All U10-U18 Rockwood Thunder Players are expected to complete the Referee/Score Keeping Training every year. We normally schedule our Refereeing and Score Keeping Clinics in December each year.
2018 Referee & Score Keeping Clinic
Referee/Score Keeping Clinics are required by the Gateway Region. Rockwood Thunder has a strong reputation for producing players that are skilled in efficiently running games in an orderly manner. Other Tournament Directors commonly compliment our teams on running games smoothly. It's a reputation that we would like to continue, but it requires a commitment from each player and team to strive to understand the rule updates from year to year and to become confident in the rulings that we make while judging each game.
This year we will only have 1 session for the Clinic. It is important that each team try to have their entire team attend during their scheduled session due to the format of the clinic. The clinics are for both the Boys and Girls teams.
Held on Sunday, December 9th, 9:00am Lafayette High School
Lafayette High School
17050 Clayton Rd, Wildwood, MO 63011
Parents must attend for U10-U12, or older if the player is new to the sport.
Why is it Important? This is part of a larger effort by USAV and the Gateway Region to improve player (and parent) understanding of the rules, and it makes the games go faster if the calls are made accurately and the score sheets are updated quickly. Coaches are required to enter if the training was completed for each player as part of finalizing the Team's Rosters.
Pre-Work: Review Online Video Resources
USAV and the Gateway Region have made several training videos, aids, forms, etc. to help athletes and parents better understand how to both Referee (up, down, and lines) and Score Keep (scoring, libero tracking, "flipper", etc.). Links to this information can be found under Resources page.
1) Training (First Half of Session)
Coaches should designate which players will attend the Referee section (Up Ref, Down Ref, Line Judges) or the Score Keeping section prior to coming. It is strongly recommended that if a player attended one of the training sections last year, then they should attend the other section this year. Parents should attend with the younger players to make sure the players ask any questions that they have, especially if some of the rules seem confusing. This also helps develop parental awareness of the rules.
2) Practicum (Second Half of Session)
During the Practicum teams will divide into groups playing and those reffing / score keeping. Part way through the match the teams will switch roles so players will become refs/score keepers, and vice-a-versa. Coaches should be prepared to provide line-ups, and should be ready to assist players while reffing and score keeping. Due to the numbers of teams/players for the younger age groups, we normally have teams double up on the reffing and score keeping, so there are twice as many participating than normal. It will be crowded, but make sure the players ask questions and stop the game until score keepers are caught up on recording the action properly. The important thing is to make sure the players understand what happened, and how they should handle it. Confusing situations come up during real tournaments, and this is an opportunity for them to experience it and be able to ask questions to confirm how to handle them properly. Please encourage your players about this before coming!
What to Bring/Wear
1) Pencil and paper. Score Keepers should have both a pen and pencil to record the different portions of the score sheet.
2) Wear volleyball attire, we will be competing against other teams so you need to be prepared to play.
FULL PRACTICUM SCHEDULE WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER TRYOUTS ARE COMPLETED!