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Top 10 FAQ's about Arbiter Registration & the NAIA
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Top 10 - FAQ’s about NAIA and Arbiter Sports Officials Registration.


1.      Why do we have to register to work in the NAIA?

a.       To have all officials across the country receive the same message so games will be officiated by the best prepared officials we can assign.

b.      We need to know who are officials are working our games.

c.      The NAIA Council of Presidents and Conference Commissioners approved this initiative in the Spring of 2014 as a requirement for NAIA officials.

d.      T he NAIA Council of Presidents and Conference Commissioners approved this initiative in the Spring of 2014 as a requirement for NAIA officials.

e.      Officials not registering will not be allowed to work post-season. 

2.      Why do we need to register, the NCAA does not require it unless you work the postseason?

a      This provides some accountability for our officials that work in the NAIA.

b.     This initiative has been mandated by the NAIA Council of Presidents, and Conference Commissioners.

3.      Why should I register, I will get my games anyway?

a.      In some cases this might be true in areas where there is a shortage, however assignors should limit the number of these assignments as a need only basis. However, is this really a professional way to handle officiating responsibilities?

4.      Why should I register and watch the video and take a quiz?

a.      We also will cover information about the NAIA and how we want our games to run. The coaches and players receive this information and so should the officials.

5.      What does the money go for?

a.      Hire a Director of Officiating Initiatives

b.      Develop educational materials for NAIA officials

c.       Pay for the NAIA Central Hub.

d.      Increase officiating fees at the championship.

e.      Provide a stipend for national coordinators of officials for each sport.

6.      What benefits do I receive?

a.      A dedicated NAIA Central Hub with  educational materials such as videos, rule interpretations, case plays, mechanics, and bulletins.

b.      Officials will have access to customized NAIA content and points of emphasis, season-long officiating bulletins, and an NAIA membership card for access to postseason and select regular season contests.

c.     NAIA partners provided discounts:  Enterprise and National Car Rental, Hilton Brand, Red Roof Inn and Motel 6, plus complete travel planning with Short’s Travel. 

7.      What happens to officials if they don’t register?

a.      Initially the official will be allowed to work the contest. The athletics director should remind the official of the new NAIA requirements and notify the conference commissioner, assignor, and the Director of Officiating Initiatives by email.

b.      Officials that do not register would not be eligible for consideration to work the NAIA Championships including the opening round.


8.      What are the registration fees:

a.      NISOA member will be charged $50 for access to the NAIA Central Hub.

b.      If an official is NOT a NISOA member will be charged a $65 for access to the NAIA Central Hub.

      i.     *Fees based on agreement with PAVO, subject to change.

9.      Exemption to Registration

a.      Officials who will work two or less NAIA games will not be required to register on the NAIA Hub unless they wish to be considered for the NAIA Championships. (opening round games included)

10.   Why do all this anyway?

a.      NAIA membership approved this initiative to elevate the importance of officiating in the NAIA.

b. We will strive to create a connection nationally with all NAIA officials and with your help it can have a positive impact on our Champions of Character values.

c.      We want to know who our officials are so we may be able to select the best officials we can find for our national championships. This hopefully will give more of a professional feel by being part of an organization.

d.      Of course the bigger picture is we want everyone to receive the same message so no matter where teams go to play in the country things are as consistent as possible. 

Our goal? To have the best trained officials who are available that day working our contests.

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