If you are looking for information on becoming a USAV-certified professional referee, you are in the right place. All Badger Region referees have undergone a standardized training program consisting of two stages: candidacy and in-training. After completing their initial training stages, a referee is eligible to accept paid match assignments, but may continue their training by working through four certification levels: Provisional, Regional, Junior National and National. Each certification level builds upon the previous level and pushes the referee to increase their skills. Completing a certification level allows a referee to officiate increasingly difficult matches. To read the Badger Region National Referee Advancement Notification Policy, click here.

All Badger Region officials must be members of USA Volleyball through the Region and, if officiating juniors, successfully pass a background screen administered during the registration process. Failure to do so will prohibit you working junior tournaments. ALL Badger Region officials must also agree to abide by the Badger Region Code of Conduct for Officials. The Code of Conduct may be obtained from the Badger Region Referee Chair.

Curious what is needed for the following? Check out this spreadsheet that details needs and time commitments for each.

For instructions on registering for Referee Training and the annual Referee Exam, click here.

CANDIDATE
An individual is considered a referee candidate until they have met the requirements outlined below. All candidacy requirements must be completed before a candidate is considered a referee and eligible to accept paid match assignments in Badger Region. Click each step for additional information/registration instructions. FOR A CHECKLIST FOR FIRST-YEAR OFFICIALS TO GET THEIR REIMBURSEMENTS THROUGH THE REGION GRANT, CLICK HERE.

1. Register with Badger Region/USAV: this is a $50 annual fee along with an $18 background-screening fee every two seasons
2. Pay the annual $25 Badger Region Referee fee online in Webpoint by clicking here. This fee allows you access to all online and in-person clinics, a free rulebook and the ability to use the online ref-assigning system led by Larry Schoenick.
3. Attend a New Referee Clinic: this free hour-long clinic must be completed in conjunction with item #4
4. Attend an Experienced Referee Clinic: this two-hour in-person clinic focuses on rules and techniques
5. Complete the online courses and exams: follow the link to sign up for the clinic through Webpoint. Your username and password for the USAV Academy website is the same as it is for Webpoint. Click here for instruction on how to register for and access Badger Region Referee Training Videos and Exam.
6. Pass a formal on-court evaluation: this is a requirement to be considered a certified official (email Jim Momsen to coordinate).
7. Submit an Independent Contractor Form and W9: Badger Region must have these on-file, submitted new each year.
8. Complete the SafeSport Training Course: SafeSport is not included in any USAV Academy module, so you must complete this stand-alone training. Information is included within the link provided and upon completion, certification will be added to your Webpoint record.

IN-TRAINING
An In-Training Referee has met all candidate requirements and is eligible to be assigned to matches in Badger Region. This stage of training is hands-on and focuses on the development of basic refereeing skills through match experience. A referee remains at this stage until the Officials Chair determines they have mastered basic officiating skills and deems them ready to advance (approx six-twelve months). The Officials Chair determines which matches an in-training referee is allowed to officiate.

1. Maintain membership: an official must renew their Badger Region membership annually to remain eligible to officiate in Badger Region. In order to officiate junior tournaments, an official must also have a current background screen.
2. Pay the annual $25 Badger Region Referee fee online in Webpoint by clicking here. This fee allows you access to all online and in-person clinics, a free rulebook and the ability to use the online ref-assigning system led by Larry Schoenick.
3. Attend a referee clinic: this must be done annually to maintain certification at this level.
4. Complete the online courses and exams: follow the link to sign up for the clinic through Webpoint. Your username and password for the USAV Academy website is the same as it is for Webpoint.
5. Submit an Independent Contractor Form and W9: Badger Region must have these on-file, submitted new each year.
6. Complete the SafeSport Training Course: SafeSport is not included in any USAV Academy module, so you must complete this stand-alone training. Information is included within the link provided and upon completion, certification will be added to your Webpoint record.

