Officiating Clinics and Camps

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.

OVR Professional Officials' Clinics

The Ohio Valley Region's professional officials' clinics for the 2017-2018 season are listed below. There is a $15 clinic fee, payable upon check-in at each clinic, for referees who have pre-registered for clinic attendance. Referees who do not pre-register online must pay a $20 clinic fee upon check-in. (Professional officials can sign up for a clinic once they register for the 2017-2018 season. Registration opens on September 2.)

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Sunday,
Nov. 26, 2017
Super Fitness Health Club
Toledo, OH
Regional, Junior National, and National RefereesRegistration: 9:30am
Clinic: 10:00am‑1:00pm
Sunday,
Nov. 26, 2017
Super Fitness Health Club
Toledo, OH
Junior Regional and Provisional RefereesRegistration: 1:00pm
Clinic: 1:30pm‑4:30pm
Saturday,
Dec. 2, 2017
Westerville South HS
Westerville, OH
Regional, Junior National, and National RefereesRegistration: 8:30am
Clinic: 9:00am‑12:00pm
Saturday,
Dec. 2, 2017
Westerville South HS
Westerville, OH
Junior Regional and Provisional RefereesRegistration: 12:30pm
Clinic: 1:00pm‑4:00pm
Saturday,
Dec. 9, 2017
Piqua Junior High and High School
Piqua, OH
Regional, Junior National, and National RefereesRegistration: 8:30am
Clinic: 9:00am‑12:00pm
Saturday,
Dec. 9, 2017
Piqua Junior High and High School
Piqua, OH
Junior Regional  and Provisional RefereesRegistration: 12:30pm
Clinic: 1:00pm‑4:00pm
Saturday,
Jan. 6, 2018
Ambridge Area HS
Ambridge, PA
All Certifications of RefereesRegistration: 8:30am
Clinic: 9:00am‑12:00pm
Sunday,
Jan. 7, 2018
Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Regional, Junior National, and National RefereesRegistration: 8:30am
Clinic: 9:00am‑12:00pm
Sunday,
Jan. 7, 2018
Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Junior Regional and Provisional RefereesRegistration: 12:30pm
Clinic: 1:00pm‑4:00pm

Signing up for a Professional Officials' Clinic

For additional information, contact Brian Hemelgarn, OVR Referees' Chair (hemelgarn@ovr.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.

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