Frequently Asked Questions - Transfers
I have worked as an official in another State-recognized Association. What do I need to do to transfer into the PNBOA?
1. Contact the Membership Chairperson for a Transfer Application, complete and return. Upon verification and approval of your application, you will have to pay the first year annual dues of $130 before being granted access to the assigning system to provide availability. You will be instructed where to send the funds at that time. Subsequent years' dues will be pre-paid by auto-deduction from the current years' High School Season paycheck (paid on April 25th).
2. Contact your prior/current Assignor and request they submit a letter of confirmation/recommendation to the Membership Chairperson, via email, that includes the following information: a) your level of experience of games officiated in current or previous season, b) you were a Member in Good Standing, and c) any additional relevant information for recommendation.
3. For officials with at least 2 (two) years prior Varsity level experience, you may apply for our “Transfer Tryout” process, which occurs in the Fall each year. There is a $50 non-refundable fee to participate in thes process, which provides you the opportunity to officiate at least one game in one of our Fall Leagues, at which you will be observed and scored by a minimum of 3 (three) of our Paid Evaluators, as well as one or more of our Board of Directors. If you scores meet the requirement as defined in our Evaluations Manual, you will then eligible to be placed directly onto our Varsity list.
4. For officials without prior Varsity level experience, you will be placed accordingly on the Registered or Apprentice list based on your experience and following the approval of the Board of Directors.
I am a College official, do I have to go through the Transfer Tryout process?
The PNBOA values the experience and knowledge of officials working College schedules. We also want to continue to involve our past Members who are not currently able to work a full PNBOA schedule due to their college commitments.
If you are actively working a full Community College, Div-I, Div-II, or Div-III schedule, you may enter our Association as a “College” official. Our “College” Officials work a limited Varsity schedule, to assist with mentoring and furthering our Varsity foundation. This type of membership does not allow the Official to work Post-Season Playoff, State, or tournament assignments. They are not included in our Evaluations process, therefore are not evaluated, ranked or included as part of our 100-member Varsity list.
Some of our College Members, or Members in transition to a full college schedule, choose to pay full dues and remain full-time Members of the PNBOA, which would make you eligible to be ranked on the Varsity List and work Post-Season, State and tournament assignments.
Can I just work "Recreation" basketball?
Yes. As an Independent Contractor, you control your availability to work games. If you do not wish to work School basketball, you will not be evaluated during the school season, and thus are not eligible for any type of advancement. However, you still must pay full dues of $130, even if you only work recreation basketball, and you will still be registered with the Washington Officials Association.
How will I get paid?
We stress that officiating is an AVOCATION, not a a second job or the best way to earn extra money. While our Officials make anywhere from $19 – $49 per game (based on the level being officiated), training to become an Official will be very demanding of your time. We pay our Officials via quarterly pay periods and at the conclusion of the High School season.
What types of memberships does the PNBOA offer and how do I advance within the Association?
We have several different levels of membership; Varsity, Registered, Apprentice and College. All Members are eligible to work school and recreation games. Officials from all levels work together to cover Junior High, JV, recreation, and traveling league assignments. Members advance via our internal Evaluations system.
Varsity Officials are evaluated by paid, Independent Contractor Evaluators during the school season. Varsity and College Members are eligible to work High School Varsity game assignments. We maintain a list of 100 Varsity officials. Each year, the lowest ranked 10% are subject to reassignment to the Registered (non-Varsity) List.
Registered Officials are evaluated by Varsity Officials during the school season. Post-season, Registered Officials are ranked and the top 10% are promoted to the Varsity level.
College Officials are Officials currently working a full Community College, Division I, II or III schedule, and can give only a portion of their time to the High School basketball season. These Members are eligible to work Varsity assignments and are used to help mentor and train younger Officials, while helping us to cover Varsity game assignments. College Officials may also work recreation and non-Varsity school assignments, but are not included in the Evaluations system and are not eligible ranking or Post-Season, State or tournament assignments.
Apprentice Officials are new to officiating basketball, and are required to complete a training course. Advancement occurs at individual rates based on the Official’s skill and ability, desire for improvement, availability to work games and through our structured Evaluations process. The Apprentice program is a 2-year program, but the 2nd year may be waived and promoted to the Registered List if specific criteria are met.
How is the PNBOA managed?
The PNBOA is governed by a Constitution, By-Laws, and Board Policies. An elected Board of Directors serves the membership on a volunteer basis. Committee Members are selected by Board Members, approved by the Board to serve on their respective committees.
The PNBOA Board of Directors and Assignors oversee day-to-day operations. Standing committees report to a Chairperson, who serves on the Board of Directors.
I am a former PNBOA Member, how do I get re-instated back into the Association?
Former Members may be eligible for re-instatement by approval of the Board of Directors.
If you are a former member, you will still need to request and complete an application and submit it to the Membership chairperson. Upon approval, you will have to pay the $130 annual dues before being granted access to the assigning system to provide availability to work. You will be instructed where to send the funds at that time.
Do your referees pay Association dues and fees?
Each year, PNBOA Members pay dues of $130 (first year may vary slightly); $95 goes to the Washington Officials Association (WOA) for operating costs and Insurance, $35 goes to the PNBOA general fund to help offset the expenses to operate the Association.
PNBOA contracts two Assignors to ensure all our School and Recreation games are appropriately covered and that our leagues are invoiced. PNBOA charges a 7% assessment fee on all assigments the Member has worked in addition to the annual Association dues.