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The OVA provides members with opportunities to become certified referees and pursue ongoing professional development. Becoming a volleyball referee is a great way to continue with Volleyball for Life.

OVA referees play a key role within the volleyball community ensuring match play occurs in accordance with Volleyball Canada rules in a safe and inclusive environment. OVA referees can be assigned to referee a range of matches including: OVA tournaments (Indoor Youth Competitions and OVA Beach Tour); Provincial Championships; OUA and OCAA matches; high school games; and other events.  As members of the OVA, all referees must meet the referee requirements outlined in the  OVA Referee Eligibility Policy as part of their membership. 

What is the Local Level 1 Volleyball Referees clinic?

The Local referees clinic is designed for students, teachers, players, coaches and parents interested in officiating OVA tournaments and Ontario Championships, as well as elementary and high school matches.
The clinic consists of 4 components; the first two components are the the online theory and exam.  The last two components are the in-person theory and practical session. 

The online theory consists of the online learning module to help candidates familiarize themselves with the rules and to prepare them for the online exam. 

The practical sessions includes a 4-hour in-person session as well as a tournament where the candidates will referee matches.  All components are required in order to become fully certified.  

Hosting a Referees Clinic

If you are interested in hosting a certification clinic for a group of students/individuals, please contact Kelvin Cheng, Operations Lead.

Rules R Championship

The OVA Rules R Championship is a province-wide competition where OVA referees compete as part of their region by completing as many Rules R quizzes as they can.  All officials are automatically entered into the competition and to participate, all you have to do is complete the Rules R “Volleyball Quick Learn” quizzes in your account! 

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

Learn how to get assigned to OVA competitions, as well as University and College matches.

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