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Blocking Dates and Times

If your assigner has granted you permission, you can block out days or times when you will not be available to officiate for a game.  To navigate to the Blocks page, click the blue "Blocks" tab.  If you have permission from your assigner, you will be able to view the calendar on your screen. Note: If you have blocks prior to getting added to another group, you'll be required to do the blocks for the new group as well. This article will explain how to do the following:

 

Block All Day

Block Part Day

Making Blocks "Firm" and Making Notes on Blocks

Clear Blocks

 

Block All Day

To block a single day:

  1. Check the groups you wish to apply the block to from the list in the Groups list, located in the upper-left corner of the page.
  2. Click "Block All Day" button in the Action menu, located on the left side of the calendar page.
  3. Click the day you want to block on the calendar.

To block a range of days:

  1. Check the groups you wish to apply the block to from the list in the Groups list, located in the upper-left corner of the page.  
  2. Click the "Block All Day" button in the Action menu, located on the left side of the calendar page.  
  3. Enter a start and end date in the "Date Range" box, located on the right side of the calendar page.  
  4. Check the boxes for each day of the week you wish to block, located just under the date range boxes.  
  5. Click the "Apply" button.

Block Part Day

To block a specific time of day on a single day:

  1. Check the groups you wish to apply the block to from the list in the Groups list, located in the upper-left corner of the page.
  2. Click the "Block Part Day" button in the Action menu, located on the left side of the calendar page.
  3. Enter the start time and end time of the block in the "Time Range" box, located just above the calendar.
  4. Click the day you want to block on the calendar.

To block a specific time of day on a range of days:

  1. Check the groups you wish to apply the block to from the list in the Groups list, located in the upper-left corner of the page.
  2. Click the "Block Part Day" button in the Action menu, located on the left side of the calendar page.
  3. Enter the start time and end time of the block in the "Time Range" box, located just above calendar.
  4. Enter a start and end date in the "Date Range" box, located on the right side of the calendar page.
  5. Check the boxes for each day of the week you wish to block, located just under the date range boxes.
  6. Click the "Apply" button.

Important Note:  When blocking specific times of day, please be aware that part-day blocks affect assigning-related restrictions as well as start-times for games.  For example, if you block out a day from 12:00 noon to 3:00pm, you may not be eligible to be assigned to a 3:15pm start time because you may have to travel more than 15 minutes to the site, or your assigner may have placed a requirement to be on-site 30 minutes early for the game. 

 

Making Blocks "Firm" and Making Notes on Blocks

A “firm” block is one that your assigner cannot override when making assignments. Normally, an assigner can still make an assignment even if you have a date blocked. They simply are notified that you’ve set a block, but they can still assign you. Making blocks firm prevents them from doing so.

After you have blocked a date, click the View Schedule option in the “Action” section. Click on a date and the lower portion of the screen will show you the blocks that have been set on that date. You will see what group (or groups) it applies to, what kind of block it is (All Day or Part Day) and whether the block is firm or not.

To make a block firm, click the edit pencil to the left of the block. Simply check the box in the “Firm” column. Now click the blue disk icon to save.

Follow the same procedure to make a note on a block. Instead of checking the box, simply type your note in the field provided and click the blue disk icon to save. To make a note that applies to all blocks in a date range, simply check the Add Notes box in the “Action” section before you proceed with blocking dates. A small window will appear that will allow you to type a note that will be applied to all dates in the date range.

Clear Blocks

To clear a block from a single day:

  1. Check the groups you wish to un-block from the list in the Groups list, located in the upper-left corner of the page.
  2. Click the "Clear Blocks" button in the Action menu, located on the left side of the calendar page.
  3. Click the day you want to clear on the calendar.

To clear blocks from a range of days:

  1. Check the groups you wish to un-block from the list in the Groups list, located in the upper-left corner of the page.  
  2. Click the "Clear Blocks" button in the Action menu, located on the left side of the calendar page.  
  3. Enter a start and end date in the "Date Range" box, located on the right side of the calendar page.  
  4. Check the boxes for each day of the week you wish to clear, located just under the date range boxes.  
  5. Click the "Apply" button.
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    Tim H

    This article needs a description of what the time blocks actually do.

