Arizona Region of USA Volleyball
Regional I and Regional II level Officials

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REGISTRATION FOR THE 2016-2017 CLUB SEASON OPENS SEPT 1

Registration opens on Sept 1st of each year.

(Transfers from other USAV Region please, contact JR Salima or 602-614-9263). Also please contact the AZ Region office to move your membership to Arizona BEFORE you register for the new season.

If you are a renewing Member click here to access WebPoint. Make sure to click on Renew Membership on the left side under Member Area to begin the renewal process.

Find your assigned Region Team Leader at 2017 Team Leaders’ Region Areas - Each official is assigned a Team Leader. The official is assigned according to where they live - in the Phoenix metro area it is by zip code. Once registered contact your assigned Team Leader.

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SEASON READINESS CHECKLIST

OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
  1. 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 substitute. The background screen is done during the registration process in Webpoint. During the registration process make sure to indicate that you are interested in officiating junior tournaments. The background screen and membership are paid for at the same time. To access Webpoint, click on the appropriate link above.
  2. Submit the following documents to the Arizona Region Office:
Independent Contractor Agreement/Sole Proprietor Waiver
These 2 documents are required annually. These forms can also be accessed through the Forms link above. Don't forget to read and acknowledge the Officials' Division Mileage Policy!
  3. If you have not already taken the SafeSport training, go to SafeSport.org and take the training. The course must be the full SafeSport Training and not a Refresher or Parent version. Make sure to indicate you are with volleyball so that your Webpoint record is updated with your certification. The course is free and takes about 90 minutes to complete. SafeSport training is required for all officials. You only have to do this one time.
TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
  4.

Attend a Clinic:

Regional II Officials with less than 3 years experience:
Attend the free lecture clinic NPPR2 (New, Probationary, Provisional and Regional II) Officials Clinic normally held in early December each year. Attending this clinic satisfies the classroom portion of your required annual training. The 2016-2017 clinic is scheduled for Dec 10th from 1:30 - 4:30 pm at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. In the event you cannot attend this lecture clinic, other options are the classroom portion at the Holiday Classic (See Below) or the Developmental Referee Clinic, in conjunction with the National Clinics, 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 13, 2017 at 5 pm at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. You must register online for this clinic at www.volleyballreftraining.com and pay the $25 fee. Select "Events", then "Register" for the National Developmental Referee Clinic. You will eventually pick the clinic in Arizona.

Regional II officials with 3 or more years experience and Regional I officials:
Attend the Developmental Referee Clinic, in in conjunction with the National Clinics, 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 13, 2017 at 5 pm at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. You must register online for this clinic at www.volleyballreftraining.com and pay the $25 fee. Select "Events", then "Register" for the National Developmental Referee Clinic. You will eventually pick the clinic in Arizona.

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Attend a wave(s) at the Holiday Classic Practical Training Clinic, Dec 26-28, 2016 at the American Sports Center - Avondale. AM and PM waves are available each day.

For Regional II Officials: Attending this clinic satisfies the on-court practical portion of your required annual training. To sign up for this clinic, contact Ron Pelham 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 and with no compensation.

For Regional I Officials: Attending this clinic satisfies the "Practical observations and mentoring of Provisional or other Regional Referees as directed by the Referee Director" portion of your requirements to retain your rating. To sign up for this clinic, contact Ron Pelham for assignment. In the event you cannot attend this practical clinic, contact Jim Feickert, Referee Director, for other options.

