Girls High School

Frequently Asked Questions

Officials

COVID Related Procedure Changes

  • Officials should arrive dressed for game and bring their own water.


  • What certification(s) do I need in order to work Girls High School Volleyball?

    • Officials need to be registered and in good standing with the MSHSL.

  • How do I register with MSHSL?

  • How do I know if I completed all MSHSL Eligibility requirements?

    • Watch the MSHSL Registration Video using the button below for more information on how to complete those requirements. Start around the 5 min mark to see the example.

    • If you watched a video and it hasn't updated after a day, forward the certificate that you received via email when you completed the module to Officials@mshsl.org and have them update your status.

  • How much does it cost to join the Metro Volleyball Officials Association?

    • $0. MVOA does not collect dues from officials. Officials are Independent Contractors that apply to be hired and work events that are assigned by MVOA.

    • The MSHSL Fee Schedule is posted on ArbiterSports.

      • Log into Arbiter Sports

      • Select the "Official" link under Metro Volleyball Officials Association from the drop-down in the top right

      • Click the MAIN tab

      • The pay scale is listed in the Announcements

  • What uniform do I need?

    • MSHSL had announced in 2019 that the MSHSL Logo Gray Shirt was going to be required starting in the 2020 season.

    • We received confirmation on 9/23 from Jason Nickleby that this requirement has been postponed and a plain white polo will suffice for the 2020 season. Please match your partner whenever possible. Gray is preferred.

    • If you can get the new Gray MSHSL shirt, please get one. You can purchase one locally at General Sports Braemar, 7505 Ikola Way #203, Edina, MN 55439 Or Contact Shawn Vallek at 612-925-4010, svellek@generalsports.us

  • Do I need to get a hand or electronic whistle?

    • Hand whistles are preferred, but regular whistles that are able to be completely covered underneath a mask are an acceptable alternative according to the guidelines released by the MSHSL.

    • Links to known retailers can be found on our Uniforms & Equipment page.

    • Midwest Volleyball Warehouse in Burnsville and General Sports in Braemar are your best choices for a local retailer option. We advise that you call ahead for store hours and availability.

  • What do I need to do in Arbiter to show my availability?

    • Log into ArbiterSports ASAP and mark your availability for matches for the entire months of October, November and December under BLOCKS > Dates.

      • Add Partial Day blocks to ALL DAYS if you are unable to work matches that start earlier than the standard 5:30PM start time.

    • Update your BLOCKS > Travel Limits for every day of the week.

    • Ensure your SETTINGS > Profile information is complete as this will be used for sending your paychecks.

  • How will I be paid?

    • All payments will be sent to you from Metro Volleyball Officials Association according to the payment terms on the Independent Contractor Agreement.

    • You will NOT need to fill in vouchers at the school or provide them with a W-9 when you are working a match assigned by MVOA. If you are asked by a school to fill in a payment voucher, please let Robyn know.

    • Log into ArbiterSports and ensure your Profile information (including your address) is up to date as that is the address that will be used to send payment.

    • All officials working MSHSL matches must fill out the MVOA Indepdendent Contractor Agreement (if you haven't already) and have a W-9 on file with MVOA prior to your first match.

    • If you would like to be paid via Venmo, please fill out our Venmo Payment form.

  • I haven't taken the MSHSL Test yet, when can I do that?

    • The Printable version of the exam is posted on the MSHSL Central Hub under Printable Exams

    • You can take the exam after September 23rd by going to the MSHSL Central Hub > click the Eligibility Tab > Click one of the volleyball icons in the middle section (i.e. State, Section, Regular, Student, Reciprocity) > Click "Take Test" in the top section.

    • October 7th is the deadline to complete the exam.

  • I registered with MSHSL and watched the General Meeting, but I haven't watched the Volleyball Online Clinic, how do I do that?

    • The volleyball-specific online meeting is live on the Arbiter MSHSL Central Hub under the Eligibility tab. October 7th is the deadline to complete the online meetings.

  • I need to attend a 3 year "in-person" training clinic for MSHSL, is there one scheduled before the season?

    • YES there is! There will be a "Sign up" button on your Eligibility tab for the Zoom Clinic scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th, at 5:30pm. The sign up link will hopefully be posted by Monday. Look for an email from MSHSL with an update.

  • What can I do to prepare for the restarted season?

    • The Arbiter MSHSL Central Hub has a Volleyball resource page with links to rules changes, and a recording of the August 2020 Zoom Clinic. Take advantage of those resources to prepare yourself for the fall season.

Schools

  • When can I check my schedule?

    • We are using the same Arbiter account that was used by Sandy with Classic. You may log into ArbiterSports.com at any time and check the status of your matches.

    • As of 9/30, we are 90% entered for the schedules that have been submitted.

    • Brad sent out an email to all ADs 9/30 @ 2:30 PM asking all schools to verify that your HOME MATCHES are entered correctly in Arbiter. Please reply back to that email with confirmation or change requests/clarifications.

We are unable to accommodate requests for new matches on any Black-filled dates on the TBD Match Counts sheet linked below.

  • Who pays the officials that work our home matches?

    • MVOA pays the officials that are assigned to the matches listed on the schedule that you provide to us for the season. Schools no longer need to collect vouchers or W9s from volleyball officials that are assigned by MVOA as we take care of that paperwork through our payroll and tax filings.

    • MVOA will send a single invoice at the start of the season for the home match schedule submitted for the 2020 volleyball season.

      • School policies that require services to be completed prior to payment, may schedule weekly payments to MVOA based on the dates of your home matches which we will apply to your invoice balance. IF the number of matches changes for any level, MVOA will issue a revised invoice that will reflect received payments, the change to the match count, and an updated balance so that you may continue with your scheduled payments.

      • Alternatively, payments can be made in full at the start of the season. This will allow MVOA to compensate the officials on our scheduled payroll dates. Any changes (match additions, cancellations, etc.) will be reconciled at the end of the season. This reduces the number of transactions required of your business office down to two (one at the start and one at the end of the season).

  • How should we format our conference schedule?

    • We're asking all conferences to build schedules as flexible as possible and include all days of the week (Monday through Saturday) with the exception of Sunday (of course).

    • Since there are no tournaments allowed, Saturdays offer even more options for scheduling because matches can be staggered throughout the day.

    • We have started mobilizing the Classic Officials Roster with the news received on 9/21 of the Fall restart. Many officials have not yet registered with MSHSL, opting to wait until after the new year for the spring season. Others in high risk categories have opted not to return which will lead to a reduced number of available officials.

    • In short, anything you can do to spread out the schedule throughout the week will increase the odds of an available official to fill your schedule.

  • Who do we send our match schedules to?

    • Please send match schedules to Robyn.MVOA@gmail.com for entry into ArbiterSports and review the entered schedule for accuracy.

  • Will MVOA assign our 9th Grade schedule?

    • MSHSL Member Schools have the option to partner with HammerSports, LLC, a local lower level match assignor to assign these lower level matches or schools may opt to assign those matches themselves.

    • The number of officials who are available for a 9th grade match start time is not high, so coverage of your B, JV, and Varsity matches is the priority for MVOA .








Match Level Formats

  • B/JV/Varsity - 1 official for the B Match, 1 official for the JV Match, both of you will then do the Varsity Match

  • JV/Varsity - Typically this format is 2 officials for both JV and Varsity. Swap R1/R2 positions.