Our Mission

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The following are the purposes for which this organization has been organized:

To promote the welfare of the games of volleyball on the county level by uniformly interpreting and administering the rules of those games as set forth by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) and the National Federation of High School Sports (NFHS);

To promote and maintain the highest degree of volleyball officiating by following a uniform set of mechanics;

To have available at all times an adequate number of thoroughly trained and capable officials.

To preserve the traditions, foster the ideals, advance the interests and improve the quality and prestige of the volleyball referees through a comprehensive program of recruitment, classroom training, and on-the-court experience;

To develop a spirit of friendship and maintain a high standard of ethics among officials.

Coaching Protocols and Jewelry Allowances Highlight 2023-24 Volleyball Rules Changes

The expansion of the coaching zone beyond the end line of the volleyball court and the allowance of one assistant coach to stand and communicate with players headline the new 2023-24 high school volleyball rules changes.

In all, five rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Volleyball Rules Committee at its annual meeting January 8-10. All rules changes were reviewed and approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Rule 2-1-9 was added to define the coaching zone as the area from the libero replacement zone to the area beyond the end line and the sideline extended. In addition to head coaches utilizing the coaching zone, Rule 12-2-6 was changed to allow one assistant coach to stand within the coaching zone during dead-ball situations. The assistant coach standing within the coaching zone may change throughout the match. All other assistant coaches must remain seated.

“The committee felt it was necessary to better define the space in which coaches are allowed to stand and instruct both players on the floor and on the bench while also providing some flexibility for specialized coaching by assistant coaches during dead-ball situations,” said Lindsey Atkinson, NFHS Director of Sports and liaison to the Volleyball Rules Committee.

The wearing of jewelry by players is addressed in a change to Rule 4-1-7, which now states that all jewelry must be removed, except small, secured studs or posts worn above the chin. No jewelry is permitted below the chin, including string bracelets, commemorative bracelets and body jewelry. In addition, taping over jewelry is not permitted. This rules change aligns high school rules with NCAA rules on the wearing of jewelry.

“Other NFHS and volleyball rules codes have been addressing the allowance of jewelry over recent years,” Atkinson said. “The committee’s decision to align with NCAA volleyball jewelry rules was to both minimize the risk of injury by limiting the type and location of jewelry and create consistency for officials and student-athletes.”  

Beginning in 2028, uniform numbers with a leading zero will not be permitted. This change to Rule 4-2-4b eliminates confusion when signaling numbers and aligns NFHS rules with other rules codes.

The procedure for requesting a substitution was amended in Rule 10-2-1. The head coach may now verbally request a substitution to an official in addition to visually signaling.

A complete listing of the volleyball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Volleyball.”

According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, volleyball is the second-most popular sports for girls (trailing track and field) with 454,153 participants in 16,532 schools nationwide. In addition, there are 66,487 boys participating in the sport at 2,682 schools.

 

Congratulations To Our Treasurer Robert Csigi!

Congratulations to our treasurer Robert "Bob" Csigi on receiving the NFHS Officials
Association's National Active Official for 2023-24.  Its an award for excellent service as an official and for exemplifying the highest standards
of ethical conduct and moral character.  Below is the letter the Bob received.
 

Historic Girls Volleyball Officiating Tandem is a “Dream come true”

Congratulations to Sarah and Ben Tanglao on working this historic match.

Historic girls volleyball officiating tandem is a “dream come true” - nj.com
https://www.nj.com/highschoolsports/2023/11/historic-girls-volleyball-officiating-tandem-is-a-dream-come-true.html

 

Always Time for Teachable Moments

Republished from Referee Magazine - July 15, 2023

Whether it is during the prematch conference or a postmatch debrief, a formal evaluation or a self-evaluation, or in a classroom clinic setting, we have so many opportunities to learn. We must take advantage of those opportunities to improve our skills and rules knowledge, and in turn, improve the entire cadre of officials. Future generations of players, coaches and officials are counting on it.

My oldest son, a second grader, brings home a behavior chart every day that each child in the class is required to have signed by mom or dad. The average on the chart is “ready to learn.” That is the minimum we would expect from a second grader. Above “ready to learn” is “good job,” “outstanding” and “excellent” at the top. We shouldn’t have to talk about what’s below “ready to learn” since we are all professionals who should have higher standards than the average second grader, so let’s focus on “ready to learn.”

You just finished a lopsided match with a partner you have worked with countless times before. Do you gloss over the postmatch debrief or do you share honest, constructive feedback to one another? It doesn’t have to be something either of you did incorrectly. It could be as simple as offering a better way to handle a given situation. Maybe one of you had a chance to read the latest rules interpretation bulletin or viewed an online training module, so you have something to share about a situation you encountered in your match. Listen to what is discussed. It is a great chance to learn.

Be an active, engaged listener and participate during clinics and debriefs. Don’t let the information you receive from a clinic, an online training module or a postmatch debrief go in one ear and out the other. Don’t rest on your laurels just because you’ve been officiating for 20 years and you’ve heard it all before.

During clinics or during a break, there is a lot to learn from all the knowledge in the room. Find a mentor, and ask questions. If you are a veteran, share your insight and knowledge and offer to be that mentor. Without mentors sharing their knowledge, we wouldn’t be where we are today. If you have a few years experience, you should be able to help beginners learn. If you have vast experience, share your wisdom appropriately, just like those before you shared theirs. 

You never know when a teachable moment and a learning opportunity will come your way. I once had the pleasure of observing a high-level referee at a USAV tournament early in the season. I noticed a small habit the referee had — he spit the whistle out of his mouth after whistling for substitutions. I mentioned during the postmatch debrief that it may appear a little sloppy. That high-level veteran could have just nodded while pretending to care about that little observation, but instead, he actively listened. He hadn’t even realized that he did that. After all these years, no one had bothered to mention anything about it. Five months later, we ran into one another at another tournament. He went out of his way to thank me for pointing that out. He had already broken his old habit and was very pleased with his new approach to handling substitutions.

No matter what learning opportunity presents itself, no matter who presents the material, ask yourself, are you really ready to learn? Your answer is already determining your officiating path. There is valuable information out there, and it’s important to each and every official’s growth. Those who are willing to listen and implement the things they learn along the way will continue to improve. Those who go through the motions may become stagnant while others around them improve. The choice is yours. Let’s all focus on always being, at the very least, ready to learn.

 

You Have Two Shots to Look Good

REPUBLISHED FROM REFEREE MAGAZINE - 1/1/2023

You have two chances to make a great first impression at the start of every match: (1) your arrival courtside when you’re tending to your prematch responsibilities, and (2) the captains’ meeting. Wisely use the time during prematch activities. Be efficient. Develop good habits and have a consistent routine.

It starts when you first enter the court with your partner, as a team. Like it or not, you are being sized up by everyone in the gym, whether you’re a new face or a veteran. The players, coaches, event management and the spectators — they’re all watching. They’re looking at your uniform. Be sharp! They’re watching you go through your routine — measuring the net, checking game ball pressure, assessing the court’s overhead obstructions and obstacles on the floor. They’re trying to figure out what kind of game you’re going to call. And right now, all they have to go on is your appearance and your prematch routine.

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