Gloria to be inducted

The Connecticut Women’s Volleyball Hall of Fame will be inducting its new class on Tuesday November 20.  The class includes CBVO member Gloria Bellucci.  Tickets are available by messaging the host on their Facebook page HERE.  Inductees include:

Richard Meyers – Collegiate Coach
Lauren Holt – Collegiate Player
Deb O’Brien – Scholastic Coach
Maite Mendizabal – Scholastic Player
Sage Esposito – Scholastic Player
Gloria Bellucci – Official
Elena Lockett – Honorary

2018 EOS Meeting Agenda

CBVO Northern Board
Manor Inn Restaurant
Nov. 11, 2018
 1. Make sure you vote for the Sportsmanship Award
 2. Gloria – Treasurer’s Report
 3.  Candy – Heather
 4.  Elections
 5. Tournament
 6.  Compliments and Concerns
         A.  Compliments
                Dedication — Many officials coming to watch volleyball on their days off
                                     Officials going out of their way to help newer officials
         B.  Concerns
                Tardiness — Officials still coming late to matches. They should be their at least 45 min before the starting time.
                We need to have patience with players and coaches.  Preventive officiating.  Please be more diplomatic.
                Being more compassionate  with the newer officials.  Remember when you were in their shoes!
                SHIRTS—- Come on guys. Clean, pressed, no raveled edges, or spots,or holes. Get a new one if needed.  They don’t last more than a couple of years.
7.  New Business — Recruitment
8.  Volleyball Hall of Fame —  Congratulations GLORIA  BELLUCCI  Dinner is Nov 20 at the Aqua Turf
9. Sportsmanship Award
10.  Winners of the elections
11. Attendance
12.  Fall Meeting,  Aug 27.  Mark your calenders
13.  Let’s Eat !!!

EOS Meeting Nov 11

The End of Season dinner / meeting will be held at The Manor Inn (click for directions), located in Milldale/Southington.
Date:  Sunday – November 11, 2018
Time:  5:00 PM
Also, this is an election year for officers of the Executive Board:
  • Chairperson / Co-Chairperson
  • Assistant Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Scheduling Coordinator (s)
If interested in running for any of the positions, please send a letter of intent via email to Rosie DellaVentura (Secretary), so as she can send to the rest of the members of the executive board.
Any questions, feel free to contact Rosie DellaVentura (Secretary)
 
Rosie DellaVentura

Assigning Fees

A number of officials are sending me checks. Remember, anything scheduled by me would have the 8% applicable scheduling fee. I schedule the earlier rounds of the state tourney. That is why I am surprised anyone has sent me their second payment. The matches that Marie schedules for the state tournament DO NOT have a fee attached. Marie is compensated directly by the CIAC.

For your benefit I am giving you the instructions on how to figure out your 8%. You can do it the old fashioned way of adding all your matches up or :

Go on Arbiter, go to REPORTS on the left, Hit SCHEDULE, then put the date range you worked, then go to EXPORT FORMAT and put in EXCEL WOKSHEET FORMAT (xls), then hit PRINT PREVIEW, if you look at the bottom right hand corner you will get the amount that you should have been paid. Multiply it by 8% and subtract the amount that you have already paid ( if you did). You will then have the balance owed to me.

I hope you all enjoy the final weeks of the season. There are some great matches coming up. If you are not scheduled it is an opportunity to see some very good volleyball.

I look forward to seeing you all at the banquet.

Thanks for all your assistance throughout the season. Heather

EOS Issues

Hello everyone,
I know it is late in the season but I have a few things to review:

1). Please contact me immediately if there are safety issues in the facilities.  A number of middle schools seemed to lack padding around the poles.  This is a very serious issue….we could be liable if something happened.  I do not want to put anyone’s safety in jeapardy.  I can only fix what I know is broken.

2) I can’t believe we are still having issues with this:
FRESHMEN play 2/3 games, ALL to 25 if they are playing on their own gym floor.  The deciding game is ONLY played to 15 when JV and Varsity follow on the same gym floor!

3) Officials point to the center line when there is a center line violation by a player and/or when the ball passes over the center line during a rally, NOT on a serve!

4) Next week begins league tournament play.  I am responsible for scheduling a number of tournaments but many team’s final standings have yet to be determined.  Please check your schedules throughout the weekend.  Some of you will have matches as early as Monday.

