WHY SHOULD I ATTEND THE SUMMIT?
The annual Sports Officiating Summit is the only gathering of its kind in the world. Nowhere else in the world of officiating will you find such a wide variety of sports and competition levels represented. The Summit is an intense two-and-a-half-day event focusing on the topics and issues that are most relevant to the people immersed in the officiating industry.
WHO TYPICALLY ATTENDS THE SUMMIT?
Because the event focuses on high-level officiating topics, it draws the leaders in the officiating industry, such as state association directors, local association or chapter board members, assigners, supervisors, commissioners and coordinators. But the Summit and the program are specifically designed for anyone who cares deeply about officiating and wants to be a part of the discussions that shape our industry. The majority of attendees are working officials. Most hold leadership positions in their local area or are veterans who have influence. Many are newer or mid-career officials strongly interested in becoming leaders.
HOW IS THE SUMMIT DIFFERENT THAN OTHER CAMPS & CLINICS?
Most traditional officiating camps and clinics focus on rules & mechanics and include some combination of classroom and onfield/oncourt training. The Summit is different because it is the only national gathering that exclusively focuses on high-level leadership topics in the officiating industry. Additionally, the Summit features social and networking opportunities to interact and build relationships with the best and brightest in a wide variety of sports and competition levels.
WHAT TYPE OF TOPICS ARE FEATURED AT THE SUMMIT?
Every year, the Summit’s educational program features a theme and many of the educational sessions focus on an aspect of that theme. Some Recent themes include “Say yes to officiating,” focused on recruitment, retention, and officiating shortages. This year’s theme, “Good Sports, Bad Sports, Better Sports Through Officiating,” is focused on sportsmanship issues.
WHO ORGANIZES, HOSTS AND PRESENTS THE SUMMIT?
The Summit is presented annually by the National Association of Sports Officials (www.naso.org) in cooperation with the National Federation of State High School Associations (www.nfhs.org). Additionally, the Summit moves each year to a different location in the U.S. and is co-presented by an organization in that state. This year’s co-presenting sponsor is The Alabama High School Association(www.ahsaa.com).
WHAT IS OFFICIATE ALABAMA DAY?
Officiate Alabama Day is a one-day event held on Saturday, July 25, at Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center, one day before the Summit begins. The event is sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) in partnership with the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO). 100 attendees of Officiate Washington Day are receiving scholarships to attend the 2020 Sports Officiating Summit the following two and a half days.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
No refunds will be made after July 13, 2020. Prior to July 13, 2020, a full refund will be made less a $50 Administrative Fee from the total refund amount. Attendee substitutions may also be made prior to July 13, 2020. All requests for cancellation must be received in writing via letter, email or fax.