NASO Association Advantage

Platinum & Platinum Shield - Titanium & Titanium Shield - Diamond

The Training You Demand

About NASO Association Advantage

About Association Advantage

At its core level, Association Advantage will continue to provide the same great materials and services that the more than 1,000 NASO-ON member associations have come to expect, but there are now further options beyond that. We’ve added different levels of protection, management and training options that allow groups to select what works best for them. It’s the most complete and immediate source of resources for officials association leaders to comprehensively elevate their association and their training. Any association that already belongs to NASO-ON will continue to belong to Association Advantage at the Platinum level. Nothing changes other than the name of the service.

At other levels, options such as group general liability and group insurance are folded in. Deep discounts on individual NASO memberships for your entire association membership are also available at other levels. Additionally, groups that want to fully protect, educate and train themselves and their officials can choose a fully upgraded membership — the Association Advantage Diamond level — which provides a comprehensive association training package, including lesson plans, instructors guides, training manuals, study guides, testing and video.

Membership Options

Three membership packages to meet the needs of every size and type of officiating association.

  • Association Advantage Platinum is the premier resource for maximizing the performance of your group, providing leadership and administrative resources to help you elevate your organization with a focus on training, assigning, legal issues and best practices specific to local officials association management. Upgrading to Shield adds vital insurance protection for your group.

  • The Titanium solution is ideal for officials associations that want to maximize their organization’s performance while fully protecting both their organization and individual members. Titanium members receive all Platinum association benefits as well as individual NASO membership for every official in your group. Upgrading to Shield provides vital insurance protections for your group.

  • The most comprehensive solution for officials associations that want to fully protect both their organization and individual members, as well as provide full training and testing solutions with an emphasis on video. Association Advantage Diamond is the ultimate answer to every challenge your association faces.

Membership Benefits

Explore the great benefits of Association Advantage membership.

Members-Only Website

Members-Only Website

Unlimited access to the Association Advantage members-only website featuring the largest and most comprehensive online database of officials association resources and articles.

Advantage Guidebook

Advantage Guidebook

A comprehensive manual considered the “Bible” of officials association leadership and administration.

Preseason & Postseason Primers

Preseason & Postseason Primers

To prepare before the season and again right before the postseason, all of your members receive digital newsletters packed with information, updates, interpretations, best practices and tips to fully prepare them in the preseason and for the playoffs.

Association Website

Association Website

Your group receives a state-of-the-art cloud website designed for your association to easily manage the following functions:

• Roster Management — Online registration
• Education — Attendance tracking and classroom management
• Communication — With all or select members of your association, along with the ability to upload and share documents
• Online Testing — User-defined controls and access
• News and Rules Updates — Instantaneous posting of any new interpretations and announcements
• Document Management — Store association bylaws/constitutions as well as user-level storage for officiating resumes, commendation letters, etc.
• Recruitment — Make it easy for officiating prospects to find your group and become officials

Officiating Publications

Officiating Publications

Rules by Topic including all official rules and caseplays and Mechanics Illustrated with analysis of play situations and detailed movement & positioning diagrams.

Instructor’s Guides

Instructor’s Guides

A complete and detailed training manual for instructors, featuring comprehensive lesson plans, study guide questions and answers, corresponding references to teaching points.

Training Manuals

Training Manuals

In-depth training designed specifically for the individual member to learn outside of the meeting/classroom, including lesson plans and quizzes, study guides questions and supplemental study aids.

Meetings-In-A-Box

Meetings-In-A-Box

The first and only turnkey training solution of its kind, Meetings-in-a-Box materials include a full slate of training resources with an emphasis on video. Comprehensive training presentations on specific topics designed for up to six specific educational topics featuring state-of-the-art video and voiceovers with enhanced teaching points and points of emphasis.

It’s everything you need to present an entire season’s worth of training meetings including video and instructional topics ready-made for your benefit.

NASO Group Membership

NASO Group Membership

Individual NASO membership for each member of your association, including all individual benefits, discounts and insurance.

Errors and Omissions Protection

Errors and Omissions Protection

Protects in cases of claims of perceived negligence not involving bodily injury. Coverage for $50,000.

Association General Liability Insurance

Association General Liability Insurance

Coverage included for the association and its board of directors for coverage up to $1 million per occurrence and $5 million aggregate. General liability provides coverage for claims for bodily injury, property damage and personal injury.

Member Information & Consultation Program

Member Information & Consultation Program

An information and consultation program that provides your association with information, advice, or a consultation with an outside professional on legal, financial or administrative issues.

Cliff Keen 20% Discount

Cliff Keen 20% Discount

Your entire association membership receives an exclusive 20% discount on all online purchases from Cliff Keen Officiating, the official sponsor of Association Advantage.

Click Digital Newsletter

Click Digital Newsletter

Delivered electronically to all of your association members with links to association-specific articles, news and tips for better running your officials group.

Referee Magazine

Referee Magazine

82 pages of rules, mechanics, caseplays, quizzes, features and news delivered directly to your officials monthly 12 times per year.

Advisor Newsletter

Advisor Newsletter

12 monthly issues full of news, features, tips and best practices on such topics as assigning, evaluations, recruitment & retention, meetings, bylaws, contracts, discipline, insurance and legal topics all related to running an officiating organization.

Sample Articles

Sample articles from the Association Advantage archives.

16 Tips for an Interruption-Free Training Session

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How to be Engaging and Disarming During Your Seminar, Clinic or Presentation. 1. Be alert, employ a wide attention range and be active. 2. Walk around. Talk to individuals and smile at your fellow officials. Ask them respectful questions to which they can give respectful answers. Do not be too obvious in your motives. 3. Cultivate and use your sense

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Seven Tips Toward Developing Your Association’s Budget

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1. Give yourself enough time The budget process should begin early enough to ensure ample time to present the completed budget to the board of directors for their approval. Sufficient time should be allotted for questions and changes after that presentation to the board prior to submission for final approval. Usually, three months is enough to prepare and obtain approval

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Nine Tips to Decrease Your Association’s Exposure to Liability

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1. Follow Your Bylaws Officials who are skilled in enforcing the rules of the game while officiating often don’t feel bound by any of the internal rules of their own association, otherwise known as constitutions or bylaws. That can lead to severe legal consequences. Officers of associations need to follow the bylaws at all times, especially when dealing in matters

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Testimonials

What the industry is saying about Association Advantage.

Bruce Moore

BMOA President Bruce Moore says

It became clear to me that without the NASO group coverage, myself and the board were taking a big liability risk. (NASO group coverage insurance) became more of a necessity than anything else.

Bruce MooreBMOA President
David Richtberg

PRFFO Board Member David Richtberg says

The insurance was the driving decision to join. We had been an organization without insurance and luckily, we had never had a reason to need it.

David RichtbergPRFFO Board Member
Tracy Blackmore

NCOA Secretary Tracy Blackmore says

Liability Insurance was a big sell, along with all the other discounts, like getting 10 percent off at Honig’s… and we are still able to take advantage of the discounts on books

Tracy BlackmoreNCOA Secretary
Jim Irwin

OVC Secretary/Tresurer Jim Irwin says

Making sure all our officials have this type coverage is made much easier with the group membership. NASO is also an excellent provider of training and educational publications for our officials, along with discounts on hotels, equipment, etc. Joining NASO as a group provides our members and leadership peace of mind. Having the backing of this organization allows our officials to focus on the game.

Jim IrwinOVC Secretary/Tresurer

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