Enjoy the remaining season.
Thank you,
Heather

Timeout Procedures

Fellow Officials,
There is inconsistency in the T-O procedure. It is important that all read below until you fully understand what’s required. Discuss with partner at next match to make sure you both are on the same page.
1)  R2 starts a T-O with a double-whistle, moves to side of request, displays the correct T-O signal mechanic in front of chest, and then presents to the R1 the # of T-O’s used by both teams out in front of chest. 
2)  R1 also displays correct T-O mechanic and acknowledges R2’s T-O’s used with a head nod. (R1 does not display T-Os used at this point.) 
3)  R2 verifies the 1:00 min clock has started.
4)  R2 then confirms scorekeeper(s) has entered the score in the right box for the right team, and that they entered a “T” or a “Tx” in the current “square” prior to next serve.
5)  R2 asks Libero Tracker if the Liberos are In/Out for each team. Pay attention when teams retake their court.
6)  R2 moves to receiving side sub-zone to monitor the clock and each team bench area.
7)  R2 blows a double-whistle warning at 0:15 seconds OR earlier.
8)  R2 observes teams. If either team is delaying under 5 seconds, move to their side to respectfully ask coach/team to “please take their court.” If a team is late to court well after end-horn, R2 respectfully gives a verbal warning to coach that next time a delay sanction may be issued.
9)  R2 from the receiving side sub-zone with teams ready on court, cues the clock operator for the End-Horn and at the same time gives back the # of T-Os used out in front of head to the R1. (No double-whistle after horn.)
10) R1 now mirrors R2 showing # of T-Os used out in front of head.
11) R2 verifies 1:00 min back on clock, scans full court, line judges ready, both team benches for any issues and then gives back the court to R1 with the appropriate hand.
Please make sure your double-whistles are 2 loud short bursts that don’t run into each other.
Please make sure both teams have 6 players on each court before you cue the End-Horn, otherwise wait and let horn go automatic when under 5 seconds.

Solid 10′ Attack lines & center lines

Attack lines must be solid sideline to sideline. Rule 2, sec.1, Art.5
Ex:  Woodland H.S. has an oversized logo that covers both attack lines. Those areas must be taped! Last night I asked coaches to please tape that area. They complied and used white athletic tape to match the white lines. No problem. Please make sure this is being done for remainder of season.
 
Centerlines must have some kind of clear 2" representation through a logo. Rule 2, sec.1, Art.4
There does not have to be a solid line through a logo as long as 2 shadow lines show some kind of 2" continuation.
Attached are two examples. BOTH PICS ARE ACCEPTABLE AND NO TAPE REQUIRED.
 
Thank you,
James Borbas

Pregame Warmups

Fellow Officials,
It has been reported to me that some of you have miss interpreted last weeks email and are not allowing side warmups to the “off” team. Side warmups are allowed. Below is a guideline for all to follow:
1) Our state allows the “off” team to conduct a warmup routine in the playable area IF there is sufficient room and both coaches agree to it. The “on” team should have a minimum of 6 feet around all side lines with no obstructions or conflicts. Technically, they have the entire playable area available to themselves if they need it. Most cases teams do not use it all.
2) Most important and prior to pre-match coin toss meeting, observe the amount of space available around sidelines and beyond service line where most side warmups occur. Observe potential safety risks if any. Then ask the home coach if they normally do a side warmup while the opponent has the full court. If they do and the visitor also wishes to do a side warmup, then you should allow it.
 
3) Some gyms are small, but that doesn’t mean a side warmup cannot occur. 
For example: I had a gym last night with about 15 ft from service line to wall both ends. Prior to coin toss meeting, I asked home coach if they do “off” warmups. Coach said yes and I asked visiting team if they would and coach said yes. I said that’s fine. In meeting, I told coaches to make sure your team is closer to wall than service line and when “on” team starts to do serving to quickly move team back to bench area to avoid interference with servers as well as potential concussion to their own players. Both coaches understood and complied. No problem everything went smooth. At times, the “off” team players occasionally got closer to service line but it didn’t create a problem for the “on” team. If it started to, I could’ve easily gone over and instructed the “off” team to move away from the service line if the were interfering with court players. Stay alert.
 
4) If in the opinion of the officials there is not enough room beyond the service line, but there is sufficient room say behind a bench area and in the opinion of the officials there are no safety concerns, then a “off” team warmup can be allowed there. Again, talk to your home coach before pre-match coin toss meeting. Use common sense.
5) When an “on” team performs a game-play like routine on full court and players may have to run for balls whereby the “off” team inhibits “on” team players from playing those balls, then officials can direct the “off” team to move farther away or cease their side warmup altogether and move from the playable area to their bench area.
6) If a gym is very large like East Haven for example, in the spirit of sportsmanship coaches and officials can agree before hand to allow the off-team to stand well beyond their service line to assist the on-team as ball retrievers for their warmup.
7) Reminder: NFHS safety emphasis this season from August meeting for concussion prevention during warmups.
Example:  During an “on” team serving warmup, I have observed helper players standing either side of the net. This is a safety concussion issue. Tell coach that new emphasis on concussion avoidance during warmups – players are in harms way of getting hit in head from any direction and we recommend that they be moved off court. Simple. All coaches have complied for me.
Finally, I have never had to deny “off” teams from a side warmup, and I’ve been in many gyms around the state. It comes down to observing, talking to coaches ahead of time, and making common sense decisions based on safety and sporting conduct where all parties agree.
When it comes to safety, concussion prevention and potential unsporting situations, officials have broad authority in these areas under preventive officiating measures. It is our job to assess situations and request that coaches/teams make adjustments for the benefit of all concerned.
When you request a coach/team to make an adjustment, make sure you have a good reason ready if asked.
Don’t hesitate to email or call me on any topic.
Regards,
James Borbas