Day 1 – Sunday, July 28th, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
Time: 2:00 PM – 6:45 PM
2019 Sports Officiating Summit Grand Opening
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The kickoff to the 37th Sports Officiating Summit begins at the The Davenport Grand in Spokane, Washington featuring a welcome from distinguished presenters while keynote speakers will set the tone for the event to come.
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Directly following the Grand Opening, we will gather for the Summit Welcome Reception. Meet old friends, make new connections and enjoy an evening filled with a great hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and stirring conversations. This event is included with your registration fee.
Day 2 – Monday, July 29th, 2019
Time: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
Time: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Training in Transition
Time: M1 – 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM
Knowledge, belief, behavior. You train sports officials to enable them to carry out their responsibilities. The landscape of those responsibilities has changed. Questions have to be asked. Is officiating training keeping pace? How relevant is it? Does the training actually put officials in a position to succeed? Take three steps: First: nail down your knowledge base. Second: review the beliefs you export. Third: focus on the behaviors that matter most. This session delivers a vivid picture of officiating training as we know it today. Think of this session as the “known-knowns” of training officials.
Get Them to Believe
Time: M2 – 9:10 AM – 9:40 AM
Professional training techniques will change the face of officiating. What percent of officials understand the full significance of the roles they play? Often it takes an “outsider” to help insiders come to grips with such a fundamental question. The key to having a quality training program is the desire within everyone concerned that the program succeed. That transition must take place in how sports officials are nurtured and nourished. Training for accuracy, efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction.
Training on Track Workshops
Time: M3 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Count ‘em – a dozen! These workshops will put you to “work.” More than a dozen breakouts,each one with a special task. Each with a workshop leader. Best thinking will then be on display during Tuesday’s big “reveal” session (T5).
Officiating Products & Services Showcase
Time: M4 – 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
What’s new? What works? What will make your officiating program more effective? The largest gathering of products and services serving officiating. From leading-edge companies and organizations. This place and this time – set aside for you to immerse yourself, introduce yourself, inform yourself. In just a few steps, you experience the latest tools, techniques and tested programs to help you better manage, lead and administer sports officiating programs.
The Officiating Industry Luncheon
Time: M5 – 11:40 AM – 1:00 PM
The Officiating Industry Luncheon (OIL) is the largest attended event of every Summit. A superbly-catered meal followed by remarks on the state of sports and officiating by a representative of the NFHS and Barry Mano, president of NASO. The audience is composed of the best and brightest in the world of officiating – at all levels. The OIL provides the only annual national-overview of the main accomplishments and the primary challenges of officiating management: high school, youth, collegiate and professional. A must for any officiating leader.
Sport-By-Sport Training Forums
Time: M6 – 1:20 PM – 2:30 PM
Watch, listen, express yourself, network. Sport-by-sport video breakdown sessions that have record-breaking attendance every Summit. Immerse yourself in a sport you work or manage. Led by some of the most respected and renowned officials. The plays, the mechanics, the rules, the enforcements, the philosophies: hear the breakdown, listen to the dialogue and then add your perspective.
Together with the others, you help to build the body of officiating knowledge and practice. Hands on. Ears open. Let’s talk shop!
Call ‘Em the Way You See ‘Em!
Time: M7 – 2:50 PM – 3:30 PM
Never met a call we didn’t like! These “great” calls were always TOUGH calls – made by great officials. An array of plays, on huge screens – presented by the supervisors/coordinators who lived through and with them. You get to vote…let your clicker be your guide. Your vote is tallied and quickly the audience makes its voice heard – on full display in the front of the ballroom. Terrific mix of education and entertainment – just plain energizing to watch officials work through plays worth remembering.
After Further Review with Mike Pereira
Time: M8– 3:50 PM – 4:50 PM
One of the Summit’s highest rated sessions! FoxSports’ celebrated football officiating analyst Mike Pereira will have his mojo working. First, his stand-up monologue about the trends in officiating and the impact of media on that. Then Mike, using a late-night talk show format, brings to the sofa, noted personalities – each with opinions, stories and personal remembrances about officiating. The interaction is stirring, never dull and can be emotional. A unique concept – one guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Day 3 – Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
Time: 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
Time: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
The First Three Years
Time: T1 – 8:00 AM – 8:40 AM
70% do not return to officiating after 3 years! Based on recent surveys, that is fact. And fact is, we need to change that number if we have hope of increasing the number of officials. The turn-ons and the turn-offs will be on full view. Say Yes to Officiating enables us to light a fire in others – stoking their interest in this undertaking. So many barriers stand in the way and we need to begin knocking those down. Expensive uniforms, onerous meeting requirements, old-school delivery mechanisms, dated instructors, out-of-touch materials for a mobile world…the list goes on. Let’s get after it!
