The objectives of the PAVO Scorekeeper Certification programs are to:
- Increase the knowledge and competency of scorekeepers, including assistant scorekeepers (libero trackers).
- Increase recognition of scorekeepers as professional members of the officiating team.
- Provide validation for scorekeeper compensation.
- Build a pool of certified scorekeepers.
Using the standards outlined below, PAVO affiliated boards (and other structures that establish a program meeting the minimum standards) have the authority to award and renew scorekeeper certification. Certified scorekeepers will receive the certification, a "Certified Scorekeeper" patch and current year pin, a subscription to the Official Word newsletter, professional liability and secondary medical insurance coverage, and PAVO member discounts on travel, events, and merchandise. Names of certified scorekeepers will be circulated through PAVO to conferences, NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, etc.
Scorekeeper Rating Standards
Initial Certification Requirements
To be PAVO-certified, scorekeepers must join a PAVO-affiliated local association (called a "board"). A list of PAVO-affiliated boards is available on the PAVO website (www.pavo.org, click on "Local Chapters"). Annual dues of $20 are charged to Scorekeeper members, although local boards may charge a small additional fee for local programs. All PAVO members, including Scorekeeper members, must sign the PAVO Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct, Conditions of Membership, General Waiver and Media Release. The documents can be signed and submitted during the online dues-payment process, or by contacting the PAVO central office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Attend a training session where current-year materials developed by PAVO are used, conducted by an approved PAVO instructor. Approved instructors include any PAVO State or National referee, any NCAA Division I conference assignor/coordinator, any individual who has been assigned as a scorekeeper to a Division I NCAA Regional or Championship event in the last five years, and any USAV National Scorekeeper with NCAA women's scorekeeping experience. Additional approved instructors are listed below.
- Submit to your local board chair by December 31:
- The current-year written Scorekeeper examination (included with the PAVO Scorekeeper Training Manual). The exam must be corrected to 100% and signed by the PAVO training-session instructor.
- Three recommendation signatures from any approved PAVO instructor. Signatures must be obtained from at least two different individuals, and be based on at least one 25-point set. Recommendations may be based on observations at any women's or men's collegiate match, or any other PAVO, USAV or high school match officiated by referees certified by PAVO or USAV within 90 days of the start date of the certification. Recommendation forms are included in the manual, or can be obtained by clicking here.
- Certification expires annually on June 1.
Certified scorekeepers will receive the certification, a "Certified Scorekeeper" patch, a current year pin, general liability insurance coverage, a subscription to the Official Word newsletter, and PAVO member discounts on travel, events, and merchandise. Names of certified scorekeepers will be circulated by PAVO to conferences, NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, etc.
Approved Scorekeeper Instructors
- Any PAVO State or National referee
- Any NCAA Division I conference assignor/coordinator
- Any individual who has been assigned as a scorekeeper to a Division I NCAA Regional or Championship event in the last five years
- Any USAV National Scorekeeper with NCAA scorekeeping experience.