REFEREEING VOLLEYBALL Before the game: What to bring: whistle, coin, red and yellow cards, line-up cards and pencil Arrive fifteen minutes prior to game time. Check for legal uniforms. Talk with scorekeeper. Talk with scoreboard person. At pregame, talk with coaches and captains Establish ground rules. Inform coaches if someone is not legally attired. Discuss substitutions. Discuss duties of captain. Line-up checks, questions answered, keeping ball in play, sportsmanship Warm-up procedure. Execute coin flip. Guest calls the toss. Winner of coin toss chooses between serve or receive. (Home team already has selected side.) Ask for lineups from the coaches. Do not use line judges. To start the game: Have the starting six line up on their own end line. Whistle for the handshake. Check the starting lineup. During the game: (two out of three, rally score; the first two to twenty-five with a cap of 27, the third to fifteen has no cap) Keep the whistle in your mouth. Blow whistle to begin every play. When an infraction occurs or play is completed: blow your whistle signal what happened signal the result Watch for: Foot faults Illegal alignments Center line violations Net play Ball handling violations Frequently check score with scorekeeper. Change sides at the conclusion of the first game. On a deciding third game, conduct another coin toss, called by the home team. The winner of the toss may choose serve, receive or side. The other team then makes the remaining choice. Have the teams change sides at eight points in the third game.
Protocol Do not volunteer explanations of your calls. If coach or captain asks, pleasantly give an explanation. Use red and yellow cards as deterrents to inappropriate behavior. The yellow card is nothing more than a warning. No penalty is attached. The red card results in a penalty, either point or point and serve. The coach is your best ally. If things get difficult, stop and talk things over. After the match, do not linger around and socialize.