2020 SpikeFest Providence

This page contains relevant referee information for the 2020 SpikeFest Providence. 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 messed (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 February 11, 2020

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

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

Housing information is available at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/c08tcomhluhq15c/2020_SpikeFest_RI_Housing.pdf?dl=0

Pre-tournament meeting will be Saturday morning in the referee room on the mezzanine level of the convention center (Level 4). There will also be a meeting Sunday and Monday mornings at 715a.

Prior to that meeting, please read and have with you (printed or on a device) the Tournament Referee Information at https://www.dropbox.com/s/guyqpx4bw5wbsnv/2020_Spikefest_Referee_Info.pdf?dl=0.
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.

We will be using Sportwrench to distribute the schedule to individual referees. We will be publishing Friday’s schedule later in the week. Hopefuly Thursday afternoon/evening. 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.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, we will have accurate payroll, etc.

IMPORTANT PAYMENT INFORMATION: To be paid, you need to have your event registration set to ArbiterPay and provide your ArbiterPay credentials (if you don’t have an ArbiterPay account, please first register for a free account at www.arbiterpay.com). Instructions:

  • Login to your SportWrench Account
  • Click on the Events tab
  • Click on Edit Info button next to this tournament (and any any other NERVA event, for that matter)
  • In the popup, change the Official Payment Option to ArbiterPay
  • Two new fields will appear — ArbiterPay username (NOT your basic Arbiter ID) and ArbiterPay number, enter those there
  • Click update once complete

Please take care of this sooner rather than later. It will eliminate headaches.

Updated September 2, 2019

Dates: February 15-17, 2020
2020 SpikeFest Providence
Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, RI
18 Courts (will need ~29 referees)
Girls 18s, 17s, 16 Open, 16 USA

Play begins Saturday, February 15 @ 8a
There will be no pre-tournament meeting on Friday night, but there will be a meetings Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings prior to play, 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).

Current SafeSport and USAV background check are both required.


     Provisional: $28/match
     Regional: $32/match
     Jr National/National: $36/match


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


Provided, double occupancy. Tournament will house referees on Friday, Saturday, and 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.

There is no travel reimbursement available for this event.

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


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.