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OFFICIALS KEEP US IN THE GAME

By Az Volleyball Mom, 10/16/21, 12:30PM MST

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We love our referees! Check out the benefits of becoming an official with the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball!

Referees, also known as officials, are the key to competing on a fair and level playing field. Our game officials are responsible for maintaining sportsmanship and rules of the sport.

We build in a variety of bonuses for our officials and hope you consider joining our "team" today!

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR REGION OFFICIALS AND OPPORTUNITIES

We offer opportunities for officials at a variety of levels. This page takes you to our Arizona Region of USA Volleyball Officials' page.

JUNIOR OFFICIALS

Did you know teens can get paid for working with the Arizona Region? It’s great experience and looks great on your resume, too!

Please check out the #AZRegion Junior Refs webpage @ www.azregionvolleyball.org/junior-officials.

Q: Who can be a junior official?
A: Junior boys and girls who are members of the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball aged 16+.

Q: What are the opportunities?
A: Plan to work the Club level tournaments on the Junior Girls Schedule. New officials will be assigned to the 12's tournaments at first and may advance to 14's as the season progresses. Returning officials may be assigned to higher levels.

UPCOMING TRAINING
Training for Junior Officials is Sunday, December 5, 2021
9am - 1pm at the Region Facility in Chandler, Arizona

Contact: Earl Capps
JrRefs@azregionvolleyball.org


"Even as I have gone off to college, I have been able to come home on the breaks and pick up right where I have left off. After being 3 years out of the JODP, I have received so many opportunities to travel, work college matches and move on up the rankings. If it were not for the AZ Region being willing to invest in the next generation, I would not have had these opportunities, and for that I am very grateful," Kyla Chavez.

TESTIMONY FROM A JUNIOR REFEREE

Kyla Chavez as a Junior Referee

Submitted by Kyla Chavez

I am so thankful to the Arizona Region for continuing to develop and invest in the next generation. They have created an opportunity for young athletes to be a part of a Junior Officiating Development Program (JODP). In this program, the head officiants in the region take the time to invest and teach the members how to properly manage and referee a volleyball match. I started in this program when I was 15 years old and did it all the way up until I was 18. After graduating from the JODP, I moved up the rankings and years later I am now a Regional I referee. I say these things to say that there are lots of opportunities out there, and all you have to do is take the first step. If you or someone you know is interested in getting to know more about the game of volleyball and become a JODP member, I would highly encourage you to email Earl Capps and tell him of your interest. From there, the next step is to complete the online modules that explain everything you need to know about how to manage a game from start to finish. You will have 1-2 meetings in person with the head officials and your peer JODP members and they will ensure that you leave feeling confident and well prepared. After completing the training, they invite you to a friendship tournament where you have a mentor that follows you around and ensures that your matches run smoothly. They are there to help you gain the confidence to do it on your own. I am so appreciative of my mentors for being so patient with me and encouraging me to stick with it. The best part about the job is the flexibility of it. You get to create your own schedule; you could work just the morning waves, or just the afternoon waves on whatever weekends you choose. This was a huge factor as to why I have been able to do this job for so long - the people and job allows for so much flexibility. Even as I have gone off to college, I have been able to come home on the breaks and pick up right where I have left off. After being 3 years out of the JODP, I have received so many opportunities to travel, work college matches and move on up the rankings. If it were not for the AZ Region being willing to invest in the next generation, I would not have had these opportunities, and for that I am very grateful. I would highly encourage anyone and everyone to join the Junior Officiating Development Program because your knowledge of the game will grow exponentially, it is highly flexible, and the longevity of it is great! Sign up today by emailing jrrfs@azregionvolleyball.org.