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Interested in becoming involved as a sitting volleyball official or want to pursue your certification to a higher level? Our sitting volleyball refereeing pathway allows referees to plot their own learner journey through a range of qualifications

No age restrictions apply to the domestic course, however to become an International Sitting Referee candidates must be under 45.

Grade C

The Grade C Sitting Award is the first step on the Volleyball England Sitting Referee Education pathway. The award provides the candidate referee with the knowledge and understanding of the rules of the game and the fundamental techniques used within the 6-a-side game. The Grade C Award introduces the candidate referee to the technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects of the game. 

There are three routes available to achieve the Grade C qualification:

  • If you’re already a qualified Volleyball referee then you’ll only be required to take a half day course for £10.
  • If you do not currently hold a Grade 4 volleyball referee qualification you can still pass the exam but won’t be granted a Grade C certification until a Grade 4 exam has been completed.  This is to ensure that the referee is competent in scoring and knows the basic rules of volleyball.
  • Exceptionally if you are an experienced player or coach you can be eligible to the accelerated Grade 4 course ran over 1 day, but will also have to partake in a half day Sitting Referee course in order to gain the full Grade C qualification.

Next Steps...

After completing the initial Grade C exam, referees will be able to obtain higher grades through practical assessments.  An assessment can be arranged through contacting your regional referee representative or contacting a referee staff member

Grade B

This is the basic grade of practical refereeing, a recommended minimum standard for officiating in Volleyball England sitting volleyball competitions. So, when you have been refereeing comparatively regularly, and think you are fulfilling the basic criteria required, you should be applying for assessment for Grade B.

To achieve Grade B a candidate must be observed (by an approved member of the sitting volleyball staff team) officiating as both first and second referee, and must be in the current referee uniform. Candidates may make a direct approach to any staff on the current list, in order to arrange an assessment. The Grade B award is made solely on the basis of practical refereeing.

Prior to assessment a candidate must have qualified as a Grade C referee and have registered. The award will not be ratified until registration is received by the National Office. There is no charge for single Grade B assessments.

Grade A

Grade A awards are made by Referee Commission on receipt of a body of observation/assessment reports, which show the candidate has consistently fulfilled the criteria for the grade over an extended period of time, and when the candidates have fulfilled the set criteria.

Applicants for Grade A must be registered Grade B referees (normally with at least two years of refereeing experience) and must be able to demonstrate a consistently high standard of officiating in Volleyball England recognised sitting volleyball competitions and/or approved international events.

To be considered for upgrading, a candidate should apply to the Sitting Volleyball Referee Commissioner prior to the start of the season in which observations are to be made.