SAOA VOLLEYBALL SECOND REFEREE DUTIES Introduction A Second Referee is just as important as a First Referee. While the First Referee orchestrates the match, the Second Referee does the grunt work. Serving as an Second Referee requires your attention to other key functions besides overlaps and net/center line violations. Pre-Match Procedures - Obtain the match equipment. - Assist the First Referee in checking the match equipment setup, team rosters, and player uniforms. - Ensure distribution and completion of Lineup sheets. - Monitor the warm-ups. - Confer with the First Referee to discuss potential game violation situations and actions preferred from you. Communication with Scorekeeper Before the match Discuss with the scorekeeper the information you desire: - Scorekeeping problems - Delays - Time Outs used - Individual Substitutions - Team Substitutions - Confirm when it is game point so it may be signaled to the First Referee. Positioning Before the Serve - Be on the receiving team’s side to detect it’s overlaps. - Both team benches should be within your peripheral vision. Positioning (cont’d) During The Rally - Continually switch courts to be on the blocking team’s side - Become stationary before the second ball contact by the attacking team. - Stay on the attacking team’s side if you might miss a net play during a switch. Substitutions - Scan the team benches before and after each rally. - Anticipate requests and fulfill them without delay. - Position yourself at the attack/side lines intersection before the subs Substitutions (cont’d) - Face the scorekeeper, calling out the player numbers (player in/player out) i.e. 12 for 5 - Release the players right away - Return to your pre-serve position and give the court back to the First Referee. Time Outs - Signal to the First Referee the number of time outs used. - Monitor the teams and elapsed time. - Whistle when fifteen (15) seconds remain and when time expires. - Prompt the teams to return to the court if needed. Control The Bench - Address and settle any bench misconduct right away. - Use tact and verbal/motion/whistle commands. - Request the First Referee to issue a sanction if needed. - Always reinforce the First Referee’s decisions if they are questioned or criticized. (Remember you are a TEAM!) Assisting on Potential Violations - As the Second Referee you should assist the First referee by being on alert for: Back row attacks Attacks/blocks by a back row setter at the net. Opponents reaching over the net Ball handling violations screened away from the First Referee. Unsuccessful pancake digs Other potential violations discussed in your pre-match conference. Conclusion The duties of a Second Referee are not to be taken lightly. The actions and decisions of a second referee directly influence the administration and outcome of the match. The position is as important as a First Referee and should be given the proper regard it requires. Available Resources • SAOA Volleyball Website www.southeasternofficials.com • NFHS Website www.nfhs.org • NCHSAA Website www.nchsaa.org Questions?