Difference Between NASo and NASO-ON

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Is Your Association ‘ON’ Board?

Maybe you’ve heard of something called NASO-ON. We have ads about it; articles sometimes, too. If you’re not sure what NASO-ON is, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

In a nutshell, NASO-ON — which stands for NASO Organizations Network — is a service that the National Association of Sports Officials provides to local officials associations. The best way to think about ON, is to think of it as providing similar services, protections and educational resources to your local association as NASO does for individual officials.

Local officiating associations can join NASO-ON for just $99 per year. That $99 covers the local association as an entity. It does not cover the individual members of the association.

Individual NASO membership benefits you as a sports official. NASO-ON membership benefits your association as an entity itself.

For example, NASO provides valuable educational resources to officials to improve their skills through rules, caseplays and advice. NASO-ON provides educational resources on how to improve an association and provides leadership resources for your group’s board of directors.

Individual NASO membership provides liability insurance, as well as assigners and game call protection insurance to all members. NASO-ON provides optional liability insurance that ON members may purchase to protect the association.

The difference comes down to this: NASO serves and protects individual sports officials while NASO-ON serves and protects the group to which they belong.

There are no other resources specifically designed for local officiating associations anywhere else in the world. NASO-ON uniquely provides members with such resources as:

            • Guide to Local Association Management — The comprehensive “bible” for running a local officials association

            • The NASO-ON Online Database — Featuring hundreds of topics covering more than 20 years of accumulated officiating association leadership knowledge.

            • Monthly editions of ONBoard — The only regularly published newsletter focused exclusively on improving local officials associations.

Go to NASO-ON.org for a complete list of membership benefits. More than 1,100 local associations nationwide have already joined. Additionally, several state high school associations have purchased NASO-ON for all or most of their state’s officiating associations, including Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, Arkansas, Indiana, South Dakota, Washington and Iowa.

If you’d like to know more, please feel free to phone NASO at 800-733-6100.

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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.