Arizona Region of USA Volleyball
New, Probationary, Provisional Level Official

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Officials' registration for the 2018 club season opens September 1st!

(Transfers from other USAV Region please, contact JR Salima)

All officials that want to work in the Arizona Region must be a registered member for the current season before they will be assigned to work. Use the Webpoint login to register online. Please select Arizona Region Officials as your club name. If this is your first time using Webpoint, you will need to go to Webpoint initial registration. Please click here for more information about Webpoint.

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BECOMING AN OFFICIAL CHECKLIST

To be an official in the Arizona Region an official must:

  • Contact JR Salima (Official's Division Coordinator) or 602-614-9263.
  • Brand new officials should attend the Official's Orientation meeting - Saturday, Dec 2nd from 9 am - 10 am at Salvation Army Kroc Center. This meeting will let you know who we are, what we are about and how it all works. If officials are interested in joining the officials corps then they will go on to the rest of the check list. The New Officials' Training Clinic will follow the Orientation from 10 am - 2 pm.
  • Register for the new season in Webpoint before Dec 15th. Each official must be a full adult member and complete and pass a background screen. The background screen must be done every 2 consecutive seasons through the USAV approved vendor SSCI. No other background screen or fingerprint card can be substituted. The background screen is done during the registration process in Webpoint. During the registration process make sure to indicate that you are interested officiating junior tournaments. The background screen and membership are paid for at the same time. To access Webpoint, click on the appropriate link above.
  • Take the SafeSport training. This training is free and must be refreshed every year that the background screen is due. To take the training go to www.SafeSport.org. You will need your USAV ID # to link the certification to Webpoint and make sure you indicate you are with volleyball. Please print off the certificate of completion as proof in the event the certification does not link. All officials and any adult associated with a junior club is required to take the training. For 2017-18 season take the SafeSport Training AFTER Oct 2nd. That is the date the new course launches.
  • Attend the NPPR2 official clinic normally held in early December each year. Attending this clinic satisfies the classroom portion of your required annual training. The 2017-2018 clinic is scheduled for Dec 2nd, 10 am - 2 pm at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. This free lecture clinic is recommended for New, Probationary, Provisional and Region 2 officials with less than 3 years experience. In the event you cannot attend this lecture clinic, another option is the classroom portion at the Holiday Classic (see below).
  • Attend the AZ KickOff Practical Training Clinic - Dec 15-17, all day at American Sports Center - Avondale. Attending this clinic satisfies the on-court practical portion of your required annual training. To sign up for this clinic, contact Wade Colson for assignment. In the event you cannot attend this practical clinic, you can satisfy your training requirement by officiating your first wave assignment of the season under observation but with no compensation.
  • Another optional lecture clinic is the Developmental Referee Clinic in conjunction with the National Clinic presented by the National Officials Commission. This clinic is designed for new referees and enhancing the skill levels of veteran non-National referees. It is scheduled for Friday, Jan 12, 2018 from 5 pm - 7 pm at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.
  • Complete the New, Probationary, Provisional Referee online training curriculum on the USA Volleyball Academy. Register for the training in Webpoint - click on Region Clinics on the left side menu in Webpoint. You must be a CURRENT member of the Arizona Region to take these courses for free. Once registered click on the USA Volleyball Academy link in Webpoint to take the training. For assistance in finding the training links, please visit the Webpoint Training Instructions.
    • The following dates will be deadlines for completing online training with the AZ Region Officials Division:

      • Veteran Officials (any returning official): Jan 15th
      • Brand New Officials (no prior experience): Feb. 15th
      • USAV Lateral Officials (transferring from another Region): Feb 15th.

      Failure to attend required training clinics, complete USAV Academy/VRT modules, or meet testing deadlines for Referee and Scorer tests will result in immediate non-assignment and placed on probation in a "Not in Good Standing" status.

  • All officials must have an account in ArbiterPay.com to receive payment for working and in ArbiterSports.com to list availability, check for assignments and accept assignments. All assigning is done through ArbiterSports.com and all payroll is paid to ArbiterPay.com. Once you have contacted JR Salima and registered with AZ Region in Webpoint (as detailed above), you will receive an invitation from Earl Capps to join ArbiterSports.com with a new account. Please contact Earl via email at JrRefs@azregionvolleyball.org or call 602-705-2238 (Earl's cell) if you still need your Arbiter registration invitation.
  • To get paid you must also link your ArbiterPay account to our ArbiterSports group (Group #108723). To link your ArbiterPay account:
  •   Log into ArbiterPay
      Click on the Payroll Tab,
      Then the ArbiterPay sub tab.
      Type in your ArbiterPay username and select the + symbol.
      Type in your ArbiterPay Security Key,
      Click the group #s that are not linked and click save when finished
      The Arizona Region Arbiter group ID # is 108723

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TEAM LEADER LIST

Each official is assigned a Team Leader. The official is assigned to a Team Leader by where they live - in the Phoenix metro area it is by zip code. Once registered contact your assigned Team Leader at 2018 Team Leaders’ Region Areas

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OFFICIALS' INCENTIVE PROGRAM

The Arizona Region has 3 incentive offers to encourage the Arizona officials to work our Region tournaments. Below is the description of each of those offers. All officials' bonus pay will be paid with the last payroll of the girls' tournament season in May/June.

