News&Announcements

November 14, 2017 TASO OFFICE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING November 2, 2017 NATIONAL ANTHEM September 6, 2017 TASO MEMBERS NEEDING ASSISTANCE AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY October 25, 2017 TASO ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR August 30, 2017 HURRICANE HARVEY ASSISTANCE FOR TASO MEMBERS September 6, 2017 BASKETBALL ANNUAL MEETING LOCATION CHANGE September 7, 2017 ARBITERSPORTS STEPS UP WITH DONATION September 6, 2017 Move on From a Mistake September 6, 2017 Learn Lessons From Sports You Don\'t Work August 4, 2017 Setting Up an Officials Mentor Program is as Easy as 1-2-3 August 4, 2017 Are You Addicted to Officiating? June 16, 2017 Keep Away From the Mechanics Buffet June 27, 2017 TASO OFFICE CLOSED FOR THE 4TH July 19, 2017 TASO TO ADD ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION January 30, 2017 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL AND NEW MEMBER APPLICATIONS May 18, 2017 TASO Executive DIRECTOR DISCUSSES SHORTAGE OF OFFICIALS ON JEFF CRILLEY SHOW April 20, 2017 ILLEGAL BATS April 6, 2017 TASO BOARD MEETING February 23, 2017 INCOME TAX INFORMATION March 24, 2017 TAPPS STATE SOCCER TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS January 18, 2017 TASO STATEMENT CONCERNING UIL SEC DECISION January 15, 2017 BRICE CHERRY: LET'S CUT THE ZEBRAS SOME SLACK December 7, 2016 The Officiating Crisis: What Can I Do January 3, 2017 TASO BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL ANNUAL MEETINGS August 10, 2016 UIL GAME/MATCH FEE INCREASES October 26, 2016 Provide-A-Ride Update November 21, 2016 Schools ENROLLED IN ARBITERPAY October 28, 2016 TASO position concerning our national anthem October 18, 2016 UIL LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SUMMARY August 10, 2016 TAPPS GAME/MATCH FEE INCREASE August 24, 2016 What Your Appearance Says About You - A Cliché That Sums It Up August 9, 2016 When is it Time to Retire from Officiating? August 17, 2016 Sports Rush: The Big Leagues of Officiating August 2, 2016 OFFICIATE TEXAS DAY A SUCCESS May 24, 2016 NEVER LEAVE ALONE March 10, 2015 TASO Partners With LIFELOCK July 12, 2016 NASO GIVEWAY July 25, 2016 ON-SITE REGISTRATION June 22, 2016 BITE YOUR TONGUE June 6, 2016 NEVER SAY "CALM DOWN" May 11, 2016 KNOW YOUR PURPOSE April 27, 2016 FIRM VOICE CONTROL April 14, 2016 Annual TASO Board Meeting March 22, 2016 BODY LANGUAGE CAN BE A CAREER KILLER March 8, 2016 BE A "PEOPLE PERSON" February 24, 2016 HAVE A PASSION FOR THE RULES February 24, 2016 TASO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR APPOINTED TO ADVISORY BOARD February 9, 2016 HONOR YOUR OBLIGATION TO BE HELD TO A HIGHER STANDARD February 1, 2016 DON'T TAKE IT PERSONALLY January 18, 2016 UNDERSTAND THE INTENT OF A RULE January 5, 2016 Don't Have mad Signals December 22, 2015 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS PARTICIPANTS INCREASING December 15, 2015 BASEBALL / SOFTBALL ANNUAL MEETING October 21, 2015 UIL APPROVES GAME/MATCH FEE INCREASE October 16, 2015 OCTOBER 15, 2015 UIL SEC HEARING UPDATE September 25, 2015 UIL SEC 9-24-15 HEARING UPDATE September 26, 2015 TAPPS SUPPORT November 8, 2015 HAPPY VETERANS DAY September 8, 2015 TASO PRESS RELEASE September 7, 2015 TASO Statement CONCERNING SAN ANTONIO JAY HIGH SCHOOL INCIDENT September 2, 2015 TASO SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY August 11, 2015 Red River Volleyball Chapter Conducts Officials Camp August 4, 2015 2015 TGCA All-Star Softball Games August 5, 2015 Volleyball On-Line Clinic July 1, 2015 Update On Game/Match Fee Increase June 10, 2015 Governor Signs HB 1040 into Law August 1, 2015 Football District Director Elections July 17, 2015 2015 TASO Football Annual Meeting Agenda April 22, 2015 TASO Legislative Initiatives July 1, 2015 Football Regional Clinic Evaluations May 27, 2015 Austin Softball Chapter Award Winners May 6, 2015 TASO Board of Directors Meeting Summary May 12, 2015 TASO Football Annual Meeting On-Line Registration closing this week June 18, 2015 TASO Houston Football Chapter Blood Drive April 19, 2015 UIL State Soccer Tournament Officials March 16, 2015 TASO Softball Division On-Line Clinic April 19, 2015 Beaumont Baseball Chapter Contributes To Wounded Warrior Project March 27, 2015 TASO Volleyball Clinician Applications March 17, 2015 TASO Officials Selected For UIL Regional and State Tournaments February 24, 2015 Football Board of Directors Meeting Summary February 24, 2015 TASO MEMBER KILLED DURING ARMED ROBBERY February 12, 2015 LEGAL SOFTBALL BAT NOTICE April 7, 2015 Beaumont BASEBALL CHAPTER CONTRIBUTES TO WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT December 14, 2014 TASO FOOTBALL MEMBERS SELECED FOR UIL 1A CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES January 19, 2015 VOLLEYBALL DIVISION BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING November 12, 2014 TASO Volleyball Members Officiate TAPPS State Tournament November 18, 2014 TASO BASEBALL MEMBERS DONATE SERVICES TO MATT DOZIER BENEFIT TOURNAMENT February 4, 2015 Socccer on-line clinic DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, february 9, 2015 September 8, 2014 UIL OCP Course Now Available November 6, 2014 TASO Office Closed for Thanksgiving November 6, 2014 TASO Baseball and Softball Annual Meeting July 31, 2014 TASO Basketball, Socer, Volleyball and Football Tests July 31, 2014 TASO Volleyball and Football Online Clinics February 26, 2014 Online Applications for New & Returning Members June 19, 2014 TASO Football Members Receive BIG DISCOUNT on CFO Web Site Access June 9, 2014 Football Play Clock Training for School Clock Operators April 4, 2014 Lightning Safety April 2, 2014 HONC Retires After 57 Years of Baseball Umpiring March 20, 2014 TASO's Coe selected for THSCA Award

