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February 12, 2021

USAV Reintroduces Foundation Board of Directors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 12, 2020) – USA Volleyball has announced the reconstitution of the USAV Foundation Board of Directors. Among the objectives of the USAV Foundation are creating new opportunities for access to the sport and building support for players from all economic backgrounds, strengthening ties with national team alumni and building a base...

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Pati Rolf.

December 23, 2020

2020 Officiating Review: A Letter from Pati Rolf

Pati Rolf, USAV's Director of Officials Development, has some thoughts on 2020 and urges us all to be kind and generous to others and ourselves.

Glenn Sapp.

December 22, 2020

From the Beach: 2020 in Review

2020 didn't happen as expected, but there still was a beach volleyball season. Keith Murlless, Director of Beach Referee Training and Certification, recaps the season and congratulates the officials who "earned their flip-flops," as he says.

Two women sitting at scoring table

December 18, 2020

New National Scorers

I am happy to report that 20 candidates from 15 different regions earned their national scorer certification in July during the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships in Dallas, Texas. These candidates all demonstrated proficiency in national scoring procedures, and I am excited to welcome them to the cadre of national scorers. Shereen Bailey (Delta)...

2019 Referee Group photo

December 18, 2020

New National Referees

December 17, 2020

Letter from the Officials Assembly Chair – December 2020

Good day Officials and greetings from the Officials Assembly! Wow – what a year 2020 has been?!? I hope and pray that you and your family are safe and sound this holiday season. I can easily say that we all have been affected by this pandemic. Here’s to a brighter and more prosperous 2021. Your...

2019 NORCECA Champions Cup officials.

December 9, 2020

A Look Back at the NORCECA Champions Cup

By: Michelle Prater I had the pleasure of officiating the NORCECA Men’s and Women’s Champions Cup in Colorado Springs, Colo., last August, working alongside Americans Hansen Leong and Jung Park in addition to international officials Matt van Raalte , Lourdes Perez, Jaime Maldonado, Serge Theriault, Denny Cespedes and Edgar la Forest. Our matches ran smoothly,...

Beach officials

December 9, 2020

USAV Beach Officiating: 2019 in Review

By: Keith Murlless Looking back at the 2019 beach season and beach referee training program, a few questions come to mind. Did we offer enough training opportunities? How many new officials did we bring to the sand? Did we serve the major tournaments well? Are we providing fun and profitable opportunities for our beach referees?...

Refs at High Performance Championships

December 9, 2020

High Performance Championships: A Look Back

By: Jennifer Vander Meer My first year at High Performance Championships was amazing and one I will always remember, from the coaches to the atmosphere to the cadre. I will never forget stopping my first match on the first day with a score of 2-3 in the second set due to a water main break...

Service Dog

December 9, 2020

Four Legs in Support of One

By: Elliot Blake, Manager, Sitting Volleyball and USAV National Referee and Scorer Editor’s Note: the latest Rules Interpretations addresses service animals in the bench area. This article provides background information for that ruling. My dog Diesel is a butthead, but boy do I love him. He has a strange addiction to tennis balls, and I...

Zach Upp

December 9, 2020

Dude, Where’s My Arm?

By: Elliot Blake, Manager, Sitting Volleyball, and USAV National Referee and Scorer Whether its homework, lunch money, shoes or anything else around the house, kids these days just lose everything. Take current U.S. Men’s Sitting National Team member (and reigning USAV men’s sitting player of the year) Zach Upp. All he was trying to do...

NORECECA Beach Officials course participants.

December 9, 2020

NORCECA Continental Beach Referee Course Wrap-up

By Kirsten Boessneck, Magdalena Gleaves and Troy Gravett Early in the afternoon on Nov. 19, 2019, we emerged from the airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. While the Caribbean nation is known for its warm beach resorts, the three of us had more serious interests at hand. We were representing the United States’ growing pool...

December 7, 2020

USAV Selects Phoenix to Host HP Championship

Competition focuses on rising stars in the national teams pipeline

September 29, 2020

Las Vegas to Host 2021 USAV Girls Junior Nationals

Event will take place June 26-July 5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center

September 23, 2020

Remembering Laura “Shorty” Lindsay, 1923-2020

USAV is saddened to learn of the death of Laura "Shorty" Lindsay.

September 4, 2020

2020-21 National Beach Tour Launches This Weekend

Ready to qualify for next year's U.S. National Beach Tour-Junior Championship?

September 1, 2020

USAV Launches New Membership Management System with SportsEngine

USA Volleyball is pleased to announce the switch to SportsEngine as its new member management system. The system went live on Sept. 1. The new platform will provide significantly improved functionality for you, whether you are an athlete, coach, parent, official, or club administrator. As with all new systems, there will certainly be bumps and...

Refs at High Performance Championships

July 16, 2020

An Emerging Official’s HPOP Experience

My first year as part of the High Performance Officials Pipeline (HPOP) at the 2019 High Performance Championships was amazing. From the coaches to the atmosphere to the cadre, it’s an experience I’ll never forget. I will never forget stopping my first match on the first day with a score of 2-3 in the second...

July 16, 2020

RISE: Officials Evaluation for 2020

The USA Volleyball Officials Development Department implemented a re-envisioned evaluation program called RISE during the 2019 Girls 18s Junior National Championships. Made up of coaches/mentors from across the nation, the RISE team has a shared goal of providing courtside mentoring-style feedback as a benefit of USAV membership for our national-level officials. The intent is to...

July 16, 2020

New Rules Commission Structure

The USA Volleyball Rules Commission has been restructured to reflect changes to the Operating Code of USA Volleyball that were adopted in 2018. The basic mission/responsibilities of the commission are to: Review the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Rules of Play and make recommendations for play in the United States codified in the USA Volleyball...

Two women sitting at scoring table

July 16, 2020

New National Scorers

I am happy to report that 20 candidates from 15 different regions earned their national scorer certification in July during the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships in Dallas, Texas. These candidates all demonstrated proficiency in national scoring procedures, and I am excited to welcome them to the cadre of national scorers. Shereen Bailey (Delta)...

July 16, 2020

Officials Training in Sitting Volleyball

Ever notice that smaller court in the convention center at Opens, where play is moving faster than most regular volleyball games? That’s where you’ll find sitting volleyball, a Paralympic discipline of the sport. USA Volleyball has been the NGB for sitting volleyball since June 2014, though USAV managed the program long before then. The game...

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