officiating 14u US19_303- Run-time 9m
  • Scoring Basics Non-deciding Set US19_106- Run-time 25m
  • Scoring – Deciding Set (w/quiz) US19_107- Run-time 7m
  • Form C Rules Exam US19_801 - Passing score of 84% required

RE-CERTIFYING PROFESSIONAL PROVISIONAL REFEREE TRAINING (DE19_202) = 15m

  • 2018-19 Points of Emphasis for Re-certifying Referees US19_052- Run-time 15m
  • Form C Rules Exam (Passing: 84%) US19_803

DE NEW PROFESSIONAL REGIONAL REFEREE TRAINING who want to be promoted to a Regional Referee this season (DE19_204) = 90m: Individual should complete all steps to keep their Provisional certification current while working on Regional certification. Regional certification, if passed, will not be awarded until end of season.

  • 2018-19 Critical Rules & Interpretations US19_051- Run-time 10m
  • 2018-19 Points of Emphasis for Re-certifying Referees US19_052- Run-time 15m
  • Alignment Basics: 5-1 US19_309- Run-time 19m
  • Pre-match Preparation and Post-match Debrief US19_203- Run-time 17m
  • Second Referee Transition & Positioning US19_306- Run-time 29m
  • What Ifs – 2018-19  US19_328- Run-time 10m
  • Form A Rules Exam US19_804-Passing score of 84% required-
  • Form A Scoring Exam US19_802-Passing score of 84% required

DE RE-CERTIFYING PROFESSIONAL REGIONAL REFEREE (DE19_203) = 15m

  • 2018-19 Points of Emphasis for Re-certifying Referees US19_052- Run-time 15m
  • Form A Rules Exam US19_804

DE PROFESSIONAL REFEREE CRAM SESSION DE19_800-User driven practice exam to assist user with rules familiarization and taking exams. User may take as many practice exams as desired. This clinic never show as complete.

SAFESPORT TRAINING FOR ALL OFFICIALS

The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Volleyball. USA Volleyball has a ZERO TOLERANCE for abuse and misconduct. This includes not only on-court safety, but also off-court safety in any part of USA Volleyball’s programs. USA Volleyball is committed to creating safe and fun environments for youth. This includes, but is not limited to, providing training, educational materials and resources for our regions, clubs, coaches and parents.

All adult members of the Delta Region are required to complete SafeSport training. 

All officials must complete the Core Center for SafeSport training. The coursework includes the following three 30-minute modules. All modules must be completed:

  1. Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
  2. Reporting Child Sexual Abuse
  3. Emotional and Physical Misconduct

The SafeSport coursework is now delivered through the USAV Academy.  Accessing the course through the USAV Academy is critical to tracking certification and expiration dates. Please access the course exclusively through the USAV Academy (not the USOC SafeSport website).  To register for SafeSport training:

  1. Go to https://webpoint.usavolleyball.org/.
  2. Log in to your USAV account.
  3. In the navigation menu, click on USAV Clinics and select USAV Coaching Clinics.
  4. Select “Core Center for SafeSport Training” 
  5. Complete registration.
  6. To access coursework, click on the Log into USAV Academy button.
  7. After completion of all three SafeSport certificates, Officials should forward a copy of their main certificate to the Delta Region office (you will receive four certificates-the region needs the last one).

Should you need to return to your coursework at a later time, log in to your USAV account and click on the Log into USAV Academy button. For technical issues, while completing the course, please visit: http://help.usavolleyballacademy.org/.

A refresher course is required on an annual basis effective the calendar year following the completion of the Core Center for SafeSport Training for all Officials.

 

RULE MODIFICATIONS FOR THE DELTA REGION

Rule Modifications effective only in Delta Region events– not at National events or Bid Qualifier:

