2021 NIKE 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 May 19, 2021

Housing grid is live! Thanks again for your patience.


Please review and let Steve know ASAP if there are issues.

Updated May 18, 2021


Pre-tournament meeting will be conducted in Room 104B in the BCEC at 700 on Friday, May 18. If you are not officiating the first match, please make arrangements with Steve for your arrival time. There will be another morning meeting at 7a on Saturday and again at 7 on Sunday.

If you have not read the referee notes (URL below), please do so. Super important.

HOUSING: Housing information will be posted on this page in the near future. When we have it, we will post.

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 May 14, 2021

Referee notes for the tournament can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pdooq8agbso2yk5/2021%20Boston%20VB%20Festival%20Referee%20Notes.pdf?dl=0. This year more than any other, it is essential for you to read and know this information.

To be paid, ensure your SportWrench registration for this tournament (not your profile) includes your correct ArbiterPay number. If you don’t have an ArbiterPay account, get one at https://www.refpay.com/system/register1.php.

Updated April 25, 2021

Referees for this event have been accepted and placed on Wait List. At this point, we are full. 

Updated April 2, 2021

Dates: May 21-23, 2021
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Halls A, B and C
70-80 Courts (will need ~90 referees)
Girls 12s, 13s, 14s, 15s, 16s, 17s, 18s and Boys 15s, 16s, 17s, and 18s (No adults)


Play begins Friday, May 21 @ 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. Note: To register, you must be fully eligible to referee in SportsEngine.

Referees must have current USAV membership, background check, and SafeSport. 


Masks will be required for all participants and spectators.

14 spectators per team

Detailed NERVA/JVC Health and Safety information at https://jvctournaments.com/sites/jvctournaments.com/files/21JVC_NIKE_Boston%20Best%20Practices%20Amid%20COVID-19%203-23.pdf


All matches (2 out of 3)
     Provisional: $28/match
     Regional: $32/match
     Jr National/National: $36/match

On Friday and Saturday, there will be 9 matches per court, with 1/5-2 hour gaps between every 3 matches. Referees should expect to be assigned in 3-match blocks. On Sunday there will be similar gaps between brackets, but a shorter day.


TBD. We are working to determine how to best handle meals. Stay tuned.


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

Before you ask… regretfully, there will be no singles available, regardless of the referee’s willingness to pay half of the room cost. This is just the reality of the 2021 tournament.

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).


Due to COVID, there will be no referee social this year.


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


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.