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*For information about the Referee and Score Keeping Clinics please visit the the Iowa Region Homepage: "Officials Clinics How To's"

Officials Clinics open w/ Limited seating

Limited SeatingRead Carefully & Completely

  • The VRT team will be sending out emails to all USAV Academy registrants over the course of the day in batch files.
  • there will be only 1200 seats at the table. That load will gradually be increased as we are certain the software performance is acceptable. (USAV has 240,000 members trying to use this site)
  • . If a user logs in and all the “seats” are full, s/he will get a generic message about returning later


  • LOG OUT when you are done with a session of taking coursework. There is a timeout process, but if an individual logs out, s/he will no longer occupy one of those seats they wil lopen faster for the next person.
  • As the software proves itself, we will gradually increase that number (probably in increments of 100 or 200). This approach will allow us to carefully monitor things to ensure a positive user experience. 

If you are already registered for a Referee or Scoring module and need to return to the site to complete a module, please click the Course Mill image ...CourseMill.jpg
However, if you haven't yet started this certification process, you must follow the registration directions found on our CLINIC page.  

Need to Continue an Officials Clinic?

 CIf you are already registered for a Referee or Scoring module and need to return to the site to complete a module, please click the Course Mill image ...

However, if you haven't yet started this certification process, you must follow the registration directions found on our CLINIC page.  

New Rules for 2013-2014

  2013-2014 New Rules Powerpoint

  2013-2014 New Rules notes to powerpoint

Officiating Modules for Certification

 VRT_icon.jpg has been re-designed for a sharper look and a format that makes information easier to find.   The site is endorsed by USA Volleyball and is the best place to go for up-to-date information on rules, techniques, mechanics and officiating opportunities.   You can also find old copies of the Official Word and articles on officiating by Corny Galdones, a USA Volleyball National referee and member of the National rating and training team.


You will find modules on all facets of officiating volleyball, with new ones added every couple of months.   These modules are written and edited by top USAV National and FIVB International officials and include such information as:  how to properly administer time outs and substitutions, when to whistle a net contact, and professionalism, to name a few.


This Rules Interpretation Bulletin is intended to clear up what may be a misinterpretation of the Libero uniform rule – This is the last season for this rule- See the information below for next season.

USAV 19.2(a) states: “The Libero player’s jersey must contrast in color with that of the predominant colors of the other members of the team. This includes different color and a light and dark contrast.

Bad Color combinations such as purple/black, dark green/black, navy/maroon, and white/light yellow are not distinctive enough to comply with the rules and should not be used.

Beginning in the 2014-15 USAV season, the following verbiage will be 
used in regards to Libero jerseys contrasting with regular team jerseys.

As of SEPTEMBER 1, 2014, it is required that either the Libero or their teammates wear a solid color jersey. The solid color jersey must clearly contrast from the predominant color(s) of the teammates' jersey. Predominant colors are those that appear on approximately half of the body of the uniform jersey. 

To be considered solid colored:
a. Sleeves must be the same color as the body of the jersey.
b. Piping/trim not exceeding 1 inch in total at its widest point may be placed along the seams and may be a different color than the 
    uniform jersey.
c. Lettering and collars can be a different color than the body of the jersey.
d. Numbers must be a contrasting color and meet all other specifications in Rule 4.3.3 and associated USAV regulations.

Team Jersey Numbers


  • Jersey Numbers for USAV competition must be from 1-99.
    Note 0 and 00 are illegal numbers.
  • The numbers need to be centered both horizontally and vertically on both the front and the back for the jersey. (new 2013-14)
  • Numbers must be 6" on front and 8" on back.  Note for younger age divisions 4" on front and 6" centered on back will be allowed as the numbers would be lost on shirts that are tucked in.
  • The stripe forming the number must be 3/4".
  • Jerseys may have sponsor names but the numbers must be visible and no alcohol or tobacco related advertising, or inappropriate sponsors or language is allowed. Please check if you think the sponsor or name may be inappropriate for a junior’s uniform before printing.
  • Player’s names may be printed on the back of the jerseys.



Officiating Clinics

Please see the clinics page of this web site.

Congratulations to Andy Chase, our Newest National Scorekeeper!


Officiating and Scoring Reminders

Remember that for JUNIOR competition the COACH signs the scoresheet, and for adult competition, the captain signs the score sheet.  The scoresheet indicates that the captain does it, but when you watch the scorekeeping clinic or look at page 143 of your rule book, you will see that there is an exception for junior competition.


  • USAV in conjuction with our insurance company have issued a new rules that "Shared Warm-up" are not to be used. When a team has the court the other team can not be doing ball handling.
  • An Adult must be R1 for all playoff matches.
  • At junior events 16U and younger a registered, background screen certified Adult scorer must be at the scoring table as either the Scorer or the Libero Tracker. For 17 & 18u conpetitions  a registered, background screen certified Adult scorer/referee must be the R2 for pool play matches and an addition adult must be an R1 for the playoff matches.
  • Parents may not be on the court during warm ups to retrieve the volleyballs unless they are USAV member and have had a background check.


  • No Cell Phones or I-Pods should be used at the scorekeeping table after the match has started.
  • No food should be eaten at the scorekeeping table after the match has started.
  • Capped water bottles will be allowed at the scorekeeping table.
  • Only USAV members are allowed at the scorekeeping table. For 16u and younger competitions either the Scorer or the Assistan Scorer must be a certified, background screened Adult member. (new 2013-2014)
    • Certified/ trained Scorer
    • Certified/ trained Assistant Scorer
    • Trained visual score board operator
    • On Junior Courts an adult may be present, but they must be aUSAV member and have a current USAV backgound check.

12U and Under Special Rules

  1. Will use a lighter ball; 7-8 oz (regular is 9-10 oz).
  2. Can use "step-in" (service line is 6'6" into the court) serving for Iowa Region tournaments below the Qualifying Division.
  3. 11s/12s net height is 7'; 10s and younger net height is 6'6".
  4. 12s team cannot be combined with older age teams at tournaments unless they use those rules (can't use 12s rules).
  5. 14s and under age teams are allowed to have a second toss per each service attempt. The tossed or released ball must land without being touched by the server before a new service authorization can be granted. Each service attempt must happen within 5 seconds of the referee's whistle.