  • Boys may play in girls divisions 10s, 11s 12s & 13s (either co-ed or as a boys team) as long as they fall into the age requirement guidelines. No age waivers will be granted for boys older than 13 (per USAV guidelines)  to play in a girls event.
  • 2-meter Step-in Serving rule for 12 & under will be used at all Delta Region events.
  • Player Uniform Waiver: The DCR says “the color and design for the jerseys and shorts must be uniform…” which indicates shorts over spandex would not be allowable. However, for play within the Delta Region, the Delta Region Commissioner can grant exceptions to players who, for religious or modesty reasons, wish  to  cover up.  Players that have been granted a Uniform Waiver have been instructed to carry the Delta Region authorization to all Delta Region events for verification. The shorts will need to be the same color as the team’s spandex. 
  • Age Group Waivers will be accepted: Many athletes would prefer to play with their classmates, even if they are slightly older and their birth date would require her to play with an older age group. If the coach wants to request an age-group waiver, the entire team will be unable to play in nationally-sanctioned events. Age waivers will be granted to junior players within the Delta Region, to play in the next lower age group only.  For example, a 16 year old junior player that is in the 9th grade and whose birthday is prior to Sept. 1 of the following year may apply for a waiver to play with her 9th grade classmates for the upcoming season.  These waivers will be valid only within the Delta Region and will not be valid at the national level. Other  regions  MAY choose to allow the participation of age waived players. Contact the individual Tournament Director to check on the eligibility of waived players within the region you will be playing.  If an outside region does not accept waived players then said player may not participate in sanctioned tournaments within that region unless the player plays with her age appropriate team as directed by the USAV Age Definitions. Age-waivered players may also not participate in the Delta Region Bid Qualifier, any National Qualifier or the Junior Olympic National Championships unless the player plays with her age-appropriate team.

Note: if a team plans to play in the Delta Bid Qualifier, National Qualifiers or the Junior National Championships, they MAY not want to utilize these changes in their team selection or tournament play, as these modifications will not be in force…so age-waivered players cannot play, etc. Other Regions may not accept these waivers; it is the decision of each region.

 

MODIFICATION OF OFFICIALS TRAINING

At the October 2017 National USA Volleyball meetings a motion was passed to recommend to the Officials Division that they “Modify officials training at all levels to encourage referees to focus less on matters that do not provide a competitive advantage or safety factor for a player or team”. Training emphasis should be placed on facilitating the playing rules rather than minor rules infractions. This includes but is not limited to the following items: non-metallic items on wrist, spectators feet on the sport court, uniform number that is visible but is just off center, warming up in non-numbered shirts, bench personnel on playing surface, but not blocking a line judge view, etc. Rationale: Over officious referees concentrate on small details that have nothing to do with playing the game. So the game becomes miserable for players, coaches and spectators. If a minor infraction has nothing to do with how the game is being played, referees should be trained to overlook these items. Bring the fun and excitement back to the game.

VANCE PITMAN & MICHAEL SAXBY BECOME JUNIOR NATIONAL REFEREES

Congrats to Vance Pitman and Michael Saxby for receiving their Junior National Referee certification at the Boy's Junior National Championships in Dallas, Texas.

Vance and Michael join a very select group of National and Junior National Referees from the Delta Region like National Referees Keith Hutchison, Rachael Stringer, Rob Shewmaker, Tracey Harrison, Phylis Anyango and Junior National Referees David Henry, Leigh Ann Roberts and Michael Sanderson.

Who would have thought just a few short years ago that the Delta Region would have this many national officials! Thanks to each of you for your dedication to our sport and to be willing to take your training to the next level.

SHEREEN BAILEY RECEIVES USA VOLLEYBALL NATIONAL SCORER CERTIFICATION

Congrats to Shereen Bailey of Jackson, Mississippi for receiving her USA Volleyball National Scorer certification. Shereen received the certification while recently working at the 2018-19 USAV Boys Junior National Championships in Dallas, Texas. Shereen joins a very small but special couple from the Delta Region for receiving such an accomplishment; Rob Shewmaker (who is now an International Scorer) and Rachel Stringer (National Scorer and the Delta Region Scorer Chair).

JERSEY LEGALITY LIES WITH TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

An additional motion was passed at the meeting to give the final authority on jersey legality to the tournament director, qualifier director or USA Volleyball national events director. Rationale: Not all referees can agree on what is a legal jersey and what is not. Some referees make over reaching decisions because they fear repercussions of not following all rules to the letter. Tournament directors want the players to play, even if a jersey does not comply with the strict interpretation of a rule.

SERVICE AWARD PRESENTED TO DELTA REGION REFEREE

At the National Referee Clinic held on Saturday January 5th in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the Delta Region was proud to present Bettye Francis with the Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Award for the 2018 volleyball season. The award is presented to individuals who show outstanding participation, motivation and other services in the promotion of volleyball. Beginning her 14th year as an Official in the Delta Region, Betty resides in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Congrats Bettye~For a Well Deserved Honor!