New content on ref training website

By · March 22, 2011 · Read More: In the News

The following information was sent to the 1500 members of VRT (the volleyball referee training site) yesterday. We thought you might be interested in seeing what is new on the site also.  We ask that you take a peek, and let everyone you know in the volleyball world of the great opportunities for learning rules, techniques and mechanics that can be found on the training site.   It is also great for parents, players, or coaches who might like more information or to just see what the officials are being taught in our sport!

Thanks as always for your support of the Officials Commission.

Kathy Ferraraccio

As a loyal member of, we knew you’d want to be aware of some material that has gone up on the site in the last couple of weeks.

Highlights of the new content include:

  • Signals – A comprehensive guide to the hand signals used in USA Volleyball play. The module combines descriptions and photographs of real, live referees executing these signals with suggestions about things to pay attention to and errors to avoid.
  • Ground Rules – Another thorough guide on how to set ground rules for USA Volleyball play. Get yourself off on the right foot by establishing ground rules that are supported by the DCR.
  • Professionalism – A pair of modules pulled from past USA Volleyball National Clinics on ethics, the Golden Rule, and the characteristics of professionalism.
  • USA Volleyball camp opportunities – Information about the joint PAVO/USAV camp at NCVF in April as well as the Premier Referee Camp in June at Girls Junior National Championships.

As always, point your browser to for all of this new content and more. Future modules will we’re working on will help with briefing juniors line judges and scorekeepers, the science and art of officiating, and sanctions.  In addition, we keep hearing from even experienced referees that they find it valuable to return and view modules again (in particular units on protests and timeout mechanics).

On the VolleyballRefTraining blog (www., there have been some interesting new posts on social media and officiating. The blog is an interactive forum and it promises to get stronger and stronger with participation from you and your colleagues.

Fully supported by USA Volleyball, is THE central resource for USA Volleyball officials of all levels of experience. It remains free and open to all who wish to learn more about the sport of volleyball. But, we still need your help to spread the word. Tell your refereeing colleagues about the site. Then visit the site again. Visit the blog. Then contribute to the blog by giving us your scenarios and questions.

As we’ve written before, we REALLY want your feedback. What training modules do you want to see in the future? How can we improve the site?

Welcome back to!


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