NORCECA Refereeing Commission meets with Paredes


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, February 23, 2021 – The NORCECA Refereeing Commission held a virtual meeting on Monday with the participation of Guillermo Paredes, president of the FIVB Refereeing and Rules of the Game Commission.


NORCECA president, Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, chaired the meeting and pronounced the welcoming words to all the participants. Guy Bradbury, president of NORCECA Commission and Jose Ramón Perez Vento, advisor, also took part.


Marte Hoffiz thanked the virtual presence of members from all the zones of NORCECA and announced that the Pan American Junior Games to be held in Cali, Colombia next September will be a good opportunity for the development of the confederation new wave of referees.


Marte Hoffiz said the first volleyball competitions of the year scheduled within NORCECA area the U23 Pan American Junior Games Qualification Tournaments in Cuba (Men) and Dominican Republic (Women) on June 5-13.


Paredes made a complete report of the refereeing and rules of the game topics discussed during the 37th FIVB Congress held virtually.


Among the new rules of the game is the one referred to the libero players who will be eligible to be named captain of their teams.


Paredes mentioned the upcoming VNL to be held under the bubble system to protect the wellbeing of all the participants, including players, coaches and referees.


Bradbury made an overview of the activities of NORCECA Refereeing Commission saying there are open opportunities for the development of the referees once the junior and youth competitions resume in both NORCECA and FIVB.


Marte Hoffiz closed the meeting expressing optimism about the future of the competitions seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccination process currently going on throughout the world.


“Hopefully we will be back where we were at the beginning of 2020 aiming to our goals of increasing the number of female referees and having at least one international referee in each of our country members,” Marte Hoffiz said.