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Education to Improve Sports Officiating

A core belief at NASO, the National Association of Sports Officials, is that to improve officiating, you must improve officials. Toward that end, NASO provides members with a variety of educational resources, information, publications and advice.

First and foremost is Referee magazine, the only national monthly publication for sports officials, by sports officials. Founded in 1976, Referee magazine provides education through rules information, caseplays, quizzes, columns, features, news and interviews every month, focusing on basketball, football, baseball, softball and soccer.

Beyond Referee magazine, NASO also provides:

It's Official

The monthly newsletter of NASO is It's Official, which is bound into the NASO member editions of Referee. The 16-page publication reports on all the latest association news and happenings as well as provides bonus rules coverage, quizzes and caseplays for each sport.

Sports Officiating Books

NASO members have access to the best officiating books published by both REI and NASO. More than 600 books have been published with NASO, including such titles as The Official's Role in Improving Sportsmanship, Evaluating Officiating Performance and Accountability in Officiating. NASO members receive hefty discounts as an benefit of membership.

Special Reports on Sports Officiating

When the officiating community needs focus in specific areas, NASO publishes its "Special Reports," serving as guideposts to such critical officiating issues as Officials Under Assault and How to Get and Keep Officials.


Believing there is much value in networking local officials associations nationwide, NASO created the Local Officials Administration Network (LOAN) in 1990. Renamed the NASO-Organizations Network (NASO-ON) in 2003. NASO's ON program provides information and educational resources for officiating organizations, bringing local and state groups together nationwide and fostering the exchange of ideas among association leaders and members.


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Do I have to pay extra for the MICP (Membership Information & Consultation Program)?

No! It is a part of your annual NASO dues. It is among the exciting benefits NASO provides members.

Do I receive further discounts through my NASO membership?

Yes. NASO members save 20% on all Referee Enterprises publications.

When does my coverage start?

Your benefits begin as soon as you’re registered as an NASO member in good standing and your dues payment is received by the NASO offices.