Past Summits

Following are themes of previous Sports Officiating Summits presented by the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO).

2013  Game Assignments— Right People, Right Place, Right Time

Grand Rapids, Michigan! The 2013 Summit has become the “Industry Event of The Year.” It marks the sole time in a year when the best and brightest in officiating come together to learn, share and develop the skills we need to make officiating better. View 2013 Summit Brochure.

NASO Welcome: David Stern 2013
2012  Taking Care of Business — Reliability & Results in Officiating

The kick-off for the 30th Sports Officiating Summit begins in the main ballroom of the Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront Hotel. Retired four-star General and 65th United States Secretary of State Colin Powell will provide a pre-recorded welcome. Industry-leading keynote speakers will set the tone for Taking Care of Business: Reliability & Results in Officiating. View 2012 Summit Brochure.

NASO Welcome: Colin Powell 2012
2011  Image in Officiating — The Perception • The Reality • The Focus

Designed specifically for officiating leaders, the 2011 Sports Officiating Summit will deliver fresh perspective and proven techniques to help you and your officials be more effective. This year’s theme is Image in Officiating: The Perception. The Reality. The Focus. The program specifically addresses each of those main topic areas and also includes hot-topic sessions covering the “burning” issues we face today.  View 2011 Summit Brochure.

NASO Welcome: Bill Marriott 2011
2010  Rights • Requirements • Risks  — The Shared Responsibility of Officiating

Learn about the shared responsibility of officiating. What are the responsibilities of not only officials and officiating leaders, but also the people who manage the conferences, leagues and individual games as they relate to officiating?  View 2010 Summit Brochure.

NASO Welcome: Bob Costas 2010
2009  Judgment and Decision Making — How Officiating Leaders Make Great Calls

Good judgment and sound decision making skills are important characteristics of every successful and respected sports official. That statement is every bit as true for those who administer sports officiating programs – assigners, trainers, observers, evaluators, state association leaders and conference commissioners. As leaders, you face more decisions about your officials than ever before and your judgments get called into question more than ever before. How do you make the right decisions?  View 2009 Summit Brochure.

NASO Welcome: Justice Alito 2008
2008  Officiating to a Standard — Define It • Develop It • Deliver It

Today, more than ever before, officials are held responsible for their actions – whether it is during a game or not. It is important that all officials enforce rules, manage games and build relationships through consistent and appropriate behavior. What is right? Are there standards to follow? What are the standards? Who sets the standards?  View 2008 Summit Brochure.

NASO Welcome: Roger Goodell 2008
2007  The Power of Persuasive Officiating: Resolve Conflicts • Manage Games • Build Relationships

An official’s ability to “handle” the game is one of the most important skills he or she can possess. Effective communication and people skills are as crucial to successful officiating today as are rules knowledge and mental toughness.  View 2007 Summit Brochure.

NASO Welcome: Jack Kemp 2007
2006  Officiating and Technology — What Works

The dynamics of the officiating industry are constantly evolving. Developing your programs with technology allows change to happen faster and more effectively, with stability for growth. Officiating and Technology delivers the resources and experts to help define needs, map processes and develop solutions.  View 2006 Summit  Brochure.

NASO Welcome: Frank DeFord 2006
2005  Leadership Officiating — A Bold New Vision
2004  The Official’s Role in Improving Sportsmanship
2003  Accountability in Officiating
2002  Evaluating Officiating Performance
2001  Recruiting and Retention
2000  Training and Technology