Scrimmages vs Regular Season Games
Account Credit - Not Payment
Districts or schools pay the chapter (not the referees) for scrimmages and the referees are credited $10.00/hour towards their assigning fees from the chapter. Even though scrimmages are paid by the hour, referees will be charged an assigning fee for each match assigned through Game Officials.
Mileage Payments Are Optional
Before the scrimmage ask the coach if the district is paying mileage. If so fill out the school’s pay sheet with your information so they can mail the payment for the mileage directly to you. Be clear that it is for mileage only and note on the pay sheet that the scrimmage fees will be invoiced by HSSOA. This helps the accounting people since they may not know about the different pay schedule for scrimmages. Many schools recognize that they are helping the referee and pay for mileage.
Track Your Scrimmage Games
Like any assignment, be sure to keep an accurate record of your scrimmages. Although you will not be receiving a check from the school district for the game fee, you will want to be sure that HSSOA has credited you with the proper number of hours you worked. Since you will be charged assigning fees for each game assigned, your records are useful to cross check what you are being charged. Game Officials can generate a report of all the games assigned but it is always a good idea to track your matches on a independent spreadsheet. If you see a discrepancy between your records, your HSSOA account or what is reflected in Game Officials, don't wait to correct it - get it fixed now.
Do Not Accept Payment for Scrimmages from a School District
If you do get paid for the game fees from the district for a scrimmage, notify the treasurer immediately so we can straighten out our bookkeeping. Contact the school district contact and let them know what has happened and ask how you can return the check to them. DO NOT ACCEPT SCRIMMAGE PAYMENTS FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. By doing so, you will be opening the school up to action from UIL.
Why Do Scrimmages?
Many referees do not appreciate the value of scrimmages. Most active referees have just completed the fall season of USSF governed matches. Without scrimmages, it is very hard for a referee to shift from USSF governed matches to ones governed by the UIL Rules Book. There are very significant differences in all aspects of the game. If you think you can begin your season by simply showing up at a district competition and expect to get it right, you will surely have problems. Scrimmages give you a chance to apply the rule differences in a non-pressure environment, get a feel for coach and player interactions and get familiar with the uniqueness of UIL soccer like the dual system. Remember, you are a professional at your trade; invest the time to properly prepare for the season.