August 2019 Newsletter

Last year on-court training received positive reviews from our members, and it's back this season, with training specialized for our newer officials, high school refs and our college crew. Here, lead trainer Barb Twohig and assistant Shawna Sheehan lead an on-court session.

Last year on-court training received positive reviews from our members, and it's back this season, with training specialized for our newer officials, high school refs and our college crew. Here, lead trainer Barb Twohig and assistant Shawna Sheehan lead an on-court session.

A New Season . . . Let’s Get Started

Basic Training

Trainer Barb Twohig will be joined this year by longtime official Linda Kildewin conducting basic training classes for first-year and all apprentice officials. They kick off the season Aug. 11, 5-7 p.m., in Jepson Center 017 at Gonzaga University with the first of six classroom training sessions, coupled with three on-court sessions, Aug. 25, Sept. 15 and Oct. 6 at University High School.

High School Training

For those officials working primarily high school matches or aspiring to work high school matches, Debbie Spray and Shawna Sheehan will conduct Sunday training sessions, 5-6 p.m. in Jepson 014, beginning Aug. 18, with on-court training sessions Aug. 25 at Whitworth University; Sept. 15 and Oct. 6 at U-High.

College Training

Alan Hirayama and Dale Goodwin are back conducting college training for any official who works college matches or aspires to join the college ranks. They meet Sundays in Jepson 120, 5-6 p.m. beginning Aug. 18, with an on-court session Aug. 25 at Whitworth University during a Pirate scrimmage. Other on-court sessions, Sept. 15 and Oct. 6, will be at U-High.

Plans for On-Court Sessions Outlined

Here are the syllabi for on-court sessions for each training group this season:

Basic Training

Session 1:  LJ duties and protocol.  FR/C squad solo reffing on stand with whistle and signals.
Session 2:  R2 responsibilities, transition, whistle strength, signal sequence, etc.  Libero. 
Session 3:  R1/R2 partnered training. Recognizing offensive systems and rotation.

College and High School

Session 1: Live training during intra-squad scrimmage. Topics to cover: rotations, BRA/BRB situations, LJ techniques; R1 tempo, R1 scan process prior to serve, on tight net plays, on tight line or touch calls situations; R2 ‘help’ communications with R1
Session 2: Review session 1 events & topics, R1-R2 coordination
Session 3: Match control topicsNCAA/PAVO Clinic Aug. 17

Focus this year will be: Tipping points-Things officials do that tick off coaches; Understanding and recognizing rotational faults; Professionalism-Be the strongest link; and Challenge Review System-Interpreting the video. There's still time to register for the NCAA/PAVO Volleyball Officials Training Clinic, Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m.-1:30-p.m. at Gonzaga University's Jundt Art Center Auditorium. Register online at pavo.org. Questions? Contact Clinic Host Dale Goodwin at 990-6824. If you’re having issues registering, call Miki Kennedy at 888-791-2074. This year’s clinician is Brian Hemelgarn, NCAA Final Four and international referee.

Line Judge, Scorer Training Aug. 17

SAVRA is offering line judge and scorer training Aug. 17 after the NCAA/PAVO Clinic in Jundt Art Museum Auditorium. Line judge training, required of anyone who aspires to be assigned as a college line judge, is from 2-3:30 p.m. Scorer training, for anyone aspiring to be a college scorer, is from 3:30-5 p.m. These clinics are mandatory for working college matches at either position.

Key Takeaways from SFCC Summer Training Camp, for All Officials

From the observations of our mentors at this camp, all referees should aspire to achieve these competencies this season:

·         Recognizing and understanding rotations, a 5-1 from a 6-2 or a 4-2, and tracking setters

·         Recognizing backrow attack and backrow block situations

·         Maintaining excellent partner communications, from before the match, through the match and in debrief afterward.

Your trainers recommend you watch good officials work whenever you have an opportunity. Remember, Gonzaga University offers free admission to all home VB matches in Martin Centre to SAVRA members. Or watch any GSL high school match. Get a sense of what officials are calling and what they are not calling as a guide to your progression.

Place Your Uniform, Equipment Orders Now

Place your order at SAVRAVB.org or by calling or texting Ron Walker at 509-939-8550. Order by Aug. 1 to ensure arrival by the start of the fall season. Another outlet for the WOA high school uniform shirt is Sound Athletic, 800-683-0154.

SAVE THE DATE: Crossover Tourney Sept. 27-28

This year’s Linda Sheridan High School Crossover Tournament is Sept. 27 and 28. Please make every effort to leave Saturday, Sept. 28 available for our assigners to assign you to these matches. Each year well over 50 teams converge on Spokane for this once-a-year tournament, with matches at Ferris, Lewis & Clark, Shadle Park and Rogers.

Patty Kells Appointed to WOA VB Committee

Longtime Spokane referee and line judge Patty Kells has been appointed to this statewide committee, with initial emphasis on reviewing questions for the 2019 WOA test and adopting the PAVO college line judge training program for our state high school association.

Fall Meeting/Training Schedule

Revised 07/18/19
Date       Room                  Time        Event
Aug. 11    Jepson 017        5-7pm     Beginner training
                 Jepson 120        4-5pm     Board meeting
                                            5-5:30    Buddy mentor meeting
Aug. 17     Jundt 110 Aud  9:30-1:30 PAVO Clinic
                                            2-3:30    Line Judge Clinic
                                            3:30-5    Scorer Clinic
Aug. 18      Jepson 120     4-5pm    Board meeting
                                             5-6         College training
                   Jepson 014      5-6pm     HS training
                   Jepson 017      5-6pm     Beginner training
                                             6-7pm     General meeting
Aug. 25     Whitworth U    5-6:30pm College/HS Training
                    U-High              5-6:30pm  Basic Training
Sep. 8        Jepson 120      4-5pm    Board meeting
                                             5-6         College training
                   Jepson 014      5-6pm     HS training
                   Jepson 017      5-6pm    Beginner training
                                             6-7pm    General meeting    
Sep. 15       U-High            5-6:30   Basic, HS, College Training 
Sep. 22      Jepson 120     4-5pm    Board meeting
                                             5-6         College training
                   Jepson 014      5-6pm     HS training
                   Jepson 017      5-6pm     Beginner training
                                             6-7pm     General meeting
Oct. 6         U-High              5-6:30     Basic, HS, College Training
Oct. 20      Jepson 120     4-5pm     Board meeting
                                             5-6pm    College training
                   Jepson 014      5-6pm     HS training
                   Jepson 017      5-6pm     Beginner training
                                             6-7pm     General meeting                         
Oct. 27      Jepson 120     4-5pm     Board meeting
                                             5-6pm    College training
                   Jepson 014      5-6pm     HS training
                   Jepson 017      5-6pm     Beginner training
                                             6-7pm     General meeting
Nov. 3        Jepson 120     4-5pm      Board meeting
                                             5-6pm     College training
                   Jepson 014      5-6pm     HS training
                   Jepson 017      5-6pm     Beginner training
                                             6-7pm     General meeting  

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