Camp FAQ

If you’re interested or have been accepted to the NISOA Referee Training Camp in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, here are answers to frequently asked questions about the camp.

What are the requirements to apply and attend the Camp?

Open to both NISOA members and those who seek to join NISOA.  New candidates for membership should meet the NISOA requirements for membership which can be found here. New candidates for membership must be sponsored by a local NISOA chapter.  It is not mandatory that campers be members of NISOA prior to  attending camp.  The camp will help prepare them to officiate college games.

Class size is limited to 50 participants. Three (3) years of referee experience is recommended but not mandatory.

If I am traveling by air or train where should I schedule arrival?

Fly to Harrisburg International Airport.   Please let Don Brown know of your arrival time and flight number.   There will be an NISOA van picking up all those arriving by air.   If you are arriving by train, you can make your reservation to Elizabethtown, PA.   Again let Don Brown know of your arrival times for pick up purposes.   NOTE:  If the van is not there when you arrive, please wait until it does arrive.

What types of rooms are being made available?

Rooms are dorm style suites with 4 to a suite.   Bathroom and kitchen are part of the room.   There is a refrigerator in every suite.

Do I have to bring linens?

Linens are provided.  You may want to bring a large towel for showers since the provided ones are rather small.

What about meals?

3 meals a day are provided in the campus cafeteria.   There are local stores near -by to purchase snacks and various drinks.

What uniforms should I bring?

Bring multiple colors with short sleeve shirts.   If you are a member of NISOA, bring your official NISOA uniforms.  If not a member, bring what you own.

What types of games are played that I will officiate?

Age groups will vary.  There is a soccer player camp being held at the same time which the NISOA supports with officials.   Every participant will officiate as a referee and multiple times as an Assistant Referee.   Observations will be conducted and immediate feedback will be provided.  All games will be played under NCAA rules.

What is the dress code for the camp?

Dress is casual  (shorts, slacks, T-shirts, golf shirts).  Please be sensitive to others with regard to slogans, etc. on clothing.

What about hydration , injury or illness?

A water bottle will be provided to all participants.  Sufficient fluids should be taken to prevent illness.  An EMT will be available to deal with any injuries or illness.

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78 Responses to “Camp FAQ”

  1. Hello – I have a similar situation to the above question left by Erick. I have been accepted to the 2017 camp and rec’d an automated generated email that said my check has been delivered and to show up at Etown facility when camp starts. However, the money was not debited from my account. When can I expect the check to be processed?

    Thank you,
    Brandon Miniscalco

    • Your check has been received but will not be cashed until closer to the date of the camp. There will be further communications on camp logistics. Some minor details are still being worked out.

  2. I missed the deadline for the 2017 training camp. When will the application process start for 2018?

    Thank you!


    • Hi BB,

      Let me know if you are coming to camp. You will have a detailed agenda once you arrive.

  3. Hi, I see that the application process will start in early March, but have the dates of the 2018 Camp been set? I have members in my area who are interested but need to know the dates so they can plan for this event. Thanks!

    • Camp is scheduled for July 8 to 12 at Elizabethtown. The application process should be available in March.

      • Hi Don, i have been checking the application since March 1st but its not online yet. Its almost the middle of March but still no application forms. Its there a reason why the application process has delayed?

        • Hi Herbert,

          An announcement will be made when enrollment opens for the camp. The goal is to have it open no later than AGM weekend (April 14). Stay Tuned

  4. Jack Schiavone from the Rockland/Westchester NY Chapter
    Our chapter has 6 candidates for the NISOA camp for this July 2018, when wii
    enrollment begin

    • Hi Jack,
      The goal is to begin enrollment no later than AGM weekend (April 14). An announcement will be made when it opens up.