Officials are encouraged to join a local officials association. These voluntary organizations of independent contractors can provide the opportunity to discuss rules and contest situations. These discussions can be extremely important to both new and veteran officials. Active associations will provide mechanics clinics for their members, recruit, train and mentor new officials, and provide critiques. Associations also provide the opportunity to develop friendships and camaraderie with other officials.
Beginning officials can learn from experienced officials, analyzing their rule applications, mechanics and management of the environment of coaches, athletes and spectators. Veteran officials should work with the new officials, sharing contests, and offering positive, constructive recommendations. It is imperative that new officials are supported and provided with assistance. An officials association provides these things.