Officials Updates

Your latest officials news and updates will now be posted on this page.  Please check back periodically for important officials information!

June 21

Thanks to Region 6 who hosted the Volleyball Nations League in Ottawa this month, we were able to run another beach officials clinic this summer!

May 28

We have a some new faces (and a couple familiar ones) on the beach for this summer!  Congratulations to these new Local Beach Referees for becoming certified this past weekend - see you on the beach!


May 22

Check out Andrew Robb, Region 5 ROC's interview with Volleyball Canada on his experience as a referee! 

May 17

We wish everyone on their way to Edmonton for the Nationals a safe trip!




May 4 - Regional & Beach Officials Chair Elections

This year, the OVA will be electing new Regional (ROC) and Beach Official Chairs (BOC).  We are currently accepting nominations for these positions until Thursday, May 31st, 2018. 

  Beach Officials Chair Job Description.pdf
Regional Officials Chair Job Description.pdf 

To submit a nomination, please email Kelvin Cheng with the name of your nomination and the position that you are nominating them for. 

These positions are currently held by:

Region 1: Al Tkachuk (East) & Tony Curciarello (West)
Region 2: Brian Rancourt
Region 3: Trevor Lall
Region 4: Lynn Watkins
Region 5: Andrew Robb
Region 6: Erick Mompoint
Beach: John Gillis

Should elections be necessary, they will take by place by June 15th.  All officials rated Level 2 or higher will be eligible to vote for their ROC.  All beach officials that were registered last year will be eligible to vote for the BOC.


May 3 - OVA Rules R Championship 2018

Congratulations to Region 3 for again, taking the crown in this year's Rules R Championships!  Albino Pereira lead all officials with almost 9200 quizzes completed over the course of the indoor season, a daunting task in itself.  The OVA Rules R Championship plaque will be awarded to the region at the ROC Meeting in September.  

Will Region 3 continue their dynasty next year?  Will they find a more efficient, but still effective way to win?  What new championship structure will be added in September?

Full results can be found here:


Final Standings
Regoin # of Points
Region 3 462.5
Region 5 263.25
Region 6 165.5
Region 4 129.5
Region 1 88.5
Region 2 53


Annual Leaders
Name # of Quizzes Region # of Points
Albino Pereira 9188 Region 3 50
Tony DiBacco 1293 Region 3 45
Carlos Silva 1185 Region 5 40
Navid Vafaei 703 Region 3 35
Irena Zamboni 694 Region 6 30
Bruce van Staalduinen 616 Region 4 25
Michael Russell 260 Region 5 20
Colin Gulliver 200 Region 4 15
mike lalonde 193 Region 1 10
Doug Yuen 180 Region 3 5


April 7 - March Rules R

Second last month of the OVA Rules R and we've had a couple new players enter the game!  April will be the last month of this year's Rules R Championships so do as many as you can!  

Name Region  # of Quizzes # of Points
Albino Pereira Region 3 1040 10
Tony DiBacco Region 3 231 9
Carlos Silva Region 5 207 8
Irena Zamboni Region 6 151 7
Navid Vafaei Region 3 122 6
David Webster Region 3 63 5
Les Siolek Region 5 35 4
Doug Arscott Region 4 25 2
Luc Chayer Region 6 24 1




March 27 - Local Beach Official Clinic

Interested in becoming a beach official this summer? Registration is now open!

March 13 - NEW Referee Uniforms Now Available!

From Volleyball Canada:

Items now Available
NEW Referee Pants (men’s and women’s sizing)
NEW Referee Polos (men’s and women’s sizing)
NEW Referee Jacket (men’s and women’s sizing)
NEW Referee Sanction Cards (large with pouch)
NEW Starter pack (including new logo pants, new logo polo, new logo whistle, small cards and coin)
NEW Beach Referee Polo (men’s and women’s sizing)
NEW Beach Referee Hat

Note: We do still have some old logo items in stock at 50% off but sizing is limited (on page 2 of e-shop). We will no longer be offering starter packs with the old logo items.

Note #2: Women’s pant sizing is now in a different numbering system. They will now be in sizes 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20.

Note #3: Not all photos are up yet – we are still working on it. We wanted to get the items up as fast as possible to allow you to order sooner.

These items are all now available here:

We thank you all for your patience as we went through the uniform switch over the past year!  For more information, please contact Andrea Bailie 

March 12 - 2018 February Rules R

We're in the final stretch of the OVA Rules R Championship so keep an eye out for those blitzes to help your region out!  

