Association of Sports Officials -- Football
organization shall be known as the Amarillo Chapter, Texas Association of
Sports Officials -- Football, a division of the Texas Association of Sports
Officials, a Texas Non-Profit Incorporation. Should the state organization
adopt any name change, the organization shall automatically be known as the
Amarillo Chapter, of the adopted name change, without a By-Laws change.
of the Association shall be to foster and promote national and international
amateur sports competition in the game of football by:
the ideals of good sportsmanship and fair play through qualified officiating
in football and respect for the authority of football officials at all
levels of competition;
educational programs to advance the skill of football officials at all
levels of competition;
public information programs that will encourage appreciation for the skill
and competence of football officials;
special emphasis on developing concepts of good sportsmanship among the
youth of the nation, both as competitors and as spectators;
studies and analyses of football rules to identify sources of officiating
problems and seek solutions in cooperation with appropriate rule making
and maintaining a membership consisting of experienced and capable football
officials whose integrity is above reproach and who are actively engaged
each year in officiating games:
a high standard of ethics, encouraging fair play, sportsmanship, closer
cooperation and better understanding among officials, athletic
representatives, coaches, student athletes, athletic directors and the
- BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers of the chapter shall be one Immediate Past President, (for one year
immediately following vacation of the office of President), one President,
one Vice-President, one Secretary, one Assistant Secretary, one Treasurer
and one Recorder.
Officers of the chapter shall constitute the Executive Committee.
C) The Board
of Directors shall be seven (7) Officers, in the first year following
officer elections if the immediate past president is not re-elected, six (6)
Officers in the preceding years, until a new president is elected, and five
(5) Divisional Representatives from the general membership, without office.
OF OFFICERS AND DIVISIONAL REPRESENTATIVES
Officers and Divisional Representatives, to be eligible for and hold office,
either elected or appointed, must be and remain members in good standing
during their term or terms of office.
immediate Past President shall remain on the board, as a voting member, for
the first year after his/her term has expired as President.
C) The term
of office for officers shall be for two (2) years commencing January 1 after
election, and ending December 31, two years later.
for President, Vice-President and Secretary must have been a member in good
standing of the TASO - Football for ten (10) years. All candidates for
other Officers of Amarillo Chapter, TASO – Football must be a member in good
standing and not in Group 2.
Representatives will be elected each year to maintain an accurate reflection
of the general membership base. Divisional Representatives will be nominated
and elected based on the following criteria.
division will have one Divisional Representative, Division1 through Division
will be nominated, by their divisional peers, for the division they will be
in the upcoming year of their term. The successful candidate(s), (receiving
the majority of votes), shall represent their respective division beginning
January 1, the year following their election, for a 1 year term.
Candidates for Officer(s), and Divisional Representatives, must have paid
their dues for the ensuing year, prior to their name(s) being placed on a
ballot for election.
shall occur at the final general membership meeting, of the current season,
by the members present and voting and by absentee ballots.
H) In case of
a resignation, removal of or move of an Officer or Divisional
Representative, the President shall appoint an individual to fulfill the
term of the said Officer or Divisional Representative. In the case of the
President, the Vice-President shall assume the duties of the President.
Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the President and approved by
the Executive Committee. Chairman of the Nominating Committee shall serve as
Nominations for each Officer and Divisional Representative shall be made to
the Nominating Committee no later than two (2) weeks before the last
regularly scheduled meeting. After the Nominating Committee report is
presented at the last regularly scheduled general membership meeting,
nominations may be made from the floor. Nominations from the floor must
have the approval of the individual before nomination. No further
nominations may be made after this meeting.
election of Officers and Divisional Representatives shall be by secret
ballot prepared by the Election Judge of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO -
Officers and Divisional Representatives shall be elected by majority vote of
the members present and voting and by any absentee votes prior to the last
regularly scheduled general membership meeting. In case no candidate
receives a majority vote on the first ballot, the two candidates receiving
the highest number of votes shall be placed on a second ballot and another
vote taken. Written absentee votes will be counted in each run-off ballot
qualifications for membership, duties of Officers and Divisional
Representatives and such regulations as may be necessary and proper for the
conduct of business and affairs of the Chapter shall be provided for in the
may be amended at any regular meeting of the Chapter by a majority vote of
the members present and voting, providing that all proposed changes shall
have been presented, in writing, two (2) weeks prior to the meeting at which
the vote on the amendment is going to be taken.
shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter and of the Membership
Committee. He/she shall appoint all committees and shall be an ex-officio
member of all committees except the Nominating Committee. He/she shall be
responsible for all negotiations on behalf of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO -
Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President in his/her absence
or inability to act. He/she shall also serve as Program Chairman and be
responsible for all training and any other programs conducted. He/she shall
also serve as Chairman of the Scholarship Committee.
