2020 Mizuno Boston Volleyball Festival

This page contains relevant referee information for the 2020 Mizuno Boston Volleyball Festival. We work very hard to include all important information here as it becomes available.

Here’s how you can do your part… If you are officiating at this tournament, read this carefully. If there is something you think is missing, read it again. Be certain you’ve looked at all the applicable links and downloads. If after you’ve done that, something is missing, by all means, drop a line. We’re FAR from perfect and we want to be sure everyone has a hotel room for the weekend and knows where to go and when to be there. But the first thing we do when we get a question is to wonder if we missed (usually at a time when time is of the essence).

Thanks very much….

Please direct questions to Steve Webster, steve@srwebster.com (but please read below before writing).

Updated March 4, 2020

Revised pre-tournament meeting schedule on Friday (you only need to attend one meeting)
715a — For all referees with matches starting at 8 and 830.
845a — For all referees with matches starting at 930a an 10a.

Tournament Referee Information is at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tbimy5jze2fsex5/2020_Boston_VB_Referee_Notes.pdf?dl=0. Please read and have with you (printed or on a device) at the event.

FloVolleyball will be live streaming some number of courts. Which ones and how many, we do not know. For those courts, the officiating team will need to provide an additional person to operate the streaming scoreboard via iPad in spectator seating next to the first referee. This person can be anyone the team designates. If there are issues with this, please obtain assistance from championship.

Spring forward Sunday morning. Don’t forget to set your watch and hotel clock forward when you go to bed Saturday night (good news is that today’s smartphones already know this(. Daylight savings starts this weekend.

Updated March 2, 2020

Housing grid is at https://www.dropbox.com/s/ytgraomjvhohijf/2020_Boston_VB_Referee_Housing.pdf?dl=0
Referee email (password protected) is at https://www.dropbox.com/s/t58q3cdyh93nzhu/2020_Boston_Referee_Email_list.pdf?dl=0. See email for that password. 

Referee information is still pending. Watch this space. It will be posted as soon as available.

In the meantime, we can tell you shirt colors:

     Friday == Blue (preferred) or white
     Saturday == Gray (preferred) or white
     Sunday == White

Updated February 27, 2020

Referees for this event have been accepted or waitlisted. Thank you for your interest. We would have loved to accept more people.

General tournament info starts at https://jvctournaments.com/MizunoBostonVolleyballFestivalTournamentInformation.

Pre-tournament meeting will be conducted in Room 104B in the BCEC at 715a on Friday, March 6. There will be another morning meeting at 715a on Saturday, March 7. Meeting time Sunday TBD.

If you haven’t read our email about security and entering the convention center, now would be a good time to read it. Please follow the process outlined in that email and be sure to leave sufficient time to go through security.

Tournament referee information will be posted on this page in the near future. We will publish as soon as we have it. In addition, we will publish a list of referees and their email addresses so you can reach one another. That email list will be password protected and the password will be shared with referees via email.

HOUSING: Housing information will be posted on this page in the near future. We will do the best we can to connect people with requested roommates, but that may not be possible given requested hotel nights, conflicting roommate requests, and so forth. We appreciate your flexibility. Carpoolers — in some cases, people in carpools are not in the same hotel, but the hotels are quite close to one another.

In addition, please review and know the material in the 2019-2020 USAV Points of Emphasis and Rule Changes at  https://www.dropbox.com/s/zgznnsag7jsn14m/2019-20_USAV_PoE_Rules_Changes.pdf?dl=0.

REFEREE SCHEDULE: We will use Sportwrench to distribute the schedule to individual referees. Please do not write to ask about the schedule. When it is available, it will be posted. Until it is posted, it is not ready. Watch this page for more information.When ready, you will be able to obtain your schedule via your phone or other mobile device. In addition to the online schedule, we will have a hard copy at championship. But, the primary distribution for most of our personnel will be done electronically. This will ensure you have the latest schedule and we will have accurate payroll.

Updated September 2, 2019

Dates: March 6-8, 2020
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Halls A, B and C
90 Courts (will need ~170 referees)
Girls 18s National Qualifier
Girls 12s, 13s, 14s, 15s, 16s, 17s and Boys 15s, 16s, 17s, and 18s Club

Play begins Friday, March 6 @ 8a
There will be no pre-tournament meeting on Thursday night, but there will be meetings Friday, Saturday, and Sunday depending on when referees start.

Register at SportWrench.com. Please be sure to complete information about travel plans and housing needs (we can’t help you unless you tell us your plans).

We have not started accepting referees, but we will need MANY referees. If you are in good standing in your region, have the recommendation of your regional chair, and are available for all three days, there is little reason to think we will not accept you. Current SafeSport and USAV background check are both required.


Girls and Boys and Adult matches (2 out of 3)
     Provisional: $28/match
     Regional: $32/match
     Jr National/National: $36/match


Convention center food vouchers provided for lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday and lunch on Sunday.


Provided, double occupancy. Tournament will house referees on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and (if necessary) Sunday nights.

Referees will be housed in hotels in the area. We wish we could house everyone immediately next to the event. That, alas, will not be possible.

Parking at the event is NOT reimbursed.


  • Up to $200 for USAV Junior National and National officials FLYING or DRIVING from outside of the New England Region and up to $150 for USAV Regional Officials (with regional chair recommendation) with submission of airline or train receipt. To be eligible for this, referees must be available through the end of the tournament ~5p).
  • Up to $150 for Junior National and National officials DRIVING from outside of the New England Region and up to $100 for Regional Officials (with regional chair recommendation) driving from outside of the New England Region. Total will be determined in advance on a case-by-case basis. Assistance will be provided to only the driver for those carpooling. To be eligible for this, referees must be available through the end of the tournament ~5p).


Referee social (will be held Thursday, March 5 (time and location TBD). Last year’s event was a tremendous hit. We hope you can arrange travel plans to join us.


General tournament information (https://jvctournaments.com/MizunoBostonVolleyballFestival)


Payments will be made electronically by the Wednesday following the event via ArbiterPay. To be paid, you MUST register with an ArbiterPay ID — No exceptions.