The Officials Information is divided into THREE sections:
- The First Section includes information for adult Professional Officials
- The Second Section includes information and instructions for Junior Coaches, Players and Chaperones on how to register for referee/score/line judge and libero clinics and how to complete their officiating certifications.
- The Third Section includes other points of interest for officials; including how to make sure you are certified.
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 Guidebooks below contain step-by-step instructions of how to negotiate the Academy and how to submit a “HELP” ticket in case you run into trouble.
Referee and Scorer certifications in the Delta Region are divided into two categories:
- Professional Officials- (adults who desire to work for pay)
- Club Officials- (players and adults of a Junior Volleyball Club)
SECTION ONE: PROFESSIONAL OFFICIALS
Professional Officials are held to a higher standard, therefore training and testing is more detailed. 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 to a background screening as determined by USA Volleyball and be SafeSport certified. Background screenings are to be completed every two years at an additional cost of $17.50. A background screen is not required for individuals classified as junior players or members not associated with juniors’ activities.
- 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.
Below is the Official’s Guidebook for Professionals. The guidebook will help the individual maneuver the training site and list the steps to becoming a certified Delta Region Official.
Site for SafeSport Training: https://www.volleyballreftraining.com/SafeSport/
SECTION TWO: JUNIOR CLUB OFFICIALS:
Each team in the Delta Region is required to have at least two certified referees and one certified scorekeeper listed on the team roster. Different levels of officiating certification are available through the Delta Region. Please review each certification requirement outlined in this Official’s Guidebook.
With the increasing expectation of quality officials for volleyball matches, it is the policy of the Delta Region that certified coaches or certified chaperones of Junior Teams accept the role of primary referee (R1) for their team, when a paid official is not working the set. Junior Officials may serve as a secondary referee (R2). We believe that this is the best direction for us to take for the protection of the younger players and the integrity of the game. We expect all Junior Programs to embrace this concept and participate fully as a club.
- To educate and train members of junior clubs to serve as part of an officiating team during
- To develop and maintain professional and ethical conduct guidelines for all Delta Region officials
- To disseminate information about officiating opportunities
- To encourage our junior officials to continue working as a paid official for a career goal.
To fulfill the officiating requirements of Junior teams, each team needs the following certified officials:
- R1 (adult)
- R2 (can be a player–at Natl Qualifiers R2 must be adult in U14 divisions)
- Scorer (a good one)
- Assistant Scorer (libero tracker-individual’s certification as an Libero will not show up on the team roster or the member record)
- Visual Score Operator (no certification necessary)
- 2 Linespersons (individual’s certification as a Linesperson will not show up on the team roster or the member record)
Below is the Junior Club Officials Guidebook. The guidebook is intended for members of junior clubs who serve as either a club director, coach, chaperone or player. The guidebook will help the junior club member to maneuver the training site and list the steps to becoming a certified as a Junior Official.
PLEASE NOTE: Certificates are issued each time an individual completes a course. There are several courses required for each Clinic. Therefore, someone might receive 4-6 certificates prior to actually completing the clinic and becoming certified. JUST REMEMBER: If you see a course listed on your learning activities section of the Volleyball Academy page- you must take the course to complete your certification. ACTUAL CERTIFICATIONS ARE POSTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE INDIVIDUALS MEMBER PAGE–IF YOUR REFEREE OR SCORER CERTIFICATION IS NOT SHOWING UP—THEN, YOU ARE NOT DONE!
SECTION THREE: OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
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)
- 2-meter Step-in Serving rule for 12 & under
- Age Group Waivers will be accepted (Policy)
- 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.
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.
FAQ for taking the online officiating courses
Q. How do I take the course?
A. In order to take the officiating courses, first you have to REGISTER for the clinic.
- Log into Webpoint (our membership database) at https://webpoint.usavolleyball.org/
- Type in Username and password
- Under Region Clinics, click on Region Ref/Score Clinics
- Follow on-screen prompts to REGISTERfor the required/desired clinics.
- Click on red Login to USAV Academy button to jump to Academy to take course work.
- Once registered, go to USAV Academy by logging into Webpoint and clicking on that same red Academy button.
Q. I have my certificate. Why am I still showing a “P” on my record?
A. Since the Volleyball Academy system generates a certificate every time someone completes a course, this can get confusing. When the member gets a certificate, they say, “Yay! I am finished I have my certificate!” PLEASE NOTE: They are not finished. The system will generate about 4-6 certificates for each course as part of the R2 and the Scorer Clinics. (I am trying to get USAV to do away with the certificates).
Q. I took the second referee course and have my certificate. But, I still have a “P” on my record.
A. One of the courses listed in the cadre of courses to complete for the Second Referee Clinic is called “Junior Second Referee”. Some think that when they finish this particular course (in which they will get a certificate) that they are done. They are not! They still have to complete the other three courses listed and the two introductions required for clinic—which will take about another hour.
Q. I watched the course. Why do I have a “P” on my record?
A. In some cases, individuals are only watching the Introduction Course, which is only about 3-4 slides. The introduction courses are just that, there to introduce you to the requirements for completing each clinic.
Q. I just want to be an R2. Why do I have to take scoring courses?
A. Referees need to understand how to keep score and how to read the score book in case someone messes up the score. Therefore, all referees must take the two scoring courses + introduction along with the two referee courses + introduction.
Q. How can I tell if I am through with my clinics and certified?
A. Just log into your Member Account at https://webpoint.usavolleyball.org/; put in your username and password; then click on “Member Profile” and then the Coaching/Officiating” tab at the upper right corner. If you are certified, it will read Junior Referee or Junior Scorer. If it reads “In progress”, you are not done.
Q. How can I tell which other courses I need to take to get finished?
A. From your member account, click on the red USAV Academy button. The first page to open is your “Account” page. Look at your “Learning Activities” section on this page. You will see the top section that list the courses you are “ENROLLED” in and the bottom section lists the courses that you have “COMPLETED”. You need to make sure to take all courses listed in the Enrolled section. These courses are all part of the Clinic you registered for…R1, Scorer, Line Judge or Libero.
PLEASE NOTE: If you do not spend around 1.4 hours getting your Junior R2 certification and about 48 minutes getting your Junior Scorer certification—then you did not finish the clinics.
Libero Uniform Guidance
Yes, there are three separate sets of rules…maybe that’s why you are confused.