Officials Certification Levels

Below are descriptions of each level of certification for OVA Officials, as well as information on next steps after becoming a certified Official.

Local

The first level in the OVA officials’ development program, it is designed for any person aspiring to become a volleyball official. The purpose is to enable the candidate to understand and apply basic rule interpretations. Local officials are allowed and expected to officiate as a first official at OVA 13U-16U youth competitions and elementary and high school leagues and tournaments; as well as work as lines people and score keep at College and University matches.

Requirements:

  • Must be 16 years of age, or older
  • Must attend an Officials’ Certification Theory Clinic
  • Must complete and pass a theory exam
  • Must perform adequately at a practical evaluation (usually a one day tournament)
  • Must become a registered member of Ontario Volleyball
  • Must pass a Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening Check to be assigned to OVA, OFSAA, OUA and OCAA competitions

Provincial

In order to become a Provincial Official, a candidate must have been active as a Local Official for at least one year and fulfilled all the requirements of the Provincial Upgrade Mentorship Program. The Provincial Official is allowed and expected to officiate as first referee at senior High School, OVA 13U-18U youth competitions, Ontario Championships, High Performance Centres and Ontario Summer Games.

Regional (Indoor Only)

An official aspiring to be a Regional Official must have been active as a Provincial Official for at least two years and must be recommended by the Regional Officials’ Chair for entry into the Regional Upgrade Program. The Level 3 - Regional Official is recognized as a "senior official" and as such is allowed and expected to officiate at all competition levels in Ontario including Ontario Championships, High Performance Centres, Ontario Summer Games, and College and University matches.

National

An official seeking National Level status must have been active as a Regional Official for at least two years and must be recommended by the Officials Committee for entry into the National Upgrade Program. The National Level Official has the opportunity and is expected to officiate at all competition levels in Ontario: Ontario Championships, High Performance Centres, Ontario Summer Games, Canada Games, and College and University matches. They may also be invited to officiate outside the province at the highest levels of volleyball competition.

International

International Official is the highest level attainable in the Officials’ Development Program. Only the top National Officials from across Canada will be recommended for entry into the International Upgrade Program. International officials must be prepared to officiate at the highest levels of volleyball throughout the province, country and world.

Next Steps

So you are now a certified OVA Official, how do you get assigned to officiate matches?

Before you can be assigned to officiate OVA matches you will need to contact your Regional Officials Chair. For a complete listing of Regional Officials Chair, please visit our Officials Contact Information page.

To officiate College and University matches you will need to register with ArbiterSports online assigning system. For more information on how to get started with ArbiterSports, click here.

Note: In order to officiate in the OVA you will need to submit a Police Record Check, with Vulnerable Sector Screening to the OVA office. For details on the OVA Screening Policy and how to obtain your Police Check, click here.

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