The following companies are approved vendors by both the Professional Association of Volleyball Officials and USA Volleyball to provide the required uniform for all women's and men's collegiate play.
For more information, please contact the vendor directly.
Uniforms and Equipment
Having the correct uniforms and equipment on hand before the season begins is critical. Check with your conference coordinators and assignors to ensure you know their uniform requirements, as they may override these PAVO guidelines:
UNIFORM FOR REFEREES, LINE JUDGES, AND SCORERS
- A PAVO/USAV polo-style shirt that is one of the three (3) approved colors, with the following specifications:
- Approved official designation on the left sleeve (“Volleyball Certified Official”), which is protected by copyright.
- Long or short sleeves.
- For matches played using NCAA rules, the appropriate PAVO patch is worn on the right side of the chest.
- Regarding the variations of uniform colors:
- Referees must dress alike. The white shirt is the default, so all referees must own a white shirt.
- If one referee opts to wear white for a particular match, both will wear white.
- When wearing an alternative color, referees should not wear a color similar to either team.
- Conference coordinators may help determine whether one of the team colors in their conference is too similar to the medium blue or light gray officials shirt.
- Scorers and line judges may either wear the current white shirt, or may match the referees if the referees wear an alternative color.
- Dark navy blue slacks that are pressed and in good repair (not faded).
- Black or dark navy blue leather belt (if slacks are made for a belt).
- Shoes and socks that meet the following specifications:
- Clean, white athletic shoes
- Non-marking rubber soles
- No exposed “coils” (for example, the “Z-Coil” style)
- All white socks, at least crew length
- Optional outerwear that may be worn while officiating a match, if permitted by the conference or assignor:
- Sport-Tek ¼ Zip Sweatshirt - white, with approved official embroidered designation on the left sleeve (“Volleyball Certified Official”).
- Alo lightweight Jacket - white, with approved official embroidered designation on the left sleeve (“Volleyball Certified Official”).
Guidelines for wearing outerwear. Both the fleece-cadet and the jacket will be worn with the white uniform shirt (only) following these guidelines:
- If a certification or conference patch is worn, per the instructions of the conference, it should be affixed in the right chest area.
- If one referee opts to wear outerwear (jacket or fleece) during the match, both referees must wear a polo or outerwear of the same color. Line judges and scorers do not have to match the referees regarding outerwear.
- A uniform shirt must be worn underneath.
- Zipper should be placed in an appropriate location to allow the collar to be worn “polo-style” (not zipped to the top).
- Sleeves will not be pushed up.
- Nothing stored in the pocket.
- It is recommended that both referees be alike in their choice of outerwear.
- Other equipment for referees:
- Whistle attached to a lanyard
- Red and Yellow sanction cards concealed from view
- Timing device that can track seconds and minutes
- Ball gauge
- Ball pump
- Net measuring device
- Tossing coin
- Current NCAA rules book and PAVO Officiating Manual
- Other equipment for line judges:
- Flags (in case host school does not provide)
- Other equipment for scorers:
- Blue/black and red pens
- Extra scorekeeping forms
- Watch/timing device
Note: Uniform shirts may only be sold by vendors approved by PAVO/USAV. Uniform shirt specifications are available from the PAVO Central Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). The only fabrics (weight and type) and styles allowed are those approved by the PAVO/USAV Interface Committee.