NAYS Officials Training & Membership Program



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.

NAYS Officials Training & Membership Program, formerly the National Youth Sports Officials Association or NYSOA, helps 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 training and membership fee is $20.


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. The NAYS Officials Training covers these topics and more.

The NAYS Officials Training is hosted by sportscaster Ben Becker and features insights from professional officials from the NFL, NBA, MLB and MLS.

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Training for youth sports officals - NYSOA

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After completing the training, officials qualify for an annual membership, which includes a $1,000,000 excess liability insurance policy; access to members-only resources; SportingKid Live!; a monthly member e-newsletter; a member ID card; and corporate discounts on everyday services like car rentals, hotels and more.

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Join NAYS!

Become a NAYS Official today and join thousands of others who are taking the pledge to be the best they can be to help provide a positive experience for all children!

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Training for Volunteer Officials - NYSOA - All Sports

Training for Volunteer Officials - NYSOA - Youth Sports

Offer NAYS Officials Training to my officials

To offer NAYS Officials Training & Membership Program to your youth sports officials, umpires and referees, you will first become a NAYS Member Organization. There are no costs for establishing a NAYS Member Organization. The only fees remitted to NAYS are the per person training and membership fees for each clinic participant.

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