Dues: So now that you understand the points, it’s time to get a good understanding of the financial side of officiating. To start off, you will need to pay your State and Chapter dues. State dues can be paid when you fill out your initial here, and Chapter dues can be paid through ZebraWeb once you received your TASO ID. State dues are 40, while our Chapter dues are $60 for regular members and $45 for auxiliary members.
After your dues are paid, you’re cleared to start your training and will begin to receive communications from our training coordinators and the rest of the Chapter. This is also a good time to purchase the equipment and uniforms you will need. The average cost of a uniform (including shoes) for a first year official is around $175. The approved uniform vendors can be found at taso.org, Member Services, Vendors.
Game Fees: You’ve been trained, you have your gear, and it’s time for your first game. How much and when will you get paid for this game? Some schools use Arbiter Pay. You will need to set up an account at arbitersports.com. When you set up your account, make sure you set up a direct transfer to avoid any surcharges. Checks are typically mailed out from the schools 2-3 weeks after the date of the game. Pay will vary depending on how many games you have that day, where they are, and what you’re doing. Basically the pay scale goes like this:
For Varsity assignments, pay is based on attendance at the game with minimum pay of $105 to $135.
For Sub-varsity (including Junior High), the pay is $65 – $75, plus a travel fee, depending on whether it is a UIL (public schools) or TAPPS (private schools) game, the length of the game, and where you are working. For public schools, go to uiltexas.org, Athletics, Officials Fees Schedule for more details. For private schools, go to tapps.biz, Resources, Officials
Box and Chain assignments are paid $65 per game with no travel fee added.
Clock assignments are paid $75 per game with no travel fee added.
Assignor Fees: The season has come to an end, and now you are receiving emails from the assignors, requesting you pay them for your assignors fees. What are assignors fees and who are these guys? In the Houston Chapter, we have 7 assignors that handle the regions in our area. They are the ones that you must be in contact with to receive assignments. They are ready and willing to give you as many games as you can handle. But in order to be able to do this, they need to get paid just like you will. The fees are small at only a $1.50 for sub varsity games and $3 for a varsity assignment. At the end of the season, any games that you have worked will be invoiced to you by each assignor that you worked for.