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May 4, 2017
Calling all soccer officials!
PRO is supporting the launch of the most comprehensive officiating study ever attempted, by the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) and PeopleTrail.
This anonymous survey will collect more data than has ever been accessible before regarding sportsmanship, recruitment and retention, compensation, controversial issues in officiating, and a wide variety of topics highly valuable to the industry.
For this study to be successful, it absolutely must have the participation of dedicated officials.
What is NASO?
The National Association of Sports Officials has more than 21,000 members and its purpose is to protect, educate and advocate for referees and umpires in all sports, at all levels.
Why participate in their survey?
If you participate, you voice will count towards positive changes in the industry.
Results will be unveiled at the Sports Officiating Summit 2017 in Louisville, KY., July 30 to August 1. After that, the data will be published and shared for everyone in the officiating industry to use.
Results will give greater vision to all levels of the industry and positively impact national, state and local officiating associations.
What will the survey require?
The survey could take up to an hour of your time to complete, but it does not have to be completed in one session!
The deadline to complete the survey is May 19, 2017.
Where can I access the survey?
If you have any questions, please contact NASO via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It's incredibly important for officials from all levels to participate in this historic survey”
PRO's Strategic Initiatives Manager Sandra Serafini has served on the NASO Board of Directors for four years, and as Chair for the past year.
Bringing her 15-year academic experience as a clinical neuroscientist in Duke University's Neurosurgery Department, as well as a 25-year career in officiating, Serafini's priority on the NASO Board was to establish a permanent Data and Research subcommittee to promote and fund officiating-related research to help drive evidence-based education efficacy, recruitment and retention, and other officiating-relevant topics.
“It's very exciting to formally institutionalize a new aspect of NASO's mission of advocacy, education, enhancement, and alliance-building into a Data and Research program for the benefit of all officials in our industry,” she said.
“The first step in being able to drive programs that fulfill NASO's mission is to find out who we are, and what motivates us to join and keep us in our vocation.
“Tapping into these motivations will also show us what barriers or challenges exist that prevent officials, especially youth, women, and racially or culturally diverse officials from advancing or even staying within our ranks.
“Understanding the data enables NASO to lead and guide Associations with new and innovative strategies to increase our numbers at the entry level and retain our officials despite the challenges they face.
“It's incredibly important for officials from all levels – youth, scholastic, amateur, and professional – to participate in this historic survey so we have what promises to be the very first scientifically sound representation of officials from all backgrounds and levels of the sport.
“Such representation is absolutely key to make evidence-based decisions that impact and focus efforts by NASO and the officiating industry long-term.
“A small investment of time from each official will have a direct bearing on how we move forward to serve all members of the officiating community.
“I can't emphasize enough how important it is for all of our officials to participate, and am confident the officials within PRO will lead the way.”