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PAVO Referee and Line Judge Training Camps Program

Purpose: To provide officials, both referees and line judges, with on-court officiating opportunities in a low-pressure atmosphere that allows for expert instruction and growth feedback from the nation’s top-level officials. Participants should be challenged to learn and develop new officiating skills and a better appreciation of the intricacies of volleyball officiating.

Since 2002, PAVO has been offering officials' training camps. Geographic diversity and competitive variation are important components to the decision-making process. Camps are held each Spring in a variety of tournament settings--women's collegiate play, men's and women's collegiate club, and juniors. By design, we strive to appeal to officials of all skill levels by offering on-court training opportunities that may expose the camp participant a higher level of play than they have previously experienced.

Online registration through the PAVO E-Store is mandatory for all camps.


Selecting the Camp That's Right for You!

The camp experience offers the following:

  • A chance to officiate with officials from other areas of the country
  • Evaluations without the intensity of a rating session
  • Feedback from seasoned evaluators
  • An atmosphere conducive to learning and fun

At most camps, the camper will be recorded (with audio-feedback) during their on-court experiences. After completing the camp, campers have the option of receiving the videos from their training either by AirDrop (iPhone and iPad users) or by email. Those wishing to have their summarized evaluation information sent to conference coordinators and assignors have that option as well..

REFEREES can choose from three different levels of camp so that skill level can be appropriately matched with the skill level of the tournament participants. All levels of referee camps include multiple opportunities to work as both first referee and second referee as well as a pre-tournament meeting and a specialized classroom and on-court trianing session the evening before the tournament.*

LINE JUDGE camps offer opportunities to develop and enhance skills while working a high level of competition. All line judge camps include a pre-tournament meeting and specialized classroom session the evening before the tournament.*

*Campers should plan to arrive at the site no earlier than 4:00 PM on the first day. Departures should not be planned for earlier than 8:00 PM on the day of the tournament.


2023 PAVO Camps

Space is very limited and is filled quickly in all camps.

DATES LOCATION CAMP TYPE REGISTRATION
DEADLINE
March 24-25

Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA

Collegiate Referee Camp   March 23
March 31-April 1

Houston FAST
Houst, TX

Advanced Referee Camp   March 15
March 31-April 1

Houston FAST
Houst, TX

Line Judge Training Camp   March 30
March 31-April 1 Georgia Tech
Atlanta, GA
Collegiate Referee Camp   March 30
April 14-15 Cal Poly Pomona
Pomona, CA
Collegiate Referee Camp    April 13
April 21-22 Villanova University
Villanova, PA
Collegiate Referee Camp    April 20
April 21-22 Villanova University
Villanova, PA
Line Judge Training Camp    April 20
April 28-29 Cedar Points Sport Center
Sandusky, OH
Referee Training Camp   April 27

 

 


Advanced Referee Camps

Advanced Referee Camp Application Form

Advanced camps are highly competitive camps intended for the referee interested in breaking into the top tier conferences or to prepare officials pursuing a PAVO National rating. PAVO National referees may earn a point towards National renewal for successful performance at an Advanced Referee Camp. Video feedback with voice-over commentary is included. Each camper will receive the videos from their training either by AirDrop (iPhone & iPad users) or by email. The registration fees for an Advanced Referee Training Camp is $325 for PAVO members and $350 for non-members.

Application and Payment Process: The completed application must be submitted online by the registration deadline.

Additionally, the full registration fee (see above) also must be paid online, via the PAVO E-Store, by the registration deadline.

Each Advanced Referee Camp applicant will be notified of their acceptance status no later than one week after the registration deadline. If your application is NOT selected, PAVO will credit the full registration fee directly to the credit card used for payment.

2023 Advanced Referee Camps:

March 31-April 1 - FAST Complex Collegiate Invitational, Houston, TX. Registration closes March 15 or when full.
PAVO returns to this large collegiate showcase because of the exciting competition, generous host, and accessibility. Tournament participants represent the Big 12, C-USA, SEC, SWAC, and other conferences. This Advanced Referee Camp is intended for the referee interested in breaking into the top tier conferences or to prepare officials pursuing a PAVO National rating. All camp participants will receive video recorded feedback from our expert trainers after their matches. SEC Coordinator Carlos Rodriguez is scheduled to be on staff.

