Points of Emphasis

Fellow Officials,
this week’s points of emphasis after 2 weeks into season:

1. Without Lines People – hints:
– Reminder, R1 should be calling In/out on all lines. There should be no help signals from R2 on end lines & R1 side lines. The R2 can help when able on the short sub-zone side lines or full R2 side line if it is an easy free ball play. This takes great experience. BUT, the R2’s job of watching for antenna, touches, net & centerline faults must come first! (Discuss with partner in prematch expectations.)
– R2 should not be more than 2 steps back from the pole. Reasons – R2 needs to be able to move from their base position to a secondary position quickly to assist in: balls that may be hit over or behind antenna, helping with touches off blocks, and moving to get better views of net/centerline faults to avoid being blocked by pole/padding. (Standing 10 ft back at table hinders that ability in some cases.)

2. Prematch Conference:
– Roster/Lineup sheets are not always coming to the R2. That is the first thing officials should be asking for in this meeting. (R2 can “X” the Serve/Receive box after the coin toss is determined.)
– The R/L sheet stays at the table during entire warmups! R2/R1 checks the rostered players both teams. Place roster sheet upside down on teams side of table. Roster changes can be made up to 11 min on clock and must be done at table with R2. Coaches come to table to fill in lineups and gives to R2 not the score keeper. R2 check lineup for errors then if ok, can submit to score keeper. Confirm lineups entered correctly. (Between sets, coaches may take their lineup sheets to the bench then submit to the R2 by 1 minute left on clock.)
– By now, there should be no balls laying on the floor during time-outs and between sets. At this meeting, continue to remind captains/coaches to get the ball to the R2 during Time-Outs and between sets for remainder of season.

3. Time Outs / Ball at table hints:
– R2 intiates time-out: double whistle, move to side, mechanic, point to center of court, give back T-O’s used in front of chest to R1.
– Now step back facing court and where ball coming from. (Do not turn to table yet.) Get ball from serving side place on table.
– R2 check T-O’s entered correctly in book, liberos in/out, confirm scoreboard is correct.
Important so you don’t forget about ball – R2:
– Wait on receiving side near table. (Being near table helps you remember why you are so far back…to get ball.)
– Double whistle 15 sec warning (or earlier), R2 or R1
– Signal clock operator to give horn/stop clock when all 12 players are back on court; if under 5 sec, let go to automatic horn.
– At horn, give back T-O’s used to R1.
– Now grab ball from table and roll to server. Confirm with score book that the player # is correct server.
– Scan both benches & courts, then step up to base position and when ready signal R1 court is theirs.

4. Scorekeeper / clock operator / libero tracker:
– There must be one of each. One person CANNOT do more than one of these jobs.
– Ask coach for people to fill these positions and explain there must be one for each so the match runs smoothly without errors.
– I had 2 matches last week where a scorekeeper was attempting to do the book & clock during warmups. They said they have done both with no one saying anything. This is unacceptable! Officials, please make sure coaches provide people for all three jobs.
Explain to the coach that if the table is not properly staffed by the beginning of the first set, they risk a Delay Sanction (YUD). Report it to your assignor. (In both instances above, a coach or team manager found someone to do the clock in a short amount of time. Be vigilant.)

5. Player/students on court during warmups:
– Same yearly problems and it shouldn’t be……
– ANY player/student helpers must have athletic footwear and no jewelry while on court assisting or helping.
– No electronic devices, earbuds, etc. on court or at team benches.
– At table: no food or beverages that can spill, and no cell phones – politely ask they put them away for the match.

6. After announcements/anthem:
– teams should not be huddling after anthem at their side line.
– starting 6 + libero must move to end line or already be standing on the end line after anthem.
– no matter how many varsity players are standing on the end line during anthem, only the start 6 + libero are allowed to be beckoned into their court via sideline to greet opponent. Non-starters go back to their bench and do not shake hands at net. (If this happens, R2 tell coach nicely that next time correct it.)

7. R1 appearance and ref stands:
– best appearance and easy flow of mechanics is when R1 is standing with arms at side or with hands on side rails.
– some stands have a front rail that is higher than the side rails – these are evil to R1’s in my opinion. Avoid holding that front rail during play as it inhibits could mechanics and flow. (You will not see a college match with a ref stand that has a high front rail – most of the time.)
– see attached pictures as to what I mean.

If any of you experience any stuff that doesn’t seem right, don’t hesitate to send me an email.

Thank you and have a great week!

R1/R2 Expectations

Now that you are in the swing of things I just wanted to wish you all a great season. In addition a few newer officials have asked me about their responsibilities on the court. For review, if you are listed to do both a JV and Varsity match it is listed on Arbiter as what your responsibility is during the VARSITY match. If you are R2 during the VARSITY match, you will be the R1 during the JV. This is the way it is identified because it is necessary to link JV and Varsity in the system so that 4 officials do not get assigned. Next, if you are assigned to work with your mentor and you are doing the JV match ONLY, I would like you to be the R2. I expect you to stay for a minimum of 2 sets of the Varsity match afterwards. I want you watching and asking questions! I put a lot of effort into assigning those matches by hand and I want you to take advantage of this opportunity to pick the brains of your mentors.
That’s it for now!

New Instructional Videos

I have 3 videos for training purposes:

Line Judge Training
This LJ training video is best I’ve found to share with officials. The one thing it doesn’t show in the beginning is the “ready position.” The ready position should have 2 hands on the flag held in front of the hips. Dominant hand on the handle and the other hand at the tip-end of the flag.

Pre-match R1-LJ Conference
This video is how an R1 does pre-match conference with Line Judges. If adults are to be used, R1’s will still have to talk to them prior to match.

Correct use of Hands for signaling “numbers” between R1/R2
Every official needs to watch and practice along with this video.

These will be sent out to All officials prior to season. I’ve requested CIAC send LJ video to ADs/Coaches at each school incase they decide to use adults.


Jim Borbas
State Rules Interpreter

2019 Interpretation Meeting

The 2019 Interpretation Meeting will be held August 27th @ 6pm @ New Britain High School.  It is mandatory to attend an interprestation meeting prior to the start of the girls’ season.


2019 New Member App Available

The new member application for the 2019 season is now accessible by clicking the links below.

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2019 Boys’ EOY Meeting

The post season meeting will be at Elizabeth’s in Rocky Hill on June 9th at 4:30.  825 Cromwell Ave. Rocky Hill. We need to have a true count by Friday May 31st who will be at the meeting.  Please let Heather or Ruth know if you will attending or not be attending.

Your 8% is due at this time.  The total amount you made during the season can be found at the end of your schedule print preview.  Set the dates for it as 3/23 through 5/30.  If you are paying with a check, it should be made out to Ruth Hewston.  My address is 6 Haller Pl., Yalesville 06492.
If you are not atteding, there is a $10 fine.  The check should be made out to CBVO- Boys and mail to Steve Silvia at 45 Basswood St., Newington 06111.

Dues Due Feb 1

Dues for the 2019-20 Volleyball season are due on Feb 1.  Send your $100 check to:

Heleen Maloy
CBVO Treasurer
218 S. East Rd.
New Hartford, CT  06057

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