article by Bruce Grandin
The hurricane wind gusts, flooding, fallen trees and downed power lines caused by the March 13th winter storm did not stop the East Coast Conference and co-sponsors, Nassau & Suffolk County Volleyball referees associations, from hosting its first PAVO (Professional Association of Volleyball Officials) Line Judge certification clinic at Molloy College on Sunday, March 14.
Nationally renowned keynote speaker and PAVO national referee, Jung Park (West Hartford, CT) conducted the certification seminar for the forty candidates in Kellenberg Hall. Fortunately, the building used to host the seminar still had electricity while half the campus was still without power. Only two registrants decided not to attend citing multiple downed trees in their neighborhood. Co-host and introductory speaker, Bruce Grandin, Suffolk Board of Volleyball Officials-PAVO board chair, outlined the certification program and the reasons why the seminar was scheduled. The NCAA Division II East Coast Conference, in its winter meetings, agreed to hire “certified” line judges for the conference volleyball matches starting this 2010 season. Grandin stated that “there was a distinct need for additional certified line judges so the conference assignor could satisfy this decision”. He pointed out that the fact that the Nassau County high school officials were dealing with their own growing pains. It had been decided to move the boy’s volleyball season into the fall, therefore limiting the availability of its officials to be assigned to line judge duties at the ECC matches. A new databank of “certified” line judges was needed immediately.
Co-host Regan Koch, Nassau County Volleyball Officials Association, began scheduling line judge candidates to rating sessions so the certification second phase could be completed. The final written exam phase will take place in June. PAVO line judges will receive their badges, 2010 pins and certification in time for the fall volleyball season. A yearly certification program will be established because the need for PAVO certified line judges is likely to grow in the future. New candidates can contact the East Coast Conference, the Nassau and/or Suffolk county volleyball referee’s associations or their local college athletic departments for additional information.