Camp applications will be accepted until March 15 or until full. Space is limited!  Click here to register.

TENTATIVE STAFF: Carlos Rodriguez, Donna Carter, Mary Faragher, Todd Karolczak, Rachael Rodriguez, Rod Rodriguez


Collegiate Referee Camps

These camps are intended to strengthen the knowledge and skills of a referee already officiating at any division of women’s collegiate competition. Referees are filmed during play, and video feedback with a running commentary. Each camper will receive the videos from their training either by AirDrop (iPhone & iPad users) or by email. Rosters are filled on a first-paid, first-accepted basis. Registration fee is $285 for PAVO members; $315 for non-members.

2023 Collegiate Referee Camps:

March 25-26 - Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. Registration closes March 24 or when full.  
This Division I Collegiate Training Camp promises to offer a high-level of play and is designed for those collegiate officials who are looking to take their officiating careers to the next level. All camp participants will receive video recorded feedback from our expert trainers after their matches. NOTE: Saturday early evening Classroom & On-Court Scenario based training, then Sunday Tournament. Conference Coordinator Steve Webster & Division III National Coordinator Denise Penzkofer are scheduled to be on staff.

Space is limited!  Click here to register.

TENTATIVE STAFF:  Denise Penzkofer, Steve Webster, and more


March 31-April 1 - Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA. Registration closes March 30 or when full.  
PAVO returns to Georgia Tech to offer campers a top-level experience as teams from the SEC, ACC, and ASUN go head-to-head. The Big South Qualifier is being held simultaneously at the nearby GWCC. PAVO camp participants interested in working BSQ during the Friday AM wave and all day Sunday will be provided lodging through BSQ. All campers must register for the PAVO Camp through the PAVO e-store. Campers interested in working the Big South Qualifier should register through Sportwrench. Note availability (Friday AM and Sunday) in Sportwrench. Register for the PAVO camp in the e-store and for the BSQ at: https://my.sportwrench.com/#/official/events/22326/check

Space is limited!  Click here to register.

TENTATIVE STAFF:  Suzanne Dodd, Wade DuBois, Breanna Spain, and more


April 14-15 - Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA . Registration closes April 13 or when full.  
PAVO is excited to offer a west coast Collegiate Camp to our lineup that promises to stage an extremely high-level of play and is designed for those collegiate officials who are looking to take their officiating careers to the next level. All camp participants will receive video recorded feedback from our expert trainers after their matches.

Space is limited!  Click here to register.

TENTATIVE STAFF:  Marcia Costley, Stacie DeWitt, Kaili Kimura, and more 


April 21-22 - Villanova University, Villanova, PA. Registration closes April 20 or when full.  
This Collegiate Camp promises to offer an extremely high-level of play and is designed for those experienced collegiate officials who are looking to take their officiating careers to the next level. All camp participants will receive video recorded feedback from our expert trainers after their matches. NCAA National Coordinator Steve Thorpe is scheduled to be on staff.  

Space is limited!  Click here to register.

TENTATIVE STAFF: Steve Thorpe, Wade DuBois, Jung Park, Pati Rolf


Referee Training Camps

This level of camp is intended to provide educational and on-court experience for referees looking to build their foundation of officiating skills. Registration is on a first-paid, first-accepted basis. The fee is $195 for PAVO members and non-members.

2023 Referee Camp:

April 28-29 - Battle of Lake Erie, Cedar Points Sports Center, Sandusky, OH. Registration closes April 27 or when full.  
This camp will take place at an elite juniors tournament, Battle of Lake Erie. Camp will be held the evening of Friday, April 28, and all day on Saturday, April 29. All camp participants will receive video recorded feedback after their matches. All campers who are willing to officiate as a referee at the tournament on Sunday, April 30, will be offered free housing for the weekend and compensated financially for their work on Sunday. Register for the PAVO Camp in the e-store and for the junior tournament in AES. Be sure to enter your "Event Conflicts" as PAVO Camper: https://www.advancedeventsystems.com/operations/officials/manage/events/register (4th Annual Battle of Lake Erie).  