Name Region  # of Quizzes # of Points
Albino Pereira Region 3 910 10
Carlos Silva Region 5 218 9
Tony DiBacco Region 3 200 8
Irena Zamboni Region 6 152 7
Navid Vafaei Region 3 89 6
Xiang Shen Region 5 81 5
Denise Grummett Region 3 65 4
Joel Kam Region 5 47 3
john lianga Region 6 41 2
Greg Albert Region 3 39 1

February 1, 2018 - January Rules R

Region 3 claims the top 3 spots of the Rules R Championship again as they pull ahead with a comfortable lead of 146.25 points overall, double that of the next closest region (Region 5).  Unless the other regions can step it up in the next few months, Region 3's all but got this one in the bag!  

Full results:

Name Region  # of Quizzes # of Points
Albino Pereira Region 3 1200 10
Tony DiBacco Region 3 199 9
Navid Vafaei Region 3 149 8
Patrick Krychowski Region 5 147 7
Irena Zamboni Region 6 144 6
Carlos Silva Region 5 128 5
Marc Daniels Region 6 64 4
Xiang Shen Region 5 54 3
Dean Oberle Region 3 52 2
Sue-Anne Walsh Region 3 45 1

January 10, 2018 - December Rules R
 We hope everyone had a good holiday season and is ready for the second half of the indoor season!  Region 3 continues their reign as they claim the top 3 spots in the month of December for the OVA Rules R Championship!  Region 6 made a small push this month so I wouldn't be surprised if they make some noise from now until April!

Full results:

Name Region  # of Quizzes # of Points
Albino Pereira Region 3 1141 10
Tony DiBacco Region 3 201 9
Navid Vafaei Region 3 165 8
Carlos Silva Region 5 152 7
Bruce van Staalduinen Region 4 132 6
Colin Gulliver Region 6 112 5
Chris Kenny Region 3 81 3.5
Irena Zamboni Region 6 81 3.5
Patrick Murphy Region 5 60 2
Vincent Caschera Region 3 47 1

December 8, 2017 - Referee Pay Run Added!

We’ve received some feedback from the refereeing community regarding the length between our pay runs being too long for this year.  With that, we will be adding a pay run with the cut off date of Feb 25.  The updated pay run information is outlined below:

Pay Run 1
Matches up until December 7th included on pay run
All matches entered and approved in Arbiter by December 14th
Pay cheques mailed by December 21st

Pay Run 2

Matches from December 8th to February 25th included on pay run
All matches entered and approved by March 4th in Arbiter
Pay cheques mailed by March 11th

Pay Run 3
Matches from February 26thth to April 29th included on pay run
All matches entered and approved by May 14th in Arbiter
Pay cheques mailed by May 21st


December 7, 2017 - Sign up to officiate at Ontario Championships!

The officials availability survey for Ontario Championships is now available!  If you are interested in working at our marquee event of the year with over 800 teams and 5 different events, please fill out the survey here!  The deadline to register is February 11, 2018!

More information can be found here: 

December 4, 2017 - November Rules R

As we gear up for our first officials pay run this year, please consider this a friendly reminder for everyone to update your mailing address in NRS for cheques to be sent to!  All matches up to and including December 7 will be paid out on the first pay run.

We've wrapped up the 3rd month of the OVA Rules R Championship! Region 3 continues to pull ahead with 29 points this month.  Will any of the officials from the other regions be able to claim some of the top 10 monthly spots to slow them down?  Full results:


Name Region  # of Quizzes # of Points
Albino Pereira Region 3 1203 10
Carlos Silva Region 5 202 9
Tony DiBacco Region 3 187 8
Bruce van Staalduinen Region 4 184 7
Navid Vafaei Region 3 122 6
Bryan Emonts Region 3 94 5
Michael Russell Region 5 91 4
Vince Birstonas Region 5 84 3
Colin Gulliver Region 6 67 2
Piotr Holody Region 5 60 1

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 
Toronto Police LETR Challenge Coins Fundraiser

The Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics.  Known honourably as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics Provincial, National, Regional and World Games.  Worldwide annually, more than 97,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the “Flame of Hope,” symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.

The LETR for Special Olympics engages law enforcement worldwide championing acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, starting first with their own communities. Over the years the Torch Run has evolved and now encompasses a variety of innovative fundraising platforms to include Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cops, NHL Alumni Games, Torch Rides, Endurance Series and MORE!  Since inception (1987 in Ontario), the LETR has raised more than $35,000,000 and changed millions of attitudes. 

To order:

For more information, please contact Omid Mojtahedi





Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - OVA Rules R Championship

Our first OVA Rules R Blitz was a success with 475 quizzes completed just on October 31!  Region 3 is still in the lead this month and  Region 1 gets on the board for the first time this year!  Be sure to stay tuned for the next OVA Rules R Blitz to earn double points for your region! 

Full standings can be found here:

Name Region  # of Quizzes # of Points
Albino Pereira Region 3 1374 10
Bruce van Staalduinen Region 4 229 9
Doug Yuen Region 3 148 8
Tony DiBacco Region 3 133 7
Michael Russell Region 5 74 6
Navid Vafaei Region 3 56 5
don morton Region 5 54 4
Margaret Martin Region 6 46 3
mike lalonde Region 1 41 1.5
Stan Rekstis Region 3 41 1.5


Thursday, October 26, 2017 - New Officials Uniforms in 2022!

