All you need to know about Becoming a Volleyball Official

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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 eyesight, 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. 


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 and Training Dates

There are four mandatory training sessions each in the Spring and Fall. There are also approximately 5-6 other meetings offered in which you will be required to attend at least 70%. (Generally held on Sunday evenings).

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 Training dates in the Spring of 2023: Start times are an estimate and will be confirmed by March 10th.
Mon., March 25 — Classroom at Evergreen Lutheran HS – 6:00-9:00pm
Tue., March 26 — Classroom at Evergreen Lutheran HS – 6:00-9:00pm
Wed., April 10 — On-court training at Dakine Sports Center 4:30-7:30pm
Thurs., April 11 — On-court training at Dakine Sports Center 4:30-7:30pm



Official uniform differs for high school and middle school – a plain white polo shirt or the WOA blue sublimated polo, black slacks, black shoes and black socks (plus black undergarment if desired) – and college – white, blue, or gray Certified Official polo, navy pants, white shoes, white socks. TPCVOB has sweatshirts available for purchase. You will also need to purchase accessories including a whistle and lanyard and net chain. These needs and others will be discussed during your initial training session.


Working Matches

Your matches will depend on your availability.

As a new official, you MUST be available to work at least two afternoons a week. Matches usually start at 3:30pm, so you need to arrive at the gym by 3:00pm. Matches in the Fall are held in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Parkland, Eatonville, Orting, Puyallup, Sumner, Buckley, Enumclaw, Issaquah and North Bend. Matches in the Spring are held in Lakewood, University Place, 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.



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 within 48-72 hours after their middle school or high school match. Officials are paid at the end of the season for college and rec-ball matches. 

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.



$35.00 Local Board Dues
$65.00 NASO Dues
$32.00 WOA Per Sport Dues
$0.00 TPCVOB Notebook
$132.00 TOTAL *

* Dues for the SPRING season must be prepaid no later than March 1st in order to allow materials to be prepared so that you can officiate spring volleyball leagues that run from approximately April 15th-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.


1. Application To Officiate

2. Criminal Background Check

3. Code of Ethics

4. Assignment Availability

5. W9 tax form (Download, complete, then scan and email back to Marc)

6. Membership Agreement Form

7a. Apprentice Program Policy Agreement: FALL SEASON

7b. Apprentice Program Policy Agreement: SPRING SEASON

  • Submit one of the two above for the season you’re interested in



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