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Officials are a huge part of our junior tournaments’ success. Safety is our top priority concerning working with junior athletes, and officials are another adult group that we make sure are considered safe before working for North Country Region. There is a process to becoming an official and it leads up to the podium of USA Volleyball, the National Governing Body, where opportunities are limitless. Officials embrace “Volleyball for Life” and they have the upper hand in making an impact on all junior athletes that come into contact with these adults who truly love to surround themselves in this sport for life.



The North Country Region annual Region Advancement Clinic will be held on January 6th and will feature a new format!  Our Officials Chair, Travis Karlin, will facilitate a classroom session at Midwest Volleyball Warehouse followed by some on-court observation and experience during high-level scrimmages between Northern Lights teams.  As always, the Region Advancement Clinic is a training opportunity provided for our NCR-USAV Officials free of charge. 

Thursday, January 6, 2022 from 5:30-8:00 pm
Midwest Volleyball Warehouse - Burnsville, MN

All New & Provisional Officials should register for and participate in this clinic.  Regional Officials may choose to participate in this clinic and/or the National Advancement Clinic.  National & Junior National Officials are required to take the National Advancement Clinic; however, you are welcome to participate in this clinic as well.   


The USAV Officials National Training Camp will return to North Country Region during the 2023 season.  Mark your calendars now to participate in this one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from the best and advance your officiating career.  Keep reading to learn more about this experience from our 2021 USAV Officials National Training Camp!

During our SmackFest Event on February 6-7, 2021, North Country Region-USA Volleyball had the privilege to host the 2021 USAV Officials Training Camp featuring the USAV National Training Team - some of the top officials in the nation!   It was an amazing weekend filled with one-on-one training and conversations resulting in incredible growth for every official who participated.   The camper spectrum included a wide range of ages (as young as 16) and experience levels.  One of our young campers, Courtney (age 18),  shared the following about her experience: 

"The USAV Officials National Training Camp was an incredible experience. Being a brand new referee along with being so young naturally made me pretty nervous, but there was no reason to be. The community and overall atmosphere was so inviting. Everyone was eager to help me learn and support me along in my journey. When I wasn't officiating everyone was goofing around and having a great time, but once the reffing began it was time to focus and you could feel that. Being a new ref means I needed quite a few corrections, but the corrections were always constructive and followed by a compliment that kept my confidence high. Leaving the camp I am so much more confident in my skills and feel like I am a part of this incredible team and community."

If you are an official, do not miss the opportunity to be a part of this camp when it returns in 2023!  


North Country Region will offer a Paid Officials On-Court Evaluation & Training for our NEW officials at the Irish Early Bird  Tournament on January 16, 2022 at Hope Fieldhouse in Rosemount, MN.   Registration is open through the link below. 

All NEW/APPRENTICE Officials should participate in a FREE training and evaluation.  Working with the NCR Officials Training Team will be impactful and give you confidence as you jump into the 2022 officiating season.   

North Country Region will offer a Paid Officials On-Court Evaluation & Training for our PROVISIONAL and REGIONAL officials at the Heartland Blizzard Tournament on January 23, 2022 at Monticello High School in Monticello, MN.   Registration is open through the link below. 

All PROVISIONAL officials who are looking to advance to the Regional official level need to be evaluated on-court by the NCR Officials Training Team.  Registering to officiate an NCR event is a great opportunity to take care of your on-court evaluation. 

Regional officials should be evaluated every other year to maintain their North Country Region Regional status.  Registering to officiate an NCR Event provides a great opportunity to complete your biennial evaluation. 

Please reach out to the NCR Officials Director, Beth Modaff, if you would like to schedule your On-Court Evaluation & Training. 



JUNIOR OFFICIAL:  A junior official is between the ages of 15-17 and has met all the requirements including membership, SafeSport certification, online training and on-court evaluation and is eligible to be assigned to U10-U14 matches in North Country Region.  This stage focuses on the development of basic officiating and score-keeping skills through match experience.  An official remains at this level until they turn 18 years of age.

APPRENTICE:  An apprentice official has met all the requirements including membership, background screening, and training and is eligible to be assigned to matches in North Country Region.  This stage focuses on the development of basic officiating and score-keeping skills through match experience.  An official remains at this level until they can be observed and recommended to advance.  

PROVISIONAL:  A provisional official has demonstrated and successfully applied volleyball rules and officiating mechanics.  This is a development level but can be permanent if an individual chooses not to advance further. 

REGIONAL:  After serving a minimum of one year as a Provisional Official, one may begin working toward their Regional certification.  A Regional Official may officiate any match at any age level within the Region and must have working knowledge of volleyball rules, proper officiating mechanics, be familiar with the USAV score sheet, know how to transition to the R2 position, and show awareness in rotational faults as well as players' positions on the court.  

JUNIOR NATIONAL: A Junior National Official is certified to officiate any and all USAV-sanctioned junior competition in any of the 40 regions of USA Volleyball.  This includes all USA Volleyball Junior National Championships. 

NATIONAL: A National Official is eligible to work at all USAV-sanctioned competitions including the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships and the USA Volleyball Adult Open National Championships.  

Click on the links below to see how to become an official at each of these levels.

North Country Region Trainers


One of the missions of North Country Region – USA Volleyball is to support our region members by passing on as much knowledge, information and experience as possible to each of you.  North Country Region is honored to have a well-respected USAV National Official as our Officials Chair, and he is ready to answer your officiating questions and clarify any USAV Rules, so how can we help?  
•    Is this an out of rotation fault?
•    What is the correct signal?
•    Does the R1 or the R2 whistle this fault?
•    Does the R2 repeat this signal?
•    Does the screen rule still exist?
•    When is a delay sanction issued?
Click on the ASK AN OFFICIAL link above and ask away . . . .

Beth Modaff

Officials Director

Phone: 952-831-9150 ext. 6