From Volleyball Canada:

New official uniforms will be required as of September 1, 2022. This means that the first VC National Championships requiring the new uniform will be Nationals 2023.

The one exception to this will be for USport/CCAA Nationals. These events will require the new uniform for March 2022. 

 For more information, please contact Volleyball Canada


Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - Officials Handbook and OVA Rules R Championship

The Officials Handbook for the 2017-18 season is now available!  Please take a look through it for important formation regarding our officials program.

Officials Handbook 2017-18 FINAL.pdf

Region 3 is off to quick start in this year's Rules R Championship competition looking for a repeat after last year's landslide victory.  Kudos to Albino Pereira for continuing his streak and completing 1118 Volleyball Quick Learns just in the month of September!  

New for this year, we will be introducing OVA Rules R Blitzes.  Throughout the year, officials will receive an email notifying everyone of an upcoming 1-day blitz.  Any Rules R quizzes completed on these days will be worth double points! 

We are also in the process of updating questions for the OVA Rules R, stay tuned! 

Full standings can be found here:

Name Region  # of Quizzes # of Points
Albino Pereira Region 3 1118 10
Tony DiBacco Region 3 57 9
Joanne Nolte Region 3 48 8
David Gross Region 5 17 7
Irena Zamboni Region 6 15 6
Al Cinelli Region 5 14 5
Patrick Moran Region 3 13 4
dale moncrieff Region 4 11 3
Osama Elasmar Region 3 6 0.75
PAUL EDMONDSTONE Region 3 6 0.75
Vince Birstonas Region 5 6 0.75
Doug Yuen Region 3 6 0.75


Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Congratulations!

Congratulations to our newly upgraded officials for the 2017-18 year!

Level 3 Regional Upgrade 

  • Brad Girardo, Region 5
  • Brad Moyer, Region 3

Region 5 Provincial Upgrade

  • Adam Budziak, Toronto
  • Alberto Solano, Toronto
  • Farhad Habibi, Mississauga
  • Vincent Tse, Richmond Hill

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Provincial Upgrade Program Pre-Evaluation

Looking to upgrade to the Provincial badge level?  Register as an expression of interest to receive a free evaluation!  

Once registration closes, your region will be in touch to set up an evaluation for entry into this year's provincial upgrade program! 

More info: 

Monday, September 11, 2017 - Officials Kickoff Meetings

Please see below for your official kickoff meeting information!  

Date: Friday, September 15, 2017.
Time: 7:00PM
Location: McMaster University, WB111

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
Time: 6:00PM
Location: Courtice SS (1717 Nash Rd, Courtice, ON L1E 2L8), Library 

Thursday, August, 24, 2017 - OVA Beach Rules R 2017

We ran a TRR contest this Summer, similar to the one which was run for the Indoor Season in 2016/17.

We used a different test format this summer. The test was a series of Quick Quizzes comprised of 10 multiple choice questions (between 0 and 4 correct answers) with a 15 minute time limit to complete the test.

Out of all 41 active Beach Officials, 37 took part in the contest for a 90% participation factor.  

We are very pleased to announce the contest winners here:

  • In third place was Diane Cochrane who attempted TRR QQ 255 times. Diane wins a Canuck Stuff Gift Certificate for $20.
  • In second place was Navid Vafaei who attempted TRR QQ 1,187 times. Navid wins a Canuck Stuff Gift Certificate for $30.
  • In first place place was Albino Pereira who attempted TRR QQ 3,369 times. Albino wins a Canuck Stuff Gift Certificate for $50.

As for the regions we broke down the ratios as follows:

  • Region 1, 2, 4 and 6 had each Referee doing 7.4 Quizzes per Official.
  • Region 5 had each Referee doing 16.8 Quizzes
  • Region 3 had each Referee doing 416.6 Quizzes each.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - Pre-Season Reminders

As the indoor season is about to begin, we have a couple of reminders for everyone!

Please take a few minutes to complete this official’s feedback survey on this past year: It provides valuable information for us to help improve our officials program. 

OVA registration for the 2017-18 season will begin September 1, 2017.  Please remember to renew your annual membership in NRS to ensure that your certification level is maintained.  You also need a current membership to be assigned and to be covered by the OVA’s insurance policy while working OVA sanctioned events.

While you’re in NRS (, please verify and update any changes to your email and/or home address to ensure that it is accurate.  This is the primary system we use to contact our officials and is important for staying current within the OVA officials community.  Your home address is also important for sending cheques in a timely manner for working OVA events.  If your home address has changed, please also ensure that this is changed in Arbiter ( as it is how mileage is calculated for all events.  

