On the surface, the job of an assigner can seem fairly easy. You’re given dates, names, and schedules, and you have to assign people accordingly, right? However, it’s nowhere near that easy: assigners have to worry about missing games, making mistakes, and being responsible for a lot of information. Conferences are lucky to have assigners that think about not just scheduling time slots but creating a staff that’s integral to the game, which means thinking about the sport, the officiating team, and the individuals involved. Here are some of the things that assigners think about when creating a schedule.
Helping New Officials
When the opportunity arises to assign a new but skilled official to their first big game, assigners can help. They need to be able to weigh the benefits of assigning a newer official to a game for experience and assigning a veteran to handle a job they’ve done before. By putting new officials in a veteran crew or new situation, they’re working to develop more skilled officials. This requires being able to judge whether they’re ready for the next level of performance.
Avoiding Red Flags
Assigners know the name of the official being assigned to work, but also what the expectations for the job are and who the official is as a person. Background checks on potential officials are important and might fall under an assigner’s purview, and these red flags could negatively impact their officiating. Keeping information on your officials straight can be difficult, but easier with tools like ArbiterOne.
Keeping Coaches Happy
When you assign games, you deal with coaches and athletic directors. Keeping coaches happy with assignments is important, but so is avoiding angry or emotional coaches the night of a game. Assigners need to know how to handle game officials that aren’t happy with their decisions. This requires setting boundaries to make sure that everyone is playing by the rules and staying professional, no matter how the match went.
Diversity in athletics is important, and assigners are under pressure to hire officials from a variety of backgrounds in different games. Increasing the visibility of minorities in athletics is a valuable recruitment tool for future officials who might not otherwise get involved in sports officiating in the future. Sports assigners can keep track of information on officials with ArbiterOne by ArbiterSports to ensure that games are getting staffed with the people they need.
Evaluating and Observing
Sports assigners need all of the information they can get when assigning athletes. This means employing observers or developing an observers program to find out more information on individuals and crews of officials. They will check with veteran assigners and neighboring conferences, show up to games in different parts of the state to see games and officials in action, and try different evaluation systems to make sure that they really grasp the talent levels of the staff that they’re hiring. All of the information they gather is crucial for ensuring that officials are assigned to games that are a good match for them.
Assigning and Organizing with ArbiterOne
Assigners have a lot to keep track of, but ArbiterSports can help keep you organized. Thousands of leagues and associations trust our ArbiterOne online system to help manage their assignments. Manage everything in one place: view the availability, contact information, and even pictures of your officials; send emails and notifications to any portion of your roster; provide necessary game-related information to your officials; and customize your level of control over the assigning process. ArbiterOne can also generate tax information and evaluation reports to take some of the weight off of your shoulders. For more information on ArbiterOne or any of our other sports assigner solutions, call 800.576.2799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.