2018 Summit Headlined by Officiating Industry Leaders
NASO’s 36th annual Sports Officiating Summit will take place July 29-31 in New Orleans. Last year in Louisville, Ky., more than 400 officials, leaders, and administrators from high school, collegiate and professional levels came together for “Driven by Data: Analytics, Demographics, Sports Officials,” which focused on the numbers that show the industry who they are as officials. The theme of this year’s summit is “Say Yes to Officiating,” which will examine the issues with recruiting and retention and brainstorm ways to bring more people into officiating.
“We want this year’s Summit to focus on the positive aspects of officiating and how it affects recruiting and retention,” said NASO President Barry Mano. “We’re looking at the Summit as a launch phase for ‘Say Yes to Officiating’ as an ongoing campaign for recruiting and retention.”
The Summit kicks off with a reception the evening of Sunday, July 30. On Monday, there will be an opening keynote address from Monty McCutchen, NBA vice president of referee development and training. Referee Chief Operating Officer Bill Topp will also present some of the results and findings from NASO’s comprehensive officiating survey that was featured in the 11/17 issue of Referee magazine.
Want to put your officiating eye to the test? Don’t miss “You Get to Call It,” an interactive session where audience members vote with clickers on some of the toughest calls in officiating from this year. This session is a great balance of education and entertainment, as well as an opportunity to highlight tough calls made by great officials. For more video review sessions, check out “Shop Talk” on Monday afternoon for breakdowns of plays, mechanics, rules, and philosophies led by some of the most respected and renowned officials in the industry.
The always-popular Officiating Industry Luncheon will follow Monday morning’s sessions. The luncheon will feature updates on the current state of officiating from Mano and other industry leaders.
Following the luncheon, there will be interactive workshops that will address various topics related to recruiting and retention, such as public relations, mentoring, recruitment, and social media. On Tuesday, the results of those workshops will be presented so that officials will have new tools to get more people to “Say Yes to Officiating.”
Workshop speakers will include Bill Carollo, coordinator of football officials for the Collegiate Officiating Consortium and former NFL referee; Scott Green, NFL Referees Association executive director; Joan Powell, Pac-12 coordinator of women’s volleyball officiating and former NCAA national coordinator of volleyball officials; Debbie Williamson, vice chair of the NASO board and college women’s volleyball officials coordinator; Anita Ortega, NCAAW D-I basketball official; Julie Voeck, president of the Professional Association of Volleyball Officials; and Ron Foxcroft, founder and chief executive officer of Fox 40.
Back by popular demand, Fox Sports football officiating analyst Mike Pereira will be hosting After Further Review, where he will bring a late-night talk show style to interviewing officiating personalities and addressing industry trends.
Tuesday morning’s events will celebrate the positive aspects of officiating, including recruiting and retention efforts that are currently being implemented across the country, “GameChanger” presentations that have received rave reviews in past years, and “The Assigner’s Impact,” which will focus on the hard work of game assigners and the impact they have on their officials.
All of this just scratches the surface of what can be expected at this year’s Summit.
“There are going to be more than 30 speakers from a variety of sports, levels, and discipline,” said Mano. “There’s something for everyone.”
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the premier industry event of the year.