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Posted On August 16, 2019By NASO Association AdvantageIn Click Newsletter

How to Handle a Crisis

At some time, every officials association faces a crisis. Whether it’s an unscrupulous secretary pilfering funds, a member official messing up a call in a high-profile game or worse, you must be prepared to react quickly, wisely and decisively. Step 1 — Don’t panic. Panic leads to bad decisions and stress, neither of which will help the situation. Take a deep breath and avoid knee-jerk reactions. Some problems will need to be handled with more dispatch than others, but a deliberate approach is still preferred. Step 2 — Get theRead More

Posted On August 16, 2019By NASO Association AdvantageIn Click Newsletter

Mentorship Is a Win-Win

By Carl Smith Think of mentorship as an advanced step of training, which gets to be one-on-one, instead of training in a group atmosphere. It involves dedicated, detailed attention to one or possibly two young officials. It is as much a privilege to be a mentor as it is a benefit to be mentored. It is truly a “win-win” situation. Why then is it so difficult to start and maintain a mentorship program? Let’s break it down. Get Started As a member of the board, you must back the program.Read More

Posted On May 16, 2019By NASO Association AdvantageIn Click Newsletter

Select the Right People to Be Mentors

A great mentoring program is only possible with quality mentors. Just as great officials have superior skills and instincts, great mentors have certain attributes that make them right for the job. Here are recommendations to help you identify the right people. Step 1 — Do your homework. Check out other mentoring programs that have been successful. Find out the types of individuals that are a part of those programs. You obviously won’t be able to use the same people, but you will be able to find out from other associationRead More

Posted On May 16, 2019By NASO Association AdvantageIn Click Newsletter

Empower Your Members With Association Tasks

By Tim Sloan There used to be a comic strip called, The Far Side, by Gary Larsen, which many of you may remember. He was fond of making light of improbable situations and sight gags. One of my favorites showed a man in his back yard, scolding his dog. The dog, despite apparently considerable training, was pushing the lawnmower around randomly, leaving large areas of the grass uncut. “Bad dog, Trixie: No biscuit!” This was funny, of course, because the dog wasn’t wearing safety glasses. But really, the master inRead More

Posted On April 10, 2019By NASO Association AdvantageIn Click Newsletter

How to Keep Your Association Meetings on Track

If leaders want members to attend association meetings, the key is to run them efficiently. Time is precious. With officiating, family and work commitments, association members can’t spend endless hours on association business and training. Keep the meetings on track and you’re more likely to fill the seats. Step 1 — Start on time. Instruct members to find their seats and begin to get them settled a few minutes before the scheduled start time. Regardless of who isn’t there, start the meeting on time. If you start a little bitRead More

Posted On April 10, 2019By NASO Association AdvantageIn Click Newsletter

The Right Evaluation System for Your Association

By Carl Smith First off, let’s get one thing straight … there is no evaluation system that is the magical answer to “make” officials better. Officials have to want to improve. It’s our job as association members or officers to be ready to help those officials improve, by offering our experience. We need to maintain dialogue and feedback with those officials to determine their personal goals — both short term and long range. Those officials should be assured that we’re committed to making them the best official they’re capable ofRead More

Posted On March 18, 2019By NASO Association AdvantageIn Click Newsletter

Train Newer Officials to Retain Them

By Jeffrey Stern Keep someone interested in officiating for five years, the saying goes, and they will be an official for life. Half the battle for local associations is getting fresh faces on the roster. The other half is getting them to stick around. When newer officials decide they’ve had enough, it may well be for good reasons: change in job or family responsibilities; harassment from coaches, players, parents and spectators; or they simply found that officiating wasn’t their cup of tea. If so, there is not much an associationRead More

Posted On March 18, 2019By NASO Association AdvantageIn Click Newsletter

13 Error Prevention Techniques for Your Members

Industry leaders have been studying error prevention for decades. Workers the world over have been trained in using certain tools to ensure safety and quality. Those proven methods are just as useful on the field or court as they are in factories and businesses. The actual words vary from business to business. They are sometimes called human performance tools or error prevention techniques. The key is to teach your association members the concepts, so they are part of their ritual to help prevent things from going wrong. Training and QualificationsRead More

Posted On February 7, 2019By NASO Association AdvantageIn Click Newsletter

How to Select Guest Speakers

One way to liven your association meeting is to invite a guest speaker. Having a guest ensures that the members don’t hear the same voice week after week, and it gives the regular program chair a welcome week off from putting together a program. Step 1 — Be budget-conscious. While a great many officials who have “made it” are more than willing to come to your meeting gratis, others specify or expect some kind of compensation. If you have extra money or if your budget includes a provision for aRead More

Posted On February 7, 2019By NASO Association AdvantageIn Click Newsletter

7 Tips for a Productive Board Meeting

Board of directors meetings for a typical officials association usually, in a nutshell, consist of an agenda, a review of the previous meeting’s minutes, a treasurer’s report, and any new and old business. Most officers within an association know the routine, it’s been used for years. But how can an association’s board of directors ensure that the meeting is efficient and productive? Here are seven basics, aside from using Robert’s Rules of Order, that will assist toward an above-average meeting. 1. Be sure that the agenda set for the meetingRead More
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