Newsletter 2018 #12

Austin Chapter Volleyball (ACV) Newsletter 2018
Issue 12
Halloween 2018
Year-End ACV Chapter Meeting Scheduled for November 7 at Austin Police Association Union Hall
Please plan on attending the year-end ACV meeting, a celebration to close out the 2018 volleyball season.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 7 at the Austin Police Association Union Hall, located at 5817 Wilcab Drive in Austin.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with the business portion of the meeting scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.  A light dinner of pizza, salad, and dessert will be provided starting at 6:15 p.m.  Please bring your own UN-spirited beverage.  Please RSVP by either accepting or declining the event that will be posted on Arbiter so that we can plan for an adequate amount of food.  Everyone who attends will be included in door prize drawings.  Minutes from the October 3 chapter meeting are now posted on the ACV website:
Online Voting on Bylaws
Voting will begin online starting Wednesday, October 31 and end at noon on Tuesday, November 6.  Eligible members who have not voted online will be able to vote in person at the final meeting on Wednesday, November 7 beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Please reference the email dated October 14 for more information. 

Nominations Listed on ACV Website
Nominations are still open for the following board positions:  Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Assigning Secretary, and At-Large Representative #2.  If you are interested in running for any of these positions or would like to nominate someone, please contact Philip Franco.  His email address is  A list of those currently nominated is posted to the ACV Website under the tab, “Election Nominations”.  As a reminder, elections will be held at the Year-End ACV Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, November 7.  Please note that online voting for election of officers is not an option at this time.  As per our current Bylaws, the voting must take place during the year-end meeting. 
ACV Application for 2019 Season
If you are thinking of being a member of ACV for the 2019 season, then it is time to complete your ACV application.  Due date for renewal of returning members is Saturday, December 1. The application is now available on the website for your convenience in two formats:  pdf and fillable.  There is a very good possibility that ACV will now offer an online application along with an online payment option.  More details will be forthcoming.
Scrimmage Credit
Emails have been sent asking officials to verify the number of scrimmage hours worked.  If you did not receive an email regarding scrimmage hours, please contact Kevin Carlyle at as soon as possible.  An email regarding scrimmage credit and the dues owed will be sent out the first weekend of November.
Assigning Fees Due
Please note that the invoices for the third round of assigning fees are scheduled to be posted on November 1, with the due date being Wednesday, November 7.  All payments are due to Janiece Nelson.  Payments may be made via check, credit card ($2 handling fee), Venmo or Arbiter Pay.  A final invoice will be generated for those officiating playoff matches.
Message from Assigning Secretary
Thanks to all the officials who worked tirelessly this season.  It was a great success because you who gave your time to benefit the players and coaches.  Please help recruit new members in the off season so that next year is bigger and better!
Kudos to Volunteers at San Marcos Middle School Tournament on Saturday, October 6
Kudos are extended to the following individuals who dedicated an entire day to officiating the San Marcos Middle School tournament benefitting breast cancer awareness:  Larry Friedenberg, Carri Moore, Doug Milner, and Matt Thompson.  In addition, thanks to the following officials who helped for part of the day:  Nikki Cueva, Gary Oncale, Blair Seeger, and Charlie Tamez.  A special thank you is especially given to Larry Friedenberg for being the lead official for this tournament for the second consecutive year. 
Officiating Opportunities with USAV
For those of you who are considering officiating for pay during the upcoming USAV (club) season, there's a referee-for-pay clinic Sunday morning, November 11th, from 9AM to 12:30 PM at Austin Sports Center Cedar Park. The address is 1420 Toro Grande Blvd, Cedar Park, 78613. While there are many other local USAV referee clinics being offered, this is the only clinic being offered in the Austin area geared specifically for NEW USAV officials who wish to referee for pay.  (The advanced ref-for-pay clinic for RETURNING USAV officials is scheduled from 1 PM to 3 PM on the same date and location.)  Please visit and click on the Officials Clinics & Info link to see a list of all the referee and scorer clinics being offered. Click the Paid Ref Tournaments link to review all the information around officiating for pay.
Just like we do for high school and middle school, officials have to join as a member (which includes submitting to a background check) and attend a rules clinic.  New officials must make at least an 84 on the test and get rated on at least three sets to get certified. The certification is good for two years although membership must be renewed annually.  There are many officials within ACV who are also USAV officials who are a good source of information about the USAV processes. Unlike high school/middle school, play is normally on weekends with some larger tournaments in the spring covering three days.  There are a large number of local (Austin area) tournaments for those officials who do not wish to travel and specifically some local tournaments geared to new officials for them to get experience.  One significant difference is that officials register for tournaments they wish to officiate rather than waiting to be assigned.  A full list of tournaments through the spring are listed on the region’s website. 
The month of November reminds us to give thanks for all of the blessings that have been bestowed on us.  It is also a time to remember our veterans.  On behalf of the ACV board, Happy Veterans’ Day to those officials who gave their time to serve our country.