Official recognition

Rewards are generally not vital in the recruitment of officials, most will do it for non-financial reasons but rewards will assist in the retention of officials.

For most officials the enjoyment of being involved can be diminished by the significant cost to stay involved. 

Clubs/Associations can assist in retaining officials in the following ways:

  • Smile, say hello and thank your officials regularly
  • Send welcome letters when officials are first recruited
  • Write letters or postcards of thanks to officials
  • Provide identification pins, badges, shirts or caps
  • Provide a distinct uniform on and off the field/court
  • Acknowledge and profile officials in newsletters and on websites
  • Present annual volunteer awards
  • Nominate officials at NT Sports Awards or NSO Officiating Awards
  • Send get well, birthday and Christmas cards to you officials
  • Award life memberships for long serving officials
  • Present special awards for 1, 5, 10, 15 and more years of service or 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300 matches officiated
  • Farwell officials when they move away from the area or leave the organisation
  • At end of season provide a ceremony of thanks to the officials, provide flowers, gift certificate or sponsored nights accommodation at a local motel
  • Thank officials in speeches
  • Name an event, an award or facility after an official
  • Make a personalised USB for officials with photos of them in action set to music
  • Offering to write a personalized reference (especially appreciated by young volunteers) 
  • For every our of service allocate one raffle ticket for a raffle draw at the end of season or event
  • Download official recognition certificates from government or sport website, personalise and present to officials at a public forum eg. Grandfinal

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Last updated: 11 October 2017