PROVISIONAL
The majority of Badger Region officials have reached and maintained this level of certification. A Provisional Referee has demonstrated and successfully applied volleyball rules and refereeing mechanics. This is a developmental level but can be permanent if an individual is unable to advance further or does not desire to advance further. Provisional Referees are assigned to matches appropriate to their skill level, generally girls 15U divisions and above.

The steps to achieving and maintaining Provisional certification can be found here.

1. Complete the online courses and exams: follow the link to sign up for the clinic through Webpoint. Your username and password for the USAV Academy website is the same as it is for Webpoint.
2. Pay the annual $25 Badger Region Referee fee online in Webpoint by clicking here. This fee allows you access to all online and in-person clinics, a free rulebook and the ability to use the online ref-assigning system led by Larry Schoenick.
3. Submit an Independent Contractor Form and W9: Badger Region must have these on-file, submitted new each year.
4. Complete the SafeSport Training Course: SafeSport is not included in any USAV Academy module, so you must complete this stand-alone training. Information is included within the link provided and upon completion, certification will be added to your Webpoint record.
5. If you are interested in becoming a Provisional Plus certified official, please fill out the application by clicking here.

REGIONAL
After serving a minimum of one year as a Provisional Referee, one may begin working toward their Regional certification. A Regional Referee may officiate any match at any age level within Badger Region. A Regional Referee must have a working knowledge of volleyball rules and mechanics, have good reffing mechanics, be familiar with the USAV score sheet, know how to transition to the R2 position, show awareness in rotational faults and show back row awareness.

The steps to achieving and maintaining Regional certification can be found here.

1. Complete the online courses and exams: follow the link to sign up for the clinic through Webpoint. Your username and password for the USAV Academy website is the same as it is for Webpoint.
2. Pay the annual $25 Badger Region Referee fee online in Webpoint by clicking here. This fee allows you access to all online and in-person clinics, a free rulebook and the ability to use the online ref-assigning system led by Larry Schoenick.
3. Complete and maintain at least a Provisional Scorer certification. Refer to the Badger Region Certifying as a Scorer page for information and requirements.
4. Submit an Independent Contractor Form and W9: Badger Region must have these on-file, submitted new each year.
5. Complete the SafeSport Training Course: SafeSport is not included in any USAV Academy module, so you must complete this stand-alone training. Information is included within the link provided and upon completion, certification will be added to your Webpoint record.

JUNIOR NATIONAL
A Junior National Referee is certified to officiate any and all USA Volleyball-sanctioned junior competition in any of the 40 regions of USA Volleyball. This includes all USA Volleyball Junior National Championships. While reffing at a USA Volleyball-sanctioned junior competition, a Junior National Referee is qualified to wear the official USA Volleyball Junior National Referee patch on their officials uniform.

The steps to achieving and maintaining Junior National certification can be found here.

1. Submit an Independent Contractor Form and W9: Badger Region must have these on-file, submitted new each year.
2. Pay the annual $25 Badger Region Referee fee online in Webpoint by clicking here. This fee allows you access to all online and in-person clinics, a free rulebook and the ability to use the online ref-assigning system led by Larry Schoenick.
3. Complete the SafeSport Training Course: SafeSport is not included in any USAV Academy module, so you must complete this stand-alone training. Information is included within the link provided and upon completion, certification will be added to your Webpoint record.

NATIONAL
A National Referee is eligible to work at all USA Volleyball-sanctioned competitions, including the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships and the USA Volleyball Adult Open National Championships. A National-certified referee may wear the official USA Volleyball National Referee patch on their officials uniform at any USA-Volleyball. To read the Badger Region National Referee Advancement Notification Policy, click here.

1. Submit an Independent Contractor Form and W9: Badger Region must have these on-file, submitted new each year.
2. Pay the annual $25 Badger Region Referee fee online in Webpoint by clicking here. This fee allows you access to all online and in-person clinics, a free rulebook and the ability to use the online ref-assigning system led by Larry Schoenick.
3. Complete the SafeSport Training Course: SafeSport is not included in any USAV Academy module, so you must complete this stand-alone training. Information is included within the link provided and upon completion, certification will be added to your Webpoint record.