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How does SelfAssign work?Printable

You in the role of Referee can directly assign yourself to a specific Assignment on a specific Match. This process is called SelfAssign and utilizes a series of Rules to determine if you can assign yourself to a desired assignment or not.

You can directly enter a specific Match number you are interested in by using Referee: SelfAssign, but you are likely to find this easier to do by clicking on the SelfAssign symbol selfassign that will appear in the Results list of the Referee: Inquiry page.

When you access the SelfAssign page, you will encounter a Table. The first column, 'Rule', refers to the rule name as specified below. The second column, 'Condition' is a short description of the Rule. 'Limit' is the numerical value or rule condition that must be met to satisfy the conditions of this rule. 'Computed' refers to how you as a referee requesting this particular assignment relates to the conditions of this rule. Status indicates that you are Ok or Fail this particular rule. When the help icon is present, you can click upon it to get further details regarding this SelfAssign rule.

SelfAssign Rules - Mandatory

The following Rules are tested based upon the circumstances that exist associated with the Assignment you are requesting and your own unique characteristics, as described below.

MatchDetails: Does the Match have a date, time and field specified?
Matches can be loaded before a date, time or field for that match has been specified. League, club or team officials will enter the date, time or field for a specific match. Referees can not indicate that they will work a match until all the Match Details have been specified.
Released: Has this match been released by the Assignor for assigning?
Occasionally, an Assignor may establish a time window during which matches may be self assigned. This may occur to discourage referees from self assigning matches too far into the future (who really knows their schedule 8 weeks from now?). Or too close to the actual match (the Assignor may have already been scrambling to find a referee in the minutes before a match). This rule may be used for tournaments where matches are in high demand and it gives all referees the same starting point.
Available: Is the requested position available?
The requested position (Referee, AR, 4th Official, etc.) must be available and not assigned to another Referee.
License: Are you properly licensed for this Assignment?
Referees must have a USSF referee license of one of the specified grades. Grades are not your grade in school! OR
Referees must have an AYSO Badge of one of the specified levels

Your USSF Grade and / or AYSO Badge Level is stored in your Profile. See Services:Profile. Your assignor can adjust your grade or badge..
LicenseDate: Do you have a current Referee License?.
Some Matches require that the referee have a current USSF Referee License. Some Matches require that the referee be currently registered with AYSO. USSF Referees need to renew their licenses (year on your badge) annually. AYSO Referees are required to complete a volunteeer registration form annually. USSF Badges are valid for the calendar year on your badge.

Contact your Assignor or Regional Referee Adminsitrator to update your profile as seen at Services:Profile
Characteristics: What Role is required to work this match?
Some matches require the User to have a specified role. For example: Referee, Mentor or Assessor.
Profile: Are there are any missing data elements in the Referee's Profile?
Some Matches require specific Referee Profile information. For example District 2 Cup Matches require that the Referee have their Social Security Number in the database.
Rank: Referee have appropriate Ranking for the Assignment?
Each Match is assigned a relative complexity value (called a Rank), which establishes the expected difficulty associated with the Match. To be assigned to a specific Assignment, the requesting Referee's Rank must compare favorably.
Prohibit: Has this referee been specifically prohibited from self assigning to this match?
In exceptional cases a specific referee can be excluded from self assigning to a subset of matches. If this occurs, contact the appropriate Assignor for clarification.
Reports: Do you have any outstanding Match Reports?
Some Matches have the requirement that the referee complete a Match Report. If you have not completed a required match report from a match that you were assigned in the past, then you will not be allowed to self assign.

If you were assigned to a match and did not referee the match, you still must complete a match report. In the match report you will be asked for details regarding the score, sendoffs and cautions. You are given choices to select what happened in the match - for example that one of the assistant referees did not show or that the match was abandoned.

