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Posted by: LeonXBB
Today, 12:33 AM
Forum: Introductions
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Hi there! My name is Lev, I am currently second-year volleyball referee, and a sophromore college student in Ukraine.
I started playing as an opposite hitter during a season of 2017/2018 for some small Christian school in Western Illinois which I attended as an exchange student.
I actually started playing out of boredom and I was not really related to the sport before, but I fell in love with it.
After returning back home to Ukraine, I got into a college but succesfully failed try-outs there. So I've decided to become an official. Completed weekend-long clinic, passed an exam (both twice), and here I am, in the middle of my second year officiating. And, to be honest, I like it even more than playing!  Smile

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Posted by: yawetag
01-21-2020, 03:59 PM
Forum: Referee Equipment
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Need some guidance on how you use a magnet to secure your patch. I've tried the ID badge magnets (with the sticky side to the patch) and the same thing using double-sided tape - neither would adhere permanently to the back.

Being the patch isn't iron-on, I don't want to try using any glue, as I worry it will seep through and show on the front. But I want to get the magnet permanently attached.

At this point, the wife and I have come up with two options: (1) attach metal to a different piece of cloth, then sew it to the back of the patch, or (2) use magnetic thread and "spiderweb" the back of the patch.

Any other ideas? I don't want to permanently attach to the shirt, but to make it magnetic.

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Posted by: yawetag
01-21-2020, 02:19 PM
Forum: Situations
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Had my first bout of multi-court officiating this weekend. Was a lot of fun and received some good evaluations to help me continue.

On my second day, I was the up referee for a 15U game. My down ref was a player from a third 15U team.

1st set. 24-23, with 24 team serving. I beckon for serve and watch the server. As the ball crosses the net, I see the receiving team just standing there. Ball falls in, I whistle and begin to point to serving team for point. As I'm doing so, I see my down ref signaling a time-out, which I thought was weird considering it was the end of a set. I finish my point, show "in", whistle and signal end of set and change sides.

Both teams look at me like I'm the dumbest person on earth, but begin switching sides. R2 then comes over to me and says "The serving team called for a time-out before the serve." I ask if the request was before I beckoned for serve and she said it was after. She then informs me that the scorer told her it was the wrong server.

I come down the stand and walk to the desk. Sure enough, 7 served but it should have been 5. So now I have a time-out on the serving them who also had an improper server. The down ref whistled the time-out, which is what caused the receiving team to just stand there when the ball came over.

I decided to replay the point since down ref's whistle killed the play. I explained this to the receiving team, who understood. I then walked to the serving team and explained what happened; the coach said "I called the time-out because I saw it was the wrong server." I explained to her that we would replay the point and she seemed genuinely confused that I wouldn't give her the point. I told her that if I allowed the serve to occur, she would have had an illegal server, causing point and serve to the receiving team. I think she understood at that moment, but I'm not quite sure.

We reset everything to the 24-23 moment. They got the right server, who ended up acing for the point anyway - 5 minutes wasted.

As I was going over this to myself later, I realized I probably should have given an improper request to the team. Other than that, I feel I handled it correctly, though I'm more than willing to hear from others.

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Posted by: The Man in Blue
01-19-2020, 09:24 PM
Forum: Situations
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Worked a multi-day tournament this week.

On night 1 I was on the tower for Team Mean Green’s first game.  I noticed a player acting a little odd — holding her head and staring off into space — as we started the game.  A handful of serves into the game, she seemed to momentarily lose her balance while crouching in preparation for the incoming serve (rocked back on her heels and jerked her head like she just woke up).

When she came up to serve, she immediately launched into her serve before I even had my hand up.  I chirped, we returned the ball to her, and she waited for my whistle.  When I whistled, she stepped over the line by a good 12-18 inches like she didn’t even know it was there.

