A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ECAC and the Eastern ISOA (comprised of chapters within ECAC's area of assigning responsibility) is in its final draft stage. As ECAC's assigning responsibilities in our chapter's geographical area have diminished significantly since the last Agreement in 2005, our chapter did not actively participate in the negotiations. The new agreement runs through the 2015 season. The agreement features positive changes in the referee fees as well as a substantial change in the method of calculation for the officials' registration fee payable to ECAC. Read the rest of this entry »
Last month, the ECAC contacted several NISOA organizations, including our chapter, requesting endorsement of an officials' fee freeze for 2009. Fees were scheduled to increase by $5 in 2009 according to our Memorandum of Understanding with ECAC. This initiative from ECAC was in response to requests from the conference commissioners served by ECAC based on the declining economy and budget cuts in all athletic and academic areas. The proposed fee freeze has apparently been extended to all sports assigned by ECAC.
Our Executive Board considered this request and told ECAC that it was unacceptable as presented. According to ECAC's response to us, "your NISOA/EISOA colleagues in the other regions of our membership are enthusiastically supporting this freeze initiative. From the early feedback we have received, it appears the other officiating organizations within our ECAC officiating bureau will also endorse the fee freeze." We have had subsequent discussions with ECAC and continue to maintain our position not to endorse the proposed fee freeze.
We expect imminent notification from ECAC to all soccer officials that fees for the 2009 season will remain at the stipulated 2008 fees. More details on this issue are available to registered members on the chapter message board.
The ECAC now requires new officials to apply for ECAC membership and pay an application fee of $75. New chapter members should fill out this form to officiate ECAC assigned games. This requirement does not apply to veteran officials who have previously officiated ECAC assigned games.
ECAC has informed us they will prepare checks for the initial Official Payment System (OPS) payment for the 2007 season on Monday, October 22, 2007. Payment will be for matches played before October 22, 2007. Please review the documentation accompanying the payment for discrepancies with your records. There are several schools in our area that did not fund ECAC so you will not be paid for the games they hosted in this payment cycle.
Take a few minutes to review the financial information on your ECAC assignment web page. Try to resolve financial issues with the assignor and ensure the ECAC web site is updated as soon as possible.
ECAC's Official Payment Service was supposed to make the first payment to officials for the 2007 season on October 10, 2007. According to ECAC, quite a few of their subscribing institutions did not fund ECAC by October 10, 2007. Consequently, ECAC failed to meet their first scheduled payment deadline.
ECAC is currently reviewing their accounts and will provide a revised payment schedule and plan. We will post updates here as they become available.
Dues for the 2008 season must be sent to Joe Danbusky by November 1, 2007. The dues for renewing active members are $160. Please check the dues schedule for assessor dues as well as dues for other membership categories.
Members who are currently "inactive" must notify Joe Danbusky of their intentions for the 2008 season and pay the applicable dues by November 1, 2007. Please make your payment out to "NYMISOA."
The ECAC serves as a paying agent for subscribing schools to pay the assigned soccer officials. The schools using this service for men's and women's soccer in the metro New York City area for the 2007 season are:
Adelphi University, C.W. Post University, City College of New York (CCNY), Dowling College, Farmingdale University, Hunter College, Manhattanville College, Molloy College, University of New Haven, New Paltz, NYU, Nyack College, Old Westbury, Southern Connecticut State University, St. Joseph's College (Patchogue), St. Thomas Aquinas College, SUNY Purchase, SUNY Maritime College (Men only), Western Connecticut State University, York College.
This list is subject to change. Payments are scheduled for October 10, 2007 and November 16, 2007.