The GLOA Constitution and By-Laws govern the Association. Copies are available to any member, but because it is a lengthy document, this two page sheet is intended to give you the highlights of the document.The Board of Directors are the operating officers of the GLOA, consisting of the three elected officers, the major sport commissioners and the assignment scheduler. The Executive Board members are the President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer who are elected by the General Membership during the August meeting. The major Sport Commissioners and the Assignment Scheduler are appointed by the Executive Board and serve as voting members on the Board of Directors. Assistant Commissioners are appointed to assist in the administration of a sport and are non voting members on the Board of Directors.
- The President is the Chief Operating Officer of the Association chairing all board meetings and general membership meetings, and insures the smooth operation of the Association.
- The Vice President is the Assistant Chief Operating Officer, acts as the interpreter of the Constitution and By-Laws, chairs the Grievance Committee and in the absence of the President, serves as the Chief Operating Officer. In addition is the training, mentor and observation director for the Association.
- The Secretary is the Chief Administrative Officer and record keeper for the Association. This includes keeping accurate minutes of all meetings, notifying members of meeting times and places, keeping a current roster of members, being the editor of the Newsletter and being the association webmaster under the direction of the President and Vice President.
- The Treasurer is the bookkeeper, collection agent, check writer and contract negotiator for the Association.
- The Sport Commissioners and Assistants recruit, train, evaluate, and lead the officials of their sport. They act as the primary sport liaison between the various leagues and the Association.
- The Assignment Scheduler gathers all sport schedules, coordinates schedule changes and assigns all GLOA officials for all contracted sports.
The GLOA contracts leagues to officiate sporting events. Bills are sent on a monthly basis to the respective leagues for the previous months work (16th of the month to the 5th of the next month. The leagues then pay the GLOA and the GLOA pays the officials. This normally is done at a Membership Meeting which is held the first Sunday of each month or mailed when funds are available. An example of this process is:
- Bills for November 15-December 16 sent on December
- Checks are received from leagues 3rd – 4th week of Jan.
- Officials paid at Feb meeting.
Each Sport Commissioner coordinates an ongoing training and evaluation program. New members enter as Level 5 officials and progress through the system to Level 1. Level 1 and 2 officials are trainers and evaluators who assist the sport commissioners and assistants in monitoring the officials. The levels of proficiency are as follows:
- Level 1-COORDINATOR
- Level 2-EVALUATOR
- Level 3-TRAINER
- Level 4-APPRENTICE
- Level 5-ROOKIE
Each advancement level is reached through three evaluations completed two weeks apart and with a minimum of three scheduled dates between evaluations. Evaluations will be completed by Level 1 and/or 2 officials. A minimum of 3 weeks must lapse between level promotions.
New officials are assigned a number, which will be worn on their sport uniform. New officials are also issued one GLOA patch. Additional patches may be purchased from the Secretary/Treasurer. The GLOA patch will be displayed on the right sleeve of the sport uniform. Numbers for Softball uniforms will be displayed on the left sleeve and will be a white 4 inch number. Numbers on Basketball, Football, Wrestling and Soccer will be displayed in black numerals on a white background and will be a 6 inch number. If a jacket is allowed and worn and the official desires to display a GLOA patch, it will be displayed on the left chest area. Numbers will be displayed on the left sleeve in the same manner as the softball uniform. The Sport Commissioners designate the sport uniforms and approve exceptions.
The GLOA has a strong reputation due the high caliber of our officials. We have an excellent training program and high standards. You are now a member of one of the finest associations in the country. The GLOA Constitution and By-Laws govern the Association. Copies are available to any member, but because it is a lengthy document, this sheet is intended to give you the highlights of the document.