Sitting referees are the ones calling the shots during a sitting 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 sitting volleyball.
Important Materials for Sitting Referees
- Official Uniform Policy (PDF)
Approved Vendors of Apparel for Officials
Levels of Sitting Refereeing
Sitting referees may officiate domestic sitting volleyball matches.
To become a sitting referee, referees must have begun the process for earning provisional indoor referee certification in addition to taking coursework on officiating sitting volleyball.
International sitting referees may officiate international-level matches for World ParaVolley, the international governing body for sitting volleyball and other variants of volleyball for impaired athletes.
To become an international sitting referee, candidates must also hold National Indoor Referee certification with USA Volleyball. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to become an international sitting referee.
World ParaVolley education materials are available for free online. Contact your Region Officials Chair for access.
Standing indoor referee education courses are available at on the USA Volleyball Academy.
To access your USAV Academy Account:
- Login into your SportsEngine account
- Click on Household, then select the correct person
- Click on the USA Volleyball membership, then click the USAV Academy button
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
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