B) The Vice
President will aid in training as follows:
(1) Set up
and conduct all training sessions for new members and evaluations in
(2) Set up
and conduct continuous sessions for experienced members of the chapter to
assist membership to adapt to new rules changes and to become more
proficient as experience professional officials
with experienced members experiencing problem and/or difficulties and assist
them in resolving those officiating problems and/or difficulties.
shall perform general duties and game assignment duties.
Secretary shall supervise and direct the Assistant Secretary in all his/her
duties to assist the Secretary.
Secretary shall receive all applications for membership in the Amarillo
Chapter, TASO - Football and/or from TASO – Football.
Secretary shall keep a complete file on each member of the chapter.
Secretary shall be responsible to the Executive Committee for all
correspondence of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football. This requirement
may be delegated to the Recorder.
account statements, from the bank, will be mailed to the designated P.O. Box
for Amarillo Chapter, TASO – Football. The Secretary shall retrieve and
distribute these account statements to the President and Treasurer.
Secretary shall maintain a roster of the qualified members of the Amarillo
Chapter, TASO - Football and this roster shall be made available to coaches,
school officials or other persons as directed by the Executive Committee,
through the current utilized scheduling system.
Secretary shall obtain from each school, whose schedule will be worked, a
list of acceptable and unacceptable officials. The Head Coach or some
authorized school official shall submit all unacceptable officials via the
process outlined by the University Interscholastic League (UIL).
Secretary shall assign the officials based on the school's list of
acceptable and unacceptable officials and based on which officials are
available on the dates in question.
Secretary shall assist any coach or school official with the officiating
requests, etc. that are not specifically covered in the By-Laws.
requests for officials will be kept in the files of the chapter under the
supervision of the Secretary, and this file shall be made available to a
member of the chapter at his/her request.
6) All games
worked by the officials of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football shall be
recorded by the Secretary and kept on file. Any games assigned by sources
other than the Amarillo Chapter, Texas Association of Sports Officials -
Football must be on record with the Secretary, before the officiating of
such games, to receive credit and points.
Secretary shall be responsible for making changes in officials assigned to
ball games when the initiative for the change is originated by the coach or
other authorized school official or is originated by the Secretary due to a
shortage of available officials, etc. Other requests for changes in
officials will be made by the official or officials involved to the
Secretary in writing as far in advance as possible and will be subject to
the approval of the Secretary and the coaches/school officials involved.
C) Any other
duties as directed by the Executive Committee.
Assistant Secretary shall keep a game report for new members, to be sent to
the state office to obtain credit for points, provided the official(s)
continue in good standing as members of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO -
Football. The Assistant Secretary shall be a member of the Scholarship
Assistant Secretary shall assist the Secretary as required, with the
preparation of the roster and accompanying materials to be mailed to the
coaches or members and with the mailing of said materials.
Assistant Secretary shall assign all sub-varsity schedules.
Assistant Secretary shall assist any coach or school official with the
officiating requests, etc. that are not specifically covered in the By-Laws.
sub-varsity games worked, by the officials of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO –
Football, shall be recorded by the Assistant Secretary and kept on file.
Assistant Secretary shall be responsible for making changes in officials
assigned to football games when the initiative for the change is originated
by the coach or other authorized school official or is originated by the
Assistant Secretary due to a shortage of available officials.
Assistant Secretary should attempt to provide at least one, preferably two,
experienced officials to accompany a lessor experienced official in
Treasurer shall be in charge of accounting for all funds of the Amarillo
Chapter, TASO - Football. He/she shall keep such records to show the
financial condition of the Chapter at all times. These records shall be
available to any member upon request.
signatures are required on all checks, exceeding $250.00, written by the
chapter. The authorized signers shall be:
monies received (checks and cash) shall be deposited in the appropriate
present a budget to the Board of Directors. Approval of this budget shall
duly authorize the Treasurer to make payment on any item that is covered
non-budgeted expenditures will be presented to the Board of Directors for
approval of payment. Upon approval, the Treasurer shall then be duly
authorized to make payment.
