Grade 4 Referee Course

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Grade 4

The 1-day Grade 4 refereeing course is your first step into refereeing. It consists of pre-course tasks, half a day of on-court practice and half a day conducted in a classroom setting, covering both theoretical and practical aspects of refereeing. Finally, you will be required to sit an exam.

What will I learn?

At the end of the day, you will be able to:
• Interact effectively with teams and match officials

• Handle pre- and post-match administration, guiding a successful match

• Understand the FIVB rules

• Referee a game both as a 1st referee or as a 2nd referee assisting the 1st referee, including signalling, etc.

What does the Grade 4 Award qualify me to do?

With this qualification, you will be able to officiate games within regional and local leagues as a trainee referee and work towards attaining a Grade 3 Regional qualification.

What are the pre-requisites for entry onto the course?

You need to: 
  • Be at least 16 years of age on the first day of the course.

  • Have some experience of playing the game and officiating it.

  • The course is a confirmation of knowledge and hence time must be allowed to study the pre course material. The course is mainly practical in nature and you will be expected to participate in the practical sessions and to carry out a variety of refereeing roles on court.

Course Fees & Information

The cost of the course is £55.

You must attend the entire course. At the end there is a written examination on which a minimum grade of 80% must be achieved in order to pass. If you fail the course, you may resist the paper on an alternative course free of charge. If you proceed to fail again then you must attend the full course again. 

What resources will I receive?

You will receive a whistle, Volleyball England branded lanyard and a wallet containing red and yellow cards. This is a great resource with which you can start refereeing.

What Should I bring with me to the Course?

  • Appropriate clothing for on-court practice. 

  • A pen and notebook – to take notes when required.

  • Food and refreshments throughout the day.

How can I book onto a course?

A national list of courses is available on the Volleyball England Course Finder section of the website.

Next Steps...

After passing the Grade 4 course, you will then be able to obtain higher grades through being observed. You can arrange an assessment through contacting your Regional Referee Co-ordinator (RRC) or contacting a referee staff member. All decisions on upgrades from Grade 3 Regional to Grade 1 are also based on recommendations and reports.

In some cases, it may also be able to shorten the normal period of qualification through the Accelerated Promotion Scheme.