The Summit @ Home, which ran from Aug. 24 to Aug. 27 was a resounding success. Nearly 10,000 officials from around the U.S. and the World registered for free and logged in to watch over the four days.
Immediately the feedback was overwhelmingly positive:
“Speakers were exceptional, topics were relevant, meaningful, and inspiring.” – Alan S.
“THANK YOU for putting this on for 2020 even with Covid-19. Great information to take and use.” – Randy C.
“Thoroughly enjoyed the Summit @ Home! As always… outstanding work.” – Steven L.
“I love the fact that we can catch different topics at our leisure and time frame. Great job!” – Tom F.
Through 77 sessions, the Summit @ Home program contained something for everyone.
Here are some of the highlights:
WHY I WOULDN’T TRADE THIS JOB FOR ANYTHING
NFL Referee Brad Allen shares his thoughts on what makes officiating so incredibly special. He has unique experiences as an NFL crew chief and explores ways we can remain connected as a community, all while relishing the incredible rewards this avocation can bring to all of us. He is great speaker and this session is one of the Summit@Home’s best.
WHY WE OFFICIATE
Sports fans and participants everywhere often wonder why we officiate. Well, we know what they don’t know! Hear officials from across the nation express why they love officiating. This session is a shot of adrenaline for all of us and a great recruiting tool.
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG RESPONSIBILITY
When the lights are the brightest, officials need to be at their best. NCAA Men’s Basketball Veteran Pat Adams has had his share of the bright lights, including multiple Final Four assignments. Opportunity and hard work paved the way. Pat talked to us about how to remain calm during the intense scrutiny and be the ultimate steward of the game, no matter the lever or sport we work.
ALL MY BEST FRIENDS ARE OFFICIALS
In a session from the Summit Vault, NFL legend Jerry Markbreit reflected on how officiating became his life and how it provided lifelong relationships that stand the test of time. As always, his entertaining style and uplifting storytelling will energize and inspire.
RACE IN OFFICIATING
What is it like coming up in officiating as a member of an underrepresented group? Robert Smith, a Big Ten Conference football official who has worked two national championship games, tells his story of opportunity and growth in our industry.
LAW & INSURANCE: PANDEMIC PERSPECTIVES
Officiating is a business and there are many legal and insurance issues that officials, assigners and associations face. Industry experts and attorneys Alan Goldberger and Don Collins, along with Drew Smith from American Specialty Insurance, talk about today’s issues. The focus is on the pandemic and return-to-play concerns from the officiating industry’s perspectives. Get answers to questions you didn’t even know you had.
THE GRIND: STAY FOCUSED, STAY FRESH
Major League Baseball umpires work a lot of games over a long season … well, at least during a normal year. There are lessons to be learned about staying focused and working effectively as a crew. Major League Baseball umpire Paul Emmel shares his tips and techniques for staying focused and staying fresh. These are life lessons for us all.
REFEREE VOICES: ANITA ORTEGA – RELENTLESS
One of the best Referee Voices Talks ever. Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member and NCAA Women’s Basketball Official Anita Ortega gives us the answer to why she’s relentless about officiating and why we all should be.
SCRUTINY: WHAT ARE WE UP AGAINST?
Fox Sports Officiating Analyst Dean Blandino is among the most connected people in the industry. The former NFL vice president of officiating now educates and informs fans through his work at Fox Sports and he remains a key player in college football too. Dean has a broad perspective on officiating and he’s here to share those viewpoints with you, the Summit at Home audience.
SOCIAL JUSTICE & OFFICIATING
As our nation reflects and acts on social justice issues, officiating is also part of the conversation. NASO Board members Anita Ortega, Bill Carollo, Bob Delaney, Dana Pappas, Tom Robinson and Todd Stordahl have that conversation for our Summit at Home viewers. These are important matters to discuss, as social justice and officiating will continue to intersect.
COMMITMENT, CHARACTER, COURAGE
The Big Three Cs for any official are Commitment, Character and Courage. Penny Davis, NCAA National Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officiating, talks about the Three Cs and how you can incorporate them into your games. It’s what makes a regular season official a postseason official, no matter the sport or level.
THE BEST JOB EVER
Officiating is the greatest job on the planet! Retired NBA referee Joe Crawford, who had a 39-year career, candidly shares insights, stories and anecdotes on how officiating made him who he is today and what it means to him and his family. Crawford also shares his thoughts about how all of us in the industry can do a better job as recruiters and mentors.
These are just a handful of the most popular sessions from this week’s Summit @ Home. All these and 65 more are all still available on-demand to anyone who registers for FREE access. If you did not participate this week, that’s OK! You can still go and get access to view the remarkable collection of videos and other resources whenever you want. REGISTER NOW
If you did watch some or all of the sessions this week, they aren’t going away! You can return to these videos whenever you want and you can share them with fellow officials, your officiating association, camps, clinics… you name it. The entire library of sessions will live on at sportsofficiatingsummit.com/athome.
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