CGVA requires that each team have one certified referee so that matches in CGVA leagues are officiated in a fair and consistent manner. CGVA provides two levels of certification: recreational division and upper division. In addition, CGVA accepts certification by outside bodies such as NAGVA or USA Volleyball, which are equivalent to upper division certification for league purposes.
CGVA League Rules
CGVA’s leagues follow the current (2009-11) USA Volleyball rulebook, which can be reviewed at this link:
USA Volleyball indoor rules.
CGVA’s league rules state the following:
Summary of Changes from the USAV 2009-2011 Rules
Official volleyball rules will be followed as set forth by the current USAV rulebook and adapted NAGVA rules. Teams scheduled to officiate must provide four players to constitute a full officiating crew. Please, also have a personal whistle, or obtain a CGVA whistle before the match begins. If the officiating team does not make its assignment, they will forfeit one game for each officiating game missed. Each team must have a minimum of 1 certified referee on their roster. Officiating clinics will be conducted during open play nights prior to the start of the regular season. A team has the first three weeks of a season to get a player certified to officiate. After that point in time, a team will forfeit all games until a player is certified. If the certified referee is absent, a substitute certified referee may be obtained. The substitute referee must be approved by both captains of the participating teams prior to beginning the match. An officiating team cannot cause a delay with the games they are scheduled to officiate. Other responsibilities of the certified official include, but are not limited to:
- Selecting an MVP from each team at the conclusion of the match.
- Signing the score sheet at the conclusion of the match.
- Obtaining the signature/initials of each participating captain at the conclusion of the match.
- Conducting the pre-match captain’s meeting.
- Keeping the matches on-time with the provided time schedule and calling “TIME” when the allotted time expires.
With NAGVA's and CGVA's adoption of USAV 2009-11 rules, there are several significant changes in comparison to the 2007-08 rules previously in effect. CGVA has created a summary to help you understand these rules changes that can be reviewed at this link.
CGVA’s Referee Certification Process
CGVA’s referee certification process consists of three steps:
- Attend a referee certification clinic (offered at the beginning of each season).
- Pass the division-specific written exam with a score of at least 80%.
- Pass the practical, observation while officiating a full two-game match, at a proficiency appropriate to your division.
CGVA requires that referee certification be completed by the end of week 3 of the regular league season. We recommend that you study and complete your test in the week immediately following the clinic so that you can be scheduled for the practical exam in week 2 or 3 of league play.
For questions regarding CGVA’s referee certification, please contact Steve Marmolejo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Referee Training Presentation
The following excellent referee training presentation was prepared by Glo Bailey and Ryan MacDowell for CGVA. It is highly recommended viewing for all CGVA referees.
CGVA Referee Training 2010
Your Responsibilities as a Certified Referee
CGVA’s league rules spell out many of your responsibilities. Remember, as the certified referee for your team, you must fulfill the duties of first referee (also known as the up ref). You cannot have a non-certified team member fill in for you. And you cannot find an substitute, certified ref to fill in for you so that you can play as a sub for another team.
NAGVA vs. CGVA Certification
Previously, CGVA was able to offer certification that was recognized and recorded by NAGVA. However, with the introduction of NAGVA’s self-service clinic and exam available in the fall of 2008, CGVA’s clinics and exam no longer qualify the referee for NAGVA certification. Nevertheless, the upper division exam is still excellent preparation for NAGVA certification. Moreover, NAGVA certification remains valid for CGVA leagues and qualifies a player at the upper division level.
Links and Other Information
CGVA’s league rules
NAGVA Official's Page
USA Volleyball indoor rules