  • AZ Region Official's Shirt - Every two years, Region officials can purchase the AZ Region official shirt. The official will be eligible for reimbursement of the cost of the shirt after working a minimum of twenty-four (24) full tournament matches during the same season. The reimbursement will be paid with the last payroll of the Arizona Region girl's tournament season in May. The reimbursement is limited to one shirt purchased in the season that the shirts are new.
  • Hard Worker Bonus - A Hard Worker Bonus of $100 will be paid out for officials that work a minimum of 12 tournament dates (not waves) in one season with a minimum of four (4) matches per date. One No-Show deducts two (2) tournaments worked toward the Bonus. A second No-Show removes the possibility of a Bonus for the tournament season. The Bonus will be paid with the last payroll of the girls' tournament season.
  • Girls Region Championships Bonus - Each official that works the first two Region Championships tournaments (last Saturday of April and the 1st Saturday of May) will receive a bonus of $50. If they also work the 3rd week of Region Championships (2nd Saturday of May) they will receive an additional $50 bonus for a maximum bonus of $100. They must be available to work the full day of the tournament (it is a shorter schedule than normal tournaments with a built in break as the teams move from site to site) This bonus will be paid with the last payroll of the girls' tournament season. The Boys and Adults tournaments do not count toward this bonus - it is for the April/May Girls Region Championships tournaments only.

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NEW AND UPDATED POLICIES

The Officials' Division has two (2) policies designed to assist an official in handling misconduct on and off the court. Sanctions in the rule book (DCR) remain the same for on-court teams and club personnel, but the Spectator/Parent Code of Conduct policy applies to aggravated misconduct in the stands or off-court in which violators can be ejected from the playing facility before, during and after the match.

Purple Card - The Purple card will be used by officials during a match for Spectator bad behavior. The card will be used in conjunction with a Yellow Card (warning) or Red Card (penalty). Penalty Points or ejections are included in this policy. Read the entire policy here

Deficient Scoring Teams
Any team that an official finds is deficient in properly scoring a match will be written up on the Officials Tournament Report Form and Pay Sheet detailing specific team name and head head coach. The report goes to the ODC who notifies the Club Director of the team deficiency. The club is then responsible to re-train the team members either by contracting another OD Scorer to hold a clinic and paying the standard clinician fees OR reviewing the USAV Academy training modules. Either way, if they are deficient in their next tournament scoring assignment, they will be penalized eight (8) points on their next scheduled match to play. If the team scores deficiently a third time, they will be penalized one (1) set on their next match.

Mileage Policy Update
There has been some accounting discrepancies discovered by the Region Office as to recording mileage on the Officials Tournament Report Form and Pay Sheet. Here are the following clarifications:

  • Although you may be carpooling, the minimum mileage requirement must be met; carpooling does not constitute automatic mileage reimbursement.
  • For officials outside the Phoenix metro area, if you sign up to officiate on Saturday Junior play and Sunday Adult (or NCQ) play of the same weekend you should write your Round Trip mileage on only one Pay Sheet unless you drove home on Saturday night and returned on Sunday morning. The mileage reimbursement is based on Round Trip mileage actually driven.
  • If there are other officials from your area at your site you must car pool to fulfill the reimbursement policy.

Officials Not Available for Tournament Assignment:
Officials will need to make themselves available for at least one tournament wave assignment before February 15th or they will be removed from Arbiter and placed on the "Not to be Assigned" list for three (3) consecutive tournaments. Reinstatement requires contacting the Competition Assignor or the ODC. This policy will be an extension to the current tournament requirement necessary to retain your rating certification, as outlined in our OD Handbook.

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USA VOLLEYBALL REF TRAINING WEBSITE - great resource for officials

Fully supported by USA Volleyball, www.volleyballreftraining.com is THE central resource for USA Volleyball officials of all levels of experience. It remains free and open to all who wish to learn more about the sport of volleyball.

Highlights of the content include:

  • Signals – A comprehensive guide to the hand signals used in USA Volleyball play. The module combines descriptions and photographs of real, live referees executing these signals with suggestions about things to pay attention to and errors to avoid.
  • Ground Rules – Another thorough guide on how to set ground rules for USA Volleyball play. Get yourself off on the right foot by establishing ground rules that are supported by the DCR.
  • Professionalism – A pair of modules pulled from past USA Volleyball National Clinics on ethics, the Golden Rule, and the characteristics of professionalism.
  • USA Volleyball camp opportunities – Information about the joint PAVO/USAV camp at NCVF in April as well as the Premier Referee Camp in June at Girls Junior National Championships.

