Recruit, Retain & Celebrate Sports Officials
Presentations & Video
Use any of these free resources in presentations, self-study or any other effort involving recruiting, retaining and celebrating officiating. Add your own presentation and/or video by Contacting Us.
Men & Women In Stripes
Show this football recruitment video at your association, classroom or recruiting event. Produced in 2019 by the Portland (Ore.) Football Officials Association, and generously shared by the group for use by anyone else looking to recruit officials, the video shows multiple aspects of officiating and why others should get involved.
Umpires Biggest Fan
Don’t miss the heartwarming story of young Vincent Stio and his adoration of umpires from this 2018 NASO Sports Officiating Summit presentation.
Who, What, When, Where, Why … Why Not?
Key data points from the historic 2017 NASO officiating survey. Hard data is presented on why and how officials start, why they get out, and the most critical elements needed in recruiting campaigns.
Patient Story: NC Basketball Referee Legend Jimmy Fuqua on Life with a VAD Heart Pump
Jimmy Fuqua has refereed high school and college basketball in North Carolina for well over 40 years, before being admitted to the Cardiac Cath Lab at Moses Cone Hospital in January of 2015 and diagnosed with end stage heart disease. Watch the video to see his heartwarming story and celebrate his final game as a referee at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
These links will take you to inspiring stories and the power of positive outreach in the officiating industry.
Why officials are quitting. (WGBH News)
A growing number of referees for youth sports are speaking up about a problem they say is getting worse: unruly and disrespectful coaches, parents, and student-athletes who sometimes go so far as to harass or threaten game officials. They say that the adults on the field are giving a terrible example of sportsmanship for young people, and are losing sight of what really matters in any game or match. Jim Braude was joined by Mary Fitzgerald, whose decision to stop officiating high school soccer was recently profiled in The Boston Globe; and Beth O’Neill Maloney, executive director of the New England chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance.
Young boy dreams of becoming an umpire (CBS Evening News)
In a world of minor league baseball, where most young fans want nothing more than to meet a real player, 10-year-old Vincent Stio from North Carolina idolizes umpires. We take a trip to the ballpark where he gets into character. Steve Hartman reports.
Officials vs. Cancer (Boston 25 News)
Officials are as human as anyone else, and that’s clear in this inspirational story of youth and prep basketball referee Lou Levine and his efforts to raise money and awareness in the battle fight cancer.
Good call by Missouri h.s. referee gives fan with Down syndrome a moment in spotlight (FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV)
BARNARD, Mo. — One referee is receiving praise for an unusual call he made prior to a high school basketball game last week.
Referee Don Lawrence invited a fan in the first row to toss the jump ball at the beginning of the game.
Dee Kantner: Calling the Shots (AARP)
Meet the trailblazing basketball referee who became the first female NBA referee alongside Violet Palmer in 1997. She turned a side passion into a full-time career and rebounded after being fired. She describes how the most devastating moment in her career taught her to persevere.
Jawahir Roble: The Referee Experience (History Channel)
Meet Jawahir Roble–also known as Jawahir Jewels, or JJ. Learn how she became the only FA-qualified ethnic Muslim official currently working in the sport, and how she patrols the pitches on the infamous Hackney Marshes in East London.