The National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) has launched an effort to provide resources to the sports industry in an effort to recruit and retain more officials.
The “Say Yes to Officiating” effort sprang directly from the concentrated efforts at the association's 2018 national Sports Officiating Summit in New Orleans where more than 500 of the nation’s sports officiating leaders – representing pro leagues, college conferences, state high school associations, youth and rec organizations and NGBs – gathered together to discuss the nationwide shortage of officials. NASO says that the pandemic worsened the shortage of officials in some part of the country by more than 25 percent.
NASO has now launched a mini-documentary titled “Say Yes to Officiating” pointing interested viewers back to the Say Yes to officiating website (sayyestoofficiating.com), where potential officiating recruits can learn about becoming a sports official, and where NASO can even match them up one-on-one with an active official in their geographic area.
The documentary is 13 minutes long, and it’s free to use, share, distribute in any way that any sports organization would like to. Additionally, NASO will have shorter “commercial-sized versions” of 30, 60 and 90 seconds available within the next week or so for use as PSAs. Those shorter videos and the longer mini-documentary can all be co-branded with the logos of other sports organizations next to ours for anyone interested in doing that.
You can view or download the documentary right on the Say Yes to Officiating home page here: https://www.sayyestoofficiating.com/, or view it below.