As always, point your browser to www.volleyballreftraining.com for all of this content and more. Future modules we're working on will help with briefing juniors line judges and scorekeepers, the science and art of officiating, and sanctions.  In addition, we keep hearing from even experienced referees that they find it valuable to return and view modules again (in particular units on protests and timeout mechanics).

On the VolleyballRefTraining blog (www. https://volleyballreftraining.com/usavreftrainingblog), there have been some interesting new posts on social media and officiating. The blog is an interactive forum and it promises to get stronger and stronger with participation from you and your colleagues.

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HOW PAYROLL WORKS - NEW SEPT 2017

Payroll is paid bi-weekly - for everyone not just officials. The payroll for officials is transferred to the official's account in ArbiterPay.com. It is up to the official to put pay instructions in their ArbiterPay account - example - to send any money in their account to a designated bank account, to hold the money in the account until it is manually moved to a designated bank account, to load an ArbiterPay debit card for use by the official or to cut a check and mail to the official (this will cost the official $5 per check cut).

The Arizona work week is Monday - Sunday. Payroll will be submitted on Wednesday following the end of the pay period and will be available 4 business days afterward. ArbiterPay holds our money for 4 work days before it is available to be transferred and available to the official.

All Hard Worker Bonuses, Region Championship Bonuses and any official shirt refunds will be done in the last payroll of the girls' tournament season in May .

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RATING REQUIREMENTS

New lateral-entry officials from other USAV regions may start on Probation if their Regional or National certification is lapsed. The length of probation depends on reviews of proficiency and adaptability. Advancements from probationary must be approved by the OD Steering Committee.

Lateral-entry officials (transfers) with current certifications and in good standing in their previous region will retain the same rating in the Officials Division (OD).

PROBATIONARY OFFICIAL

Probationary officials are defined as officials that are new to USA Volleyball with no, little or minimal experience in USAV mechanics, signals, match protocols and related processes and procedures. This would include officials from other venues or organizations such as high school or college.

EXPECTATIONS OF PROBATIONARY OFFICIALS:

  • An official new to the Arizona Region and USA Volleyball with no prior volleyball officiating experience.
  • Attend the annual NPPR2 clinic as scheduled by the Referee Training Director.
  • complete the USAV Test C or higher exam and correct to 100%
  • Practical observations, receive one (1) passing rating as First Referee and one (1) passing rating as a Second Referee from a USAV National, Junior National or Regional Referee.
  • First year of referee certification is considered an "In-Process" year.
  • Must be a USAV and Arizona Region regular member in Good Standing
  • Have a general knowledge of the rules, mechanics and techniques used by USA Volleyball referees.
  • Understand the basics of transitioning and positioning as an R2.
  • AZ Region Tournaments: Must officiate a minimum of 6
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the USAV score sheet by completing a minimum of 1 score sheet for review by a Lead Referee

ATTAIN PROVISIONAL OFFICIAL RATING :

  • Attend the annual NPPR2 official's clinic as scheduled by the Referee Training Director
  • Complete the USAV Test C or higher exam and correct to 100%
  • Practical observations, receive one (1) passing rating as First Referee and one (1) passing rating as a Second Referee from a USAV National, Junior National or Regional Referee.
  • Must be a USAV and Arizona Region regular member in Good Standing
  • Have a general knowledge of the rules, mechanics and techniques used by USA Volleyball referees.
  • Understand the basics of transitioning and positioning as an R2.
  • AZ Region Tournaments: Must officiate a minimum of 6
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the USAV score sheet by completing a minimum of 1 score sheet for review by a Lead Referee

RETAIN PROVISIONAL OFFICIAL RATING:

  • Attend the annual NPPR2 official's clinic as scheduled by the Referee Training Director
  • Complete the USAV Test C or higher exam and correct to 100%
  • Practical observations, receive one (1) passing rating as First Referee and one (1) passing rating as a Second Referee from a USAV National, Junior National or Regional Referee.
  • Must be a USAV and Arizona Region regular member in Good Standing
  • Failure to complete the above listed requirements by the published ratings and test date may result in the forfeiture of your Provisional Rating.
  • Have a general knowledge of the rules, mechanics and techniques used by USA Volleyball referees.
  • Understand the basics of transitioning and positioning as an R2.
  • AZ Region Tournaments: Must officiate a minimum of 6
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the USAV score sheet by completing a minimum of 1 score sheet for review by a Lead Referee
  • Shows awareness of rotational faults
  • Shows back row awareness

CONSEQUENCE FOR NOT MAINTAINING YOUR RATING:

  • Any failure to comply will result in six months probation. In addition the official will be subject to a re-evaluation that will be pass/fail.

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