One of the major things a person needs to consider before deciding to become a VB referee is if they will have the time to do this. The commitment of time is as follows:
1. Working at a local scrimmage on the scrimmage weekend every year. In 2021 scrimmages will be on Saturday, August 6th and Saturday, August 7th. All officials are required to work at least one scrimmage for 3 hours.
2. Attending HOT chapter meetings held every 2 weeks during the HS VB season of July through October. HOT chapter meetings are held every other Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Our meetings will be held at the Harris Community Center in Belton. Our biweekly meetings NEVER last longer than 2 hours and usually less than that. The first meeting of 20 will be on July 21st.
3. It is very, very important for all officials to attend our biweekly meetings if they want to officiate HS VB. It where important administrative information is passed out, training is conducted, and where assignments are discussed.
4. Once you are given match assignments (starting in late August depending on the amount of training you have attended and your abilities) you will have to be at a local school at 4:00 or 4:30 PM and stay for several matches. Normally you will finish a night’s VB by 9:00 PM. You could be assigned 2, 3 or 4 matches depending on the level. Middle school matches (best 2 out of 3 sets) usually take about an hour for each MATCH. HS matches usually last about 30 minutes for each set (game).