After further review … The National Association of Sports Officials is celebrating its 40th year as a professional officials organization. The profession of sports officiating is much older than 40 years, but it took an enterprising and tireless effort by its founder, Barry Mano, to create an association not only to bring all sports officials as one but also to recognize and promote the art and science of sports officiating as a profession.
If you will pardon this personal history, I recall my dad, Jim Sr., coaching his high school football team one afternoon with other coaches being the on-field officials; then the following afternoon Dad going to their school to officiate their games. All without pay, of course. I picked up on that as an Occidental College senior and officiated our intermural games – again for free!
Following my college graduation, I joined the Southern California Football then Basketball Officials associations to qualify to officiate local high school games….