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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.

Beth Modaff

Officials Director

Phone: 952-831-9150 ext. 6

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 . . . .


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.

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Lang Ping Subject of Olympic Channel Documentary

By Bill Kauffman 06/01/2020, 12:15pm CDT

Lang Ping Subject of Olympic Channel Documentary






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Lang Ping helped guide the U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team to silver at 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on her native soil

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 28, 2020) – Jenny Lang Ping, who coached the U.S. Olympic Women’s Team to silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, will be the subject of the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Channel original documentary titled The Iron Hammer in reference to her nickname picked up as a young player.

Lang PingThe Iron Hammer will premiere on June 7 as an official selection of the “We Are One: A Global Film Festival”, which takes place on YouTube from May 29 to June 7. Organized by Tribeca enterprises, all funds raised by the festival benefits the COVID-19 solidarity relief fund for the World Health Organization (WHO). The film will launch to worldwide audiences on the IOC’s Olympic Channel global digital platform later this year.

The 99-minute documentary chronicles the legendary Lang Ping, who won gold as a player representing China at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. She became a national symbol to China’s rise in international sports. She later became a trailblazing coach for Team USA and China. Along with leading the Americans to Olympic silver on her native soil in China, Lang Ping successfully guided the Chinese to silver at 1996 Atlanta Games and gold at the 2016 Rio Games to become the only person to guide a team to Olympic gold as both a player and coach.

Following an ambitious two-year filmmaking journey around the world, the inspirational film features behind-the-scenes access to Lang Ping’s historic career, exclusive archive footage from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and interviews from a "who's who" of international volleyball figures including Team USA Olympians Debbie GreenPaula WeishoffLaurel Brassey-IversenNicole DavisKim Glass and Heather Bown.

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly, who himself has won Olympic gold as a player and coached a team to Olympic bronze, said Lang Ping has created a lasting legacy withing the sport of volleyball that transcends both player and coach.

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Danielle Scott, who has won two Olympic Games silver medals among her five Olympic Games appearances, said her coach for the 2008 Olympic Games brought a unique skillset to Team USA as its head coach.

“Lang Ping’s biggest strength was her strategy in getting our team to be one in her system, her attention to details, and her consistent demeanor,” Scott said.

Scott and her 2008 Olympic Games teammates felt a surreal experience on their march to silver in Beijing by having Lang Ping guiding the Americans while drawing support from the Chinese fans. Throughout their time in Beijing, they saw Lang Ping with “legendary star status,” Scott said.

“Arriving at the airport with Jenny Lang Ping at the 2008 Games definitely gave me a sense of what we might expect during the Games,” Scott said. “The arena was packed and I believe that USA got a lot of support at the Beijing Olympics not only from those who love the game and obviously our friends and family but because of "The Iron Hammer’s" popularity, respect and love that the people of China have for her long after she represented her country as an athlete.”

Lang Ping first joined the Chinese National Team in 1978 at the age of 18. As a fearsome outside hitter resulting in her Iron Hammer nickname, she quickly became a mainstay and led the Chinese to gold in four consecutive international championships including the 1984 Olympics.

Lang Ping became an assistant coach at the University of New Mexico from 1987-89 and 1992-93, but she returned to her home country for her first stint leading the Chinese to silver at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. After coaching in the Italian Serie A1, Lang Ping accepted the role as head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2005. She moved back to China for her second stint as head coach of her national team, resulting in the historic 2016 Olympic gold medal.

Team USA celebrating during the 2008 Olympic Games with Lang Ping as its coach

Columbus, Kansas City to Host 2021 National Events

By Bill Kauffman 05/26/2020, 11:15am CDT

Columbus, Kansas City to Host 2021 National Events






TAV won the 2019 USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 20, 2020) – USA Volleyball has selected Columbus, Ohio, and Kansas City, Missouri, to host 2021 Junior National Championships.

Columbus will host the 2021 USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championship (GJNC18) from April 23-25 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Kansas City will host the 2021 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championship (BJNC) from June 30 to July 7 at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Columbus Hosting 2021 GJNC18

Columbus will host the 2021 USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National ChampionshipThe GJNC18 is expected to draw approximately 300 teams, nearly 3,000 players and over 5,000 family and friends of the players from across the country. The event will crown champions in five age divisions: Open, National, USA, American and Patriot Divisions.

“Columbus has proven to be a great destination for USA Volleyball National Championship events,” USA Volleyball Director of Events Kristy Cox said. “The Columbus community has always welcomed our players and spectators with open arms, going out of their way to make their experiences a lasting, positive memory.”

Columbus has hosted four USA Volleyball National Championship events since 2012. The city was the host site for the 2015 and 2017 BJNC as well as the 2012 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championship. Columbus hosted the Opens on four previous occasions (1930, 1952, 2000 and 2019).

“The Greater Columbus Convention Center was a proud host to 5,500 athletes that competed in the Ohio Valley Region of USA Volleyball’s 2020 American Challenge Tournament in late February before limits on mass gatherings were imposed,” said Linda Logan, Greater Columbus Sports Commission executive director. “Columbus has a storied history of passionate and knowledgeable volleyball fans that love hosting national volleyball events, and now more than ever we are so excited to announce the USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championship next year and celebrate the athletes, coaches and fans when they come to our city.”

Columbus hosts the Ohio Valley Qualifier, a national qualifier into the GJNC18. The city has hosted other regional-level junior volleyball events with qualification to nationals at stake.

Kansas City Hosting 2021 BJNC

Kansas City will host the 2021 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National ChampionshipThe 42nd annual BJNC is likely to have nearly 550 teams and 6,000 athletes playing in Kansas City in 2021. A total of 16 championships will be decided in age groups from 12-and-under to 18-and-under.

“Kansas City has become a premier host city for junior volleyball events over the last decade,” USA Volleyball Director of Events Kristy Cox said. “The city has a strong volleyball community, and that includes a growing boys volleyball base. USA Volleyball is proud to have Kansas City host our 2021 Boys Junior Nationals.”

Kansas City has hosted three previous USA Volleyball National Championship events. Kansas City was the site for the 1991 USA Volleyball Open National Championship, along with hosting both the Girls and Boys Junior National Championships in 1993. Further, Kansas City has hosted three National Collegiate Volleyball Federation National Championships in conjunction with USA Volleyball in 2012, 2015 and 2017.

“Kansas City is proud to host a consistent roster of events in partnership with USA Volleyball. The Boys Junior National Championship is an exciting addition,” Visit KC President and CEO Jason Fulvi said. “We look forward to welcoming athletes and attendees as they take part in high-caliber competition and experience everything that makes KC an incredibly convenient, accommodating destination.”

Kansas City is no stranger to hosting youth volleyball in recent times. The city has been annual home to the Show Me National Qualifier since 2009. Further, Kansas City hosts the KC MLK 18s National qualifier – a qualifier into the GJNC18.