New Member Welcome

Welcome to the Connecticut Board of Volleyball Officials (CBVO). The CBVO is the training and assigning board for high schools in the Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland, and part of New Haven counties. Before beginning the process of applying for membership, please read the following information.

Training Dates (2021):

Trainee Overview & Orientation

Sun. July 11 via Zoom, time TBA

Trainees will be informed on procedures and practices such as: Insurance, purchasing an official CBVO shirt, using the Arbiter system to submit your availability to our schedulers, getting paid, and paying assigner fees.  This session is an overview of officiating high school sports.  It is important that prospective officials attend this session prior to attending the CBVO Volleyball Officiating classes.

Classroom Sessions – Times are from 6:30 – 8:30pm

All new officials must attend five classroom and four on-court training sessions. The first three classroom session will be zoom meetings; the final two classroom sessions will/may be at a facility where we can also access a gym, as permitted by any COVID-19  restrictions. The dates and times are:

Mon. July 12*
Tues. July 13*
Thurs. July 15*
Mon. July 19
Tues. July 20

*sessions conducted via Zoom

On-court Sessions – Times are from 6:30 – 9:30pm

On-court will be scheduled as one evening session per official per week, but we will make every effort to accommodate those with scheduling difficulties. Typically, new trainees will be scheduled on Tuesdays and 2nd and 3rd year officials will be scheduled on Mondays.

Mon. July 26
Tues. July 27
Mon. Aug. 2
Tues. Aug. 3
Mon. Aug. 9
Tues. Aug.10
Mon. Aug. 16
Tues. Aug. 17

Two Mandatory Meetings:  The CT Board of Volleyball Officials has two mandatory meetings per year.  These dates for 2021 are:

Tues. Aug. 24 – 6:30 pm – Pre-season Rules Interpretation meeting
Sun. Nov 21 – Time- TBA – End-of-season meeting

Fees:

  • A one-time training fee of $110 is required from trainees. This covers training expenses and a background check through the CIAC.
  • Yearly CBVO membership dues are $100.

General Information:

  • Most volleyball matches are played on weekdays, with some on Saturday. Weekday matches usually begin at 4pm, with some matches starting later. Officials need to arrive at the gym no later than one half hour before the match, so if you cannot get to school gyms by 3:30 (allow for driving time) you may not get scheduled for many matches.
  • Officials are required to buy their own uniforms and equipment.
  • Trainees are required to score 80% or better on an open book test to become CBVO officials. (Rules and case books are provided as part of yearly dues).
  • Typically, officials’ pay ranges from around $70 for a freshman match, to around $140 for a JV & varsity doubleheader.
  • Second and third year officials are required to attend two classroom and two on-court training sessions in the summer.

Applications:

The CBVO looks forward to helping all interested parties become volleyball officials. Feel free to contact our training coordinator, Mark Mosher, at mosherct@gmail.com, to answer any questions, or click on the links below to apply for membership.

Officially in Short Supply

Hartford Courant, Oct 11, 2020

Heather Kursman normally loses four or five volleyball officials before every high school season, due to retirement, job changes or other life changes.

This year was different.

“I lost the biggest percentage of officials this year — at least 40%,” she said. “Like 25-26 officials.”

Kursman, of East Hampton, is the scheduler for the Connecticut Board of Volleyball Officials north division, which serves the central part of the state ranging from Meriden to Enfield to Windham. She’s been involved in volleyball officiating for 35 years.  Read more.

Training Update: NFHS Center Extended to 7/31

Given the shutdown of the state and the uncertainty with what will be happening in the upcoming weeks and months, the spring training sessions previously announced have been cancelled.

Several online training resources have recently been announced:

The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Learning Center is offering FREE selected officiating courses until July 31. These same courses are perfect for those interested in becoming an volleyball official! Take advantage of this opportunity to sharpen your officiating skills without spending a dime. Specifically, two free volleyball officiating courses are “Officiating Volleyball: Alignment” and “Officiating Volleyball: Ball Handling“.  You will need to register for a NFHS account if you do not have one already, login using that account, then choose the course(s).  The courses will be free upon checkout.

The Alignment course provides the basics of player positioning and alignment, common serve-receive and receiving team positions, and tools and techniques for recognizing illegal alignments.

The Ball Handling course gives an overview of tips and techniques that officials need to make correct ball handling calls. Video examples of various contacts by each position are provided to assist officials in visually identifying ball handling faults. This course teaches and shows the difference between legal and illegal contacts, helping officials be more consistent in their ball handling calls

NFHS Learning Center also has other general officiating courses that may be of interest to CBVO members.

Preseason Meeting: March 8

This is a reminder that the pre-season meeting is at the CIAC lower level at 6pm on March 8th. Your $10 dues are due at this time. A $10 fine is also due if you are not attending the meeting. Please mail both to Ruth Hewston, 6 Haller Place, Yalesville, CT 06492.
Thank you

See you at the meeting
Ruth

 

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

Bill McCaffrey

We have this note from Steve Webster.  Steve spoke for Bill when Bill was inducted into the CT Women’s Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2014.

I’m sorry to report the passing of Bill McCaffrey, who served NERVA and USAV in a host of capacities – officials chair, commissioner, rating team, and referee – for many decades. I know that many of you never knew Bill or saw him only at the tail end of his career, but he was a fine referee and a gentleman’s gentleman. He had tremendous love and respect for the game and could always be counted upon to set the bar for decorum and professionalism.

Bill had, sadly, been suffering from ALS for many years. I last saw Bill in 2014 when he was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Volleyball Hall of Fame (his bio is at http://www.ctvballhall.org/2014/09/01/mccaffrey/).

Bill’s obituary can be found at: https://www.courant.com/obituaries/hc-obituary-william-s-mccaffrey-20191209-story.html.

The region and the referee cadre are better off for Bill’s contributions. I, for one, miss his advice, counsel, and support.

Sadly,
Steve