Monday, September 14, 2009

Introduction to Volleyball officiating

Tonight, I took my first step to officiating volleyball by attending a 1 1/2 hour clinic. The league I will be officiating is a girls youth league that has teams from 3rd to 8th grade. Technically, I did officiate in the league before years ago. An official I knew had some emergency and I replaced him in a pinch. Fortunately, the games I did were 3rd and 4th graders so there wasn't a lot to worry about.

As far as the clinic went, it was helpful in that I learned how the youth league runs versus the traditional high school volleyball game play and rules. I won't comment on any of the specific youth league modifications since there is a ton.

Fortunately, while I don't know much about specific volleyball rules, I know the game fairly well in terms of game play, scoring and some other details. As I'm not going to be working high level games, the current knowledge I have should suffice. This should be an interesting change of pace from basketball officiating but a good one. It's good to try something new and see if I like it.

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