Newsletter 2017 #7

Issue 7

Hurricane Harvey
First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Hurricane Harvey, especially our fellow officials from the coastal areas. Furthermore, area schools may be adjusting schedules so please be patient and flexible if matches change.

Note of Appreciation
A special thank you is extended to those of you who completed all of the TASO and ACV requirements up to this point.
Technical difficulties with the TASO website created problems for many of you. We appreciated the communication with
TASO and board members in order to get this resolved.

Message from the Assigning Secretary
Please bear with me on assigning. We have had a tremendous number of matches, tournaments, and officials who have had to reschedule or cancel due to Hurricane Harvey. I will get assignments out as soon as possible. Also, please double-check all blocks, travel distances, and zip codes to ensure that, when I do assign you to a match, that you are able to accept it. Arbiter is
our chief means of communication. For example, if you do not want to travel outside your home area, do not leave arbiter defaulted to 100 miles. If you cannot leave work till 4:00 p.m., do not leave arbiter open all day. If you need assistance with this, please ask Janiece Nelson for help. More will be discussed at the next chapter meeting.

ACV Chapter Meeting Reminder
Please note that the second mandatory chapter meeting for this season is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6 at the Austin Police Association Union Hall. The ACV Trainers will conduct the training session at 6:00 p.m. with the chapter meeting following at 6:30 p.m. All officials with three years or less of service must attend the training; however, all officials are
encouraged to attend.

Proposed Amendment to the Stated Policies
During the September 6 chapter meeting, we will vote on the proposed amendment to the Stated Policies. This will be your opportunity to ask questions or voice any concerns.

School Mileage Key Emphasis on Private Schools                                                                         Due to questions about mileage for private schools, the school mileage key has been updated on the ACV website with the following information: The Private schools are on a "Metro" mileage plan (identified as TAPPS). When using the metro mileage plan, the determining distance is the distance from the center point( of Austin to the school. The location of the official's home is of no significance. The correct mileage charges for each school are listed. No official should ever charge more than what is listed on the school mileage key.

TASO Policy
As a reminder, please be sure to familiarize yourself with the TASO Policies that are listed on the TASO website under the “About Us” heading. In that section, you will find documents pertaining to Social Media Policy, Conflict of Interest, Rules Misapplication Policy, National Anthem Position, to name a few. If you have questions about any of these policies, please consult with the District Director, David Plaisance.

Mobile Alerts via Arbiter
Brenda Gray commented at the Pre-Season Chapter Meeting that members can sign up for text alerts. For those of you experiencing issues with not receiving notifications from Arbiter about game changes, new games, or being unassigned, this can be another avenue of getting up to- date information. (Please note that, depending on your cell phone plan, you may incur charges
for text messages. Therefore, please check with your provider.)
Following are the instructions:
-Log into Arbiter
-Look under the headers starting with Main, Schedule, Payments, etc. until you get to the one titled Mobile
-Click on Mobile
-Scroll down until you see “Alerts”
-Within this portion, your email address should be on one line and your cell phone # on the other.
-Select what notifications you want in the row for cell phone # by clicking in the box
-Click on SAVE.
-Next scroll to Phone Numbers and be sure that you have your carrier selected.
-If not, select your Carrier, then click on SAVE.