  6. Complete the required Regional Official's online training curriculum on the USA Volleyball Academy. Access the Academy through your Webpoint account. For assistance in finding the training links, please visit the Webpoint Training Instructions or contact your Team Leader.
  7. Online Clinic Deadlines: The following dates area deadlines for completing the online training with the AZ Region Officials' Division:
    Veteran Officials (any returning official): Dec 15th
   

USAV Lateral Officials transferring from other Regions: Feb 15th

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

ARBITERSPORTS/ARBITERPAY
  8. To be assigned you must have an account in ArbiterSports.com and have marked yourself Ready to Be Assigned. To be paid you must have an account in ArbiterPay.com. If you are new to the Region you must have both of these accounts to be selected to work and to get paid. Link your ArbiterPay.com account to our Arbiter account #108723. Send Earl Capps, Official's Assignor, an email asking him to invite you into our ArbiterSports corps so you can be assigned.
     

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OFFICIALS' INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

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. 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) tournament 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 girls early Region Championships (18s only) and Adults 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.

The Region Penalty Point Sanction Policy was also created to handle misconduct by parents, spectators and club personnel before, during and after a match. Violators affiliated with a club team can be penalized up to five (5) points on their next scheduled match to play. Read the entire policy here

Deficient Scoring Teams - New for 2017
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 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 also need to 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

Payroll is paid monthly - for everyone not just officials. The payroll for officials is transferred to the official's account in ArbiterPay.com and available by the 5th of the month. 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).

If a tournament happens in the very last days of a month there is a good chance that the pay for that tournament will be held over until the next month. ArbiterPay holds our money for 4 work days before it is available to be transferred and available to the official. Therefore we may have to transfer the money to fund the accounts before the last tournament is even played.

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

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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).

EXPECTATIONS OF REGIONAL II OFFICIALS AND REQUIREMENTS TO RETAIN RATING:

  • Attend a designated official's clinic as scheduled by the Referee Training Director
  • REceive a passing grade on the USAV A or B written/online exams and correct to 100% with rule references.
  • Must be a USAV and Arizona Region regular member in "Good Standing"
  • Practical observations, during the current year, receive one (1) passing rating as First Referee and one (1) passing rating as a Second Referee from a USAV National, Jr National or Regional Referee.
  • Failure to complete the above listed requirements by the published ratings and and test date may result in the forfeiture of your Regional Rating.
  • Have a good knowledge of the rules, mechanics and techniques
  • Knows how to transition as an R2.
  • Shows awareness of rotational faults
  • Shows back row awareness
  • Clinic/Clinician work as assigned by the Junior Clinic Training Specialist
  • Complete a minimum of 3 score sheets for review by the Scorer Director, including at least 1 deciding set to retain Regional Scorer rating.
  • AZ Region Tournaments: must officiate a minimum of 10
  • Must also be available to work two of the following five Regional Championships: Boys, Adults, Girls 14s, Girls 16/18s and Girls Open
  • Practical observations & mentoring of Probationary or Provisional Referees as directed by the Referee Director.

EXPECTATIONS OF REGIONAL I OFFICIALS AND REQUIREMENTS TO RETAIN RATING:

  • Attend a designated officials' clinic as scheduled by the Referee Training Director
  • Receive a passing grade on the USAV A or B written/online exam and correct to 100% with rule references.
  • Must be a USAV and Arizona Region regular member in "Good Standing"
  • Practical observations, during the current year, receive one (1) passing rating as First Referee and one (1) passing rating as a Second Referee from a USAV National, Jr National or Regional Referee.
  • Failure to complete the above listed requirements by the published ratings and and test date may result in the forfeiture of your Regional Rating.
  • Have a good knowledge of the rules, mechanics and techniques
  • Knows how to transition as an R2.
  • Shows awareness of rotational faults
  • Shows back row awareness
  • Clinic/Clinician work as assigned by the Junior Clinic Training Specialist
  • Complete a minimum of 3 score sheets for review by the Scorer Director, including at least 1 deciding set to retain Regional Scorer rating.
  • AZ Region Tournaments: must officiate a minimum of 10
  • Must also be available to work two of the following five Regional Championships: Boys, Adults, Girls 14s, Girls 16/18s and Girls Open
  • Practical observations & mentoring of Probationary, Provisional or Regional II Referees as directed by the Referee Training Director.

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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