All you need to know about Becoming a Volleyball Official

Things To Consider

Physical Demands
 
Volleyball is generally officiated by two referees and two line judges. The first referee in volleyball is positioned on an elevated platform at the side of the net opposite the officials’ table. The first referee does not move around, but they need to stand for long periods, typically 45 minutes to two hours depending on the match’s length, all while maintaining high levels of focus and alertness. The second referee stands on the floor opposite the first referee and assists in making calls, primarily focusing on play at the net. The second referee moves laterally along the sideline opposite the first referee in a 12-foot area and transitions during play with the ball. The line judges stand on opposite corners throughout the entire match and assist the first referee with in and out calls and look for touches of the ball by blockers at the net. Line judges need excellent eye sight, good judgment and agility to move up and down the sideline to get the best view of the ball and avoid collisions with players. 
 
 
Mental Demands
 
Volleyball is a fast sport, in a contained area. Therefore, being able to visually follow the action and see small details is very important. Volleyball officials must always maintain alertness and focus during play so as not to miss a detail. Many calls in volleyball require swift judgement without hesitation, so a decisive nature and confidence are key attributes
to have or develop. A volleyball official on average makes over 1,000 decisions in a match. 
 

Training

Initial training consists of three apprentice-training sessions, each three 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.

 

Meeting Dates

There are three mandatory training sessions during September. There are approximately six other meetings offered in which you will be required to attend at least 70%. (Generally held on Sunday evenings).
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Uniform

Official uniform includes a plain white polo shirt, navy slacks, white tennis shoes and white socks. TPCVOB has sweatshirts available for purchase. Click here for supplies. You will also need to purchase accessories including a whistle and landyard and net chain. These needs and others will be discussed during your training section.

 

Working Matches

Your matches will depend on your availability.

You MUST be available to work at least two afternoons a week. Matches in the fall are held in Gig Harbor, University Place, Lakewood, Tacoma, Parkland, Yelm, Spanaway, Eatonville, Orting, Puyallup, Sumner, Buckley, Enumclaw, Kent, Auburn, Federal Way, Issaquah and North Bend. Matches in the Spring are held in Lakewood, Parkland, Yelm, Spanaway, Eatonville, Orting, Sumner, Buckley, Enumclaw, Auburn, and Federal Way. Junior High matches are held Monday – Friday, 3pm – 6pm. High School matches are held Monday – Friday, 5:00pm – 9pm. Rec-ball and college matches are held Monday – Saturday from 6pm to 9pm. There are some tournaments held on Saturdays throughout the season.

 

Earnings

Depending on your availability, you could earn $1000 – $3000 during the fall season. Earnings in the Winter/Spring season may vary from $500 – $1000. Officials are paid at the end of each Fall, Winter/Spring season. Most fall fees are paid by December 1st 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 (WOA) and the college organization (PAVO) if 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.

 

COST AND DUES

$25.00 Local Board Dues
$65.00 NASO Dues
$30.00 WOA Per Sport Dues
$0.00 TPCVOB Notebook
$120.00 TOTAL *

* Dues for the SPRING season must be prepaid no later than March 15th in order to allow materials to be prepared so that you can officiate spring volleyball leagues that run from approximately April 10-June 10th.

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

 

More Information

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