Recruit, Retain & Celebrate Sports Officials

What Works

Here you will find a variety of video, posts, links and other digital resources showing you a wide variety of recruitment and retention-related efforts. Get ideas from those who have found success and avoid the pitfalls and mistakes already made. Add additional efforts and programs by Contacting Us.

Videos

Big 10/SEC Recruitment Video

The Big Ten and the SEC conferences partnered together in sponsoring a developmental clinic with an emphasis on diversity to provide opportunities for officials who are working their way up.

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Texas Association of Sports Officials START Program

TASO’s “Students Today Are Referees Tomorrow” Program (START), is aimed at coaches identifying graduating seniors as potential sports officials.

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NHL Exposure Combine

When players are done with their careers, what’ss next? This program paints a picture of the fun, opportunities and advantages involved in hockey officiating as players transition to their next stage of life.

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BenGlassLaw Sportsmanship Challenge

This innovative program seeks to enhance sportsmanship at high school soccer matches in Northern Virginia by issuing a “Sportsmanship Challenge” to athletes and the schools.

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Washington Officials Association “9 Rules You Thought You Knew”

The WOA’s statewide recruitment and retention program focuses producing and distributing specific officiating materials to engage prospective officials.

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Minnesota Thank a Ref Campaign

The program promotes retention by showing officiating as a desired occupation, emphasizing one event per sport to recognize the officials and their hard work and dedication to their craft.

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NFHS Online Nationwide Recruitment

Discover details and demonstrations of the National Federation’s online nationwide officials’ recruitment program.

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Volleyball “Growing the Game” Initiative

Addresses the need to develop a pipeline to get younger individuals interested in continuing with officiating beyond junior programs.

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Fox Valley Blues Retention program

FVB started a program to use donated equipment/apparel from current members to defray startup costs for new officials, and then built an attrition model to measure recruiting successes and ability to retain officials.

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Links

Addressing Recruiting Through “9 Rules You Thought You Knew”

The recent NASO nationwide officiating survey revealed that 48% of all officials got started because of a personal invitation from an active official. Here’s how to use that information to recruit new officials.

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Addressing Sportsmanship Through “9 Rules You Thought You Knew”

When a spectator misunderstands the rules, they are much more likely to express poor sportsmanship, which is often the number one reason officials leave the avocation.

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Battlefields to Ballfields

The foundation provides scholarships to veterans who return from defending our country with an opportunity to get integrated back into their community through officiating.

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MHSAA “Be the Referee”

“Be The Referee” is a series of one-minute podcasts designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

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IAHSAA “Add One”

Examining the shortage of officials in Iowa and across the country, and how the IHSAA intends to battle back.

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US Lacrosse “Become an Official”

A very good landing page and inspiring video on why lacrosse players should become officials.

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