Training News

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.

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