The 2018 Sports Officiating Summit will be held July 29–July 31 in New Orleans, La., at the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street in the historic French Quarter.
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.
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.
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 of its kind 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.
Every year, the Summit’s educational program features a particular theme and many of the educational sessions focus on an aspect of that theme. For example, in New Orleans this year, the theme is “Say Yes to Officiating,” and the focus is on recruiting, retaining and celebrating officials. In previous years, themes have focused on such topics as assigning, evaluating, sportsmanship, leadership, judgement and training. In addition to the themed sessions, the Summit program always features sessions on other hot topics in the officiating industry, legal issues, state association interests, and we even devote some time to good old fashioned rules and mechanics!
Yes! The Summit features a variety of opportunities every year to make new contacts, meet new people and re-connect with colleagues, friends and acquaintances. A few of the mainstay events include our Opening Reception where attendees can mingle with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, the Officiating Industry Luncheon and the annual Celebrate Officiating Gala, featuring the presentation of officiating’s highest honor, the Gold Whistle Award.
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, the presenting organization is the Louisiana High School Officials Association (www.lhsoa.org). The Summit is made possible through educational grants from more than 80 different sports and officiating organizations. Learn more about the Summit sponsors here.
Officiate Louisiana Day is a one-day event held on Saturday, July 28, at the New Orleans Marriott, one day before the Summit begins. The event is sponsored by the Louisiana High School Officials Association (LHSOA) in partnership with the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO). More than 1,000 Louisiana high school officials in seven different sports (basketball, football, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball and wrestling) are expected to attend. Additionally, 100 attendees of Officiate Louisiana Day are receiving scholarships to attend the 2018 Sports Officiating Summit the following two and a half days. Louisiana high school officials may register for Officiate Louisiana Day here.
No, but it will save you some money if you are. It’s easy to join NASO when you register for the Summit. The special Summit rate is $89, which is less than the difference in registration price between an NASO member attendee and a non-NASO member attendee. Join NASO here now!
We have early bird discounts available for those who register before June 1, There are group discounts available when you register three or more attendees. And discounts are available for members of the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO). Click here for the full price list.
Registration opens on February 1, 2018, and can be completed online here or by calling the NASO offices at 800-733-6100, ext. 124. Office hours are 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. central time Monday through Thursday, and 7:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Fridays. Or leave a message and a customer service representative will call you back. Additionally, you may contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An attendee registration fee is the total package and includes admission to the entire educational program and all the luncheons and social events, including:
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A guest registration fee is available to a spouse, significant other or friend in a non-related industry. Guest registrations include an exclusive invitation to the annual Spouse/Guest Welcome Breakfast on Monday morning, as well as two of the full social events:
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Group registration provides a deep discount when three or more individuals register at the same time with one form of payment (credit card or check). The option is ideal for members of the same local officials’ association, chapter or board who are attending together. Click here to register.
Yes, you may purchase a ticket for the Gala only for a reduced price of $125. Click here to purchase now.
No, hotel rooms must be reserved and booked separately. The host hotel for the 2018 Summit is the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street, and Summit attendees receive an exclusive rate of $149 per night, plus taxes (upgrades are available at higher rates). Room blocks tend to fill up fast, so you are strongly encouraged to book your room as soon as possible Rooms may be booked here.
New Orleans Marriott Website
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, La 70131
Yes, the NASO specially negotiated rate for the 2018 Sports Officiating Summit is $149 plus taxes. This rate is only available until July 9th.
Hotel reservations or modifications can be made online –
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All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.
Check-in 4:00 PM – Check-out 11:00 AM.
Airport Shuttle New Orleans is the official ground transportation provider for the New Orleans International Airport. NASO has been given a special Officiating Summit rate of $40 round trip, to/from the airport and hotel.
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No refunds will be made after July 16, 2018. Prior to July 16, 2018, 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 16, 2018. All requests for cancellation must be received in writing via letter, email or fax.