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Volleyball Ref Training
Prior to becoming recognized as a certified official within the region, you must become a registered member of the Great Lakes Region and complete a Background Screening. The Background Screening is valid for 2 years. Registration Information can be found by going to the Great Lakes Region Registration Information page or by clicking on the Registration Information link on the left menu.

To be in good standing with the region, Officials must also attend a Rules Meeting, pay the assigned Region fees, and take and pass the officials rules exam each year.


Following are steps required to become certified as an official in the Great Lakes Region of USA Volleyball. Please review these steps and if you have additional questions, please contact:

Mary Malpede
Official's Chair

Carefully consider the resources required before embarking on the certification process, and understand that certification as an official does not guarantee availability of paid assignments.

Send a brief resume of your volleyball officiating experience and a list of three volleyball references to You may not be accepted wihtout prior volleyball experience.

Procedure for becoming certified as a USA Volleyball Official:

  1. Register as a member of the Great Lakes Region, USAV through Webpoint from the region website, after September 1st of each year. Please note that a background screen (good for 2 seasons), is required for all officials working Junior events. This screening must be current for all officials before they take the court at a Juniors event. Note that screening must be done through this process. Background screens done through other government or private organizations are not accepted. All certified officials must be a member in good standing of the Great Lakes Region, USA Volleyball.
  2. Review training materials - Once registered you will receive instructions regarding registration for the in-person clinic ($100.00 fee), the on-line modules (free) and the free SafeSport Certification (this is required by the United States Olympic Committee of any adult who will have contact with any junior players).

    These modules introduce the rules, interpretations, mechanics, best practices and professionalism that are all part of being successful as a USAV official.
    • Attend the in-person clinic
    • Attend an optional training camp (Cost $100)
    • Sites and dates are posted under the Event Registration option
    • If you received certification in another USAV region, please ask your previous Officials' Chair to send informaiton regarding your standing in that Region.
  3. On-court practical evaluation (included in the $100 clinic fee) will take place at a sanctioned tournament. In order to prepare, review the training materials in step 1above. Also it is recommended that you volunteer your time to practice at a club practice or as an R2 at a local tournament. New officials must be evaluated and receive a passing rating on at least two matches as the first referee and on one match as a second referee. Candidates must also complete requirements to become a certified scorekeeper. For training and evaluation matches, prospective officials are not required to have the official uniform, but are required to wear clothing and have equipment similar to that of professional referees - navy blue slacks (no jeans), white polo shirt, white socks, white gym shoes, dark lanyard, dark whistle, red & yellow cards and a flipping coin. Since the evaluations are pass/fail, prospective officials are not required to purchase new uniform clothing until they have successfully completed the process.
  4. Take the referee and scorekeeper tests. Once you have attended a regional clinic and passed the on court evaluation and passed the written test, you will be able to join the officials assigning system. Instructions will be sent after successful completion of the process.
  5. Once a candidate has completed and passed the certification process, they will be certified as a Provisional USAV referee, and must recertify annually.  After a minimum of two seasons as a Provisional referee, you may apply for Regional certification status.
  6. Certified officials are required to wear the official USAV uniform for officials when working at sanctioned events. The uniform consists of: the approved white/blue or gray  "USAV Certified Volleyball Official" polo shirt (short- or long-sleeved) or the official jacket, dark navy blue slacks, black or blue belt, and solid white socks and gym shoes. The slacks should be polyester or a polyester-cotton blend. Avoid slacks that are 100% cotton, as they fade quickly, and consequently, they do not look professional. The shoes must be solid white (no colored logos), as well as the socks. It is best to purchase a pair of shoes that you will use exclusively for officiating.
  7. Assignments for all Great Lakes Region Windy City Power League events in the Great Lakes Region are made through our assigning system. Volleyball officials are independent contractors and are not guaranteed assignments. Each sanctioned event has a Tournament Director who is responsible for assigning referees for their event. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT ANY OFFICIAL WILL BE ASSIGNED MATCHES DURING THE SEASON. Due to the number of assignments available vs. the number of officials, opportunities to work events will be limited. Officials with prior experience and higher rankings will be given first priority for events.
  8. For those wishing to pursue certification, advancement and assignment to Great Lakes Region events, the following activities are encouraged.
    • Be a student of the game: know the rules and keep up to date with current interpretations.
    • Be professional: look your best and behave according to the standards outlined in USAV training materials.
    • Look for opportunities to practice your officiating. Officials improve through working matches. Since assigned matches are limited, look for volunteer opportunities with local club scrimmages and as an R2 at local sanctioned events. These activities will increase your experience as a referee and your exposure with officials and tournament/event management.
    • Seek feedback and be open to receiving it. Work with other more experienced officials and ask for tips for improving your game. Be receptive when the feedback is given, even if you don’t agree. Take in the comments and reflect on them. Being able to use that information to improve is an important part of being a certified referee.
    • Apply for additional formal evaluations at region events when the opportunity is available. Again, it is important to be receptive to all feedback from ratings and evaluations.
    • Attend any and all training opportunities that are offered in the region and make use of the excellent online training from USA Volleyball.

Good luck in pursuing volleyball referee certification. The process requires dedication, time, expense and hard work, but can be very rewarding for those who choose to invest their time and energy in the process.


Referee Point System (To Remain in Good Standing)

Junior National / National: 35 Points
Regional: 30 Points
Provisional: 25 Points

Referee Points are earned by:

  1. A.M. session only: 6 points
  2. P.M. session only: 6 points
  3. Semi Final/Final: 4 points
  4. All Day Tournament to include semi/final: 9 points
  5. Double wave both A.M./P.M. waves: 12 points
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