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Soccer FAQ's about Arbiter

Soccer FAQ's about Arbiter

Thursday, April 21, 2016
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 FAQ’s about NAIA Soccer and Arbiter Sports Officials Registration.


1.      Why do we have to register to work in the NAIA?

a. The NAIA Council of Presidents and Conference Commissioners approved this initiative in the Spring of 2014 as a requirement for NAIA officials.

b. The NAIA needs a database to be able to communicate with their officials across the country receive the same message.

c. We need to know who are officials are working our games as background checks are initiated. 

d.  Officials will  watch a short video, and take a short quiz over specific NAIA material and some rule/mechanics reminders.

e. Referees already register to officiate at the high school and USSF level and now the collegiate level.

f.  This provides some accountability for our officials that work in the NAIA.

g. Officials not registering will not be allowed to work post-season. 

2.      Why should I register, I will get my games anyway?

a.   In some cases this might be true in areas where there is a shortage, however assignors should limit the number of these assignments as a need only basis. However, is this really a professional way to handle officiating responsibilities?

3.       What does the money go for?

a.      Hire a Director of Officiating Initiatives 

b.      Develop educational materials for NAIA officials

c.       Pay for the NAIA Central Hub technology costs. 

d.      Increase officiating fees at the championship.

e.      Provide a stipend for national coordinators of officials for each sport. 

4.     What benefits do I receive?

a.   A dedicated NAIA Central Hub with educational materials such as videos, rule interpretations, case plays, mechanics, and bulletins.

b. Officials will have access to customized NAIA content and points of emphasis, season-long officiating bulletins, and an NAIA membership card for access to postseason and select regular season contests.

c. NAIA partners provided discounts:  Enterprise and National Car Rental, Hilton Brand, Red Roof Inn and Motel 6, plus complete travel planning with Short’s Travel. 

5.     What are the fees's? 

a.     NISOA members - $50 (tax deductible) for access to the NAIA Central Hub.

b.     Non-NISOA member -  $65 (tax deductible) for access to the NAIA Hub.(includes rule book)

         Exemption to Registration

a.      Officials who will work two or less NAIA dates will not be required to register on the NAIA Hub unless they wish to be considered for the NAIA Postseason.

6.   Why do all this anyway?

a.      NAIA membership approved this initiative to elevate the importance of officiating in the NAIA.

b..     We will strive to create a connection nationally with all NAIA officials and with your help it can have a positive impact on our Champions of Character values.  This database will help with that communication.

b.      We want to know who are officials are so we may be able to select the best officials we can find for our national championships. This hopefully will give more of a professional feel by being part of an organization.

c.      Of course the bigger picture is we want everyone to receive the same message so no matter where teams go to play in the country things are as consistent as possible.  .

d.      Thank you for your help with this initiative and together we can continue to work toward always improving the officiating in the NAIA.

Our goal? To have the best trained officials who are available that day working our contests.

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