Treasurer shall receive all bank account statements, from the Secretary or
President, to prepare the Monthly Financial Statements. He/she shall review
the statements and shall reconcile the financial ledgers and forward reports
to the Board of Directors for approval. These Monthly Financial Statements
shall be made available to any of the general membership upon request.
to supply a Monthly Financial Statement shall be grounds for immediate
removal of the Treasurer. Any unauthorized expenditure of funds will
Treasurer shall collect all dues, fines and assessments of the Amarillo
Chapter, TASO - Football.
Treasurer shall provide the Secretary a list of officials in the Amarillo
Chapter, TASO - Football who have qualified for membership by having paid
their dues, fines and assessments.
D) Any other
duties as directed by the Executive Committee.
Recorder shall be responsible for keeping the Minutes of each Board of
Directors meeting. Typed copies of the minutes must be made a part of the
Chapter's permanent records and they must be made available to any member
Recorder shall be the administrative officer of the attendance records and
regulations of the chapter. He/she shall check attendance at each meeting.
He/she shall notify each member when his/her absenteeism begins to be
excessive and shall notify the Board of Directors of the same.
general, at the direction of the Executive Committee, the Recorder shall
assist in any clerical duties not specifically covered herein.
OF AN OFFICER OR DIVISIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
A) If it is
deemed necessary by the Board of Directors that an elected officer or
Divisional Representative of the chapter is not performing his/her duties in
a satisfactory manner, the Board of Directors may initiate the removal from
office procedures. Request for removal of an elected Officer or Divisional
Representative initiated by the General Membership must be prepared in
writing and submitted by the General Membership through an officer or
Divisional Representative to the Board of Directors.
(1) The Board
of Directors will meet to determine whether any action should be taken.
majority vote of the entire Board of Directors is required to take the
matter to the General Membership.
(3) In the
event Article XIII A) (2) is affirmed, the elected Officer or Divisional
Representative will be notified in person that a vote will be taken by the
General Membership expressly for the removal of him/her from office. The
notice will include the allegations and the date of the General Membership
General Membership will be notified that removal procedures have begun
against the elected Officer or Divisional Representative and will state when
the vote will be taken.
(5) The vote
will be taken two (2) weeks after the notification of the elected Officer or
Divisional Representative and the notification of the General Membership.
B) On the
date of the vote to remove the elected Officer or Divisional Representative,
the Board of Directors will present the facts in the matter to the General
Membership for the purpose of taking a vote on the removal from office, and
the elected Officer or Divisional Representative will have the opportunity
to present any additional information pertinent to the matter..
C) To remove
the elected officer from office, a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the
members present and voting is required. If there is a two-thirds (2/3)
majority vote, the removal from office is immediate.
D) To remove
a Divisional Representative from office, a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of
the respective division members present and voting is required. If there is
a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote, the removal from office is immediate.
E) If the
President of the chapter is the elected officer who is being voted on, the
Vice-President will conduct the removal process.
making applications at the time prescribed to the Executive Director, TASO -
Football, and approved locally will be considered for membership.
members will be recognized as members upon fulfilling the requirements of
the By-Laws of the TASO - Football and the Amarillo Chapter, TASO – Football
and upon payment of the required dues and fees to both TASO – Football and
the Amarillo Chapter, TASO – Football.
membership year of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football will coincide with
that of TASO - Football beginning annually on January 1 and ending one year
D) A new
member shall be defined as a new official, officiating for the first time in
TASO – Football.
Qualifications for membership in the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football for
ALL Members is as follows:
(1) Must pass
the written test on rules and mechanics as set by TASO - Football.
(2) It is
recommended that all members be in good physical condition. A physical may
be required for all members and, if/when directed by the Board of Directors,
shall be submitted to TASO – Football.
adhere to all other rules and regulations of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO -
Football and TASO - Football.
(4) Must keep
an accurate record of all games worked, noting the co-officials, teams
playing, game time and location and position(s) worked.
(5) Will be
requested to work sub-varsity games to gain experience and for more
experienced officials to provide leadership to those officials with less
attend at least 50% of the regularly scheduled meetings of the Amarillo
Chapter, TASO - Football. Video satellite meeting participation will count
toward attendance of regularly scheduled meetings but members must still be
in physical attendance at the regional rules meeting and district meeting.
Exceptions must be approved by the Board of Directors, prior to these
meetings taking place.
who fail to satisfy membership requirements shall be placed in Group 2.
