Officials play vital roles in youth athletic programs around the country and their contributions significantly impact the quality of the experiences young athletes have. Sure, it’s a challenging job, but one that – when handled correctly – is enormously enriching and satisfying.
The best youth sports officials are those who have an understanding of the spirit and intent of the rules and how to enforce them; possess outstanding communication skills to interact with players and coaches in a positive manner; and who display poise, have integrity and use good judgment.
Overview - National Youth Sports Officials Association
NAYS created the National Youth Sports Officials Association (NYSOA) to help both veteran and beginning officials have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities so that they can use their positions of authority to make a positive difference.
The NYSOA provides training, support, and continuing education to officials in out-of-school youth sports programs. The training shares information on characteristics common to all successful sports officials, the importance of being a role model, first aid and safety, and many other important areas.
How It Works
Introduction to Youth Sports Officials Association:
To become a member of the NYSOA, officials must participate in an interactive video, successfully complete an exam and sign the NYSOA Code of Ethics Pledge. The clinic also includes the distribution of a journal providing an important message about youth sports. The membership fee is $20. Click here for more information on the Introduction to Youth Sports Officials Association Initial Level Membership.
After completing the Introduction to Youth Sports Officials Association Initial Level Membership, officials will receive a renewal notice for continuing their membership (sent prior to the membership's expiration date). To continue membership, the member resigns the Officials Code of Ethics Pledge and remits the annual $20 membership fee. Click here for more information on Continuing Membership.
To become a member of the NYSOA
If you are interested in becoming a member of the NYSOA and would like to locate an Alliance Chapter in your community, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put in touch with the Chapter Director in your area.