Question: Why does my child have to keep score and line judge?
USA Volleyball believes in teaching players the entire game and that includes officiating. When they are not playing, players will develop leadership skills and knowledge of the game when they assist in officiating. Prior to any competition, clubs are required to instruct their players on proper techniques in refereeing and scoring.

Question: How do they learn to keep score, line judge, and referee?
USA Volleyball and Badger Region provide a variety of options for players, coaches, and parents to learn how to officiate and keep score at events. USA Volleyball provides free, on-line training for members. These modules can be viewed and/or “taken for credit” to fulfill the training requirements.

Modules include:

  • Junior Line judge module
  • Junior Libero tracking module
  • Junior Scorekeeping module
  • Scorekeeping a deciding set module
  • Junior Second referee module

How do you access these modules in the USAV Academy (for members)? Click here.

Once in the USAV Academy, an individual from the Badger Region can click “Content Library” and the four modules will appear at the top of the library. Once clicking on the module, the individual will be automatically enrolled and can begin the training.

In lieu of the above online training, some clubs choose to have a professional Certified Referee conduct a Scoring and Officiating Clinic at a Club meeting. The subject matter of this in-person clinic is essentially the same as what is contained in the above on-line modules, but the in-person clinic allows the participants to interact and ask questions of the Certified Referee. Clubs who choose the in-person option may also encourage parents to attend so they have a better understanding of what it takes to work a match.

During the tournament matches, the club’s workers will also receive individualized instruction and encouragement from the Certified Referees.

Question: What are the differences between club, college and high school volleyball rules?
That’s a great question that we get a lot. For an interactive PDF with links to various rule sets, click here. It will take you to a document that explains some of the rules differences (net violations, timeouts, etc.). It’s a great resources for all parents, officials and coaches to know and have on hand.

Question: As an official do I get hotel reimbursement? With prior approval from Badger Region staff, officials who travel more than 60 miles one-way for an assigned Badger Region sanctioned event is eligible for up to $100.00 reimbursement for a hotel stay. Please contact Sara for more information or with questions.

Question: My child enjoys working the games. How do they become a Certified Referee or Scorer?
Many junior players enjoy officiating and keeping score, and go on to become highly skilled Certified Referees and Certified Scorers in High School and College. Assigned Professional Referees and Scorers work for pay – it’s a great part-time job and keeps them involved in How To Keep Score/Officiatea sport that they love. If a child or parent is interested in becoming a Certified Referee or Certified Scorer, please click here to visit the Official General Information page of this website.