GOVERNING EACH MEMBER
A) All dues
for each year shall be paid before the member may vote but no later than
December 1. Any member, who has not paid his dues, fines or special
assessments by December 1, shall be dropped from the membership of the
Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football. The Board of Directors shall determine
local reinstatement fees and approval. TASO - Football shall determine the
state reinstatement fees.
B) A member
Influence, request or communicate directly or indirectly, with a coach,
athletic director, assigning authority or an athletic governing body to
enhance the opportunity of assignment as an official of:
accept or exchange any gift, favor or thing of monetary value or personal
gain for possible assignment of any official to a game or match.
the ability or performance or criticize the assignment of another official
or team of officials to gain the opportunity of assignment for:
member must wear the uniform prescribed by TASO - Football.
who has been assigned a game or scrimmage, and received 14 days or more
notice of said assignment must fulfill that game assignment. An official
shall be levied the following fines for game turn-backs: (1) $5.00 for a
game turned back 7 days of the scheduled game, (2) $10.00 for a game turned
back within 48 hours of the scheduled game, (3) $20 for a game turned back
within 24 hours of the scheduled game, or (4) An equivalent game fee(s) for
a game turned back with less than 24 hours from the scheduled game time if
no replacement can be made available or for no-shows. The game fee(s) paid
for the no-show shall be paid and split with the official(s) who officiated
that scheduled game(s). This policy applies to any scrimmage, sub-varsity,
or varsity game assigned by the Secretary or Assistant Secretary of the
Amarillo Chapter. Exceptions can only be approved by the Board of Directors.
Normal exceptions would include, but not limited to, rescheduling by the
Chapter for replacement of official’s scratched or become ill, etc. Only one
fine for each game shall be applied. Any levied fine can be contested by the
official. Notification of intent to protest must be made in writing to the
officials Divisional Representative no later than two (2) weeks following
the scheduled assignment. Protests will be heard by the Board of Directors
at the next scheduled Board meeting at which time the official must present
his or her protest in person. Failure to meet both requirements shall
forfeit the official’s ability to protest for the game assignment in
question. All fines must be paid no later than the end of the month or 15
days, whichever is greater, from the game assignment date. All Board
rejected protest fines must be paid immediately at the Board meeting at
which the protest is heard. Failure to pay a fine and repeat offenders shall
result in further disciplinary action including, but not limited to, removal
of any further assignments, assignment to Group 2, or even expulsion from
the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football.
E) Game fees
and mileage fees will be governed by the schedule of fees and mileage listed
in the Constitution and Contest Rules of the University Interscholastic
consecutive years in Group 2 is grounds for dismissal from the
Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football.
acceptance of membership in the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football, obligates
each member to observe all regulations set forth in the By-Laws of the
chapter. Failure to adhere is grounds for expulsion.
Divisional Representatives selected to the Board of Directors will bring
before the Executive Committee and/or Board of Directors any complaint,
problem, suggestion, request, etc., that a member or members wish to be
heard by the Executive Committee and/or Board of Directors.
members shall maintain their demographic and availability to officiate any
game or scrimmage in the current selected scheduling system for the Chapter.
This includes, but not limited to, the member keeping their name, address,
phone number(s), and email addresses up to date. This also includes, but not
limited to, the official identifying in the current selected scheduling
system for the Chapter the members available and closed days and dates
throughout the entire season, including spring and fall football scrimmages.
Failure by a member to maintain their demographic and availability to
officiate profile shall lead to the fines outlined in Article XV, Section D.
members of TASO- Football transferring from another local chapter will be
considered for membership in the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football in
keeping with following guidelines:
(1) It is
recommended the transferring member provide the Board of Director a written
recommendation from a qualified officer of the last chapter in which he/she
was a member.
(2) The Board
of Directors will evaluate the written recommendation and all other
information provided, regarding the transfer, and rule on whether or not
he/she will be accepted in the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football.
transfers must adhere to the rules and regulations of TASO - Football and
the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football.
A) The annual
dues of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football shall be determined by a
majority vote of the Board of Directors.
B) The annual
dues of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football are due seven days prior to
the last regular scheduled meeting for the year. Any dues paid after
December 1, will be assessed a reinstatement fee to be established by the
Board of Directors. No member may vote if his or her dues for the next year
are not paid seven days prior to the last regular scheduled meeting.
C) No game
assignments will be made by the Secretary or Assistant Secretary for the
year following January 1, if the dues, fines and/or assessments have not
an official pays his or her dues for the year following, and then is unable
to officiate, his or her local dues, less a $5 administrative fee, will be
refunded by the Treasurer upon written notification by the official.
