Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Latest Word From The ITA

Dear Officials,

We just wanted to take a moment to update everyone on the recertification process that is now going on.  We have received some questions, and would just like to clarify a few things.

First, the dues we are collecting are for the 2017-18 academic year.  In order to pay your dues, if you haven't already done so, please login to ZebraWeb and click on the Zebra-Secretary Console.  Then, click on the online test link that can be found toward the top of the page.  This will redirect you to the secure payment portal where you can pay your dues.  Once your dues are paid, you will have access to the test.

While there is no "deadline" to take the test, recertification webinars are only offered through the end of July.  Therefore, you will need to pay your dues, take your test and attend a webinar by the end of July.

Webinars are now open for registration.  You should plan on a minimum of 90 minutes to complete the webinar.  After you successfully pass your open-book test (a score of 80% or better), a link should appear on the zebra-secretary console page just below the online test link.  This will take you to a new window where you can register for a webinar of your choice.  A schedule of all webinars is available in the documents section of the zebra-secretary console of ZebraWeb.  If you do not see a time from the schedule listed in the registration options, it means that time slow is full as each webinar is limited to 30 participants.  Additionally, webinars are only scheduled through July 26.  The remaining webinars will be added into the system in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns not addressed above, please do not hesitate to email


Courtney Potkey
The ITA Officiating Department

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Another New Moniker Among Us--GOLDFISH!

This this is the busiest time of the year for collegiate officiating, it is also the time of more interesting and unique events among our officiating family.  As usual, whenever someone distinguishes themselves in some way (both good and not so good), there seems to be a new nickname arise from that event.  Therefore, we want to welcome GOLDFISH to our family.

In case you are wondering who this might be, here are the hints:

*  Could be a man but is probably a woman.
*  Is an experienced collegiate official.
*  Lives in Texas. 
*  Doesn't respond well to criticism or helpful hints. 
*  Is very stylish in their officiating apparel.

Not sure you will ever figure it out, but GOLDFISH now has a place among the annals of officiating.

Meet Our New Fellow Official--PAYROLL!

From time to time an official does such a fine job of officiating or does something in their life that is worthy of a nickname among us.  We have previously anointed the Oklahoma boy with the nickname "Catfish" and now we are ready to bestow another honor.

We are now bestowing the moniker "PAYROLL" on one of our special brethren.  We will not publicly share his name but here are some hints:

*  He's from West Texas.
*  He has huge feet.
*  He doesn't live in Lubbock or Abilene.

Those clues should suffice for now...  Here is how his moniker came into being:

Seems that Payroll kept writing a good friend of his in Austin, Texas and was complaining about not being paid to work the ITA Kick Off in January.  Finally, his friend told him to send his complaint to Vickie Wright who is the coordinator for UT.  He did and here was her reply,  "You didn't even work the Kickoff in Austin.  You were working in Lubbock for the Texas Tech Kickoff!"

Needless to say, Payroll is now living in self-imposed seclusion until his embarrassment wears off.  However, if you receive an invoice from him for any of your matches, be sure to check to see if he even worked the event.  He probably didn't...