The questions below are to assist schools with the transition from using myOHSAA scheduling and contracting tools to using ArbiterSports software. For questions concerning how the ArbiterSports software works or for technical support of the ArbiterSports products, please contact ArbiterSports by contacting the ArbiterSports help desk at 800-311-4060.
Yes. High schools will be expected to enter varsity contests, varsity officials contracts and into the Arbiter. A school can continue to use another scheduling vendor, but the OHSAA will expect the minimum information to be entered into Arbiter. There is a process for uploading schedules from an excel spreadsheet for schools that choose to use another scheduling vendor.
ArbiterGame is free to OHSAA member high schools. Middle schools that want or require an account can purchase ArbiterGame for a reduced annual fee of $110.
Please contact Jacki Windon ([email protected]).
Contact Arbitor Support at 1-800-311-4060 for account information or use the Forgot Password link on the ArbiterSports.com login screen. (https://www1.arbitersports.com/Shared/SignIn/Signin.aspx).
NOTE: The OHSAA does not have access to your Arbiter login credentials.
There is no limit to the number of people a school can have on their ArbiterGame account.
There is usually a cost associated with having more than one user per account but the Arbiter is waiving this fee for OHSAA member schools.
Yes, but it is highly discouraged. This can be done and will work best if the high school and junior high have the same address but can be problematic if they do not. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to combine high school and junior high events on one account. Opponents and spectators of junior high events will have a more difficult time finding the junior high events on the public scheduling interface (ArbiterLive). In addition, when your parents go to find the games listed in ArbiterLive they will have to know to search for the high school rather than the middle school to find their events and “Follow” the teams for which they want the schedule. In other states some schools combine high school and junior high accounts. However, this resulted in many more inquiries to their athletic department from opponents and fans, so they purchased a middle school account. Ultimately the decision is up to each high school.
The OHSAA has negotiated a reduced cost for member junior high schools that want or require an account. This reduced cost is $175 per year. The normal costs for a junior high account is approximately $225 per year and depends on the number of sports per school.
Contact Justin Miller at ArbiterSports at 1-801-838-8870 or email [email protected].
myOHSAA and ArbiterGame are integrated so that some of the data entered in the Arbiter will be available for what is needed in myOHSAA. This includes the contest officials so they can be rated in myOHSAA.
Yes, but not for scheduling events or contest officials. Scheduling is done in ArbiterSports for all events and levels of play.
Schools will still use myOHSAA to:
- Maintain school directory information including administration and coaches
-OHSAA board resolution cards
- OHSAA participation card
- OHSAA tournament entry
- Rating of contest officials
- Voting for OHSAA tournament officials
- Pre-Season Parent Meetings
No, schools choosing to use other scheduling software may continue to do so, but will need to meet the minimum use requirements in ArbiterGame. ArbiterGame is the software that the OHSAA has partnered with to provide the most comprehensive game and official scheduling system.
Yes. Using the Arbiter template, data can be loaded from your third party vendor into the template. This template can then be uploaded into ArbiterGame or ArbiterOne. However, uploads of data can cause errors if the data points do not match exactly. This can result in more time being spent to correct the errors than entering each event individually. Arbiter has a smart scheduler feature that allows for multi-level events to be entered at the same time, thus reducing the time involved with re-entry. In addition, entering events directly into Arbiter is a great way to learn the system and will reduce the number of errors. For these reasons, the OHSAA and Arbiter recommend that schools enter their events directly into Arbiter instead of using the upload feature. However, the decision is to re-enter or upload is up to each individual school.
If an assigner has already entered a game, it may appear twice. If the data points do not match, the details for the event may not be uploaded correctly. For these reasons, the OHSAA and Arbiter recommend that schools enter their events directly into Arbiter instead of using the upload feature. However, the decision is to re-enter or upload is up to each individual school.
For Technical Support, call ArbiterSports customer service at 1-800-311-4060. Select 1 for support and follow the prompts to speak to an ArbiterSports representative. ArbiterSports Technical Support is available from 8 am – 9 pm Monday through Thursday; 8 am – 7 pm on Friday, and 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday. These times are Eastern Time.
ArbiterSports' Technical Support is available from 8 am – 9 pm Monday through Thursday; 8 am – 7 pm on Friday, and 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday. These times are Eastern Time.
