NEISOA POLICY PAGE
1.-PHYSICAL TESTING INFORMATION
2.-NEISOA MEETING REQUIREMENTS
3.-NEISOA MANDATORY MEETING SCHEDULE
4.-ASSIGNOR INFORMATION (ECAC,ISOAB,BIG EAST,IVY)
5.-NEW MEMBER REFERENCE
This page includes important policy statements which affect the
'GOOD STANDING' status of NEISOA Members. These policies reflect the
Executive Board's best efforts to serve the current needs of our membership
and are subject to review/change at any time
The NEISOA Board of Directors voted to hold a LAST CHANCE makeup physical fitness test
to be administered near the end of August with the date to be set at the May Board Meeting
for each year. The makeup of the administration of this final test will be a 3 member Committee
and the site will be somewhere in the Central Mass area. Potential attendees MUST REGISTER
IN ADVANCE and the charge will be $100 payable to NEISOA for each participant. There will
be an EMT in attendance and paid for by the NEISOA from the monies collected. Once the EMT
has been paid, then the remaining monies will be used to pay for the services of the 3 member
committee evenly. Furthermore, all makeup tests during the point up through to the date of the
Final chance will require the same $100 fee payable to NEISOA and the disbursement of this fee
will be the same as above. For any official that has NOT completed his physical fitness test by
the last chance date WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO OFFICIATE FOR THE CURRENT YEAR.
Exception: Officials injured and/or under doctor care may take their physical fitness test
AFTER the last chance date and be cleared to officiate in the current season if he/she provides
a doctor’s release that is submitted to be put on file and who also provides the $100 assessment
as stipulated. Motion by Buckley and seconded by Triplett. Passed 16 in favor and
1 opposed (Bruno).
Clarification of an official’s standing if he/she is convicted with a felony. NISOA’s policy if an
individual is convicted of a felony, that individual will NOT be eligible to again officiate as a NISOA
official for a period of 5 years. If the case is yet to go to trial, that official may officiate up until
such time as a verdict or conflict is reached. If an official is deemed by his local Board to be in
violation of that Board’s rule and suspended from the Local, he/she will also be suspended from NEISOA/NISOA.
Clarification was requested regarding those individuals failing the physical fitness test. For
clarification purposes --- If an official failed the physical fitness test in 2011 and received
an assessment in place of retaking and passing the actual test, and then again fails the physical
fitness test again the following year, (2012 in our example), then that official cannot get an
assessment but MUST TAKE AND SUCCESSFULLY PASS THE ACTUAL PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST
BEFORE BEING ELIGIBLE TO OFFICIATE AGAIN. If this process doesn’t result in success, then
that official will have his/her status as an active member reviewed for future years.
May 15, 2007
TO: NISOA/NEISOA OFFICIALS
FROM: Kenneth M. Roberts, Sec/Treas.
RE: ENFORCEMENT of Physical Fitness Requirement
The NEISOA Executive Committee has been trying to sort through the minimum
passing grade on the physical fitness test for the past couple of years.
We have now secured a directive from the Executive Director of the National
Organization (NISOA) and will be following this Policy of NISOA starting immediately.
Annually, before start of a new fall collegiate soccer season, each active NISOA official
is required to participate in designated fitness testing established by NISOA. The NISOA
fitness test consists of four timed components intended to measure an official’s capacity
to successfully withstand the physical demands of a collegiate soccer match. Each
component has a possible score of 0 to a maximum score of 5. These numbers are based
on a predetermined assigned value to specific time range in which the physical task
was completed. The score of each component is added for a possible maximum
of 20 points upon completion of all four components of the fitness testing. The total
number which the official receives is then divided by 4 to give an overall average
for the fitness test. AN NISOA OFFICIAL THAT DOES NOT PASS the physical fitness
test with at least a 1.0 average over the 4 tests is NOT ELIGIBLE TO OFFICIATE in an
intercollegiate game as a referee, assistant referee, or fourth official. Whatever games
the official has been assigned prior to or after the fitness test must be withdrawn
and/or turned back by the official unless he/she does the following.
Once an official has failed the test (did not receive a 1.0 overall test average), except
those on inactive memberships, he/she has 6 months starting in June to obtain a 1.0
average on the physical fitness test. He/She may retake it as many times as he/she
wants in an attempt to earn at least a 1.0 average and/or obtain a satisfactory
assessment from a NISOA assessor BEFORE he/she officiates in a collegiate game.
The satisfactory assessment may come on any high school varsity game or higher
level of competition with an assessor that is NISOA approved. An official can find
the names of those assessors on the NEISOA web page. For any NISOA member,
except those on inactive status, that fails to meet the above standards WILL BE DROPPED
FROM THE ORGANIZATIONS (Both NEISOA and NISOA). No exceptions.
The Executive Board has adopted the following modification to the
Physical Fitness Requirement.Effective with 2012, any referee who opts to
use the assessment option after having failed the Fitness test, may do so
in only one year. It will not be accepted as an option in consecutive years
I am in belief that NISOA allows its members to have one year of inactive status
after which that member must become active the following year or resign. If this
is true, and we will get clarification of this by this year’s annual meeting, there will
be no more multiple years as an inactive member.
