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 anyone with youth, amateur, high school or college soccer officiating experience who is 18 years of age or older and interested in improving their officiating skills and/or becoming certified to officiate college soccer 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 Joe Miller 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 Joe Miller 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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61 Responses to “Camp FAQ”

  1. Matt Jackman says:

    I am going to do my absolute best to get registered for this camp. I am 25 and a 14 year veteran of officiating with 6 years high school varsity experience. The downside is there is not a NISOA chapter located with about 200 miles of where I live. Would your team be willing to help me join a chapter?

    Matt Jackman

    • John Van de Vaarst says:

      NISOA is always trying to recruit new officials. The leadership team will work with you to become a member. Best of luck in your officiating career.

    • Don Dennison Don Dennison says:

      Matt- Applications for next year’s camp will open about Jan. 1, 2015, so keep checking the NISOA website for further information. I am sure that we can put you in contact with the NISOA chapter nearest to your home at the appropriate time.

    • Matt Jackman says:

      Thank you for your help and I will plan on seeing you in June.


  2. John Wells says:

    What are the dates of the 2015 NISOA Camp?

  3. Mat Jackman says:

    I am having issues filling out the application. Whenever I try and click the box it says I need to fill out the required information, and beneath the field where I type in Why I want to attend the camp? It says please fill out this field. I already have 600+ words. Is there a word count limit? Or just a software glitch?


    • admin says:

      Thanks for the report. Made a small change to the software which should help. Post back if you have a problem. While it may not be your case, we do not recommend using a mobile phone browser to fill out the application.

  4. Victor Borges says:

    Hello, when will the application be available for the 2016 camp? Also, what are the dates of the camp and application requirements?

  5. Alric Williams says:

    Hello, I just sent an Application to the July 10,2016 Camp. I noticed that refrence is made to Air and Train transportation. Will I be allowed to park on the campus if I drive my car?

  6. Don Dennison Don Dennison says:

    You can certainly come by car. There is a large parking lot adjacent to camp housing. You will be issued a parking permit the first day of camp

  7. Garrett Reese says:

    I applied for the Elizabethtown camp the very first day the application page opened this year. I have not received any sort of response saying I have or have not been accepted. How am I notified?

  8. Maria Marquez says:

    Hello when will the application be available for camp? Also, what are the dates of the camp and application requirements? I’m very interested and I want to challenge myself refereeing college games!!!!

    • Camp applications are normally opened in February of each year. Next year’s dates are July 9-13, 2017.
      Basic requirements are 3 years officiating experience. Details on requirements can be found on link for training camp.

      • liban says:

        Hi im interested becoming NISOA MEMBER but can you join if you have referee 3 years youth or adult but not a high school varsit games? I did alot of high school AR or Jv games

        • John Van de Vaarst John Van de Vaarst says:

          3 years experience is a requirement. You should check with your local chapter to determine if the level of games meets the requirements. Best of luck

  9. Joseph Sim says:

    Hi! I was accepted into the 2017 NISOA training camp and mailed my payment to Don Brown at the address listed in the email. I haven’t seen it clear my bank yet and wanted to make sure it was received. I emailed the address which notified us of our acceptance and got an error message (tried to email again later, but got the same error message.)

    Just wanted to make sure everything was received in case I needed to resend.


    • Don Brown says:

      Your payment has been received and processed. You should receive an email with confirmation. If not, please contact me directly.

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