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Line Judge Certifications

Line Judge Certifications

List of current PAVO Nationally Certified Line Judges

Purpose:

  • Build a database of certified line judges.
  • Increase knowledge and competency of line judges.
  • Recognize and validate line judges as professional officials.
  • Advocate for reasonable line judge compensation.

Using the Basic Line Judge Certification Standards outlined below, PAVO Affiliated Boards have the authority to award and renew PAVO line judge certification. Certified line judges will receive certification, a "Certified Line Judge" patch and current-year certification pin, liability insurance coverage, a subscription to the Official Word newsletter, PAVO member discounts on travel, events, and merchandise, and access to the NCAA Central Hub. Current-year rule interpretation newsletters, messages from the National Coordinator, and other important seasonal information are only available on the NCAA Central Hub.

PAVO currently has established two progressive line judge certifications:

  • Basic - qualified to officiate matches that may be adequately controlled by a competent, but inexperienced line judge.
  • National - qualified to officiate any match anywhere in the United States. This rating is for the most highly skilled line judge.

Basic Line Judge Certification Standards

Initial Line Judge Certification Requirements
Certification expires annually on June 1

  • Attend an annual line judge clinic, conducted by an approved PAVO instructor, where current-year materials developed by PAVO are used. Approved PAVO instructors include any PAVO State or National referee, a PAVO Nationally-certified line judge, any NCAA Division I conference assignor/coordinator, and any individual who has been assigned as a line judge to an NCAA Division I Regional or Championship event in the last five years.
  • Submit the following, by December 31, to the Chair of the Affiliated Board that you choose to join:

The current-year written Line Judge Examination, corrected to 100%, and signed by an approved PAVO clinic instructor; and,

Three recommendation signatures from any approved PAVO clinic instructor. Signatures must be obtained from at least two different individuals, and be based on at least one 25-point set. Recommendations may be based on observations at any women’s or men’s collegiate match, or any other PAVO, USAV or high school match officiated by referees certified by PAVO or USAV within 90 days of the start date of the certification. Recommendation forms are included in the PAVO Line Judge Training and Certification Program Manual or can be obtained from the PAVO Central Office (888-791-2074).

Renewing a Line Judge Certification
Certification expires annually on June 1

  • Join a PAVO Affiliated Board as either a Standard member or an Associate member, including timely payment of membership dues and acknowledgement and acceptance of all PAVO membership waivers and documentation as described above.
  • Attend an annual line judge clinic as described  above.
  • Submit the following, by December 31, to the Chair of the Affiliated Board that you choose to join:

The current-year written Line Judge Examination, corrected to 100%, and signed by an approved PAVO clinic instructor; and,

One written recommendation signature (see description above) annually.


National Line Judge Certification Standards

Initial Requirements, Maintenance Requirements, and Renewal Options

Application Process for Initial National Line Judge Certification
Any questions related to this process may be directed to Mara Wager, PAVO NRT Director, at nrt.director@pavo.org

Any individual applying for initial certification as a PAVO National Line Judge MUST have been certified as a PAVO Basic Line Judge in the previous season (June 1 to June 1). Certification as a PAVO Basic Line Judge will be verified by the PAVO Central Office as a part of the application process prior to acceptance of the completed application.

Download Application FORM A (based on Post-Season Assignments)
Complete this form only if you are applying for initial certification as a National Line Judge based on post-season assignments. Qualifying events occurring after October 1 will be applied to a term that begins the following June 1. Completed Application FORM A and the $50.00 application fee (made payable to PAVO) must be received* in the PAVO Central Office by October 1, 2016 to be applicable in the 2016 season.

Download Application FORM B (to attend a National Rating Site)
Complete this form only if you are applying to be a candidate for initial certification as a National Line Judge at a PAVO National Rating Site. Completed Application FORM B and the $50.00 application fee (made payable to PAVO) must be received* in the PAVO Central Office by June 30, 2016.