Important OVA updates for our officials will be posted here:
We recommend bookmarking this page and checking it periodically for any officials annoucements, news or information.  This will help to minimze the number of emails everyone receives.  

As per the OVA screening policy, all OVA officials 18 years old or older require a valid Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening on file with us completed within the last three 3 years.  If you are unsure when you last submitted one, please contact me to verify.  Also part of our screening policy, all officials must submit the OVA Screening Declaration form annually ( Completed forms can be scanned and email to  

For information about receiving assignments throughout the year or if you're interested in an officials certification upgrade, please contact your Regional Officials Chair:

New for this year, officials interested in entering the Provincial Upgrade Program to reach the next badge level can register for an pre-entry evaluation in NRS.  Once the evaluation is complete, your region will follow up with you with your next steps!  Stay tuned for more information!

The 2017-18 Officials Handbook will be available online in September here:  Please read it over as it contains important information about the officials program. 

The OVA Officials will be using The Rules R again ( for the 2017-18 season to brush up on rules and game knowledge. Now is a good time to start doing quizzes to prepare for the upcoming season! 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

We are currently accepting nominations for the Ontario Regional Officials Committee Chair position (currently Andy Cameron).  As we are behind on the timelines, we are accepting nominations until Friday, June 16, 2017 and an election will take place, if necessary, by Friday, June 30th.   Please submit all nominations to Kelvin Cheng


 OROC Job Description.pdf

Monday, May 15, 2017.
Congratulations to Region 3 Officials for taking home the Rules R Championship for our inaugural season!  On average, the Region finished off the year with just over 26 quizzes per official!

As a whole, our Ontario officials completed 9673 quizzes in the short span of just 4 months with 223 officials involved in the contest!  Our top 10 officials over the last 4 months are listed below, each of them earning extra points for their respective regions.  

The OVA Rules R Championship will be on hiatus until September and for the 2017-18 season, the contest will be the full 8 months!  As for now, we will be running the Rules R Championship  on the beach side.  

Full standings:

Annual Leaders
Official Region # of Quizzes Points
Albino Pereira Region 3 2148 50
John Gillis Region 3 897 45
Piotr Holody Region 5 698 40
Dean Oberle Region 3 614 35
David Murphy Region 5 528 30
Richard Ghesquire Region 3 512 25
Michael Zhang Region 5 357 20
Bruce van Staalduinen Region 4 282 15
Kelvin Yee Region 3 138 10
Davyd Sagloski Region 3 135 5

Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Region 3 continues to forge ahead as Albino Pereira manages to complete 623 quizzes in March - that's more than some of the regions!  With only one month left, Region 3 is sitting in a pretty comfortable lead but the other regions still have a chance to catch up!  Don't forget that there are extra points awarded to the regions with the individuals with the most completion as well as based on the average number of quizzes per individual in each region!  This month is your last chance to make one last push for the OVA Rules R!

Full standings:

Region Average # of Quizzes
1 2.1
2 5.0
3 19.5
4 8.3
5 12.9
6 4.3


Name Region  # of Quizzes # of Points
Albino Pereira Region 3 623 10
John Gillis Region 3 528 9
Piotr Holody Region 5 457 8
Dean Oberle Region 3 396 7
Michael Zhang Region 5 211 6
David Murphy Region 5 183 5
Richard Ghesquire Region 3 169 4
Shannon Woodhouse Region 3 59 3
Laurie Fernandez Region 3 38 2
John Lianga Region 6 37 1


Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

Our annual Local Beach Officials clinic is now posted and open for registration!  For more information: Local Beach Officials Clinic - Toronto

Hope to see you on the sand!

Thursday, March 2, 2017.

We have reached the halfway point of the OVA Rules R Championship this year!  Region 3 really made a big push in February and have created some separation! Despite being the region with the highest number of registered officials, they managed to take the lead in the overall average number of quizzes per official.  However, with 2 months left in the competition, will they be able to sustain their momentum or will they fizzle out in March and April?  Full standings can be found here:

Region # of Quizzes Per Official
Region 3 10.97
Region 5 7.68
Region 4 7.00
Region 2 3.87
Region 6 3.60
Region 1 2.23


Name Region  # of Quizzes # of Points
Albino Pereira Region 3 371 10
John Gillis Region 3 203 9
David Murphy Region 5 169 8
Dean Oberle Region 3 155 7
Piotr Holody Region 5 155 6
Kelvin Yee Region 3 104 5
Michael Zhang Region 5 103 4
Bruce van Staalduinen Region 4 91 3
Davyd Sagloski Region 3 90 2
Richard Ghesquire Region 3 86 1


Tuesday, February 28, 2017. 

Please see the following message from your OVA Officials Committee regarding revenue neutral travel to 2018 Edmonton Volleyball Canada Nationals.

Revenue Neutral Travel.docx