Stagnant pay keeping some RMAC VB officials away

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This is a tough one for me to understand.  You see, I am a NCAA soccer official who works RMAC matches, and I have even worked a match in the NCAA DII playoffs.  As an assistant referee [AR} for a RMAC game (the guy who runs the lines) I make $90 a match.  If I were in the center, I would make $130 a match.  To do this each season, I have to pass a physical fitness exam and work three matches just to pay my referee dues.  I also have to pay an assessment fee, as I get assessed every season. I’ll say that again - I have to pay a fee to get assessed.  Further, to become a college referee, I had to purchase 8 shirts— 4 different colors in short sleeve and long sleeve.  I also had to purchase four pair of socks to match these shirts.

When I referee as the center referee, I run between 6-7 miles in a match. If I am an AR, I sprint depending on what the players do.  I sprint when they do-no excuses.  In late August/early September, if its 95 degrees outside, it is 105 degrees or more on a turf field.  If it is late October/early November, the game might be played in freezing rain.  If it’s 40 degrees outside, that is a good thing.

I know that at a minimum, I will be working a game that is 90 minutes long (two 45 minute halves)—120 minutes if it goes to overtime (two 10 minute overtime periods, unless a goal is scored) If it does go full overtime, I make $45 an hour as an AR—pretty darn good. $65 an hour if I am the center—but I just ran 7 miles!  If a volley game goes 3 hours, that is $30 an hour—-still good pay.  We all have to pay referee dues, we all have uniforms to buy, and we all have travel expenses. 

I don’t know any volleyball officials, and I certainly do not mean any disrespect, but how does a volley ball referee who stands still in an air-conditioned or heated environment expect to be paid the same as a soccer referee?  While the amount of time might be similar, the physical fitness requirements and extreme weather conditions are not even close.  All officials are expected to know the rules and make perfect calls, so there is no comparison here. Again, no disrespect intended.  I love the game of soccer, and I love officiating soccer.  I don’t do it for the money.  (don’t tell the RMAC that)

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