Space is limited!  Click here to register.

TENTATIVE STAFF:  Kathy Ferraraccio, Michael O'Connor, Denise Penzkofer, Steve Webster


Line Judge Training Camps

PAVO’s Line Judge Training Camps coincide with referee training camps to provide opportunities for line judges to gain exposure and improve their skills working with a full crew in a competitive, but non-threatening, environment.  Camps will include a post-match debriefing with trained observers, feedback from a seasoned line judge with postseason experience, and opportunities to practice using the most current NCAA rules and interpretations.  These camps are designed for line judges interested in increasing their fundamental skills, working towards a National Line Judge certification, and/or earning post-season assignments.  The camp fee is $150.  Travel, lodging, and expenses are the responsibility of the camper.

2023 Line Judge Training Camps:

March 31-April 1 - FAST Complex Collegiate Invitational, Houston, TX. Registration closes March 30 or when full.
In conjunction with our Advanced Referee Camp, this collegiate showcase in sunny Texas will provide opportunities to develop and enhance your skills while working high level competition. We are excited to offer a specialized classroom session and on-court expert instruction from our PAVO experts and line judge training staff.

Space is limited!  Click here to register.

TENTATIVE STAFF: Coming soon!


April 21-22 - Villanova University, Villanova, PA. Registration closes April 20 or when full.  
In conjunction with our Collegiate Camp, this event promises to offer an extremely high-level of play and will provide opportunities to develop and enhance your skills. We are excited to offer a specialized classroom session and on-court expert instruction from our PAVO experts and line judge training staff.

Space is limited!  Click here to register.

TENTATIVE STAFF: Coming soon!


DEI Officials’ Training Camps (Currently Invitation Only)

PAVO has been conducting training camps for volleyball referees and line judges since 2002. PAVO has always been committed to forging stronger connections by bringing people, opinions, and ideas together. Similarly, promoting and practicing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is nothing new to PAVO. PAVO continues to actively address differences in the officiating culture created by social barriers and biases. PAVO’s DEI Officials' Training Camps are being incorporated as a complement to traditional training camp programming with content and leadership focused on recruiting, training, and promoting men and women from historically underrepresented or marginalized groups. In 2022, PAVO launched a multi-year camp endeavor in collaboration with conference coordinators to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in our sport’s officiating cadre. As the discussion surrounding the topic of DEI increases, PAVO will continue to build diversity, equity, and inclusion in volleyball officiating and training, and emphasize DEI as a core value, not just as a side project. By actively encouraging each individual or group to contribute and participate, inclusion creates a culture where everyone feels welcome and has opportunity. This open, accepting environment encourages and values individuality and treats everyone with respect in both words and behavior. If you would like to be considered for a PAVO DEI Camp, please contact Wade DuBois, PAVO Camp Director, for more information.


Refund Policy

If you are unable to attend a camp for which you have registered, PAVO will attempt to fill that slot with a replacement camper. If another camper is found to fill that slot, your camp registration fee will be fully refunded. If PAVO is not able to find a replacement camper, you will receive a refund of 50% of the registration fee, and the other 50% may be applied toward a future camp (based on availability).


Camp Scholarships

PAVO Officials' Training Camps have been highly successful in helping develop the quantity and quality of the cadre of officials across the nation. In support of this cause are the availability of camp scholarships. These scholarship funds are awarded to deserving officials to help offset expenses associated with camp attendance - usually, the registration fee is covered in full. Completed applications for scholarships must be submitted no later than April 15.

Scholarship Application Process
Any PAVO member in good standing may apply for a camp scholarship. Electronic submission of application and recommendation forms can be completed by emailing Wade DuBois, PAVO Camp Director.


Direct questions to Lynette Muller, Executive Administrator, PAVO Central Office at pavo@pavo.org or 316-788-4035.

Direct technical questions to PAVOhelp@gmail.com.