2023 – 2024
NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC MEN’S BASKETBALL OFFICIATING AGREEMENT
This 2023 – 2024 New England College Officiating LLC Men’s Basketball Officiating Agreement (hereinafter, the “Agreement”) is made as of
the date indicated at the bottom of this Agreement and is between the NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC and the OFFICIAL, whose signature is at the bottom of this contract.
A. NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC is a not-for-profit, voluntary association that coordinates and assigns the services
of NCAA qualified officials for officiating NCAA Division III, Region XXI Junior Colleges, New England Prep School Men’s
Basketball games between universities (“Members”).
B. The OFFICIAL is a qualified NCAA Men’s basketball referee, knowledgeable in all applicable basketball game rules and desires
to offer service as an independent contractor to officiate certain Men’s basketball games for the 2023-2024 season.
C. Conference Members referred to in this agreement are the members of The Commonwealth Coast Conference, Great Northeast
Athletic Conference, The Little EAST Conference, Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, North Atlantic Conference,
New England Collegiate Conference, New England Small College Athletic Conference, New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic
Conference, NJCAA Region XXI, Brandeis University, Fisher College, Brewster Academy, New Hampton School, and South Kent
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises set forth in the Agreement, NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC and the OFFICIAL agree as follows:
The term of this Agreement is for the 2023 – 2024 NCAA Division III Men’s basketball season only. The OFFICIAL acknowledges that this Agreement contains all the agreements and understandings between the OFFICIAL and NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC and that any officiating services subsequent to the term of this Agreement shall be set forth in a future agreement between the parties. The OFFICIAL understands that there is no assurance or implication that a future agreement will be offered by NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC, and that NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC, through LAWRENCE N. LAST (hereinafter, the
“Coordinator/Assigner”), reserves the right, in its sole discretion, with or without cause, not to offer the OFFICIAL a future agreement
subsequent to the terms of this Agreement.
2. Independent Contractor Status
The OFFICIAL agrees that his/her legal status under this Agreement, and in performing this service for NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE
OFFICIATING LLC and the Members of the Commonwealth Coast Conference, Great Northeast Athletic Conference, The Little East
Conference, Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, North Atlantic Conference, New England Collegiate Conference, New England Small College Athletic Conference, New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference, Brandeis University, Fisher College, and the NJCAA Region XXI (collectively, the “Conferences”) (which includes travel to and from game sites), is that of an independent contractor and under no circumstances shall the OFFICIAL be deemed an employee of, or have any rights as an employee of NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC, the Coordinator/Assigner or any of the Members of the aforementioned Conferences.
As an independent contractor, the OFFICIAL shall:
i. Obtain for his/her own benefit disability, medical, hospitalization and liability insurance for any and all claims he might incur in
performing officiating services under this Agreement and in travel to and from game sites and shall submit proof of such insurance to NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC upon request; and
ii. Shall hold harmless NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC, the Coordinator/Assigner and the Members for which he
assigns from any and all liability for injury, including sickness related to COVID-19, damage or loss sustained as a result of his/her
actions (or inactions) in the performance of any services under this Agreement, including without limitation, all claims for medical
expenses incurred, and for failure by him/her to obtain or maintain insurance required hereunder during the term of this Agreement.
iii. The Official recognizes that member institutions have adopted “COVID-19 safety and risk management policies, procedures,
protocols and guidelines for their premises and/or events. Official represents and warrants to the Member institutions that he/she shall cooperate with the COVID-19 Protocols, including without limitation vaccination disclosure and other obligations deemed necessary by the Member institutions served. Official acknowledges that protocols and best practices for prevention and management of COVID-19 protocols are rapidly evolving. Accordingly, Official understands that COVID-19 Protocols remain subject to change as determined by the Member institutions. Official agrees to comply with the COVID-19 Protocols determined by the Member institutions, as the same may be amended, replaced, or otherwise modified during the Term.
iv. The Official voluntarily and knowingly assumes the risks that Official (and/or his/her contacts) may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by the Officials participation as a service-provider for any Game, including travel to and from any Game and engaging in any related preparatory or connected activities, and agree that officiating basketball games presents a risk of infection with the novel CORONA-19 VIRUS and agrees to accept the risks and agrees not to assert a claim or suit against
New England College Officiating LLC, its Coordinator/Assigner of officiating and schools serviced by New England College Officiating LLC in the event that you (and/or his/her contacts) become infected with COVID-19.