* Signed and completed applications may be mailed to:     PAVO Central Office
                                                                                                Attn: Mara Wager, NRT Director
                                                                                                PO Box 780
                                                                                                Oxford, KS 67119

* Signed and completed applications may be emailed to:   pavo@pavo.org

Initial National Line Judge Certification Requirements
Any questions related to this process may be directed to Mara Wager, PAVO NRT Director, at nrt.director@pavo.org

1.  Meet all current requirements for PAVO Basic Line Judge Certification in the season (June 1 to June 1) prior to candidacy. Reference the Basic Line Judge Certification Standards outlined above.

2.  In addition, meet one of the following criteria:

2.1  Attend a PAVO National Rating Team (NRT) Site and be successfully evaluated by the PAVO National Rating Team. The number of NRT candidates is limited. Using Application Form B, apply to attend a Line Judge NRT site by the due date announced in the Official Word and on the PAVO website.

2.2  Work as a line judge at one of the following events during the 12-month period preceding application and submit the signature of an NCAA-designated observer or NAIA Head Referee to confirm your participation and proficiency:

2.2.1  WOMEN’S NCAA Division I Regional or Championship (Final round)
2.2.2  WOMEN’S NCAA Division II or III Championship (Final round)
2.2.3  WOMEN’S NCAA First/Second Round (any division; at least two matches required)
2.2.4  WOMEN’S NAIA Volleyball Championships (at least two matches required)

2.3  Work at least two (2) matches as a line judge at a WOMEN’S NCAA Division I Conference Championship, and submit the signature of the Conference Coordinator to confirm participation and proficiency.

2.4  Work at least two (2) matches as a line judge at a MEN’S NCAA Division I Conference Championship and submit the signature of the Supervisor/Conference Coordinator to confirm your participation and proficiency. In addition, work as a line judge at a minimum of four (4) WOMEN’S NCAA collegiate matches during the same calendar year and submit a list identifying those assignments.

2.5  Work at least two (2) matches as a line judge at the MEN’S NCAA Division I Championships (Final round), and submit the signature of a member of the championship committee to confirm your participation and proficiency. In addition, work as a line judge at a minimum of four (4) WOMEN’S NCAA collegiate matches during the same calendar year and submit a list identifying those assignments.

Note: The deadline for submission of documentation of experiences leading to National Line Judge certification is October 1 to affect the current year certification. Documentation submitted after October 1 will be applied to certification status for the following year.

3.  Definitions:

3.1  Term - National Line judge certification expires on December 31, four years after the year in which the rating is awarded.

3.2  Acceptance - All applications will be evaluated by the NRT Director, who will make the final determination of qualifications submitted.

Maintaining a National Line Judge Certification
Any questions related to this process may be directed to Mara Wager, PAVO NRT Director, at nrt.director@pavo.org

Each year within the term, National Line Judges are required to:

  • Join a PAVO Affiliated Board as either a Standard or Associate member.  A late fee of $25 for Associate members or $45 for Standard members is imposed for dues paid after July 1.
  • Attend (or instruct) a line judge clinic as described above.
  • If the above criteria is met by instructing a line judge clinic, submit a statement/form describing the location and date of the clinic and the administrator/sponsor (PAVO board, conference, institution, etc).
  • By September 1, take the current Line Judge Examination, online, and submit it to the PAVO NRT Director (Mara Wager, nrt.director@pavo.org).

If a National Line Judge fails to meet any of the above requirements once in a renewal term, the line judge is ineligible to receive renewal points for that season. Failure to meet any of these requirements twice during one renewal term will result in loss of National Line Judge certification.

Renewing a National Line Judge Certification

National Line Judge Certification may be renewed through continued demonstration of excellence as a line judge. The Point Renewal System may be used in lieu of renewing by repeating the original criteria above. A renewal fee of $25 is charged to renew using the point system.

  • Six (6) points must be earned during the four-year certification term
  • A minimum of three (3) of the six total points must be earned in Category I
  • The remaining points can be earned from any combination of the three categories.
  • Working as a referee, scorer, or alternate official, etc. does not qualify for line judge renewal points.

Download the National Line Judge Certification Renewal Options and the Point Renewal System document here. One point is awarded for each item in Category I, II, or III, as a line judge or line judge trainer.


Direct questions to Miki Kennedy, Member Services, PAVO Central Office at pavo@pavo.org or (888) 791-2074.