A Soccer Referee Management Site is an Internet Site that automates and activates specific processes that enable a Soccer Referee scheduling organization to manage the assignment of Soccer Referees to a wide variety of Matches.
What is a Referee Management Site?
The act of assigning qualified individuals as Referees to officiate a Soccer Match seems so simple. That is, until the exact mechanics and procedures are explored to their logical conclusion. In actuality, there are a lot of principles, mechanisms, and decisions that need to be associated with the simple act of assigning Referees to Matches.
A Referee Management Site is intended to provide the tool to implement the assigning group's policies about how to get Referees to their Assignments and to insure that appropriate "Referee distribution" happens.
What can the Site do?
A typical Soccer Referee Management Site includes the following functions:
How does the Site work?
RidgeStar creates and hosts the Site. We take care of all the technical design and implementation and insure that the site stays operational. The RidgeStar Client provides the personnel to maintain and operate the site, such as a chapter Administrator, one or more Assignors, and Board Members.
The Site is divided into several areas of authority (such as Referee, Services, Administrator, and Assignor) that can be accessed when a Site Visitor (User) logs on to the Site using a password. The User's database profile indicates their Site privileges. For example, an Referee can look up assigned Matches and report completed Matches, but cannot typically "Add" a new Match that requires coverage (this task usually belongs to the Assignor and/or Administrator).
Basically, anyone who is associated with the Soccer Referee Management Site can access, view, and change the parts of the Site that apply to them. This includes the Organization's administrative staff, game Schedulers or Assignors, licensed Soccer Referees, client teams, Coaches, schools, and/or leagues, and the general public.
What is in the Database?
A typical site is made up of an SQL Database (usually, MySQL based) that contains a series of tables (as the following example demonstrates):
Who Owns It?
RidgeStar provides the expertise to design, implement, and operate the site. The Site pages, design elements, graphics, etc. created to meet your needs remain the property of RidgeStar. We charge you for the "service" of keeping your site operational for a specific period (usually 12 months at a time). Our Fees are NOT for the creation of web pages that you own, but ARE for the services related to operating the site.
The actual data itself (user names, match information, etc.) belongs to you and we will not use, distribute, or make available in any way the data itself without your permission or direction.
Existing Soccer Referee Scheduling Sites
In 1998, a Pacific Northwest soccer organization (EKCSRA) asked us to build a Site. Initially, we developed a Web tool that displayed basic public schedules and information for Soccer Officials and other users
While working with the EKCSRA, we also developed several Internet solutions that solved several communication and scheduling weaknesses between the various operations that service their Clients (Leagues). Additionally, we created a tool that allowed the Soccer Officials to seek assignments, report results, and look for membership information.
With the success of EKCSRA's site, other Soccer Referee Management organizations requested that we do the same thing for them. Each site contains similar functions, but they are all customized to meet each organization's local region requirements.
We now manage and host the following Soccer Referee Management sites (a partial list):
There is a more complete list and graphical presentation of the current Sites on Referees.biz.
How much does the Site cost?
A Referee Management Site fee for a typical Chapter (~150 Referees covering 4,000 - 5,000 Assignments per year) is based on our Operations Service Package (Tier 4), which is $2,625 annually. This fee includes all of the necessary services for designing and implementing the Site, including SQL Tables, Interactive Operations, Graphics conversion, your own domain name, hosting the site and its operations, and much more.
If your Chapter has significantly less or significantly more Referees or Assignments the Fee could be lower or higher, as the actual Service Fee is based upon resources consumed to serivce your Chapter (we call them RSUs).
How do I get started?
If you have any questions about our Soccer Referee Management Site, give us a call or Email us at Sales@RidgeStar.com. We'll be happy to help you out. OR, even better, visit our Referees.biz site for an extended description of this type of site and a operational demonstration of how it works!!