Dues shall not be refunded after June 1 of the upcoming season.
Assessments must be presented to the general membership by the Board of
Directors and voted thereon. A simple majority of the members present and
voting shall constitute acceptance or rejection.
F) A gratuity
shall be paid to the Secretary each year for duties performed. The amount
shall be determined by majority vote of the Board of Directors. If funds are
not available, an assessment will be made of the general membership of the
G) A gratuity
shall be paid to the Assistant Secretary each year for the duties performed.
The amount shall be determined by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
If funds are not available, an assessment will be made of the general
membership of the chapter.
regular meetings of the chapter shall be determined by the Board of
Directors and conveyed to the general membership by the Secretary. The
President may call special meetings at any time.
members of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football must attend
either an approved
Local or State Rules Interpretation Meeting.
shall be the following standing committees:
Committee -- Shall be composed of the President, Immediate Past President
(only in the year after vacating the office of President), Vice-President,
Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and Recorder.
Nominating Committee -- Shall be appointed by the President and consist of
at least five (5) members. It shall be responsible for bringing before the
membership a list of nominees for each office for the succeeding year.
Scholarship Committee -- Shall be responsible for bringing before the
Membership Committee a list of nominees for scholarships. The Vice-President
shall be the chairman of this committee. The President of the chapter shall
appoint other members.
committees may be appointed by the President as needed to carry on the work
of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football.
POWERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A) It shall
be the duty of the Board of Directors to:
(1) Act as
the governing body of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football.
any needed special assessments.
attendance requirements or approve attendance exceptions per by-law
regulation governing uniforms, neat dress and appearance.
time, place and dates of regular meetings.
up-to-date policies of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football.
payment of dues, fines and assessments of each member.
all budgeted and non-budgeted expenditures.
B) The Board
of Directors shall have the power to make full investigation of all alleged
violations of the By-Laws of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football by any
C) The Board
of Directors, after consultation with the accused, shall have the power to
suspend any member from the chapter in matters concerning:
Violations of regulations regarding the solicitation of games.
of any member to give full cooperation to the committee in the investigation
on any manner.
of any member detrimental to the reputation of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO -
D) The Board
of Directors must notify any member with a violation, for which suspension
is recommended, in person. The notification shall state charges and a
request for the member to be present at the meeting in which:
charges are read and the recommendations are made.
(2) The vote
disciplinary action taken against any member of the chapter shall be
immediately reported to the Board of Directors, TASO - Football. Any
suspension may be appealed to the general membership by the member.
Two-thirds (2/3) majority votes of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO - Football,
present and voting may overturn a suspension.
F) The Board
of Directors shall be responsible for appointing a qualified, experienced
official or officials to conduct observation and grading of working
Observations will be made based on the following priorities:
Observations of officials who have had frequent and/or serious complaints.
Observations of new officials at random.
Observations of other officials at random.
results of the observations and gradings will be reported to the Board of
Directors and the Board of Directors will take appropriate action when
necessary to correct and/or improve poor officiating.
Treasurer will use designated funds to compensate the official or officials
making such observations where necessary.
POWERS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
purpose of the Scholarship Committee shall be to assist and encourage, by
financial means, the continuation of officiating careers in the Amarillo
Chapter with specific emphasis toward assisting new members.
B) It shall
be the duty of the Scholarship Committee to:
qualified members in good standing to receive financial assistance to
assisting the continuation of their officiating careers. Qualifications
shall include, but not be limited to the following:
Willingness to assist the chapter
nominations to the Board of Directors with regard to potential recipients by
the next to last regular scheduled meeting of each year.
Scholarships shall be awarded at the last regularly scheduled meeting of the
Scholarship funds shall be made available to the chapter by donations.
shall be kept in separate interest-bearing account.
A quorum for
transacting business shall consist of a majority of the Board of Directors.
dissolution of the Amarillo Chapter, TASO – Football, assets shall be
distributed for the benefit of one or more exempt purposes within the
definition of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or
corresponding section of any future federal federal tax code, or shall be
distributed to the federal government or to a state or local government for
a public purpose.
_______________________ day of _______________________, 20xx.
and By-Laws combined and revised October 4, 1999. Approved October 18, 1999.
Amended September 15, 2003.
Amended October 30, 2006.
Amended August 11, 2008
Amended September 26, 2011
Amended October 15, 2013
Amended October 15, 2020