The match report is often used to calculate referee compensation. Do not falsify match reports.
Age.Required -- Are you older than the Players?
Referees should be two or more years older than the Players. Assistant Referees should be the same age or older than the Players. Some matches have different minimum or maximum referee ages. If the Referee does not have a date of birth in their Profile, this rule will fail as the age check cannot be performed.
Turnbacks: Too many Turnbacks in the past?
You may not have turned back too many Assignments. This rule looks at the number of Turnback operations that this Referee has undertaken prior to the current date and time. The number of Turnbacks cannot exceed a Pattern specified value. (Example=2,-1 month,3 days). This example means that the Referee is permitted 2 Turnbacks less than 3 days prior to the Assignment during the last 1 month period. Any more than that and the Rule will Fail. This is to discourage 'Assignment Shopping' where a Referee takes an Assignment and then turns it back to accept another Assignment.
Schedule: Does this referee have enough time between this match and other matches? Is the refereeing scheduling sufficient breaks during the day?
Every Match has a pregame, game length, half-time and post match time allotment. These values are added to travel time between Locations to determine whether there is sufficient time between matches. Referees must have a specified amount of down time during any contiguous block of time.

SelfAssign Rules - Conditional

If the particular Assignment is still unfilled and it is getting close to the Match Date, some rules will be ignored by SelfAssign. This is because a Referee that may not meet every SelfAssign criteria is better than no Referee. Thus, the following Rules are called Conditional Rules.

Override: Match getting close?
Is this Match time within the time limit specified? When the match is sufficiently far into the future, you can Fail Conditional rules and not be allowed to Self Assign. When the match is within the Override period, even though you still fail the SelfAssign rue the Status becomes Override. The Conditional Rules no longer apply and do NOT prohibit SelfAssign to this Match.
Age.Minimum Too young or too old?
Some Leagues or Tournaments may restrict the some matches to Referees of a specific age range. This is typically used to give youth referees 'first crack' at certain assignments, say the AR slots during a U10 jamboree.
Training: Have you completed training modules?
Some competitions require that referees undergo training. Pensra requires that for some matches, the referees have been exposed to specific training. If you have not completed the required training modules, then you will not be allowed to self assign.
Daily.Total: Too many assignments during this day?
You may not take too many Assignments during a single day.
Daily.Positions: Too many Referee assignments at the specified Position during this day?
You may not take too many Referee Assignments in one day. This rule can be used to limit the number of Center Positions that an individual takes.
DailyMinutes: Limits the number of match minutes per day.
You are limited to the number of match minutes in one day.
WeekEnd: Too many assignments during this weekend?
You may not take too many Assignments during a weekend. A weekend is defined as Saturday through Sunday.
Monthly: Too many assignments during this calendar month?
You may not take too many Assignments during a calendar month.
Interval: Too many assignments during a specified date interval?
You may not take too many Assignments during the specified time interval. Similar to Monthly.
SameTeam: Been the Center Referee for this Team?
You may not center referee the same team more than once in a specified time interval. Those Referees that have been assigned the center referee for a team (as specified by theTeamID number not Team name) in the time period specified (forward and back in time) are not allowed to make additional SelfAssignments for the team as a center referee.
Balance: Taking both Center and AR slots?
Some Leagues or Tournaments may restrict the number of Center Referee slots that you can SelfAssign without taking any AR slots.
Turnbacks: Too many Turnbacks in the past?
You may not have turned back too many Assignments. This rule looks at the number of Turnback operations that this Referee has undertaken prior to the current date and time. The number of Turnbacks cannot exceed a Pattern specified value. (Example=2,-1 month,3 days). This example means that the Referee is permitted 2 Turnbacks less than 3 days prior to the Assignment during the last 1 month period. Any more than that and the Rule will Fail. This is to discourage 'Assignment Shopping' where a Referee takes an Assignment and then turns it back to accept another Assignment.
Unconfirmed: Have you accepted or rejected your assignments?
In order SelfAssign, referees must accept accept or reject reject any assignments that have been offered to them.
RequiredDataValue: Is there a restriction regarding User, Match, Field or Location?
In order SelfAssign, referees must meet the specified data value
Rank.Conditional: Is there a restriction regarding User Rank?
In order SelfAssign, referees must meet the specified data value

What to do if you cannot SelfAssign?

If SelfAssign will not permit you to complete the desired assignment, you may still be able to be assigned to the position. However, to do this, you will have to contact the appropriate Assignor (via Email, Phone, etc. depending upon the Assignor). You can send the Assignor a request via this website. Go to Referee:Inquiry-Request. Or you can send the Assignor a request by clicking on the email icon next to the Match opening at Referee:Inquiry