Yes, for those schools with more than one team (EX: JV-Red and JV-Black) at the same level. Schools can designate a team name.
Schools, officiating assigners and league commissioners can all create events. Schools can work with these persons to determine who will create events. This is one of the best features of the Arbiter as it allows this workload to be shared.
This question is best answered by establishing guidelines for what events will be entered, how they will be entered and by whom they will be entered as a collective agreement with the other schools in your league, your league scheduler and officiating assigners. Ideally, each school or assigner would enter the home events. This will then populate all the away league events too. That just leaves the non-conference events for the school to enter.
Game contracts are sent and accepted electronically to any school that uses ArbiterGame software. The opponent can be an Ohio school or out-of-state as their location does not matter as long as they use ArbiterGame. For any opponent that does not use ArbiterGame, the game contract can be created and saved through ArbiterGame by the OHSAA school and then emailed to the opponent. Once the signed contract is returned, the OHSAA school can accept the game contract so that the contract icon will turn green and the Athletic Director knows that everything is set and ready to go for that event.
Yes, ArbiterGame can be used for non-athletic events and scheduling. Each event has the option to make it public or non-public. Public events show on the school's ArbiterLive schedules. This feature can provide a more comprehensive facilities management tool.
Arbiter is currently working on an iCal feed. This feature has been requested by many schools across the country, but Arbiter does not have an expected time for this feed to be completed. However, in the meantime through the reports area, schedules can be printed in many different formats that can be integrated in calendaring software. These report formats are XML, CSV, Excel, Word, PDF, MHTML and Tiff.
Yes, ArbiterGame can manage your facilities. In addition, ArbiterSports and SchoolDude have partnered to offer a comprehensive facilities management program that includes automated controls of lighting, AC/heating and other facilities systems.
Yes, ArbiterGame allows schools to request and track transportation for all events. In addition, ArbiterGame interfaces with SchoolDude and their transportation software to provide a comprehensive district-wide management of transportation.
Several reports are available through Arbiter.
Yes, rosters of student-athletes can be entered into ArbiterGame. The tools available through the rosters can track lots of student information from the day they begin classes to the day they graduate. ArbiterGame can also track and print awards for these student-athletes.
ArbiterOne is the software both assigners and officials use to assign officials to athletic contests. This software also allows the assigner to create athletic events for the school which can aid the athletic department with its workload.
No. Officials contracts can be created by either the school or the OHSAA licensed officiating assigner.
No, the contracting and scheduling features of myOHSAA are being replaced with ArbiterSports products.
Officials for varsity level contests must be contracted through Arbiter. A school may choose to use a different method to contract sub-varsity contest officials. However, myOHSAA scheduling and contracting of events and officials has been replaced with ArbiterSports products.
Yes, schools may use their ArbiterGame account to schedule event workers and officials.
ArbiterPay (formerly) RefPay is the software that pays officials electronically (EFT). ArbiterPay is completely integrated with ArbiterOne and ArbiterGame so school administration can pay officials with the click of a button.
There are many benefits to using ArbiterPay
No. The choice to use ArbiterPay is up to each school district. However, for the regular contests, OHSAA has determined to transition to ArbiterPay for tournament events.
No. Each school district or non-public school will need to register and fund their own accounts for regular season contests.
ArbiterPay can be accessed through www.arbiterpay.com. This is where the schools will transfer funds to their accounts and view the different reports they will need for accounting purposes. Once ArbiterPay accounts are set-up, the athletic director or treasurers' offices can pay through ArbiterGame or ArbiterOne.
Yes, there are fees for using ArbiterPay. The ArbiterPay fee is simply a transaction fee that is charged to the school for every official that is paid. This fee is deducted from the school's trust fund at the time the official is paid. However, the transaction fee is far less than the current costs incurred with paying officials by check. This includes the time to process these payments, the cost of the check, the costs of the printer and ink, the cost of postage, the costs to replace a lost or stolen check, reconcile the bank transactions, and the costs associated with paying the wrong official. Once the money is transferred to the official's account, they have a no-cost-way of getting their money. Officials also have choices through Arbiter on how to receive their payments through electronic transfer of funds, an Arbiter debit card or a paper check.