Volleyball

Volleyball

Close Plays at the Net Present Challenges

During the course of a volleyball match, referees make many decisions. These decisions fall into two categories: 1) violations of a rule, or 2)...

Newbies Need More Support Than You Think

Officials constantly hear the message that we need to recruit the next generation — younger people to follow in our footsteps. So many more young athletes are engaging...

Libero Do’s and Don’ts

A libero (LEE’-beh-ro) in indoor volleyball is a back-row defensive specialist. Since they only play in the back row, those players are often shorter...

Shorten Your Learning Curve

As a young or newer referee works to master the art of officiating, she or he soon finds out that, while the rules are...

Keep-It-Flying Approach Is Challenging

One of the biggest areas of concern during a match for coaches and referees is ballhandling. Ballhandling decisions can make or break a match. In recent years, volleyball...

11 Points On Judging Ballhandling

Judgment. It’s a word that referees use on a regular basis, and it is the key factor when making ballhandling calls. While it is easy enough to say,...

Second Referees Need Training Too

Very early in my officiating career, I received a call to officiate a local collegiate match. My partner was someone I had not worked with previously. While I thought...

The Changing Role of Volleyball’s Second Referee

To the casual fan, the role of the second referee can appear to be minor: check lineups, call nets and manage timeouts and substitutions....

Second Referee Is The Voice of Reason

A successful second referee needs strong speaking and listening skills. They must possess thorough rules knowledge that allows for quick, accurate answers during the heat of battle when...

Double Check Score After Unusual Situation

Communication between the referees and the scoring crew is crucial to ensure accuracy of the score and the information recorded on the scoresheet. Double...

Match Scoring is One of Your Most Important Tasks

Hey, referees. Remember years ago, when you used to show up at a match, went about your pre-match duties and focused on your responsibilities...

Train Your Brain 

Do you ever wonder if you have the correct type of brain for officiating? Do you find it easy to make a quick decision based...

5 Rule Differences Every Referee Must Know

Many volleyball referees work multiple sports. While it is difficult to keep all the rules straight from sport to sport, it is unlikely a...

Take Your Line Judge Game to the Next Level

Line judging, at any level, has its challenges. The game can move quickly and there are so many things to watch and think about...

Don’t Become a Fan

“Spectacularity” sounds made-up and highfaluting, doesn’t it? Au contraire. This actual word should be in every referee’s vocabulary. What does it mean, anyway? And how...

Nothing But Net

Work Together to Correctly Call Faults It should be easy, but there are many factors that play into our accuracy of whistling net faults. As...

Discreet Signals and Teamwork To Get Out of Hairy Situations

The duties of the first and second referees are delineated in the rulebook. In the best of cases, this division of duties ensures that, between them, the referees...

Techniques to Judge a Potential Save Over the Net  

We have all had matches that move along just fine — ballhandling on point, bench management under control, good tempo to the match … and then it happens. It...

Always Time for Teachable Moments

Whether it is during the prematch conference or a postmatch debrief, a formal evaluation or a self-evaluation, or in a classroom clinic setting, we...

Triple Check for Accuracy 

Taking a little extra time to properly make the triple check of rosters, the scoresheet and lineups prior to the start of a match and each subsequent...

The Philosophy Of Ball-Handling Calls

R egardless of the level of volleyball, before a match a coach may ask a referee, “Are you tight with ball handling or do you...

Veteran Approach

As we prepare for each season, we study rules and interpretations, casebooks and officiating manuals, and attend preseason clinics and meetings. And once the season starts, we usually have...
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Timing and Tact Crucial to Constructive Feedback

One of the best parts about belonging to the cadre of volleyball officials is the chance to be around others who love the game...

Post-Match Pitfalls

We just want to be understood. It’s human nature, especially when it comes to officiating — we want people to know, understand and accept why we made a...

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