NISOA Meeting Requirements
Please note that NISOA, in a 2003 policy statement, clarified the
requirement that all members must attend three in season rules meetings.
Any member who fails to satisfy the requirement of his/her local board
in attending those meetings may be subject to suspension from the local
board and, in turn, suspension from NEISOA. This is clearly spelled out
in Article 3, Para. 2, Sub-Paragraph A of our By-Laws.
All college officials must be a member of a NISOA approved chapter.
You must be a member in good standing of one of the NEISOA boards listed
in 'Board Contacts'in order for your name to be given to the game assignors.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGE ON MEETING DATES
The Executive Board has voted to no longer accept excuses for missing the
mandatory meeting. Anyone who cannot attend the mandatory meeting will be subject
to a penalty of $150 for the current season. The penalty must be paid
prior to Sept 1 or the member will be suspended for the current season. The appeal
would be in person at the December Executive Board meeting.
Physical Testing Requirements
Effective with the 2017season. ALL active members must
Take the NISOA PT. The test will be the same as the USSF Grade 6 AR test with
Modified test results. Members who have taken that test with USSF may submit
Those results in lieu of taking the test with NISOA.
Anyone who has not satisfied the Physical Testing
Requirement by August 6, will be ineligible to be considered
for games !!! This has been agreed to by the assignors. Any
official who works a college game in a season without having satisfied
the physical testing requirement,
WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR THE FOLLOWING SEASON!!!!
Beginning in 2007, there will be a $25 fee for any physical testing that is
taken on a date/place other than the dates/places that will be shown on the
NEISOA Officials who fail to fulfill their agreed upon financial obligations
to assignors, or who fail to return payments which have not been properly
earned, contribute to an environment in which the assignors must cover
their shortfall costs by asking for higher fees from those who are honoring
their agreed upon obligations. In doing that, you are not taking from the
assignor, you are taking from your brother/sister official.
NEW MEMBER NOTES:
We have created a new link for NEW MEMBER information.This
page will provide useful information that will enable new members
to fulfill their NEISOA obligations by answering any basic questions.
It will also be the page to refer to for any prospective
new members.In this regard, if you are aware of any potential new
members who may be interested in attending the NISOA Elizabethtown
Camp, please be aware of scholarship opportunities that do exist.
Please inquire thru this website.
In addition, each of us should assume some responsibility for improving
the quality of officiating in college soccer. If anyone knows of quality,
competent officials who will satisfy the membership requirements, please
send an email thru this website with that name and contact info.
NEW MEMBER APPLICATION
CANDIDATES FOR PROBATIONARY MEMBERSHIP IN NEISOA MUST
PASS THE WRITTEN NISOA TEST. ONCE HAVING PASSED THE TEST
THEY MUST SUBMIT THE NECESSARY RECOMMENDATION(S) & GAME
EXPERIENCE DOCUMENTATION TO THE NEISOA EXAMINATION
COMMITTEE FOR REVIEW. BASED UPON APPROVAL OF THE
APPLICATION, THE CANDIDATE IS THEN ACCEPTED AS A
PROBATIONARY MEMBER OF NEISOA/NISOA
Reminders: NISOA officials cannot accept an assignment to officiate
a collegiate game with a non-NISOA official. Article 7,Section 2
covers this situation.Check your assignments to be sure that your partners
are NEISOA members in good standing.If you are working for an unapproved
assignor, be sure that they are aware of your exposure. The burden
is upon you to check the NEISOA Roster and make sure that your
partner(s) are members of NEISOA.
If you arrive at a game where 3 were assigned and only two arrive, you
will work the game dual system. If you arrive at a game where 2 were
assigned and you are alone, you will go home. You will not work the game
alone. This is a firm NISOA policy beginning with the 2002 season
Please,PLEASE be aware at all times, that as much as it is unacceptable
to tolerate abusive behavior towards officials, it is NEVER acceptable
for members of NEISOA to engage in abusive behavior towards players,
coaches or spectators. When you are wearing that badge, you are
representing 400 fellow officials who pride themselves in being NEISOA
OFFICIALS.Never lose sight of that fact...
Assessments for the purpose of changing member status from probationary
to permanent may be performed by either a NISOA certified Assessor at a
regular season game or at a NEISOA
approved clinic(30 minute minimum field time). For the name
of a NISOA certified Assessor in our region you should refer to
the Roster link.
The designation(ra) beside a member name indicates Regional Assessor.
The designation(na) beside a member name indicates National Assessor.
The designation(la) beside a member name indicates Local Assessor.
See 'NEW MEMBER LINK' for more detail
It is your responsibility to insure that the assessments get into
the hands of the NEISOA Secretary!!!
2011 NISOA/NEISOA dues. Please send your check, made out to
your Chapter Contact, by November 15.The dues schedule is as follows:
Current Active Members: $105 ( $80/NISOA: $25/NEISOA)
Current Inactive Members: $50 ( $40/NISOA : $10/NEISOA)
National Assessor: $65
Regional Assessor: $55
Local Assessor: $40
New Members: $130 ( $100/NISOA : $30/NEISOA)