This year – 2020 – marks the historic 40th year of existence for the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO). So what better time than now to bring NASO’s premier event, the Sports Officiating Summit, to one of the most historic destinations in the country?

Montgomery, Ala., will be the site of the 38th Summit later this summer and the beautiful city on the Alabama River was both the cradle of the Confederacy and the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement. Historic sites and museums abound in the state capital, along with some of the best BBQ joints in the nation, plenty of taverns and nightlife, and a beautiful Riverboat and riverfront walkway.

The Sports Officiating Summit — held this year July 26-28 at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center — is the one place where officials and officiating industry leaders at the local, state and national levels — representing a wide variety of sports and perspectives — can mingle and make lasting friendships and partnerships. It’s also where active working referees and umpires can discuss issues with assigners, supervisors, rulesmakers and others who influence how officials are treated and perceived.

This year’s event, with the theme “Good Sports, Bad Sports, Better Sports Through Officiating” will, in the words of NASO President Barry Mano, “bring unique focus on the skill set that sports officials need to effectively ensure that sporting contests remain fair, safe and competitive according to rule. That is becoming a taller and taller order for all of us in officiating.

“The theme for the 2020 Summit centers on how officials themselves can make sports better – better in the sense of displaying and reinforcing the values that we as a society hold in a place of honor. The Montgomery Summit will bring many of the best and brightest onto the stage, sharing perceptions and practical advice about how we can do superlative work under more demanding conditions. And of course, we will be celebrating officiating and recognizing individuals who have contributed so much to this industry.”

Early Bird pricing for the Summit ends May 15, so to get the best registration price, you should sign-up before then. To get an even better rate, take advantage of our group pricing and register with two or more like-minded officials (making sure you’re all NASO members, of course!) and plan an officiating-focused getaway to one of the most historic cities that have ever hosted the Summit.

If you’re not an NASO member for some reason, don’t worry. You can sign up for NASO membership before registering for the Summit and still save more than a non-NASO member.