Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We've got answers. If you still have questions after reading this page, please contact our Recruiting Chair.

Q: Who can be a volleyball official? Is it necessary to have played?
Anyone can become an official, provided you pass a background check by the Washington State Patrol. It is definitely not necessary to have played volleyball, although it does help. A love of the sport is the main requirement!

Q: How much does officiating pay? How often do I get paid?
Officials are paid by the match - the higher the level of play, the higher the compensation. Officials are also compensated for mileage. Officials are paid twice a year... at the end of the Fall season and at the end of the Spring season. GSVO does charge an assigning fee for scheduling your matches. Your fee is determined by your rating and is set by the Executive Board.

Q: When are matches played?
The vast majority of matches are played during the Fall season, when high school volleyball season is underway. However, there are also junior high matches played in the spring, and community leagues run year-round.

Q: How often would I be required to work?
As an official, you can determine the days/times that you are available to work. However, first priority in assignments will go by ratings, then experience, so the more you officiate, the more options will be open to you. Most matches run Monday-Friday, starting at 3PM and 5PM, depending on league.

Q: What's involved in becoming an official?
If you are just starting, you'll need to attend a GSVO training session, which are currently held twice a year. After successfully attending training, and paying GSVO dues, you'll be an Apprentice official, and can receive assignments. New officials are also required to attend new official meetings during the Fall season - this is your opportunity to review your experiences with the Training Chair to help you grow as an official.