An Ukrainian here! :-)
#1

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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#2

Congratulations and welcome Leon! Great to see younger folks getting into officiating! It surprises me volleyball doesn’t have more college students and young adults in officiating.

It is a smaller world than we realize ... where did you go to school at in western Illinois? Monmouth? IC?
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#3

I went to schoon in Quad Cities.
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#4

Lev, welcome aboard! Feel free to invite some of your fellow referees!
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#5

(01-28-2020, 12:29 PM)yawetag Wrote:  Lev, welcome aboard! Feel free to invite some of your fellow referees!
Thank you, I'll try!
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#6

If you get a big group and you all want a private space to discuss and chat, let me know. I can set up a private area just for you all.
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#7

(01-28-2020, 11:46 AM)LeonXBB Wrote:  I went to schoon in Quad Cities.


That’s too far north to be western Illinois!   Tongue

Then again, most people only know “Chicago” and “the rest of Illinois”.   Big Grin
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#8

As someone who lived in the St. Louis area, married to a woman from southern Illinois (Murphysboro/Carbondale area), I'm well aware of the "rest of Illinois".
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#9

I didn’t know that! We need to meet for a beer (or work a game together) sometime!


EDIT: still drinking coffee ... I missed the “d” on “lived”. You know we can’t see anyway.
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#10

Yep. Moved away in 2018. I live in Charlotte, North Carolina now.
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