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


New Member Welcome

Welcome to the Connecticut Board of Volleyball Officials.  CBVO is the training and assigning board for high schools in the Litchfield, Hartford and Tolland counties.  To begin the process of applying for membership, we want to be clear on the requirements and expectations and help you through the process.

Once you are a accepted, you must:

  • Complete a series of classes in July/August concerning rules and procedures
    • July 21 Day 1: Basics of volleyball, Officials’ responsibilities
      July 23 Day 2: Teams, Rosters, Equipment, Serving
      July 28 Day 3: Play, Subs, Conduct
      July 30 Day 4: Protocol, Officials Manual, Review old test questions

    • We will conduct four Rules-based sessions, via Zoom.  The topics and dates are listed below.  There will be additional mechanics-based sessions, which will be conducted in-person, if permissible.  If in-person sessions are not possible, additional Zoom sessions may be conducted for mechanics review.
  • Pass a floor exam
  • Purchase uniform and equipment
  • Attend an interpretation meeting  (end of Aug)
  • Attend an end of the year meeting (Nov)
  • Pay assigner fees (8%)

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

Bill’s obituary can be found at:

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