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.