Understanding the rules is only one aspect of being an effective volleyball official. Signaling clearly, managing the game and the court between sets and matches, working with the rest of the officiating crew, acting with a high standard of ethics, and various other nuances all go into being a professional official. Individuals who master volleyball officiating add value to the sport, earning the respect of players, coaches, and spectators alike.
Just as becoming a strong player requires dedication and competition, becoming a strong official requires commitment and training. The OVR offers training throughout the region for Professional Officials and Junior Officials: opportunities for each are listed below. For your convenience, we also list in this section certain other training opportunities offered outside the OVR.
NOTE: Information below is subject to change, pending the most current COVID-19 information available at the time. For in-person sessions, appropriate safety precautions will be followed based on local, state, and federal health regulations, guidelines and mandates. If deemed appropriate, online presentations may supplement, or take the place of, these in-person clinics.
OVR Professional Officials' Clinics
Signing up for a Professional Officials' Clinic
- Returning professional officials (certified in the OVR last season)
- New professional officials (not previously certified in the OVR)
For additional information, contact Brian Hemelgarn, OVR Referees' Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org, 419-410-2291).
Junior Officials' Clinics
Training clinics for junior second referees, scorers, and line judges may be scheduled any time prior to April 1 each season. To minimize costs and maximize attendance, clubs in close proximity may consider co-hosting junior officials' training clinics. In addition to in-person clinics, a variety of online training materials are also available. Contact Brian Hemelgarn, Junior Officials' Development Director, for additional details or to schedule a clinic.
USA Volleyball Referee Training Camps
Each year during the spring and summer, the USA Volleyball Officials Division hosts training camps for referees of all certification and experience levels. The camps are held at selected USA Junior National Qualifier tournaments, the NCVF Collegiate Volleyball Club National Championships and the Girls' Junior National Championships.
The camp program includes classroom presentations and training modules, on-court practical training and feedback, and opportunities to work with the country's top USA Volleyball referees. For more information about these camps, please go to the USA Volleyball referee training website and select "Training Camps" from the Events tab on the main bar.
In addition, the OVR often hosts USAV Referee Training Camps at various events each season. Please contact Brian Hemelgarn for more information.