TASO Insurance Programs

DIRECTORS & OFFICERS LIABILITY ** GENERAL LIABILITY ** ACCIDENT PROTECTION

Insurance Program General Description

What insurance benefits does my TASO membership provide?

TASO membership include an insurance package providing chapters and members with director and officer liability, general liability (including sexual abuse and molestation coverage) and accident protection. This coverage is automatically provided to members as part of TASO membership dues.

Who is covered?
All officials currently registered with the TASO state office are covered under the insurance program. The TASO Board of Directors, each sport division board of directors, and each local chapter board of directors is covered under the general liability policy and Director' s & Officer's Liability Policy.

What activities are covered?
TASO members are covered for the following activities under the insurance program:
  • All activities necessary to the conduct of practices and games.
  • In order for a member to be covered for his/her officiating, the sport must be recognized by the University Interscholastic League (UIL). However, while the UIL does not recognize 7 on 7 Football and 3 on 3 Basketball, TASO's Member Liability does provide coverage while officiating these games.
  • Officiating duties also include chain crews and attending officiating camps, clinics, and meetings.
  • Coverage for members extends to officiating varsity, sub-varsity, junior high games, and middle school games. It also extends to officiating, independent youth, adult, and recreational leagues. IMPORTANT CHANGE: The officiating game/match assignment must come thru a TASO Chapter or assigning authority authorized by TASO.
  • No coverage is provided for the officiating of any professional sport.

Coverage Summary
DIRECTOR'S  &  OFFICER'S LIABILITY

What does a D&O policy cover?
D&O liability protects TASO, each division entity and each chapter entity from claims arising out of wrongful acts or claims of errors and omissions. Some examples of D&O type claims would be those stemming from eligibility matters, discrimination or wrongful termination, The policy specifically excludes claims that result from bodily injury or properly damage. Those types of claims are covered by the general liability policy.

Who is covered?
This program provides broad coverage for TASO and each division entity and each chapter entity of each division. It not only covers the officers and directors of TASO, each division entity and each chapter entity, but also provides protection for anyone acting in an official capacity on behalf of any covered insured including assignment secretaries.

D&O Liability Limits:
  • Limit of liability - $1,000,000
  • Aggregate per policy term - $1,000,000
  • Deductible per claim - $10,000**
 
**On any claim made against a chapter, the chapter's portion of the deductible is limited to $500 - TASO will incur the remainder of the deductible.

This policy is written on a claims-made basis, meaning that any claims or potential claims must be reunited within the policy term to be eligible for coverage.

