Beach referees are the ones calling the shots during a beach volleyball match. They enforce the rules, initiate play, and ensure safety of all participants. Being a beach referee requires long periods of alertness and focus, swift judgement, and a decisive nature. It also requires exposure to the elements as referees can be outside all day during tournaments. As a referee, you allow thousands to participate in the sport we all love. Without you, there is no beach volleyball.

Levels of Beach Refereeing

Education and Courses

The following topics and subjects are courses found in USA Volleyball’s Officials Education at the USA Volleyball Academy.

To access your USAV Academy Account:

Beach Referee Courses

Beach Referee Application

If you’d like to become a beach referee candidate, fill out the Beach Application (DOC), complete all requirements listed on the application, and email the completed application to

Camps and Clinics

All Upcoming Events

Opportunities to Officiate

Looking to officiate in qualifiers and national championships? More information about how to register for these types of events may be found on the Opportunities to Officiate page.

Register for Qualifiers and National Championships

For more information about officiating beach volleyball, including clinics, tournaments, and applications to a higher certification? Email


With safety being the top priority, USA Volleyball is proud to team with the U.S. Center for SafeSport to Protect our members.

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