sitting ref

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 you must be under 45.

Grade C

The Grade C Sitting Award is the first step on the Volleyball England Sitting Referee Education pathway. During the course, you will understand the rules of the game and the fundamental technical and tactical techniques used within a 6-a-side 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 partake in only a half day Sitting Referee course after attaining the Grade 4 volleyball referee qualification, in order to gain the full Grade C qualification.

Next Steps...

After completing the initial Grade C exam, you 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

The Grade B qualification the basic grade of practical refereeing and is the recommended minimum standard for officiating in Volleyball England sitting volleyball competitions. 

Ideally, after attaining the Grade C qualification, you will be able to be promoted to Grade 3 Regional by getting practical experience in regional and local games. Once you feel confident enough, you can contact a staff member or senior referee within your area, who will arrange to observe one of your matches.

Grade A

To be upgraded to Grade A, you should have at least 2 years of sitting volleyball refereeing experience and demonstrate a consistently high standard of officiating in Volleyball England recognised sitting volleyball competitions and/or approved international events. In addition, you would also be assessed by being observed as well as based on recommendations and reports.