Associate Officials Nomination Process
We want to maximize the officiating opportunities for the successful AO candidates. The nomination process is designed to ensure that the AO’s get on the local Town program’s radar for assignments. By having the local Town AO Contact nominate the AO’s for the training, we know that they will be in the queue for assignments. There is some flexibility with the nomination process – we will accept candidates without a formal nomination from a town, but we make them aware that we cannot provide any degree of assurance that they will get assignments.
Nominations started on Jan 2, 2017. We have extended the deadline for Nominations to February 12, 2017 to accomodate some towns who got a late start on the process. Please forward your nominees to either your Regional Referee Coordinator (listed below) or directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The first group of AO Nominees were contacted on FEBRUARY 3, 2017 with instructions for Registration in the 2017 program and for enrolling in one of the mandatory certification classes. This part of the process will run from FEBRUARY 3 to FEBRUARY 18, 2017. The fee will be the same as it was in 2016, $45 per candidate. The candidate will be given instructions on the payment choices as well – either online or by check.
Registered candidates will be asked to select from one of the initial 12 class offerings. The class dates and times are posted on the Enrollment page with the Enrollment form http://emloa.org/associate-officials/class-enrollment/ .
Once the candidate signs up, he will get a confirmation note for their class along with a pre-training package including classroom materials and a pre-test. Candidates must enter a valid Registration Number on their Enrollment Form.
Once the NEW candidate completes the classroom training and testing, he/she will enter into the Mentoring phase of the training. Upon successful completion of the Mentoring and Evaluation phase, the candidate will become a fully certified Associate Official.
Note that returning AO's do not have to repeat the Mentoring process.