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

2015: The Right Call: Evaluations and Officiating Performance

Calls, no-calls and officiating movements are regularly recorded today. The data and metrics generated feed into an evaluation system designed to measure officiating performance. The 2015 Summit covered evaluating officials from various angles. Condoleezza Rice was featured in a welcome video for the event. View 2015 Summit Brochure

NASO Welcome: Condoleezza Rice 2015

2014: Whole New Ballgame - Safe, Secure, By the Rules

Like it or not, the role of the sports official is changing. Officials are being instructed to strongly enforce the rules that attempt to keep athletes safer. Officials need to "buy in" to that philosophy to be successful. The 2014 Summit covered safety from various angles. David Hill was feature in a welcome video for the event. View 2014 Summit Brochure

NASO Welcome: David Hill 2014

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


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