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New Officials/Member Sign Up Instructions
The following are instructions on how to become a new official and a member of the Houston Chapter of Football Officials.
Step 1 – Pay TASO State Dues at taso.org
Step 2 – After you receive an ID number from TASO, complete and submit the “New Member Application” below.
Step 3 – Pay your Chapter Dues through this link: ZebraWeb.org. You will be able to pay your dues after you receive a TASO ID and the Chapter’s Executive Secretary sends you an email notifying you that your ZebraWeb account has been activated.
Step 4 – Attend training classes. You will receive the training schedule from the Chapter’s New Member Training Coordinator
EXPECTATIONS AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Be on Time!
- Honor your commitments. If you get assignments show up. If a conflict emerges then help find a replacement.
- Recognize the importance of the games you are working to the Players, Parents, and Coaches
- Represent yourself and the Chapter in a professional manner.
- Look the part both on and off the field. Clean and neat uniforms. Take pride in your appearance.
- Ask Questions: you can not learn unless you get the information.
- Be a Sponge: rules, mechanics, officiating philosophies.
- Find a Mentor: a veteran official or a varsity crew.
- Find a new member “buddy”: study together, work together.
- Become an assigning secretary’s “Go to Guy”: the person he can always trust to help him out and do a great job.
- Go to clinics when possible to learn and improve as an official.
- Strive to get better every game.
- HAVE FUN!!!
Points are what you will need to advance in the Chapter’s Division rankings. You, as a new official are currently ranked as a Division 5 official.
The following are each Division’s point requirements:
Division 1 – 660
Division 2 – 360
Division 3 – 180
Division 4 – 060
Division 5 – 000
There are three different categories for points; educational, game, and state meeting attendance.
Regional Clinics = 3 Points
Each On Field Clinics = 5 Points
Each District Meeting = 2 Points Each
Test Score: <70 = 0 Points 70-78 = 4 Points 80-88 = 6 Points 90-100 = 8 Points
(There is NO maximum for Educational Points)
Scrimmages = 1 Point Each
Chains/Clock = 1/2 Point
Each Sub Varsity Games = 1/2 Point Each
Varsity/College Games = 2 Points Each
State Meeting Attendance
State Meeting Attendance = 6 Points
Each 1 Hour Breakout Session = 1 Point
ZebraWeb calculates your points based on your game assignments. At the beginning of the next season, your will be able to add your educational and State meeting points to your points sheet when you pay your Chapter dues. The number of points you earn depends solely on your effort.
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.