Monthly News Letters


Please be sure to visit the new
Video Plays of the Week! 


April 2021

Please be sure to visit the new
Video Plays of the Week! 

As the girls spring season winds down, I want to leave you with some things to think about and work to improve over the summer.  I'm looking forward to the inaugural boys volleyball season and to a "normal" fall season. 

Recognizing and calling overlaps is a skill many of us need to improve.  Whether we use a line-up card or not, we need to be more diligent in recognizing positional faults and calling them when appropriate.

Corny's Corner:

Dropbox file: Best Practices For The Second Referee.pdf

'Nuff said!
Dropbox file: Be Nothing Less Than A Great Referee.pdf

Power Tips:
Dropbox file: Finger Tip Attack Hits.pdf

Great referees care about their image.
Dropbox file: Image Is Everything.pdf

Dropbox file: ABCs Of Ball Handling Judgment.pdf


March 2021

Corny's Corner:​

Dropbox file: Even The Lone Ranger Worked As A Team.pdf

Dropbox file: Tricks Of The Trade.pdf


February 2021

Our lesson for February is one of the most difficult aspects of officiating volleyball: Identifying Rotations and Alignment Issues. Our friend, Gary Frieders of North Bay Volleyball Officials, has produced an excellent video for beginning and intermediate level officials to help sharpen our skills in this area.

Corny's Corner:
Dropbox file: Bench Control.pdf


January 2021

Hello All!
Here is a quiz courtesy of, a good resource for all things officiating.
Volleyball Quiz

 And more wise words from Corny's Corner:
Mistakes Happen


October 2020

Hi Folks!
Many of you gave feedback from the Regional Clinic ball handling module that you wanted examples of what we DO need to call.  Here you go, courtesy of Gary Frieders of North Bay (CA) Volleyball officials.

A good "Tricks of the Trade" article from Corny's Corner:
Dropbox file: Tricks Of The Trade.pdf


September 2020

Hello all!
Let's all keep positive this fall, stay engaged and seek out opportunities to work if we can!

This month's video illustrates keeping on top of tight net play, letting it play out before making a decision.

And another gem from Corny's Corner.

Dropbox file: Confidence Attracts, Arrogance Detracts.pdf



June 2020

 Happy Summer Everyone!

Although uncertainty still reigns, I can say with the confidence of a totally uninformed person that we will have a fall 2020 season! :-) 

In all seriousness, we must continue to prepare for the season, however it looks.  It may just be two teams and the officials in an empty gym, we may be in masks and using electronic whistles. Or it may be business as usual in some areas with no social distancing.  BE FLEXIBLE.

After several requests over the years, I would like to announce that the required Regional Clinic will soon be available on-line for credit.  Restrictions apply, more on that at a later date.

A reminder to Area Directors, as new referee classes start, you may use the "Plays of the Week videos" to illustrate good techniques and interesting plays.  In YouTube, search "Rob Livingston Volleyball".

For this months clip, we have a bang-bang play that the R1 must recognize and confidently own.

And another gem from Corny's Corner:

May 2020

As the current situation evolves, preparations for the fall season continue. Be ready to be flexible as there are a lot of moving parts that affect the HS volleyball season.

NFHS is currently offering free video classes for members, of which you are one.  Go to and establish an account.  The two classes currently being offered are Ball Handling and Alignments.

This month's video clip illustrates the Libero setting with overhand finger action while in the front zone.

Thoughts from Corny's Corner


 April 2020

 Here are some thoughts about judging ball-handling.  Remember, everyone's an expert but your opinion is the only one that matters.  Don't be influenced by player/coach/spectator reaction or expectations.  Find your level and be consistent!

Thoughts from Corny's Corner


March 2020

Spring is on its way, I promise!
Starting in March, the boys’ volleyball season will begin.  Play will continue into May, culminating with the Colorado State Championships.  This is the last year as a club sport until 2021, when full CHSAA recognition will take place.  Although these matches are concentrated in the Front Range area, there is much to be learned from them for everyone.

The boy’s game is a different animal from the girls.  It has higher levels of speed, power and athleticism.  In order to effectively officiate this game, your eye speed and court awareness must be elevated.  Knowledge of rotations and back row awareness, without getting bogged down in a line up card, is a must. 

I have attached a video as an example.

Also, another Corny's Corner. Good stuff!
Dropbox file: Earning Respect.pdf


February 2020

Hi All!
I've recently taken over the position of Training Director for CVOA and want to introduce myself.  I have a passion for training and supporting our officials in the high school ranks. I believe in supporting our cadre and giving them the tools to better serve our customers, the teams.  

Why this email in the midst of winter?  Volleyball has become a year-round sport.  From high school and college volleyball in the fall, club volleyball in the winter into the summer and boys volleyball being recognized by CHSAA starting Spring of 2021.  There are opportunities to work throughout the year and training must be undertaken more than once a year, dusting our whistles off in August and going to one regional clinic. Those that work more than 9 weeks a year are the ones that will move up and become more proficient in the craft.
In these monthly training newsletters, I will include a short video clip and an article from a noted National Referee that helped me a lot when I was coming up. 

​In this sequence, I illustrate a common error for all levels of referee.  I’m just picking on the rookie (sorry Patty).  Missing net faults is caused by a lack of concentration on the R2s primary duty during play; net and center line faults.

(You may need to copy and paste the link into your browser's address bar to view the video on YouTube)