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Become a Referee

BECOME A REFEREE

Volleyball Alberta is committed to helping you become a qualified and trained volleyball referee.

COVID-19 UPDATE

AT THIS TIME WE ARE WAITING FOR RETURN-TO-PLAY GUIDANCE FROM VOLLEYBALL CANADA.  UNTIL WE RECEIVE THAT GUIDANCE, NO REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS OR DEVELOPMENT CLINICS WILL BE SCHEDULED.  (posted 2020-08-05)

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO BECOME A VOLLEYBALL REFEREE?

Being a volleyball referee requires a certain level of maturity, responsibility, coping skills, and the ability to manage coaches.  Because of that, we strongly recommend candidates are 16 years of age or older. 

​Candidates should be able to communicate directly to the Development Committee, rather than having a parent or guardian do the communication on their behalf.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO CERTIFICATION?

  • Attend the Level 1 Clinic theory class.
  • Complete an open-book theory exam and receive a grade of 90% or higher.
  • Complete and submit a score sheet exercise.
  • Successfully complete a practical evaluation.  To complete the practical evaluation, a candidate must officiate in a number of matches, experiencing all of the following roles:
    • First Referee.
    • Second Referee.
    • Score Keeper.
    • Line Judge.

I AM A STUDENT ATHLETE / VOLLEYBALL PLAYER.  WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT BECOMING A REFEREE?

You should know that there may be scheduling problems when trying to incorporate refereeing into your schedule.  Often the same tournaments you are playing in as an athlete will be the ones we use for evaluation and training.  

Being a volleyball referee should be approached the same way you approach a job.  It involves responsibilities and commitment that you get paid for.

If presented with the choice between playing volleyball and refereeing volleyball, you will need to be prepared to fulfill your officiating responsibilities instead of playing volleyball.

HOW OFTEN ARE DEVELOPMENT CLINICS?

We typically hold clinics at the beginning of school and club volleyball seasons (September and January).

​Since the certification process requires participation in live volleyball matches, we rely on school and club sponsored tournament to fulfill this requirement.  We choose early season tournaments that have minimal impact on a team's playoff ranking.

All matches that a candidate participates in as part of clinic evaluations are unpaid.

WHEN IS THE NEXT CLINIC?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no referee development clinics are currently scheduled.

WHERE CAN I SIGN UP FOR THE NEXT CLINIC?

Please use the link below to register for the next clinic.

Registration Link.

​There may be multiple clinics listed for different areas.  Be sure you register for the correct zone.  If the link is missing, it may not be ready yet.

I USE TO BE A REFEREE.  HOW CAN I RE-CERTIFY?

Any referee that does not register with their Provincial / Territorial Association or with Volleyball Canada for two (2) consecutive years, will lose their current certification level, and be demoted one level. Failure to register for three (3) consecutive years will result in the loss of the next certification level, continuing until the referee is back to a Level I (Local) status.

​To begin the re-certification process, you should participate in a Level 1 clinic.

I WAS CERTIFIED AS A REFEREE IN A DIFFERENT PROVINCE.  HOW DO I TRANSFER MY CREDENTIALS?

Those referees that move from one province/territory to another after obtaining a certification level must provide a letter of confirmation from their previous ROC (Regional Officials Chairperson) to show proof of certification and good standing.

This letter is to be provided to the new PTA (Provincial or Territorial Association) ROC as confirmation of certification. No additional evaluation should be required by the new PTA to validate the certification level. The responsibility rests with the referee to ensure they obtain and provide the required information in a timely manner.