Like many professional volleyball players, I have a very love/hate relationship with volleyball referees. Referee’s have been given the unenviable task of passing judgement down upon people who tend to be over six feet tall and in pretty decent shape…so let’s just say being a referee can sometimes be a challenging job.
Hey there folks, I’m Stein Metzger, 2004 Olympian, 18 time AVP champion, FIVB winner, and 2 time Manhattan Beach Open Champion.
There are many different strategies that professional volleyball players like to implement when working the referee.
- Some players argue and scream at the ref.
- Some players buddy up to the ref.
- Some players are just plain mean to the ref.
However, if you really wanna master a secret of the pro’s and learn the absolute best method of working the referee on a volleyball court, then you had better get very proficient at lying to the ref.
Lying to the Ref and working the disadvantages that he has to overcome to make a call is basic volleyball strategy. You want to make it appear that you are always in the right, even perhaps especially when you are not. So if a ball glances off your hand and then flies out of bounds, yell out so everyone, especially you know who, can hear:
And if you are going after a ball and, just barely touch it before it goes out of bounds, but it’s quite possible that nobody can tell, yell out:
Working the Referee and making an effort to get all the calls to go your way during a volleyball game is something that every professional volleyball player is very familiar with. It’s a skill that every professional volleyball player has got down to a science, and the ability to work the referee is something that you will have to master if want to stay competitive on the volleyball court.
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Work the Ref