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How to Become a Certified Volleyball Referee in the Ohio Valley Region and Vicinity

USA Volleyball Referees (formerly USVBA): Certification is through the USAV Region under the supervision of the Regional Referees' Chairperson. In the Ohio Valley Region (OVR), required clinics are held at various sites within the region (as announced on the OVR website, www.ovr.org/officiating/clinics.php. You must attend a clinic and pass the online, open-book rules and scorer' tests. You must also pass an evaluation as 1st referee, 2nd referee, and scorer. You will be observed during a sanctioned tournament in January or February. (See details at www.ovr.org/officiating/prospective.php.) If not already a member, you will need to join USAV ($62/year in the OVR), plus submit to a required background screening ($20 every two years).

In the OVR (Ohio, West Virginia, border counties of Pennsylvania) contact Brian Hemelgarn (hemelgarn@ovr.org, 419-410-2291 /m).
In the Hoosier Region (Indiana) contact: Terry Sweasy (sweasy@hotmail.com, 812-579-6324/h).
In the Lakeshore Region (Michigan), contact Dave Saenz (refchair@lakeshorerva.org).
In the Pioneer Region (Kentucky) contact: Don Goodwin (don.usaref@gmail.com, 502-267-8152/h).

In the OVR, all professional USAV referees must attend a USAV clinic and take an open-book rules test each year. Junior National and National referees take the test closed-book.

Ohio High School Referees - Contact the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), 4080 Roselea Pl., Columbus, OH 43214, (614) 267-2502 (bus), website www.ohsaa.org. You will need to attend a state rules meeting and four local association meetings each year to maintain your standing as an OHSAA volleyball referee. For further information contact OHSAA. Ohio high schools use the rulebook published by the National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations. There are many significant differences between Federation and USAV rules. An outline of those differences is published each year and is available from Brian Hemelgarn.

Pennsylvania High School Referees - contact the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) at: 550 Gettysburg Rd., PO Box 2008, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-0708, (800) 382-1392 or (717) 697-0374, website is: www.piaa.org.

West Virginia High School Referees - contact the West Virginia High Secondary School Activities Commission at: Route 9, Box 76, Parkersburg, WV 26101-9158, (304) 485-5494, website is: www.wvssac.org.

Indiana High School Referees - contact the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) at: 9150 North Meridian Street, PO Box 40650, Indianapolis, IN 46240, (317) 846-6601, website is: www.ihsaa.org.

Kentucky High School Referees - contact the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) at: 2280 Executive Drive, Lexington, KY 40505, (859) 299-5472, website is: www.khsaa.org.

Women's College Referees - The Professional Association of Volleyball Officials provides training, education, and certification for officiating women's collegiate volleyball. The PAVO website is at www.pavo.org.

The rulebook is published by the NCAA. There are some significant differences between NCAA and USAV rules. An outline of those differences is published each year and is available on the PAVO website or from Brian Hemelgarn.

Sources of Information

USA Volleyball National Office, 4065 Sinton Rd., Ste. 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80907. Website: www.usavolleyball.org. The USAV website offers information about USA Men's and Women's National Teams, indoor and beach events, National Championships for adults and juniors, and coaching education materials.

USAV's Officials Training Website - www.VolleyballRefTraining.com; includes an extensive library of video training modules for professional referees and junior player officials; scoring instructions and documents; beach/sand officiating and certifications; officiating opportunities and training camps; rules interpretations, casebook and rulebook are available as free downloads.

NCAA, PO Box 6222, Indianapolis, IN 46206: 2014 and 2015 NCAA Rule Book ($7.80 + shipping), or available as free PDF download at www.ncaapublications.com.

National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA), 5804 Churchman By-Pass, Indianapolis, IN 46203-6109, (800) 776-3462, website is www.nfhs.org. The current season Volleyball Rule Book and Volleyball Case Book & Manual may be purchased online at www.nfhs.com.

Brian Hemelgarn, Regional Referees' Chair, Ohio Valley Region – USAV, 2715 W. Stein Road, La Salle, MI 48145, 419-410-2291 /m, hemelgarn@ovr.org.

Ohio Valley Region website - www.ovr.org : listing of referees, tournaments, clinics, etc.

NCAA Rules Interpretations: Anne Pufahl, NCAA Volleyball Secretary-Rules Editor, anne.pufahl@marquette.edu.

USA Volleyball Rules Interpreter: Paul Albright, albright09@comcast.net. All inquiries will receive replies. Because of the translation of FIVB international rules, some queries may involve consultations, but answers will be forwarded as promptly as possible. Please direct initial questions to your regional referee chair for assistance prior to contacting the National Rules Interpreter.

USA Volleyball Rules Testing Commission: Pati Rolf, Chair, pati.rolf@gmail.com.

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