I have CPed players before, but both times it was after an incident.  In this case, nothing had happened.  During action she seemed pretty much OK.  During the break between sets, I called my partner over and asked his opinion.  “Teenage girls.” he said and walked away.  I wanted to talk to the coach afterwards, but the game ended on a call they didn’t like, so I left it alone.

The next night I am on the floor for Team Mean Green’s second game.  During warmups I watch this girl a little closer.  She seems a little more attentive, but still kind of squirrelly.  Three plays into the game and she takes a spike to the forehead.  She was a little stunned and dazed.  

My partner (different from the night before) was holding up play for the coach to go check on her.  The coach never did.  After a few moments, the coach asked “Do I need to take her out?”  My partner nods yes from across the floor.  The girl comes out with a substitution (she started to just walk off the court).

At the first timeout, I anticipate the coach asking me if the girl can go back in, so I go to ask my partner if we are CPing her (no trainer onsite).  He says “No, I just said she had to come out because we were past the 30 seconds allotted for an injury and the coach had not gone out there.”

The coach never asked.  After 15 minutes or so, the player left the bench with another coach.  She never came back.

My suspicion is she either should have been or was in concussion protocol prior to our first game.

So, my question is this: Can you remove a player for concussion protocol if you didn’t witness anything and are not aware of any incident?

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Posted by: yawetag
11-20-2019, 08:47 PM
Forum: High School
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NFHS has released a volleyball-related survey. Feel free to check it out and complete, it expires December 6th:

http://www.nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/nfhs-sport-questionnaires/

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Posted by: yawetag
11-19-2019, 07:27 PM
Forum: Referee Equipment
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I need all-white shoes for club ball this winter. Any recommendations on what you've gotten?

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Posted by: The Man in Blue
11-16-2019, 03:53 PM
Forum: Free for All
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My wife and I went to the first round of Illinois’ State Tournament yesterday on our way out of town for the weekend.  $8 admission (per 1/2 day session, each), $7 sodas, and $10 popcorn.  Considering the drinks and popcorn were refillable all day, I won’t complain too much there.  We enjoyed the games and Redbird Arena in Bloomington was nice.  The whole things was very subdued for a State Tournament in my opinion.  No fanfare, a few sponsor displays, nothing to promote a fan experience.

Anyway, I came to gripe about watching the games on line ... 

Since we have a few local teams playing, we wanted to watch the final round today.  IHSA advertised and promoted that you could watch the games on IHSA.tv, so we figured we could catch the last round that way ...

OMG ... their process and user interface is AWFUL!!!!!!

First, we get on the website to watch the 9am game and just get a black square using multiple browsers, devices and connection methods.  They don’t tell you you have to subscribe.  We stumbled across that.  It is $11 and even just getting them to take that is buried and convoluted.

Then we go through the whole process again ... black screens.  They don’t tell you that it only works on an app or Google Chrome.

OK, another round of trying to log in ... “You are trying to stream on multiple devices” ... now we are trying to figure out what devices and browsers we were logged in to ... finally, get it down to one device, on Google Chrome ... “Your stream has been interrupted.  We will resume when we can reconnect to your event.”

Now I am venting while we are finally watching ... AAAGGGGGHHHHH!

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Posted by: Kevin_K
11-03-2019, 11:40 PM
Forum: Announcements & Milestones
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Today I received my final assignment of the girls HS season. 

I will be R2 on the final match of the Tournament of Champions. I can't wait! No pressure for anyone. All the teams have already won their respective group championships and this match will be a showcase the best of HS volleyball in NJ.

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Posted by: The Man in Blue
10-27-2019, 04:56 AM
Forum: Announcements & Milestones
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Not my post ... the one in the Ask the Referee section.

Well ... it’s still a milestone of sorts.   Tongue

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Posted by: The Man in Blue
10-25-2019, 02:05 PM
Forum: Referee Mechanics
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Based on Yawetag’s post on another forum ...

When you are on the tower (R1) and there is a need to speak to someone (your partner, the site administrator, etc.) is it proper etiquette to remain on the stand or to come down?

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