NVC Tournaments

NVC Tournament Information

2022 DATES: January 2, 9 | February 5-6 | March 12-13, 26-27 | April 23-24


Arrival Time: Ensure you are at your assigned location 30 minutes prior to your first match. If you are replacing an official on your assigned court, be sure to let your predecessor know you have arrived.


  • $30 per match.

  • If you do not work as scheduled (more or less matches!) please email/call Robyn immediately after the event so we can ensure payments are made correctly to all officials.

  • Forfeited matches that are the official's last match of their assigned day AND do not require the official to perform the forfeit procedure are not included in final match counts for payment.

Match Format:

  • POOL PLAY MATCHES: Matches in the grid with your name and a WHITE background are pool play matches. These pool play matches will be 2 sets to 25, win by 2, no cap.

    • SHORT SET CHALLENGE: ONLY in the event of an EXACT TIE during pool play (i.e. Team A wins Set 1 25-21, Team B wins Set 2 25-21) you will play a "short set challenge" to 3 points:

      • Teams will remain in the same rotation as when the second set ended.

      • The server that scored the final point to end the second set will serve first. NO COIN TOSS NEEDED.

      • Reset scoreboard to 0-0

      • The first team to score 3 points wins (NO need to win by 2)

  • BRACKET PLAY MATCHES: Matches in the grid with your name and a LIGHT GREEN background are bracket play matches. Play a normal best 2 sets out of 3 to 25 points, win by 2, no cap. Deciding set, if needed, play to 15 points, win by 2, no cap.

Officiating Crew:

  • Only R1s will be used. No R2s or LJs.

  • No work teams will be assigned. The R1 will keep visual score using the scoreboard controller from the ref stand.

  • Officials may use a lineup card on the stand for their own personal use, but are not going to be tracking serving order.

  • Teams will monitor their own rotations as best they can and use the honor system.

  • Concessions will not be available at any of the event venues. Officials will be allowed to bring in personal coolers/lunch boxes. There is no food provided by the event. Bottle filler stations are available. Please come prepared and bring pre-filled water bottles with you to start your day.

Coin Toss: One team representative from each team and the R1 will conduct a coin toss in a socially distanced manner. The team listed 1st on the schedule will take the bench to the right of the R1, so the winner of the coin toss will choose serve or receive. During bracket play matches, if a 3rd set is necessary, a team representative will meet with the R1 at center court for a coin toss, the winner will choose serve or receive. Teams will NOT switch sides during the match.

Session: A session consists of 3 pool play matches (white), followed by a 15 minute break, ending with 1 or 2 bracket play matches (green) on each court.

Warm-up: There are 2 warm-ups per session. The first match of each session is 2-4-4. After the 15 minute break between pool play and bracket play, there will be a 5 minute warm-up (3 mins on your own side and 2 minutes of shared serving).

Rules Set

  • USAV rules apply

COVID-19 Information:

  • Officials accepting assignments should be flexible and understanding of changes due to unforeseen circumstances caused by the pandemic.

  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death.

  • By accepting assignment and participating in this event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

  • Adhere to current CDC & MDH guidelines regarding face coverings. Officials must wear a properly fitted mask that covers their mouth and nose and use a hand-held whistle. If a malfunction occurs with a hand-held whistle, a regular whistle may be used as long as it is completely covered underneath a mask to reduce the potential of droplets.

  • Masks shall be worn at all times and in all areas of the building by everyone (players, coaches, referees, management, everyone). Masks worn by officials must completely cover their mouth & nose at ALL times from the time you exit your car until you return to your car, no exceptions.

  • Game balls and warm up balls in carts are provided. Clorox wipes will be available on each court to use to sanitize the game balls between matches. Please ensure your game ball is sanitized between matches. If you prefer to not perform this task, please ask a coach or player from the teams that just finished playing to do this prior to leaving the court.

  • Officials are not expected to monitor the physical distancing of others. Each person is responsible to provide space between themselves and others. Coaches should provide direction to their athletes regarding social distancing and other safety protocols. If there is an issue of concern with either social distancing or mask wearing compliance, bring it to the attention of the court monitors/site director.

  • Please utilize the hand sanitizer provided when entering the facility and maintain social distancing of 6 feet apart at all times.

  • Before players, coaches or worker arrive at the tournament, temperatures must be taken at home. If experiencing symptoms (fever >100.4 F, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing), contact Debbie and do not arrive at the event facility/tournament.

  • If you have been recently been clinically diagnosed or have a lab confirmation for COVID-19 (within the last 14 days) you may not attend the event/tournament.

  • If you have been exposed to a household member that has lab confirmed COVID-19, you may not attend the event/tournament.

Playing Locations

National Volleyball Center (NVC) - 11 Courts
2601 Viola Rd NE, Rochester, MN 55906

Entrance: Main National Volleyball Center doors, use doors with signs on them signifying entrance doors.

Exit: Main National Volleyball Center Doors, use doors signed as exit doors

Resources & Schedules

Officials Uniform Guidelines

Team Schedules (search for "NVC Tournament")

Hotel Accommodations

Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field

401 6th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Direct: 507-292-7337 | www.soldiersfield.com

A discounted rate of $55 (+tax) for either a single or double room can be reserved with Debbie. Please let her know if you would like a room for Friday and/or Saturday night(s) and she will make arrangements and will send you a confirmation #.


Officials that apply to work this event can check the status of assignment by referring to your individual schedule link that takes you to your personalized Google Sheet. If you need the link to your personalized sheet again, please contact Debbie.

Daily court assignments are sent via email. Please confirm with a reply indicating you are "Good to Go" after reviewing your schedule.

Debbie is the primary assignor for Rochester events, please contact her first for any questions/issues.

If your schedule changes while onsite, please contact Robyn with your updated match count by the next morning.