Interested in becoming involved as a volleyball official or want to pursue your certification to a higher level? Our refereeing pathway allows referees to plot their own learner journey through a range of qualifications.
The new 1-day Grade 4 refereeing course is your first step into refereeing. It consists of pre-course tasks, half a day of on-court practice and half a day conducted in a classroom setting, covering both theoretical and practical aspects of refereeing. Finally, you will be required to sit an exam.
The cost of the course is £50 and you will have to be at least 16 years of age.
At the end of the day, you will be able to:
- Interact effectively with teams and match officials
- Handle pre- and post-match administration, guiding a successful match
- Understand the FIVB rules
- Referee a game both as a 1st referee or as a 2nd referee assisting the 1st referee, including signaling, etc
With this qualification, you will be able to officiate games within regional and local leagues as a trainee referee and work towards attaining a Grade 3 Regional qualification.
After passing the Grade 4 course, you will then be able to obtain higher grades through being observed. You can arrange an assessment through contacting your Regional Referee Co-ordinator (RRC) or contacting a referee staff member. All decisions on upgrades from Grade 3 Regional to Grade 1 are also based on recommendations and reports.
In some cases, it may also be able to shorten the normal period of qualification through the Accelerated Promotion Scheme.
Grade 3 Regional
The Grade 3 Regional qualification is the basic grade of practical refereeing and the recommended minimum standard for officiating in regional and local leagues, attained through being observed refereeing a game.
Ideally, after attaining the Grade 4 qualification, you will be able to be promoted to Grade 3 Regional by getting practical experience as both a 1st and 2nd referee in regional and local games. Once you feel confident enough, you can contact a staff member, Grade 2 or above referee or Regional Referee Co-ordinator within your area, who will arrange to observe one of your matches.
Grade 3 National
The Grade 3 National qualification is the minimum grade for National Volleyball League appointments, beginning from Division 3. You can be promoted to Grade 3 National after at least 2 years of officiating, with experience of NVL/Cup matches. Again, once you feel confident enough, contact the relevant persons to be observed.
The Grade 2 qualification allows you to be appointed to higher level NVL/Cup matches, namely Division 1 and 2 matches. In addition to a practical assessment, you should also have at least 2 years of experience as an NVL referee at the Grade 3N level. You should demonstrate a consistently high standard of officiating in National League Division 2 matches and Volleyball England recognized competitions.
The Grade 1 qualification allows you to be appointed to the highest level NVL matches, namely Super 8s matches. In addition to a practical assessment, you should have at least 2 years of experience as an NVL referee at the Grade 2 level. You should demonstrate competence at the highest level of officiating and must be committed to an extensive programme of NVL matches each season.
Details of arrangements for Grade 4 Courses and other Clinics can be obtained from Richard Morten the Commissioner for Referee Development.
For more information about the courses on offer and how they run refer here to the Course Organisers Handbook