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PVL, PNVF conduct joint ref refresher course ahead of season

Coming off a banner Premier Volleyball League season, the organizing Sports Vision is pulling out all the stops to make the league bigger and better with emphasis on mechanics and developing refereeing skills, and keeping it in line with the current trends in the sport.

In fact, the PVL, in cooperation and under the guidance of the PNVF (Philippine National Volleyball Federation), will be conducting the PNVF Referees Refresher Course on Jan. 19-20 at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

“After rolling out the video challenge system last year, we’re kickstarting the new season with this Referees Refresher Course, which will now be a regular fare preparatory to the PVL having its own group of referees culled from the PNVF Licensed Referees,” said Sports Vision and PVL president Ricky Palou.

No less than Songsak Chareonpong, chairman of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Committee, will grace the two-day event, which aims to improve and update the knowledge and competence of the participants as per international standards and at the same time encourage the development of refereeing skills not just in the league but also in the Spikers’ Turf.

“The Referees Refresher Course aims to fuse in the interpretation of rules, correct adoption of system with emphasis on mechanics and continue to promote the sport and develop and produce a new breed of volley referees,” said PNVF president Ramon "Tats" Suzara.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. with Palou, Suzara, and PNVF sec-gen Jose Donaldo Caringal to deliver welcome remarks, along with resource speakers PNVF R&RG chairman Yul Benosa and Chareonpong.

To be discussed on the first day are the rules of the game, new rule modifications, and highlight on volleyball matches. Day 2 will be about practical application of participants, including demonstration teams and the modern volleyball use of technology, including the AVC Video Challenge regulations and the Video Challenge System with PVL VC operators.

The country’s first and only pro volley league kicks off the new season next month with the All-Filipino Conference.

Player and coaches’ movements have marked the run-up to the country’s first and only pro volley league’s new season next month with Oliver Almadro now handling the coaching chores at Petro Gazz, Rald Ricafort moving to PLDT, and Regine Diego, a former La Salle libero, taking over at F2 Logistics, which has also drawn two-time conference MVP Myla Pablo into its fold.

Akari has also signed up Eli Soyud, Bang Pineda, two-time league MVP Dindin Manabat and former UST stalwart Camille Victoria while PLDT beefed up its roster by acquiring seasoned Michelle Morente and young gun Ysa Jimenez.

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