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 $18.00. 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:
We hope your career as a volleyball official is a fun and rewarding experience.
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.
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:
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
RE-CERTIFYING PROFESSIONAL PROVISIONAL REFEREE TRAINING (DE19_202) = 15m
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.
DE RE-CERTIFYING PROFESSIONAL REGIONAL REFEREE (DE19_203) = 15m
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.
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:
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:
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 effective only in Delta Region events– not at National events or Bid Qualifier:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!