Cell Phone Policy
Members are instructed that the use of cell phones during a game is unprofessional, reflects poorly on our association, and will not be tolerated either by our members or the Board of Directors. Cell phone use during a game may be allowed during game stoppage, but solely for emergencies. Cell phones are not referee equipment and shall not be carried by any association referee during a match. A claim that the phone is being used to time the game will not be considered a ::valid excuse for using a phone during a game.
Our membership is hereby warned that reports of improper cell phone use during a match will be taken seriously. Reports of use will be investigated by our Standards Chair to determine whether a recommendation to the Board for sanctions is warranted. Sanctions approved by the Board of Directors may include a fine of up to $30 and suspension or membership termination; as prescribed by our constitution and bylaws.
Members are further discouraged from any use of cell phones during an assignment, whether before a game or in between game halves. This time should be used by the referee team to conduct referee business, discuss game management, or rehydrate and prepare for the next game or half. Though not absolutely disallowed, cell phone use outside of game time is still discouraged. Excessive cell phone use that is determined to affect the referee team’s focus on their assigned games may still be sanctioned after an investigation by the Standards Chair.
Conflict of Interest Policy
Members shall inform the Assignor of family members and close associates who participate in competitions serviced by the Association. The Assignor will take steps to ensure that Members are not assigned to matches involving family members and close associates.
In the event a Member is unexpectedly assigned as referee to a match where there is a conflict of interest, e.g., at a tournament, they should immediately contact the Assignor. Do not serve as the center referee in any such match. If no replacement is available, the referee team must notify the coaches of both teams that a conflict of interest exists. Both coaches shall agree in writing prior to the start of the match. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the Member being referred to the Standards Committee.
A Member who was not assigned to the match may serve as a club linesman in a match where there is a conflict of interest. Their duties as a club linesman shall be limited to indicating the ball has passed out of play, as outlined in the USSF Administrative Handbook. The Member should not wear a referee uniform or shall, at a minimum, cover the uniform shirt while serving as a club linesman. The Member will not receive payment for the match.
Members are reminded that they are individually responsible for filing income tax returns that include all referee-related income and expenses.
Members are asked to complete an IRS form W9 and send it to the treasurer, Jeff Plunkett, to facilitate current year 1099 preparation that is required of our association by federal law.