NASO Members Enjoy Spectrum of Benefits
Members of the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) enjoy a variety of benefits. Those benefits include insurance, educational and training materials, discounts and advocacy.
NASO members get clear, concise information on rule changes and interpretations and the latest word on mechanics.
NASO members get strong advocacy in support of legislation that protects them from assaults by fans, coaches and players.
NASO members get the security of insurance that protects them against liability claims, medical costs associated with physical assaults, game call and assignor’s coverage, and optional game-fee protection.
To learn more about specific benefits, click on the member benefit menu on the left side of this page.
16 Reasons Why Sports Officials Should Join NASO
1) General Liability Insurance Protection
No matter what sports you officiate, no matter what levels you work, NASO insurance covers you! Providing up to $6 million per occurrence, with an overall policy aggregate of $14 million for claims for bodily injury, property damage and personal injury, NASO provides our members with the most comprehensive insurance protections in the industry.
2) Member Information & Consultation Program (MICP)
NASO is here to help our members when you have a problem. Whether you feel the need to sort out an officiating-related issue, clarify your options or get advice, the MICP program is there for you. The benefit has two parts: A free information program handled by our staff and a consultation program through which NASO can put a member in contact with a knowledgeable person for an initial free consultation. Members can use the program up to three times per year.
3) $100,000 Assigners and Game Call Coverage
Only NASO offers this type of protection. Members are covered for claims alleging officiating-related errors or omissions that result in a claimed financial loss, but where there is no bodily injury. That would cover a suit against an assigner by a disgruntled official or a challenged game call that resulted in a claimed financial loss.
4) $15,500 Assault Protection Program
It should never happen, but if it does, NASO is the only organization that protects our member-officials against assault. You get up to $10,000 medical reimbursement, up to $4,500 reimbursement of attorney’s fees for bringing a claim against the perpetrator, and up to $1,000 for loss of game fees if you are the victim of an assault.
5) Referee Magazine
Written by officials for officials, only NASO members receive the exclusive “Members Only” version of Referee magazine — the number one resource for sports officials for more than 40 years. Every month, 100 pages of the latest news, rule changes, training techniques and hot topics are delivered to your door
6) Digital Referee
Not only do NASO members receive a physical copy of Referee every month, you also get access to the digital version of Referee at no cost, making it easy to read the information you want, on the go, anytime from your tablet or smartphone.
7) NASO Members App
NASO members have exclusive access to a wide range of digital benefits through the NASO Member App, available as a FREE download for Apple and Android devices. You can access exclusive resources, the annual Sports Officials Tax Guide, the NASO Members Guidebook and — best of all — the monthly NASO version of Referee magazine directly through the app.
8) It’s Official Newsletter
NASO members get 16 more pages of necessary content, caseplays, and product discounts in the middle of Referee magazine every month!
9) NASO LockerRoom e-Newsletter
This exclusive monthly digital newsletter keeps you up-to-date on officiating techniques, news and more delivered directly to your email!
10) Downloadable Sport Quizzes
Perfect for association meetings and self-study, NASO’s online quizzes keep you sharp and ready every season.
11) Advocating on Critical Issues Impacting Sports Officiating
Through our industry partnerships and media relations, NASO takes our responsibility for promoting positive awareness for sports officials very seriously. After all, if we’re not looking out for officials, who is? NASO’s legislative efforts have resulted in dozens of states passing assault legislation, limited-liability laws protecting sports officials and independent contractor legislation all designed to protect sports officials. Your membership dues directly fund all of those efforts.
12) Marriott Athletic VIP Card
Normally exclusively offered to pro and college teams and coaches, NASO members are the only group of officials to receive a sport rate of up to 25 percent off the regular room rate at participating hotels.
13) Major Buying Discounts
NASO membership also provides special members-only buying discounts on Referee and NASO books, DVDs and other products and services with savings up to 20 percent.
14) Annual NASO Sports Officiating Summit
NASO members receive deep registration discounts to the sports officiating industry’s event of the year.
15) Savings on Personal Services
Only members get hard dollar savings on car rentals, hotels and other services you use for your officiating activities.
16) Exclusive Tax Deductions
Your NASO Membership dues are fully tax deductible from your officiating income.