Becoming a Referee
Interested in becoming involved as a beach referee in your area or want to pursue your certification to a higher level? First, read below for the qualifications required to become a certified beach volleyball referee. Secondly, for local and provincial beach clinics dates and locations, contact your Provincial/Territorial Association. For national or international beach clinics, contact email@example.com
In order to become a local volleyball referee, an individual proceeds as follows:
- Learns the rules of the game.
- Avails himself/herself to call matches whenever the opportunity arises in order to gain some practical experience.
- Participates in an referees' clinic organized by his provincial/territorial association
- Successfully complete written and practical examinations.
The next level of officiating is the provincial level, which entails the following :
- Being active as a local beach referee for at least one full season.
- Participating in a provincial referees' clinic and successfully completing written and practical examination.
The next level is qualification as a national referee, which requires:
- Being active as a provincial referee for at least three years; or
- Being active as certified national indoor referee and being active as a provincial beach referee for at least one year, which must include at least one experience on the Canadian Beach Tour events.
- Approval by the Regional Officials Chairperson, the National Beach Referee Committee and the National Referee Chairperson.
- Participating in a national clinic and successfully completing written and practical examinations at a major competition recognized for this purpose.
If successful, the referee is rated as a national referee of Volleyball Canada. To maintain this status, the referee must remain active and submit for re-evaluation at regular intervals, as prescibed by Volleyball Canada's National Referee Committee.
The highest qualification for a referee is the International rating. The requirements include:
- Being active as a National Referee for at least three years.
- Recommendation of the National Referee Chairperson and of the National Beach Referee Committee.
- Participating in a ten day International Officials' clinic and successfully completing written and practical examinations.
- Having not reached 41st birthday.
If successful, the referee is rated as a international referee of the FIVB.