3. General Staffing
All regular season home games involving the Members will be officiated by NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC selected
OFFICIALS, namely those who are parties to officiating agreements with NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC for the 2023
- 2024 Men’s basketball season.
i. Any assignment shall be subject to cancellation by the Coordinator/Assigner due to scheduling changes and, in addition, the
Coordinator/Assigner, in his sole discretion, may cancel any assignment deemed to be in the best interests of the aforementioned Members for which he assigns. All assignments shall be considered binding agreements upon acceptance by the OFFICIAL at the Arbiter Sports assigning website.
ii. The OFFICIAL shall register as a member of the NCAA Men’s basketball officiating website (www.refquest.com), complete both the
online pre-season officiating clinic, the pre-season officiating exam with a passing grade of 85, complete the background check
consent information and attend a mandatory/required regional preseason meeting conducted by the Coordinator/Assigner.
Failure in either regard may result in the termination of this Agreement and the cancellation of all assignments.
5. Assigning Fee
The Official agrees to pay a nonrefundable fee of *****$90.00 payable upon receipt of Contract. This fee must be received by the Coordinator/Assigner by ***** Friday, September 1, 2023. The Coordinator/Assigner, at his sole discretion, may cancel any games assigned to the OFFICIAL if the Contract and assigning fee
is not received by September 1, 2023.
6. Compensation for Services
Each OFFICIAL shall receive game fees specific to each Conference for regular season contests. The 2023 – 2024 game fees shall be
$220/ $210/$200 plus travel that exceeds 75 miles one way. For exhibition and scrimmage contests, each OFFICIAL shall receive a flat
fee of $80 (no mileage or per diem permitted). The game fees shall be paid to the OFFICIAL by each school (herein, “Members”)
where the contest was played or through ArbiterPay/RefPay.
7. Fitness and Rule Application
The OFFICIAL shall maintain an appropriate level of physical fitness; exhibit a comprehensive knowledge of the NCAA Men’s Basketball rulebook, annual points of emphasis, and NCAA mechanics manual all to the reasonable satisfaction of the Coordinator/Assigner. Failure in any regard to meet these standards shall entitle NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC, by the Coordinator/Assigner, in his sole discretion, to terminate this Agreement.
8. Professionalism and Integrity
The OFFICIAL shall follow the guidelines of professionalism set forth by the NCAA and by the Coordinator/Assigner through in-person
meetings and/or memorandum communication throughout the period of this Agreement. It is expected that the OFFICIAL will refrain
from any activity, direct or indirect, associated with sports wagering involving not only the Conferences, but also any NCAA sanctioned
sport. The OFFICIAL will also refrain from public comments regarding game situations, beyond the application of a basketball rule, to any outlets, including social media platforms, other than the aforementioned Conference representatives. Failure to comply with any of the above shall entitle NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC, by the Coordinator/Assigner, in his sole discretion, to terminate this Agreement.
9. Right of Termination
If at any time during the term of this Agreement the OFFICIAL is unable, for whatever reason, to perform fully all the requirements of this Agreement, NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC, by the Coordinator/Assigner, in his sole discretion, may terminate this
Agreement and any assignments made to the OFFICIAL and, thereafter, NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC and the
Coordinator/Assigner shall have no further obligation to the OFFICIAL.
The laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall govern this Agreement and failure by NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC in any instance to insist on strict performance of the terms of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver by NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICAITING LLC of any of its rights under this Agreement.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC and the OFFICIAL cause this Agreement to be executed and
delivered on the date(s) indicated:
NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OFFICIATING LLC
Agreements signed after September 3rd are subject to a $10.00 late fee.