Here’s the nine-step procedure we recommend referees use when conducting the pre-match captain’s meeting.

  1. Introduce yourself and the second referee (if present)
  2. Check for jewelry and mention pertinent rules
  3. Cover ground rules (e.g., non-playable areas, court area, bench area, etc.)
  4. Review warm-up protocol
  5. Review match format (i.e., number of games, scoring system, point cap)
  6. Outline substitution procedures
  7. Ask the second referee, if present, for any input
  8. Ask if captains have any questions and answer
  9. Conduct coin toss (USAV Rule 8.1)