Q. I am interested in being a referee in NTR. What do I need to do?
A. Rather than bombard you with duplicate information, please visit our “Prospective Officials” page. The page gives you valuable tips on how to get started in our region.
Q. Why do I need to be a member?
A. For USA Volleyball sanctioned events, all participants must be registered members of USAV. For you, that means, registering through the region where you reside. As a registered adult working with juniors, you must also clear a background screen.
Q. What fees can I expect?
A. Membership – $45
Background Screen – $18 (good for two seasons)
Clinic Fee – $30 (covers referee and score clinic)
*Other expenses a new official will typically incur include (but are not limited to): uniform costs, whistle, cards, measuring chain. All uniform needs and supplies will be covered in your Volleyball 101 ref clinic.
Q. What insurance coverage is there for me?
A. As an official assigned to events sanctioned by our region and/or USA Volleyball, part of the membership fees you pay to NTR goes towards insurance. This insurance is secondary, or primary if a member does not have insurance. If you are an official who is also a member of PAVO, you are also covered in events sanctioned outside of NTR/USAV. USA Volleyball certified officials can protect themselves against claims of negligence by players or spectators and from personal injury resulting from an accident while officiating non-sanctioned USA Volleyball activities for an additional charge of $6.85, which is collected at the time of registration via Extended Officials Insurance. If you choose to work any leagues, tournaments, etc. that are not sanctioned, please communicate with those organizers to determine insurance coverage as there may not be any insurance coverage.
Q. Who am I employed by?
A. As an official in the North Texas region, you are an independent contractor. You will be assigned to tournaments, and once you’ve accepted an assignment, you are contracting with the club/organization running it. For the North Texas Region championship events, you are contracted through the region. Provided your income is at the IRS threshold, you will receive 1099s for the various groups that have contracted with you.
Q. Who pays me?
A. You will be paid by the group that you are contracted with for an event. If you are working as an official for a junior tournament, for example, the club hosting the event will pay. Payment should be made within one week of the conclusion of the tournament. If you are working as an official for an event NTR is hosting (i.e. Junior Regionals), NTR will send you payment no later than a week after the event has concluded, provided we have an Independent Contractor Agreement and W9 on file.
Q. How long does it take to receive payment?
A. As per NT’s handbook, event organizers should pay within one week of the conclusion of their event. This includes payment to officials, vendors, and rented facilities.
Q. Who do I contact if I don’t receive it?
A. As an official, the first person you should contact is your head ref for the event of the missing payment. If you are working a junior tournament, please take note of the event name. If you are working an NTR hosted event, please contact our office directly.
Q. How are officials assigned?
A. The NTR staff, in conjunction with the official’s coordinator and/or VP of junior training, will assign officials for sanctioned events. We use ZebraWeb to assign officials to the various sanctioned events.
Q. Are there any guarantees for being assigned?
A. No, there are not. Our goal is to register and train as many officials as possible so that they are available for NTR/USAV sanctioned events. Some weekends we will have a high number of courts needing uniformed officials and in those cases, a majority of our certified corps will be on the stand, training or evaluating. For smaller weekends where we don’t need all of our officials, assignment will depend largely on the age levels playing and needs based on that. We do recognize there are many officials who voluntarily give up weekends to be available, as well as those who commit constantly to NTR/USAV through officiating, training, coaching, tournament administration, etc. and for those individuals; we will try to utilize them as much as possible.
Q. I work with a youth league as an official; will that affect assigning me?
A. We realize a significant number of officials registered through our region work as TASO officials, in leagues and non-sanctioned USAV events, in addition to officiating other sports. As an independent contractor, we not only expect that but can’t prohibit it. The only factor where that becomes an issue is if involvement in other areas makes you unavailable for assignment the majority of weekends needed. The only thing we can mandate is that junior national and national officials complete their 30 hours (per USAV policy). In our independent contractor agreement, we do require these individuals to acknowledge they will not provide information collected through region resources to other parties/individuals. Those who violate this policy can potentially be removed from our assigning system.
Q. What if I have conflicts on weekends?
A. In ZebraWeb, our assigning system, you can block out weekends where you are unavailable. If you have questions about being unavailable for periods of time during a weekend (perhaps a morning conflict), please communicate with our office directly. PLEASE make sure your availability calendar in ZebraWeb is up to date at all times.
Q. What can I do to advance to the next level?
A. Please review our Advancement page for specific information.