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New rule changes for 2015-16 volleyball season

volleyball refereeThese briefing notes are to highlight the rule amendments that were adopted by FIVB in the Rules of Game from the 1st May 2015 and in Volleyball England competition from the 1st September 2015 and the NVL regulation ammendments for the season 2015-16. Further information on the regulations can be found in the NVL handbook pages 122-124.


For any questions please contact the EMVA Referee Development Officer



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Referees course - October 2014 - Lincolnshire

Dear All
I have had confirmation from Volleyball England that a Grade 4 referees course will be held on Sat 4th October (9am -6pm) at Spalding Grammar School, Priory Road, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 2XH (Home of Spalding Saracens VC). We will be in the Gym from 9-12 and the classroom after that.The cost is £50 per head but county volleyball associations (such as Cambridgeshire) have in the past pledged to pay half of the fees for any candidates. Here are directions to the venue:

Candidates must be 16 or over and the course has recently been reduced from 2 days to 1 to encourage participation.
There is a need for higher numbers of quality referees in local leagues, so would everyone please use all avenues open to them to advertise and encourage this course to be filled. It is a fairly central location for many county associations, which should help this.
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Ben Cook
Spalding Volleyball Club

Volleyball referee course - May 2013

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.

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