We have been in the assigning business for almost a decade and can appreciate the challenges facing assignors in today's marketplace. Assignors are the middle ground between two very capricious opposing forces. You have to negotiate with clients who are looking out for their best interests and profit. Meanwhile, you have the foremost duty to represent your roster and make sure your officials are well-compensated, fairly treated, and safe.
At the same time you are also managing your roster's egos, personalities, and
conflicts while trying to get the best of their efforts for the good of the game.
You have to worry about referees game-shopping on you, showing up late,
or even not at all. And while you can fine them and suspend them all you want
they will just go work for another assignor who may not know about their
And finally, you also have to worry about those other assignors siphoning your talent, undercutting your prices, and engaging in an unnecessary price war that drags us all down.
Assignors, I salute you. This can be a very shady business. We want to make it at least a little easier. We want to make it legitimate. We want to create a network (or Union) of assignors that pledge to do business the right way. We want to play by ONE set of guidelines for the benefit of our entire industry. Even though we believe in a healthy market of competition, it should be based on QUALITY and the merits of our organizational skills; not on destructive bidding wars.
Referees need to be able to trust us. They need to feel secure that when they go to work for us, it is under a fair rate, one that we worked hard to negotiate. There needs to be a transparency in the way we do business to get professional referees back onto the recreational/grassroots circuit; reinvigorating our depleted pool of referee talent to make all of our jobs easier.
To achieve this, we have crafted this agreement of FIVE PRINCIPLES that we would like all of our affiliate assignors (or assigning agencies) to sign onto for inclusion on our Ref Union Assignor Directory:
If you are an assignor that can pledge to uphold these five principles, we would love to promote you and your independent organization within our Ethical Directory of Referee Assignors for referees to find you contact you and help grow your officiating roster.
And we would love to work with you to make officiating a fun and profitable venture for the next generation of referees.
Please leave us a message via e-mail or through our social media and we will be in touch.