All you need to know about Becoming a Volleyball Official

  • Our Mission
  • Training
  • Meeting Dates
  • Uniforms
  • Cost & Dues
  • Working Matches
  • Earnings
  • Sign me up!

  •   Our Mission

    The Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board (TPCVOB) was established to serve all levels of volleyball in the Tacoma-Pierce County region with qualified officials.

    The primary role of the official is assuring equal opportunity and fair play for all participants. The official must establish the best atmosphere for fair competition with the attention focused on the athletes rather than the official.

    To meet these responsibilities, an official must exhibit the knowledge and professionalism required to do the job. This means thoroughly understanding volleyball strategy and skills, officiating techniques and the rules. Officials must be flexible and operate within the standards appropriate to the age of the athletes, level of skill and available playing facilities. There is no excuse for not being informed of the latest rule changes and interpretations. It is imperative that officials remain current by attending clinics and accepting constructive criticism from observers, assigners, coaches and fellow officials.

    It is important to remember that officials also serve as a role model to young people. Officials must never behanve with bias nor allow coaches, players or spectators to influence judgment. The officials remains cordial yet with a reserved demeanor toward all participants, regardless of prior acquaintances and friendships. Although officials receive a fee, the ultimate goal should be the knowledge that they have rendered a valuable service to the sport of volleyball.

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    Training consists of three apprentice-training sessions, each 3.5 hours long. All are mandatory, as there are no make-up classes. You will receive instruction and in addition, you will receive practical experience in the gym officiating practice teams.

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      Meeting Dates

    There are three mandatory training sessions during September. You must also attend the WIAA mandatory rules interpretation clinic in late August. There are approximately seven other meetings offered in which you will be required to attend at least 80%. (Generally held on Sunday evenings).

    Meeting Dates

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    Official uniform includes a white polo shirt with 'Certified Volleyball Official' on the sleeve, navy slacks, white tennis shoes and white socks. TPCVOB has sweaters available for purchase. Click here for supplies

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    $25.00 Local Board Dues
    $44.00 State Dues
    $21.00 TPCVOB Notebook
    $90.00 TOTAL *

    * Dues for the SPRING season must be prepaid by March 15th in order to allow materials to be prepared so that you can officiate spring volleyball leagues that run from approximately April 20-June 10th.

    * Dues for the FALL season must be prepaid by August 15th for the same reason with the season running from approximately Sept. 1-November 15th.

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      Working Matches

    Your matches will depend on your availability

    You MUST be available to work at least two afternoons a week, preferably two. Matches are held mainly in the Tacoma-Pierce County area. High School and Junior High matches are held Monday - Friday, 3pm - 9pm. Rec-ball and college matches are held Monday - Saturday from 6pm to 9pm. There are some tournaments held on Saturdays throughout the season

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    Depending on your availability, you could earn $500 - $1500 during the fall season. Earnings in the Winter/Spring season may vary from $400 - $1000. Officials are paid at the end of each Fall, Winter/Spring season. Most fall fees are paid by December 15th for some extra holiday cash.

    Please note that dues for the following high school and college season are withheld at the end of the interscholastic season in November. This is so that we can pay dues which are required in advance by the state high school organization (WIAA) and the college organization (PAVO) is applicable. If an individual later on decides not to return as an official, these dues are fully refundable if requested in writing to us no later than September 1st.

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    More Information

    If you want more information please contact us by phone or email.  Be sure to to provide us with your name, daytime and evening phone numbers.

    Executive Board

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      Forms for download

    If you wish to join our association, please download and complete the following forms.

    Marc Blau
    Home 253-848-1360
    Cell 253-677-2872
    John Wohn

    Address: 9908 63rd Ave Ct E., Puyallup, WA 98373    |    Phone: 253-848-1360    |    Fax: 253-848-3317    |    Cell: 253-677-2872
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