Interested in becoming involved as a beach official or want to pursue your certification to a higher level? Our beach refereeing pathway allows referees to plot their own learner journey through a range of qualifications.
Grade 4 Beach
The Grade 4 Beach Award is the basic introductory refereeing award to Beach Volleyball and is a minimum of 8 hours delivery over 1-day.
The course comprises both theory and practical sessions but assessment of practical refereeing is not compulsory. The course aims to provide the referee with the knowledge and understanding of tactics and skill used within the 2-a-side game and is delivered in a safe, controlled and enjoyable manner.
Opportunities are provided for candidates to further extend their experience of practical refereeing in a group setting and assessment is completed by a formal written examination on the rules of Volleyball and the use of the score sheet.
The cost of the Grade 4 Beach course is £25 and the minimum age for this course is 16 years of age.
After completing the initial Grade 4 exam, referees will be able to obtain higher grades through practical assessments. An assessment can be arranged through contacting your regional referee representative or contacting a referee staff member.
Grade 3 Regional Beach
This is the basic grade of practical refereeing, a recommended minimum standard for officiating in regional or local Beach events, and Beach Student Cup. To achieve Grade 3R Beach a candidate must be observed (by an approved member of the Beach Staff Team) officiating as a 1st Referee, at least, at a match and must be in appropriate referee uniform.
Grade 3 National Beach
Grade 3R Beach Referees who have gained experience at a beach tournament can apply for inclusion on the Volleyball England Beach Tour (VEBT) Panel. Referees on the Panel are appointed by the Beach Commissioner with responsibility for Refereeing.
Grade 2 Beach
Applicants for Grade 2 must be registered Grade 3 National referees, usually with at least two years experience Refereeing. The candidate must be able to demonstrate a consistently high standard of officiating in appointed VEBT matches and Volleyball England recognised Beach competitions.
Grade 1 Beach
Applications for Grade 1 Beach are considered from Grade 2 Beach registered referees, usually with at least two years experience as a VEBT Panel Referee. The candidate must be able to demonstrate competence at the highest level of officiating and must be committed to an extensive programme of VEBT matches each season.
Details of arrangements for Beach Courses and other Clinics should be obtained from Debra Smart, the Beach Commissioner responsible for Beach Refereeing