CIVF Offers Referee Clinic

Beach volleyball enthusiasts, interested in becoming certified referees, are invited to join renowned international beach volleyball referee Darryl Friesen for a training clinic from Saturday, 21 February – Tuesday, 24 February.

The clinic, which includes both practical and theoretical elements, precedes the NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation) beach volleyball tournament that will be held in Grand Cayman from 27-29 March by the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation (CIVF).

Mr Friesen was invited to facilitate the course in preparation for the games by CIVF President Noel Williams.

‘For the first time in Cayman’s history we will host part of NORCECA’s Beach Volleyball Circuit,’ Mr Williams commented. ‘Thirty-two men’s and women’s teams, including teams from Cayman, the Caribbean, and North- and Central America will compete for prize money and points for qualification towards future events’ he added.

Successful clinic participants will therefore have an opportunity to put their skills into action if they wish to.

The course will be hosted in the Portfolio of the Civil Services’ conference room on the 2nd floor of the Cayman Corporate Centre from 9am – 5pm on 21st and 22nd February, then at the West Bay Road public beach from 5pm -9pm on 23rd and 24th February. The CIVF will provide lunch during the first two clinic days.

‘I am very excited to have been invited to act as the course clinician,’ Mr. Friesen commented. ‘I look forward to arriving and meeting everyone soon. I have no doubt that this will be a most successful endeavour for all those involved.’

Persons interested in the course may either contact CIVF President Noel Williams at 916-3124; Fareed Hosein at 925-4317; or Keith Higgins at 916-0038

Clinic Schedule

Saturday 21 February:

9:00am – 12:00 noon

Introductions, discussion of beach volleyball, rules and guidelines

12:00 noon – 1:00pm

Lunch break

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Score sheet and lines judge

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Ball handling, match protocols and refereeing techniques

Sunday 22 February:

9:00am – 10:00am

General meeting in classroom

10:00am – 12:00 noon

Informal practice session at court

Referee and lines judge demonstration – mechanics and positioning

Court set up; actively begin refereeing, scorekeeping and lines judging without players

12:00 noon – 1:00pm

Lunch break

1:00 – 5:00pm

Full matches with players, referees, lines judges and score keepers.

Monday 23 February:

6:00 – 9:00pm

General discussion regarding previous day’s performances

Opportunity to interact and discuss all topics and areas

Tuesday February 24th

6:00 – 9:00pm

Written exam

Correction of exam



About the Clinic Facilitator:

Hailing from Winnipeg, Canada, Darryl Friesen has been officiating volleyball games since 1983, while in high school, and became Canada’s first official beach volleyball referee in 1996. To date, he has more than 1,200 games under his belt including:

60 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) tournaments

5 FIVB world championships

Matches from the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games

More than 30 Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) events

He is a Volleyball Canada national referee and was one of the first 30 individuals in the world, and the first in Canada, to be certified as an official beach volleyball referee. He earns a living as a professional fire-fighter.

For more information on Mr Friesen visit