The Training Edge
Time: T2 – 9:00 AM – 10:10 AM
The game keeps changing on us! One of the Summit’s most practical bank of sessions! Shorter presentations, fast-paced and each focused on a topic of unique importance. Each Training Edge has been carefully selected by NASO to have a training-related emphasis. You will be able to attend more than one of these sessions because of the way they are timed. Each speaker has a concept or a product that can be a Training Edge for you and your officiating program. Every year, this session gets rave reviews for its practical and timely presentations.
Leading the Way
Time: T3 – 10:20 AM – 11:30 AM
Time to get going! Who is doing officiating training the right way? Each panelist is tasked with showing an innovative, out-of-the-box program or initiative that actually trains officials into a position to be successful. See the videos, and the websites. You will hear about the unique clinics and see in-person demonstrations to use back in your own shop. Each panelist has primary responsibility for the topic being presented. This session alone will give you the “takeaways” you come to the Summit to find. Works for them, and tailored to work for you.
Working Lunch Breakouts
Time: T4 – 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
NFL White Hats
In this session led, you’ll pick up leadership lessons from the NFL referees – the white hat.
State High School Association Leadership Forum
Invitation-only, closed-door, workshop for state high school office executives, staff members and invited guests – a unique opportunity to share ideas and best practices. Topics regularly include: new requirements for officials, how and when to discipline, public-statements about officiating, state-tournament officiating selections, turning video into a program that can teach, improved interpretation meetings, recruitment efforts, background checks, budgeting tied to registration fees and much more.
Legal and Insurance Q & A
Yes, you’ve got questions. Past Summits make clear – attendees want to ask questions. They want hard information about the law and legal responsibilities that affect officials and organizations that use their services. They want definite, understandable answers to the questions they have about insurance coverages and legal risks. These areas are the bedrocks of smart, savvy and sensible officiating practice in today’s litigious world. This workshop is presented by renowned speakers, each of whom has years of experience servicing and supporting the sports officiating industry. Bring something to take good notes!
Training on Track
Time: T5 – 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Revealing and reported! Summit attendees have worked hard. Especially in Monday’s Training on Track Workshop session (M3). That session discussed, argued over and evaluated 12 essential topics – all with a training bent to them. Now, that work is finished and the results have been assembled. This session is the reveal of those results and some are stunning. This session is a gift – takeaways you will quickly put to use in your teaching and training efforts. Guaranteed to be one of the most revealing and riveting sessions in Summit history.
Landscape Change: Independent Contractor v. Employee
Time: T6 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Status check. An historic case with the potential of remaking the officiating landscape. It erupted in Eastern Pennsylvania, its tremors felt from coast to coast, and beyond. Why did it start? What was the path that took it first to the NLRB, through an appeal to the NLRB and then to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals? What’s at stake? If amateur officials are deemed to be employees, what changes? If they continue to be independent contractors, what stays the same? The ground continues to shift under our feet.
Time: T7 – 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
How about we talk about us? The concept is simple: speakers under the lights, each telling a story, giving an insight, sharing a moment – each that will help you reflect, think deeply and reconnect to what is important in officiating. RefereeVoices will put words in your mouth. Not to be missed.
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Mix and mingle with all the attendees, speakers and luminaries of the officiating world before the big gala.
Celebrate Officiating Gala
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Join us as we celebrate the best that officiating has to offer during an elegant evening banquet to close the 2019 Summit program. NASO is privileged to recognize the efforts of outstanding people and outstanding deeds by awarding the Mel Narol Medallion Award and officiating’s highest honor, the Gold Whistle Award. You’ll feel an intimate connection with and tremendous pride in our shared officiating community – while at the same time helping to recognize those who have made an impact.