ST JOHN, Antigua & Barbuda, March 30, 2015 - The Eastern
Caribbean Volleyball Association in collaboration with NORCECA
and the Antigua & Barbuda Volleyball Association conducted a
National Referee Course from March 20 to 22 with participants
hailing from ten countries of the region.
Twenty-two referees, including six women, from Grenada,
Dominica, Montserrat, Saba, St Lucia, St Eustatius, St Kitts &
Nevis, British Virgin Islands, French St Martin and Antigua &
Barbuda, received instructions from international referee Brian
Charles of Trinidad & Tobago.
The theoretical session was conducted at the Heritage Hotel
while the practical sessions took place at the YMCA indoor
facilities which is also the volleyball home for the Antigua and
Barbuda Volleyball Association.
During the theoretical session the instructor encouraged the
participants to ask lots of questions and commented on the
interpretation, explanation and clarification on the Rules of
In the practical sessions, the referees had the opportunity to
officiate at the Antigua and Barbuda National League. In the
practical session the participants were instructed on the use of
their whistle and the required movements of, and in particular,
that of the second referee. The participants were placed in
groups (and rotated) of referee, scores and lines Judges. All
the participants were given a critic on their performance in the
relevant officiating function.
A theoretical examination was given just to test the
participants’ basic knowledge of the Rules of the Game. Each
participant was awarded a Certificate from the Eastern Caribbean
Volleyball Association for their participation in this National
At the closing ceremony, the instructor thanked NORCECA, Antigua
and Barbuda Volleyball Association, ECVA and all the other
sponsors who were involved in making this course possible.
“I wish to express my heart filled thanks to Mr. Cristobal Marte
Hoffiz, president of NORCECA, Mr. Wilbur Harrigan, president of
Antigua and Barbuda Volleyball Association, and Mr. Glenn
Quinlan, president of ECVA, for selecting me to be the
instructor for this course and looking forward to this continued
relationship for the development of volleyball in the region,”
He also praised Mr. Collin James, Parliamentary Secretary in the
Ministry of Sports for Antigua and Barbuda, “for his presence at
both the opening and closing of the course and for his words of
wisdom and encouragement to the participants”.