Let them know that they need to pay attention and that you will be looking at them during the match (and make sure you do). Tell them that you need their help during the match. (This tends to make them pay attention)
Ask if they’ve worked lines before, and if they have, don’t go into a dissertation about all the calls. However, please explain about antenna calls, touches, where to stand if someone serves close to them, where to stand during a time-out and where to stand between sets. And not to chase the ball. Their job is to make the call.
Please remind them that they should not be peppering during time-outs or between sets.
Talk about being confident when they make a call.
Ask if they have any questions, and tell them if they have questions later, to please talk to you.
Let them know that if anyone bothers them during the match, they are to tell the referee.
Coaches tend to have a lot more confidence in your calls when they see that you have instructed your work crew.
Briefly introduce yourself and tell them that since you can’t see everything that you really count on the R2 to help.
Tell them to discreetly signal “four”, but not to blow the whistle, when they see four hits.
Tell them not to call the lines on their side and to watch the net and center line when the play is close to the net.
Eyes should be focused on the net and not to track the ball. Be sure to clarify all under and net rules.
Ask them to blow the whistle when there’s a sub or timeout, and to get them in and out quickly.
Ask if there are any questions.
They should not lean against the pole and should give all of their attention to the match being played.
If they have questions or are not ready to continue they should hold up one hand to let you know to wait.
Give them the proper signal to show the R1 they are ready to continue (both hands up palm forward)
Let the scorekeeper know that there is no music or magazines at the table, and to pay attention.
This includes assistant score keeper and visual score boardWith the R2 listening, explain that you want the SK to acknowledge to the R2 that they have recorded the sub.
Tell them they should inform the R2 when 9, 10, 11, and 12 subs have been used.
Tell the scorekeeper that if they get behind to let the R2 know right away so you can wait for them.
Let them know that if parents bother them, to ignore them and mention something to the referees. (Hopefully you’re paying attention to that as well)
The more informed your work crew is the smoother your match will go.
Always let everyone know that you are working as a team, and if they have questions, they should ask.
The Official Word
The Official Word is a publication that contains current information for volleyball officials on topics such as rule changes, officiating techniques, upcoming events, and opportunities for rating and training. It is published as a joint effort between the USA Volleyball Officials Division and the Professional Association of Volleyball Officials (PAVO). The Official Word is published five times a year and is sent to all National and Junior National referees and scorekeepers.