Once in a while an opportunity to volunteer for your volleyball club arrives and this is no exception. A referee’s course is being held in Nottingham soon and by attaining this basic volleyball referee grade it will give you a warm glow knowing that you are helping your team mates and afterall every club and it’s members could do with having a better understanding of the rules.
The course should also provide you with the basic understanding of how to fill in the official score sheets.
It is a requirement to provide a qualified referee for all home matches in the east midlands league matches – either home grown or from outside the club.
If you realise you actually like refereeing then there is an opportunity to become a national league referee and if you progress up to Level 1 before the age of 41 you are eligible to progress further and become an international referee. On top of that the grade 4 standing referee qualification opens up the possibilities of becoming a beach volleyball or sitting volleyball referee where the age restriction is higher.
We asked one of the national league referees from the east midlands region how he got into it in the first place.
I did the course about 3 years ago while I was training at Chesterfield Cobras to help the club out as we needed to have available referees for our home matches. I helped by refereeing womens and mixed matches whilst others could do the mens matches. It helped my understanding of the how, where and what to do with volleyball matches… things like net touches, position faults, players responsibilities and many other things that others either don’t realise or can’t explain properly because their knowledge was from another time period.
I’ve been a national referee for over 2 seasons now and seen some fantastic high level volleyball both from some of our regions teams (clubs, universities and juniors) and competitions at the national volleyball centre in Kettering.
It has inspired me to do more volunteering … for the East midlands and nottinghamshire volleyball associations and now I am a coach as well.
If anyone ever wants help or information about doing more than just playing feel free to contact me
Volleyball referee course details
Contact: Katharina Reusch
- Tel: 07783 998022
- Email: email@example.com
- Address: University Park Sport Centre University Park Nottingham NG7 2RD
- 11th May 2013
- 12th May 2013
Becoming a standing volleyball referee –
The Grade 4 Award is the basic introductory refereeing award and is a minimum of 14-16 hours delivery over 2-days. The course comprises both theory and practical sessions but assessment of practical refereeing is not compulsory. The course aims to provide the referee with the knowledge and understanding of tactics and skill used within the 6-a-side game and is delivered in a safe, controlled and enjoyable manner.
Opportunities are provided for candidates to further extend their experience of practical refereeing in a group setting and assessment is completed by a formal written examination on the rules of volleyball and the use of the scoresheet.
The cost of the Grade 4 course is £35 and the minimum age for this course is 16 years of age.
After completing the initial Grade 4 exam, referees will be able to obtain higher grades through practical assessments. An assessment can be arranged through contacting your regional referee representative.