Molten Series

Molten Series Information

2023 Molten Series Dates : January 7-8, January 21-22, February 25-26, March 4-5, March 11-12, April 15-16, 2023

2023 Molten Cup: May 20-21-22, 2023


Arrival Time:

  • Ensure you are at your assigned location 30 minutes prior to your first match and court-side at least 15 minutes prior to match start time.

  • Concessions may be available at the event venues.

  • Officials will be allowed to bring in personal coolers/lunch boxes.

  • Facilities will have bottle fillers operable. Please come prepared and bring enough pre-filled water bottles with you.

Match Format:

  • All matches are best 2 of 3 sets. The 3rd set is only played if the teams split the first two sets.

  • Each bracket will have a mix of age groups because the league is matched-up by strength, not by age.

  • Teams will NOT switch sides during the match.

  • No team handshakes


  • $27 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.

Rule Set & Modifications:

  • USAV Rules apply

  • JVA Modification: Teams may change libero(s) EVERY set, even if 2 are selected at the start of the match

  • Molten Series Modification: Know the age group for BOTH playing teams; follow the 5 seconds and allow a re-toss for U12-14s, ONLY when they are playing another U12-14s team. If EITHER team is U15-18, the re-toss rule will NOT apply and both teams will have 8 seconds to serve.

Coin Toss:

  • One team representative from each team and the R1 will conduct a coin toss in a socially distanced manner.

  • Facing the benches from the court, the team listed 1st on the schedule will take the bench on the right, the team listed 2nd on the schedule will take the bench to the left

  • Assign 'heads' to one side and 'tails' to the other when performing the coin toss. The winner of the coin toss will choose serve or receive.

  • If a 3rd set is necessary, the floor captains will meet with the R1 at center court for a coin toss, the winner will choose serve or receive.


  • A 10 minute warm-up, using a 2-4-4 format will be used for each match.

  • The first match of each wave will start at the scheduled time. Subsequent matches may be accelerated

  • The first 4 minutes on the court for the serving team and then 4 minutes for the receiving team.

Officiating Crew:

  • R1s will be assigned by MVOA

  • Teams will provide the remaining crew members (R2, Line Judges, Score table staff).

  • IF both playing teams agree, a player may be the R2. Otherwise a coach will be the R2. If it is agreed that a player will R2, a work team coach must be at the scorer’s table for the match.

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 participating in a Molten Series event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

  • Adhere to current CDC, MDH, and/or league/building guidelines regarding face coverings.

Playing Locations & Parking Instructions

Midwest VB Warehouse (MVW)

14050 Judicial Rd, Burnsville, MN 55337

Facility & Parking Information

When entering, please be sure to identify yourself as an official to those taking admission. There is a room marked and available for officials in the playing facility area. Please keep it tidy during the day and clean-up at the end of play. No outside food or beverage (even coffee) is allowed at this site.

MN Select Volleyball Center (MNS)

8686 Valley Forge Ln, Maple Grove, MN 55369

Facility & Parking Information

When entering, there will be a door/room immediately to the left for coaches and officials. It is shared space, so please be tidy and allow space for everyone.

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR UNTIL YOU SEE THE CONE(S) PRESENT SIGNALING YOU MAY ENTER. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

M1 Volleyball (M1)

1701 W 94th St, #300, Bloomington, MN 55431

When entering, immediately turn to the left and walk through the lobby area filled with tables and chairs. At the end you’ll see a door with “M1 Coaches/Staff Only on it. This is the shared space for officials and coaches to leave their jackets/boots/etc. during the day.


Officials that apply to work this event can check for acceptance of their application by reviewing the placeholder assignments in Arbiter.

Actual court assignments are sent via email the week of the event. Please confirm with a reply indicating you are "Good to Go" after reviewing your schedule.

Brad is the primary assignor for the Molten Series, please contact him first for any questions/issues.

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