MIAA Criminal Background Checks: Policy Finalized

Message from Richard Pearson at the MIAA:

Dear MIAA Game Officials,

To follow up on earlier communications, we wanted to remind you that starting at 12:00 pm on Monday, June 15th, you can register for your background check at miaa.arbitersports.com. All fall sports officials must complete their registration by July 31. The background check policy is attached [MIAA-PolicyBackgroundCheck-FINAL6-1-15].

While the deadline for winter sports officials is Oct. 1 and spring sports is Jan. 1, anyone may register starting June 15th at 12:00pm. We encourage you to register early, regardless of the season(s) in which you officiate. The background check procedure is expected to take up to two weeks, and there are time frames built in for appeals, so it would be in everyone’s best interest for officials to not wait until the last minute to register.

As you know, officiating boards will no longer be registering their members with the MIAA as a group.  This process through ArbiterSports includes the MIAA registration and is done individually when each official completes the online application.   The cost for a background check and to register in one sport will be $45; each additional sport registration will be $10.

While the MIAA only assigns officials for tournament games, the list of approved officials will be available to member schools, boards and assigners throughout the state.  Schools and leagues have indicated they will be requiring assigners to use the list when making regular-season assignments.

This policy came about in response to a request from our member schools. We have been developing the policy since October 2013 and have had many meaningful discussions about how to best implement it. We are confident that the result is a comprehensive policy that establishes a uniform set of criteria under which all 8,000 officials in the state will be treated fairly and equitably.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your board leadership or Phil Napolitano or myself at the MIAA.

Instructions to register with ArbiterSports:

1) Begin registration at this link (https://miaa.arbitersports.com/front/110185/Site )
2) Click on the registration tab on the top left of this MIAA ArbiterSports page
3) Select all sports for which you wish to register and click the REGISTER button.
4) Follow directions and complete all information and consents.  If you already have an Arbiter account, it will recognize your email once you type it in, then follow all directions.

Sincerely,

Richard L. Pearson
Associate Executive Director