Insurance Company: This program is underwritten by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Warren, NJ. Chubb is rated "A+" (Superior) by A.M. Best's rating service.

General Liability Protection Program
The general liability protection program provides protection for members against claims of bodily injury liability, property damage liability and the litigation costs to defend against such claims. Coverage is provided up to $5,000,000.00 per occurrence with a general aggregate amount of $6,000,000.00. There is a $500.00 deductible for property damage claims.

General Liability Protection Program Limits:
  • $2,000,000.00 General Aggregate
  • $1,000,000.00 Each Occurrence
  • $2,000,000.00 Products / Completed Operations $2,000,000.00 Personal & Advertising Injury
  • $100,000.00 Fire Damage
  • $100,000.00 Sexual Abuse and Molestation Coverage
  • $4,000,000.00 Excess Liability

No Deductible for Bodily Injury Claims
Includes Coverage for Acts of Terrorism
Insurance Company: This program is underwritten by United States Fire, Insurance, an "A" Rated Insurance Carrier by A.M. Best's Rating Service.

Participant Accident Protection Program
The participant accident protection program covers members while participating in Covered Activities and while traveling, directly and without interruption, to and from any Covered Activity and their homes or places of residence and/or places of employment.

Participant Accident Protection Program Limits (EXCESS COVERAGE ONLY):
  • $50.000.00 Maximum Medical Expense Benefit
  • $5,000.00 Accidental Death & Dismemberment Benefit
  • $1,000.00 Limit for Physiotherapy and/or Chiropractic Treatment
  • $500.00 Deductible Amount
  • 52 Week Benefit Period (One Year)

Insurance Company: This program is underwritten by United States Fire Insurance and is rated 'A' (Excellent) by A. M. Best's rating service.

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How to File a Claim:
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Accident Claims
Accident insurance policies, unlike health insurance policies, have self imposed notice of claim requirements and payment benefits.

  1. Written or authorized electronic notice of claim must be given to TASO within 31 days after a covered loss/injury occurs or as soon as reasonably possible.
  2. First covered expense or treatment must be incurred within 90 days of a covered loss/injury.
  3. The benefit period is for a 12 month period from the date of injury.

Notice of Claim
Step 1: To file a claim for accidental injuries, print Part A  and 
Part B of the Notification of injury form. Follow the instructions on both forms; complete all questions on Part A and Part B.
Step 2: These forms must be submitted to the TASO Office within 31 days of the date of injury either by fax (214-390-5353) or by mail (1221 West Campbell Road, Suite 191, Richardson, TX 75080)
Step 3: Following submission and receipt by the TASO Office, the claim will then be immediately forwarded for processing to the Loomis Company, the insurance claims administrator. .  IMPORTANT:  Part A & Part B must be sent to TASO before the Loomis Company will establish and process your claim. Instructions for further handling of your claim will be sent to you immediately.
Step 4: Send itemized medical bills and copies of EOB's to: The Loomis Company, P.O. Box 14162, Reading, PA 19612-4162 
Step 2: These forms must be submitted to the TASO Office within 31 days of the date of injury either by fax (214-390-5353) or by mail (1221 West Campbell Road, Suite 191, Richardson, TX 75080)
Step 3: Following submission and receipt by the TASO Office, the claim will then be immediately forwarded for processing to the Loomis Company, the insurance claims administrator. .  IMPORTANT:  Part A & Part B must be sent to TASO before the Loomis Company will establish and process your claim. Instructions for further handling of your claim will be sent to you immediately.
Step 4: Send itemized medical bills and copies of EOB's to: The Loomis Company, P.O. Box 14162, Reading, PA 19612-4162

Documents may also be faxed to the claims office at (610)370-6767.  Please do not fax full medical claims, as often times medical bills are illegible when faxed.  For emailing documents, please email: suppacc@loomisco.com
 
Step 5: Any questions concerning a reported claim should be directed to the Loomis Company at 866-410-1089.

Liability Claims

If you are involved in an incident that results or could result in a liability claim, or if you are named in a lawsuit as a result of a covered activity under the TASO insurance policy, please contact Don Whitaker at Whitaker Insurance Associates, Inc. immediately at 888-824-1777 or 210-824-3777 or by e-mail at don@whitakerins.com AND the TASO Executive Director at 214-390-5352 or mfitch@taso.org. Liability claims typically involve court-imposed deadlines. Please fax all legal notices of claims to Don Whitaker at 210-824-7007.

Questions?
Contact Don Whitaker at either of the above telephone numbers or e-mail address.

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