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Becoming An Official

Thank you for your interest in being a part of the Arizona Region/USA Volleyball Officials' Division. We are always looking for committed individuals who can help bolster our officiating cadre in this ever growing sport. Below you will find a list of "to-dos" in order to become a certified official.

Attention Junior Officials!  For more information on our Junior Official Development Program (JODP), check out our program page here.

The General Steps to Becoming a Certified Official are:

1. Contact the Official's Division Coordinator, Earl Capps. The Officials' Division Coordinator will steer you in the right direction and assist you with many of the questions you may have as you start out. He may also assign you to a Team Leader who will further assist you.

Earl Capps

Official's Division Coord (exp 2024)

Phone: 602.705.2238

2. Register with the Arizona Region - Click here to Join the Region

  • Purchase your AZ Region/USAV membership from the Join the Region page of the AZ Region website. Once you have purchased a membership, you can submit the background screen from the membership box in your SportsEngine profile. The membership is $55 and must be renewed each year after Sept 1st and before Dec 15th (Sept 15th if working boys tournaments), the Background screen cost is $14 and is good for one season. If you have trouble registering contact the Region office (see contact information below).
  • Complete your SafeSport Training through your SportsEngine profile.  This is an annual requirement.

3. Forms Specific to Officials

Mail or scan and email the forms above to the Arizona Region Office.

Mail to:  Arizona Region Volleyball, 7100 W Erie Street, Chandler, AZ  85226

Scan and email to:


Arizona Region of USA Volleyball Office Contact

4. SafeSport Training

All officials and anyone associated with a junior club or dealing with junior players must be SafeSport trained before they can be assigned. As part of your SportsEngine registration, you will have to update your SafeSport training.  After registering, SportsEngine will supply you with a list of items that you need to complete.  This will include SafeSport.  Follow the instructions to complete that list of items. The Core SafeSport Training is required first.  Refreshers courses are offered every year after that.  The Core training is required every 4th season.  

5. USA Volleyball Academy

Once registered, each official must enroll in USAV Academy and complete the AZ Region Official's curriculum, which consists of online training modules. These modules are to be completed before attending any live officials' training clinics.  The USAV Academy is accessed through your SportsEngine account.

In addition to taking online training modules, each official must take the Referee and Scoring tests through the USA Volleyball Academy. These tests should be completed before the start of the tournament schedule. 

6. Live Clinic and Practical Evaluation

Attend a lecture clinic and practical evaluation clinic (the December pre-season practical evaluation clinics). Other training dates will also be available.

For the 2022-23 season - the lecture clinic and practical evaluations will take place TBA.  The lecture clinic will take place prior to the the practical evaluation scrimmages.  Contact Ron Pelham to be scheduled for the practical evaluations.  Contact the Region Office to register for the lecture clinics.

7. ArbiterPay (formerly RefPay) and Arbiter Sports

All paid officials must have an ArbiterPay (formerly RefPay) account that is linked to the AZ Region ArbiterSports group AND an ArbiterSports account. The AZ Region ArbiterSports group ID is 108723

The ArbiterSports account is where officials will list their availability and review and accept their assignments.

The ArbiterPay account is where the AZ Region will transfer money earned by an official. Payroll is paid bi-weekly from December - May; monthly for September - November.  If the official does not have an ArbiterPay account linked to the AZ Region ArbiterSports account the money can't be transferred. Checks will not be issued by the AZ Region for official's pay.

Once you have contacted Earl Capps and purchased an AZ Region/USAV membership, you will receive an invitation from Earl Capps to join with a new account.  If you already have an Arbiter account, email our Assigner Earl Capps at and ask to be accepted into the ArbiterSports group. Once invited, you will be able to list your availability for competition dates. Also - you MUST mark yourself Ready to be Assigned or he cannot assign you to any tournament crew.  NOTE:  The invitations to join Arbiter normally happen in very early January.   

8. Fall General Assembly

Mark your calendar for the 3rd Sunday in September. The Arizona Region General Assembly is held and there is an Officals' Division meeting where you can meet other officials, coaches, club directors and the Region Leadership.

9. Questions

Questions or problems - contact Earl Capps (see below)

Again, we appreciate your interest in officiating for the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball. We wish you the best in your efforts to grow as a volleyball official.

Earl Capps

Official's Division Coord (exp 2024)

Phone: 602.705.2238