Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, NASO’s annual Sports Officiating Summit was held virtually for the second straight year. More than 12,500 people registered to take advantage of the free Summit.
This year’s event featured more than 175 speakers and more than 80 sessions over the three days and was hosted on Hopin, an event management platform that allowed attendees the opportunity to network with each other and with exhibitors. It also allowed NASO staff members the opportunity to answer questions in real time and interact with attendees over the three days.
The Summit also featured live sessions, including one session each for the six sports covered in Referee magazine, a Law and Liability live panel and a discussion with Offside founder Brian Barlow. Those live sessions allowed attendees the opportunity to ask questions of some of the biggest leaders in the sports officiating industry and have a chance to hear those leaders talk about some of the most pressing issues in officiating.
Another new twist to this year’s sessions was the addition of mini clinics in each of the six sports Referee magazine covers. Those clinics were released on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and were dubbed “Training Night in America.” Those sport clinics featured video breakdown by officials and coordinators. Some sports featured championship game crews and Final Four officials breaking down plays from their games. The sport clinics also featured “You Make the Call” segments that allowed attendees the opportunity to watch plays and then select the outcome they deemed correct. Attendeees also had the opportunity to see segments on quick tips and techniques from some of the top officiating minds in the country. A final segment of each of the sport clinics were candid conversations about hot topics in high school officiating that featured the rules editors in those sports from the NFHS.
This year’s Summit would not have been possible without the 78 Summit Support Organizations that graciously donated their time and money to provide this opportunity for the industry. Due to their contributions, the Summit was able to be presented free of charge to attendees and will remain available to anyone who wants to access it on demand at sportsofficiatingsummit.com/athome.
The Summit closed with a message from Colorado High School Activities Association Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green who welcomed everyone to next year’s 2022 NASO Summit in Westminster, Colo., a suburb of Denver. The 2022 Summit will be held July 31-Aug. 2 and will celebrate the return of in-person Summits.