If you are looking for information on becoming a USAV-certified professional referee, you are in the right place. All Badger Region referees undergo a standardized training program consisting of two stages: Knowledge transfer (classroom, plus E-learning) and practical application (on-court evaluation).

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 (see the descriptions of each referee certification level below/here). Each referee 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.

CANDIDATE (click here)
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.

One you have met all of the requirements, click here to register with Badger Region Volleyball to officiate within Badger Region.  **Remember, all of the requirements must be met before registering.

IN-TRAINING (click here)
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.

PROVISIONAL (click here)
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.

REGIONAL (click here)
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.

JUNIOR NATIONAL (click here)
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.

NATIONAL (click here)
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.


Ref Chart

Do you want the printable version of the official’s guide chart, click here.