    For example: If I have a 9am to 5pm time block, does that mean that I am open for a 5:00pm game time (regardless of distance from me)? OR...does that mean that I would be listed as unavailable for a 5:30pm game that is 40 minutes away?

    Bottom line: Is distance factored into the time blocks? This is vitally important.

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    John Evans

    Distance IS factored into time blocks, as are other assigning-related variables, such as:

    *Maximum travel speed (Default is typically 55 mph)
    *Arrive Early

    To answer your example, if you want to be on the field by 5:30, but it's 40 minutes away, you should set the end time of your block to a time no later than 4:50 pm.

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    Martin Abruscato

    My block schedule only shows one group despite me checking off sharing with all respective groups. My one assignor keeps scheduling me when I'm not availabe thru Arbitersports website

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    Scott Morris

    Does the block partial day time block mean that no assignment will go into that time frame. For instance, if I put 3-8 pm, could I be assigned a 230 game that wouldn't finish till 4? I won't want to block too much time, but also don't want to end up being assigned a game right before my time block meaning that I'll be working well into it.

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    Tim H

    The blocks DO take into account the length of the game.

    While not necessarily visible from the official's side, each game has a start time and end time. Unless the end time for the game is 3:00pm or earlier, you would not be able to work a 2:30pm game if your block was 3-8pm.

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    Scott Morris

    Thanks for the quick response... I also shot the assignor an email letting him know the situation.

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    Stephen O'Neil

    I can not seem to get any block options to be seen. In other words I can not block any time.

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    Gregory Keene

    An assignor was trying to assign me games for Saturday, March 21, 2015 but according to him when he tried to assign me games Arbiter says I am not available, I have no blocks set for that day. Can anyone help mr?

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    Lisa Schreihart

    I had many blocks set a few months ago for my school dates, and I shared them with all of my groups. I am not a new user, and had since not been assigned to any new groups. All of my blocks have disappeared and I had to reblock. I only found out about this when one of my assigners started assigning me to dates I knew I had blocked because they were school dates. Unfortunately, this probably does not make my assigner happy that he has to reassign.

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    John Evans

    @Martin - A common misconception is that the Sharing feature allows outside assigners to view your entire profile, such as all your blocks. Instead, it provides specific information to assigners when you have already been scheduled to a game in a different group. Here's an article with more information on that feature:

    https://arbitersports.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/204586708-Sharing-Game-Info-Across-Multiple-Groups

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    John Evans

    @Scott - Yes, the blocked time would affect a 2:30 time. Essentially, the rule means, "I can't officiate during this time," so if the scheduler sees that your 2:30 game spills into your 3:30 or 4:00 block, it will notify your assigner of a potential assigning issue.

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    John Evans

    @Stephen - Your issue may be that your assigner has not granted you permission to set your own blocks for your group. You should contact them for more information.

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    John Evans

    @Gregory -- Blocked dates are only one type of assigning issue that can prevent you from appearing as available. If your assigner continues to have trouble seeing you as available, have them Submit a Ticket to us, and we can help them out.

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    John Evans

    @Lisa -- You should submit a ticket if you continue to see this issue. We would be happy to take a look at your account.

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    Tim Samples

    I am trying to clear a block from a date and after going through the steps, (choosing groups, selecting the day from the calendar) and clicking the "apply" button, nothing happens. Must be missing a step.

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    Benjamin Bacheller

    I am trying to set the mileage I'm willing to travel for games, but cannot seem to find anywhere it allows me to do this in my account. Suggestions?

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    Deb949

    It will not let me block out times when I am trying

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    Robert Palachick

    I experienced a conflict of scheduling from 2 different assignors for matches on the same day. One assigner uses Arbiter and the other assignor does not .

    If I block out two days on my Arbiter calendar, could I still be assigned matches from a different assignor on Arbiter on the days that I blocked?