Being in the business for almost a decade, we 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.
At the same time, you have the foremost duty to represent your roster and make sure your officials are well compensated, fairly treated, and safe. You have to manage your roster's various personalities while trying to obtain their best efforts, and worry about referees that game shop, show up late, or not at all. Finally, you have to worry about other assignors siphoning your talent, undercutting your prices, and engaging in an unnecessary price war that drags everybody down.
Assigning can be a sinister business. 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 healthy competition, it should be based on the QUALITY of our service and the merits of our organizational skills; not on destructive bidding wars.
Referees need to be able to trust us. They need to know that we support them and negotiate in their best interest. There needs to be transparency in the way we do business to get professional referees back onto the grassroots circuit; reinvigorating our depleted talent pool to make all of our jobs easier.
We have crafted an agreement of FIVE PRINCIPLES that we would like all assignors (or assigning agencies) to sign onto for inclusion on our list of affiliates:
If you are an assignor that can pledge to uphold the five principles above, we would love to promote you and your independent organization as an affiliate of our Ref Union. And we would love to work with you to make officiating a fun and profitable venture for the next generation of referees.
Please contact us via e-mail or through our social media and we will be in touch.